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Art 3D II & III: Ceramic masks Presentation

  1. 1. Ceramic Masks <ul><li>Art 3/D Comp II </li></ul><ul><li>Art 3/D Comp III </li></ul>
  2. 2. Masks <ul><li>Masks have always been connected to the idea of transformation (synonyms: change, alteration). </li></ul><ul><li>For example, in many cultures they are associated with death and the idea of an afterlife. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Themes for masks <ul><li>Content: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature: mammals, water creatures, birds, reptiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theater </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Popular culture (think Halloween masks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mardi Gras or carnival </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Rituals: African, Japanese </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Diverse cultures that use masks <ul><li>Jomon people of ancient Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Columbian (Ecuador) </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary Chinese artists </li></ul>
  5. 5. Links <ul><li>http://www.kilnhousesculpture.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mardigrasmasks.com </li></ul><ul><li>Greek Masks </li></ul><ul><li>Greek theater masks </li></ul>
  6. 6. Process <ul><li>The mask will be constructed using the SLAB method. </li></ul><ul><li>A slab is a rolled out, pancake-shaped piece of clay. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be using rolling pins or the slab roller to flatten out the clay. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Successful Slabs <ul><li>Start by flattening out your clay by squeezing it with your hands. </li></ul><ul><li>Lay cloth (or newspaper) on the table to prevent the clay from sticking. </li></ul><ul><li>Place the clay on top and roll it with the rolling pin 2-3 times. </li></ul><ul><li>Then, rotate the slab so it is perpendicular to you, roll 2-3 times, and repeat if needed. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Using newspaper <ul><li>Crumple up newspaper tightly to create a mound form. Use tape to wrap the form. </li></ul><ul><li>Lay the slab on top of the newspaper mold. </li></ul><ul><li>This will allow the clay to conform to the shape of the curves. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sketchbook Assignment (write this down) <ul><li>What will your mask represent or communicate? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it be functional? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the source of inspiration for your mask? (Where did you get the idea?) </li></ul><ul><li>Draw two different ideas and color them with colored pencils. </li></ul><ul><li>Include proposed dimensions, in inches. </li></ul><ul><li>You will use white earthenware clay. </li></ul><ul><li>Include a material you will use that is not clay. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Facial Proportions (write this down) <ul><li>Traditionally, in figure drawing, the human face is proportioned in the following ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The face is 5 eyes wide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The eyes are placed in the middle of the head </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Mixed-media <ul><li>You are being challenged within this project to also use materials that are not clay. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ribbons, string, raffia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wire, wood, paper mache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feathers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your own ideas! </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. You will be graded on (write this down) <ul><li>Participating in class critique </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of artwork </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity in design </li></ul><ul><li>Submitted on time for firing </li></ul><ul><li>Surface treatment: Paint? Glaze? Other? </li></ul><ul><li>Use of mixed media materials </li></ul>
  13. 13. Examples from Africa
  14. 14. Examples from Africa
  15. 15. Examples from Africa
  16. 16. Examples from Africa
  17. 17. More examples <ul><li>http://gallery.me.com/christinecolby#100762 </li></ul>

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