"The Art of African Mask Making"
The Art of African Mask Making As a part of our Non-Western Art unit, you will be making a replica of an authentic African Mask. Designs for these masks can range from simple to complex. You will be asked to (1)select a mask from a traditional African culture, (2) make a three dimensional replica, (3)write an essay describing the mask’s art elements and purposes, (4)doing a memorized public presentation and (5)display your work either in the classroom or the library.. You will be graded on the quality of the mask, the clarity of your essay, and preparation for the presentation. Consider ways to expand this project. You can experiment with various medium. You can use wood, clay, paper mache, layered cardboard, or metal. (You can be creative) Pay particular attention to the art elements found in the mask. Many masks have dominant geometric elements or repeated lines. Research the meaning of the symbols, shapes and/or colors. Masks also have texture. Your main job is to recreate the predominant features of the mask. Placard for your display 1. Your name 2. Name of the original Mask 3. Origin of Mask 4. Purpose of the Mask 5. Identifying characteristics (predominant features) 6. An embedded picture of the original mask Your placard should not be any bigger than this example. Rubric on page 2 1 Criteria Pts. Possible Mask 1. The mask is colorful or very close to the colors of the original. 2. The mask is three dimensional 3. the size of mask is as large or larger than a human head and can be worn 40 4. Mask must be displayed after the presentation either in the room or in the library 5. Make an identifying placard with appropriate information. (see page 1 for example) This will be on display with your mask. 6. Predominant features are clearly included Article 1. Clear and concise 2. Include information such as origin, the purpose of the mask, how it was made and what it was made of. 3. Predominant features of the mask are highlighted 4. Appropriate usage of art elements and principles of design terminology 40 5. Typed (Will not be accepted if not typed) 6. At least 2 full pages 7. 2 columns 8. At least 2 pictures embedded in the text, (not cut out and taped). One of one of your pictures must be of the original mask. The width of picture should not dominate the width of a column. 9. Use 3 sources. References cited on a “Works Cited” page. You may use internet sources but DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA 10. Font size 10 or 12 11. Times New Roman Presentation Information to be given in the short memorized presentation should include: 1. The name of the mask 2. The predominant features of the mask. 3. Purpose of the mask. 20 4. Culture or place of origin 5. Do your best to pronounce the words. 6. You must be able to give your presentation without notes. 7. You must present your information, even if others in the class have the same mask. 2