Monday, February 11, 2013

Art Gallery App Brings African Masks to Life in My Classroom

My class has just finished up our unit on the continent of Africa.  For part of our final project, my kids created an African style mask.
Explore African masks through this free iPad app.We started by viewing real African masks by using the Collections App.  This is a free app that allows you to view artwork from all over the world.

Then, we designed our own masks, using recycled items from our schools collection of “stuff”.  The kids each chose a box (the shoe boxes worked best) and used masking tape to attach their selected pieces.
Create African Masks as a conclusion to an Exploring Africa Unit.
Next, we paper machied our mask frames and let them dry.
Create African Masks as a conclusion to an Exploring Africa Unit.
Finally, we painted our masks and added string and feathers for details.
Create African Masks as a conclusion to an Exploring Africa Unit.
Create African Masks as a conclusion to an Exploring Africa Unit.

Tomorrow, we will be reviewing each other’s masks with this simple critiquing rubric – grab your free copy from Google Docs.
Evaluate African Masks with this free download.
Africa Power PointDownload the step by step directions for this project from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Also available at my store are the Glogster Project my class completed and the Power Point presentation we used to take notes on each region of Africa. 
Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources