Friday, May 30, 2008


Click the links to the right to view the steps of our mask making process.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

This project was made possible by The Oppenheimer Family Foundation!

#1 Mask Assembly in February

The project began with a Mask Assembly in February. The Art 1 and preschool students were introduced to visiting artist Jeff Semmerling. He entertained students as he performed to music for them while wearing his handmade masks.

Click here to watch a 4 minute video from Jeff's performance at Farragut Career Academy!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

#2 Constructing the Masks

After researching masks from around the world in the computer lab, students began constructing their own masks from cardboard.

Friday, May 9, 2008

#3 Mask Magic

Jeff shared his own masks. He also showed students a slideshow of Mardi Gras masks in New Orleans.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

#4 Papier Mache

Jeff demonstrated adding papier mache to the cardboard masks. The masks were primed with white paint when construction was complete.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

#5 Painting and Finishing the Masks

The students paint their masks after Jeff demonstrates a painting technique that included blending and using warm and cool colors to create depth.