Pre-Visit: Masks Magic & Mirrors
Pre-Activities: #1#2#3#4#5#6 - #7

Key Questions

What can we learn about ourselves and other people, cultures, and times from the way faces in art objects are presented or disguised?

Objective/Goals/Learning Outcomes

Throughout this unit tudents should be able to:
Understand and name different forms of the symmetries
— Create and/or perform symmetical patterns and mirror images
Think about the transformational aspects of masks as examples of symmetrical art forms
— Create simple symmetrical mask forms
— Anticipate the idea of hidden messages behind the masks of diverse cultures


bark cloth | clay pigments | disguise | helmet masks | motif
rattan | representation | static | symbol | symmetrical | taboo


Art takes nature as its model

The sculptor, and the painter also, should be trained in these liberal arts: grammar, geometry, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, perspective, history, anatomy, theory of design, arithmetic.
Lorenzo Ghiberti

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