MINI-PROJECT #3: MASK PROJECT GUIDELINES A MASK IS TWO-WAY TRAFFIC ALL THE TIME; IT SENDS A MESSAGE IN AND PROJECTS A MESSAGE OUT. ~PETER BROOK (150 POINTS) Mini Project #3 is going to be more of a non-traditional challenge for you, both intellectually and creatively. The purpose of this project is to get you to begin thinking critically about how cultures represent evil and monstrosity. As humans we have an innate drive to reify evil, fear, and monstrosity. We like to have a face to associate with our ideas. This is where masks come into the equation; they allow us to embody our fears, they give us power over those fears, and they send a message to others about evil and fear that can have a profound impact on their attitudes and behavior. This is not an easy project and will require more thought on your part than the first essay. As a result we have broken it up into three separate components. I outline each of these components below: MASK PROPOSAL: 50 POINTS (DUE ON MONDAY OCTOBER 15, 2008 ) Before you begin constructing your mask you will need to provide me with a proposal of what you are planning on doing and how your proposed mask fits your definition of evil and monstrosity. It is also important to note that your mask will probably not be “original”. People have been constructing masks for thousands, if not millions, of years. Your design will be influenced by other mask making traditions, so a significant part of this proposal will be identifying and discussing your influences. Your proposal should include the following elements: 1. A discussion of the following: a. 1 page, double-spaced, on how your mask represents your definition of evil and monstrosity; b. 1 paragraph on the materials and methods you are planning to use in the construction of your mask; 2. A front view and a side view sketch of your proposed mask design; 3. A discussion of the mask making traditions that your mask draws upon and at least three pictures of other masks you have used as models, influences, or inspiration. MASK PRESENTATION: 50 POINTS (DUE ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 31, 2008) On Monday, October 22, you will need to bring your completed mask to class. We will set up tables and display each mask and you will have a chance to discuss your creation, how you made it, and what it represents with the rest of the class. Grading of your final mask will be based upon 2 rubrics, one developed by the class and one developed by me. We will work in class to develop a list of criteria that you will use to grade each other’s masks. The grade from your peers will make up 25 of the points on this portion of the assignment. I will also have a rubric that I will use to grade your masks on the basis of your professionalism and attention to detail, both in the crafting of the mask and the intellectual connection between the mask and your definition of evil and monstrosity. My score will make up the other 25 points on this section of the project. You will notice that you are not being graded on artistic merit…you don’t have to be an artist to make a symbolically representative object. We will also vote as a class on the top 5 masks in class and the winners of this vote will receive an as yet to be specified award. FINAL MASK REFLECTION PAPER: 50 POINTS (DUE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008) The final component of your mask project will be wearing your mask and then reflecting on the experience of building and wearing your mask. Your final paper will consist of the following sections: 1. A 1 page description of what your mask symbolizes and how it reflects your definition of evil and monstrosity. 2. A 1 page step-by-step description of your mask building process with at least 5 photos of the steps in the construction/creation process. 3. A 1 page reflection on your feelings and experience wearing your mask. In other words what effect does the mask have on you? 4. A 1 page reflection on others’ reactions to you when you wear the mask. In other words what effect does the mask have on others? 5. Any other reflections, feelings, experience, or things you learned through the mask making process.