November is International Month. Schools around the world celebrate diversity, multiculturalism and international education. Art curriculum lessons plans for the month of November can reflect these themes.
Discuss with students how the ancient civilizations of Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, Greece, Africa, Oceania, India and the Americas (Inca, Maya and Native American) influenced art as we know it today. Have various art books on these cultures for students to view. Discuss how each of these cultures used masks. If possible, have several mask artifacts to show the students.
For young students, have them make paper masks using paper plates. Allow them to pick a type of mask they like best to model their own mask after.
For older students, allow them to create masks from various recycled materials. Not only is this a way to incorporate the need to recycle and make the world a cleaner place, which is an international issue, but it also allows them to be very creative. Allow them to bring in materials to add to what you already will have on hand. Click here for a list of suggested recycled materials.
Have the masks on display for the last week of November or incorporate them into your school's International Month celebrations.
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