Links to definitions
of art terms:
Any word that is linked with an asterisk (*) beside it connects to a page where you will find that word's definition in ArtLex, the online art dictionary that Mr. Delahunt publishes on the Net.]
First, Making the Foundation Mask:
The base mask captures the *shape and *form of the face of the person on whose face it is constructed. It can be made in one 45-minute session. In later sessions it should be altered — *carved, built upon, *painted, and given a hook from which to hang. And finally the *artist will create an accompanying label to display on a wall beside the finished mask. The label's *text identifies the artist who made it, its *subject, and a one paragraph biography of its subject.
1. Repairing, Trimming, and Strengthening
*adhesive (Elmer's Glue works well)
can 2/3 full of water
foam-rubber pillows which fit under masks (crumpled paper can substitute)
1. Check to be sure your mask has your name on it, spelled correctly, and be sure it always does in the future. And if you ever come across a mask which is poorly marked, or in the wrong class's storage area, let your teacher know about it.
2. Clean off any Vaseline left on the inside *surface of your mask with a dry piece of paper towel.
3. Whenever you're working on the front side of the mask, do so while it is sitting on a mask pillow, rather than on the table, so that you aren't putting damaging pressure on the back *edges of the mask.
4. When bandages have separated from each other, put adhesive (Elmer's Glue) in between them. Then clamp the bandages together so that they are in contact with each other as the glue hardens. Do this clamping with a paperclip if possible. Consult the teacher when it's not possible.
5. Cut the edge of the mask back wherever you need to. Then strengthen the edge with glue and bandages.
6. Add strengthening thickness to any thin or weak areas of the mask with glue and bandages. And whenever you are about to put new bandages on bandages which are thoroughly dry, spread a thin coat of glue on the dry bandages before you apply the new ones.
7. At the end of every class put your mask away by placing it on a pillow where instructed, and clean any surface of plaster with a damp paper towel rather than a sponge.
China, Ceremonial Axe with Mask Decoration, 12th/11th century BCE, bronze, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin. See Chinese art.
Egyptian, Mask of King Tutankhamen, gold and inlaid stones. Cairo Museum, Egypt. The Egyptian pharoah named Tutankhamen (King Tut for short), who reigned from 1347 to 1337 BCE (New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty). His tomb was opened in 1922. See Egyptian art.
Egypt, Mask of a Mummy, 656-332 BCE (Late Dynastic period), Vatican, Rome.
Italy, Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head, 1470-80, steel, copper-gilt, glass, polychromy, height 11 3/4 inches (30 cm), weight 8 lb. 4 oz. (3.7 kg), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. This mask was made as armor for a soldier in the Middle Ages.
Africa, Nigeria, Edo peoples, Court of Benin, Pendant Mask: Iyoba, 16th century, ivory, iron, copper, height 9 3/8 inches (23.8 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See African art and pendant.
American, Boingo, contemporary latex Halloween mask.
Search SILS Art Image Browser. Type "mask" into the form's box at Object Type, and look at numerous masks, mostly African.
The media used in the completion of these masks included plaster, papier-mâché (in paper-strip and in paper-clay forms) cardboard, and tempera. Some also incorporate wire, tinted cellophane, acrylic gloss medium, glitter, feathers, rhinestones, and other materials. Each student also wrote a brief story about the creature portrayed. Those narratives were not available when this page was posted.
K K, Glittering Griffin
Sarah, Cat Eating a Bird
Megan, Monkey Man
B. Roope, Eagle
See more masks by Mr. Delahunt's students.
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