After the sixth graders finished their symmetrical paper masks we started their second mask project. We had already looked at a variety of masks from different cultures and discussed the similarities and differences. The first step of this project was to design a mask. The students were encouraged to keep their original design fairly simple. More intricate details could be added later.
The following week we were ready for the faux metal painting. The first step was to paint the entire surface with black tempera paint. When it was dry to the touch the students lightly sponged on a layer of gold, bronze or silver tempera paint being careful to leave the recessed areas black.