Thursday, June 05, 2008
Ever since we visited the Milwaukee Public Museum over the winter and saw the display of Pacific Northwest Indian Masks, A has been intrigued. When I found blank paper masks that we could decorate, I knew I had to get some!
We started with paper masks (we used pre-formed masks, you could also paper mache your own), and I primed them with white acrylic - the boys chose white, you can of course paint the base any color or design. The boys then decorated them using glitter glue, beans, lentils, pasta, and feathers.
The boys loved their masks and for several days danced and played with them often. Then A saw a few books about masks - which meant new ideas! Both boys really liked that so many ritual masks from around the world are red, so they added to their masks using red paint and topped them with a coating of acrylic glitter paint (we used a silvery/charcoal color). The end result is very different and interesting!
When dry, they spontaneously did a special song and dance for summer to finally arrive - I think it worked too well...Saturday is supposed to get up to 87º!