Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Clay Masks

Grades: K-8 (Half Day), 4-12 (Full Day)

Program: Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Curriculum Connections: Canadian and World Studies, Geography, History, Native Studies, Social Studies, Visual Arts, French

Students explore the far reaching traditions of mask making across a variety of cultures, with a spotlight on Indigenous masks of Canada. These masks provide inspiration for students to make their own unique clay sculpture.

Key Inquiry Question
How have masks from around the world influenced the creation of your clay sculpture?

Program Objectives
By the end of the Clay Masks program, students will:

  • Use appropriate terminology related to ceramic arts
  • Assess the historic and current uses of masks in society
  • Demonstrate an ability to construct a clay mask using hand building techniques

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