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Mask Making – Part I

Follow along as the fifth graders at Moss Elementary School in Granite School District make plaster casts of their own faces.

Kirsten Schiel, BTSALP Visual Art Specialist at Moss demonstrates to parents, community volunteers, and University of Utah student helpers, the steps of mask making. After donning a paint shirt, (This process gets MESSY!) Vaseline is liberally applied all over the face. That includes eyebrows!

Plaster strips – think the kind that are used if you break your arm – are cut, dipped in warm water and applied to the face. Start with the forehead, go down the cheeks, across the nose and right over closed lips! Two or three layers should do it!

The plaster will harden quickly so work fast. When all the layers are in place, gently loosen the mask and it slides right off.

The plaster masks of all 75 fifth graders will dry for a week. In the meantime students have chosen an animal and are researching, drawing, and coloring a template to follow as they turn their own faces into “animals.”

Trish Saccomano
Trish Saccomano
Trish is the lead Professional Development Partner for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program - University of Utah region. She works with the visual artists and elementary school students. She is also on the faculty of the Consumer and Family Studies Department at the University of Utah.

1 Comment

  1. Bruce Hucko says:

    This is ambitious to say the least! Can’t wait for part 2!!!

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