African Mask Game
You will create an African mask by rolling the die and collecting the different parts needed to create it.
First roll the die to pick a head shape from the first column. Using the template and a permanent marker, trace it in the middle of your paper. Then, roll four more times to pick which eyes and eyebrows, nose, mouth, and head decorations you’ll draw. Next, use the “Exploring African Mask Design” handout on page four to add patterns to your work.
Then using either liquid or traditional watercolor paints (in trays), carefully paint your design. Consider making some areas of the design a solid color and others two-toned. To do this, paint half of a shape one color, clean your brush, and paint the remaining half a diff- erent color. Let the two colors touch in the middle while they’re wet. We call this a “gradation” (two or more colors that gradually fade into one a- nother). When it’s dry, cut it out.
And that’s how you play this African mask for kids game!
First, print out the game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give them dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to understand the tradition associated with mask-making and design an African mask using traditional patterns found in African art
- Heavy White Drawing Paper
- Permanent Marker
- Liquid or Traditional Watercolor Paints in Trays
You Will Receive
- 10-page, Non-editable PDF (African Mask Game)
- 9-page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- 6 Mask Templates
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- African Mask-Making Information Handout
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets