The 3rd graders studied Africa in their social studies classroom and we learned about African masks in art class.
The students watched a video that explained about the functions of masks, celebrations, rituals and materials used to make the masks. (Crizmac Tribal Designs video)
Using markers, the third graders drew their own masks. The students were encouraged to include human and/or animal features and to personalize the masks with colors and designs of their own choosing.
When we made our clay face mugs, the children had the option of using these drawings to inspire their clay cups.