Anyone can wear a mask

14th December 2007 at 00:00
Art and design

Ages 5 to 11

Are you looking for a cross-curricular theme that will inspire pupils to develop their construction skills in art and increase their confidence in dance or drama? Mask-making can be a powerful tool for primary pupils of all ages.

Paper or card can be used to create shapes on various themes, such as rainforest animals.

Pupils can design their own shapes based on research or use templates as appropriate. Here's the messy but fun part - painting their masks or experimenting with various textures to produce fur, feathers or scales.

Displaying the masks will generate discussion. The masks can also be used to take on the persona of an animal in creative dance or drama.

Lesley Higgerson is a primary teacher on a short career break.

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