African Mosaic Mask
African tribal masks, used in rituals, battle and decoration, are some of the oldest art forms known to man. Your child can create his very own colorful mask filled with a variety of shapes using colored foam cut into different shapes. This is a great way to learn how patterns are forms for an awesome, artistic effect. Any shapes your child dreams up will look great on this mask!
What You Need:
- Heavy cardstock
- Brown construction paper
- Foam in different colors
What You Do:
- Let your child draw the base of the mask on heavy cardstock, and cut it out. The top of the mask should be 8.5” and taper down to the chin.
- Trace the mask shape onto the brown construction paper and cut out the brown colored mask. Glue the brown construction paper on top of the cardstock, and let it dry.
- Draw a long nose shape on a piece of foam and cut it out. Glue the nose down to the center of the mask. You can raise the nostrils by gluing a small piece of foam below both nostrils, making the nose to appear to be raised up.
- Have your child use the ruler to create shapes on the foam by drawing lines in pencil and cutting them out. Ask if he can make squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. Place all of the cut out shapes onto the mask in various patterns. Rearrange them until you get them exactly how you want them. Glue them down one at a time, and let the glue dry.
Wear the mask or hang it up to brighten any room!