Paper Mache Masks
(Spanish) Leccion Plan para Mascaras de Papel Mache
Grades: 6 and Up
Ages: 12 and Up
Teacher: Mrs. Suzy Weber
and Mr. Essex Garner,
Saint Joseph Catholic School, Jefferson
Cooperating Teacher: Mrs. Suzy Weber
Paper Mache Masks – Use of Color and Materials Techniques –
Multicultural and Historical Integration.
Grade Level: Elementary and Middle School (6th through 10th
Grades) - Adaptable to higher.
Strand (Know about Art), (Making Art) and
Elements of Art
Objectives: Artistically, masks are among the most remarkable objects created by traditional civilizations.
During this 4-week session, students will construct a mask as they begin exploring the imaginative
power of this exciting art form.
Mask to the
right created by Saint Joseph Elementary Art Student 6th Grade
What You Need:
- - Powdered wallpaper paste (in a box from the hardware
- - White glue (just a little)
- Warm water
- - Bucket for mixing
- - Small containers (for paste at tables)
- - Newspapers
- - 2" wide masking tape (4-6 rolls)
- - Thick Bristol board or poster paper (about 1/2 sheet per student)
- - Scissors
- - Acrylic paint (and containers to put it
- - Brushes
- - Containers for water
- - Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- - Found objects to glue onto masks (beads, fabric, string, plastic bubble wrap, etc.)
- Possibly a completed mask as an example
What You Do:
- - Talk about masks ...
what kinds of mask are there? Why do people make masks? how do masks make us
feel? (happy, sad, scared, etc.)
- - Show examples of
different sorts of masks from different cultures. If possible show real masks
... if you do not have any masks, try to find pictures of masks in books, on
- - Prepare by having your
students rip up newspaper strips of various lengths that they will later add to
their poster paper when the time comes. Store these pieces of paper in a small
box -- one per student or pair of students if possible.
Students first draw, and then cut simple shapes out of the poster paper. These
shapes will be added to the masquerade mask using masking tape.
Make sure that the tape covers all joining
areas front and back.
- - Mix up paper mache mix
as directed on wallpaper paste box. Add a touch of white glue to make the
mixture nice and sticky.
- - Cover the mask with
newspaper strips of various lengths that have been dipped in the paste. The
paste should have the consistency of thick yogurt. The mask should have between
four and six layers by the time it is completed.
*You might wish to
have the students do the front one-week -- let it dry -- and the back the
following week. It makes things a lot easier for them.
Continue to cover the mask with newspaper
strips of various lengths
that have been dipped in the paste.
The mask should have between four
and six layers by the time it is completed.
Once the mask is completely dry
(you may need to wait a few days to a week for this to be so), your students
can decorate their masks with acrylic paint and then leave to dry for another
On the final day,
can be added with hot glue (supervision for the young ones) and a string can be
attached so the mask can be worn.
If there is time,
students may want
to plan a short play. You might want to take pictures.