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  • West African Masks By Dana Munson & Adrianna Thomas Ppt from here
  • What shapes do you see? Do you see any patterns? How do you create a pattern?
  • Bold patterns are carved or painted with pigments
  • Are masks 2D or 3D?
  • If you were to fold these masks in half they be the same on both sides.This is an example of symmetrical balance.
  • Where do these masks show negative space?
  • Why do people create masks?
    • Artists hold a respected position in the community
    • Masks are valued for their spiritual quality
    • Part of a ceremonial costume
    • During ceremonies the masks come to life through music and dancing
    • Represents spirits of ancestors and controls the balance between good and evil
    • Use materials from the Earth such as wood, terracotta clay pottery, raffia and textiles.
    • They are often decorated with cowrie shells, colored beads, bone, animal skins and vegetable fibers.
    • Sometimes metals such as bronze, copper and brass are also used.
    • Even the tools used for carving have spiritual qualities.
  • Masks celebrate more abstract qualities like nobility, beauty, courage, mischief and humor.
    • 20 th century Artists such as Pablo Picasso and Andre Derain were inspired by African Art
    • Sparked the Cubism movement (objects are broken up and re-assembled in an abstract form)
  • How do these masks create emotion?
  • Animals have long inspired Ideas for Mask Designs!
  • What animals live in Africa? Rhinoceros’
  • Lions
  • Hyenas Antelope Leopards
  • Ostriches
  • Zebras
  • African Cow
  • Water Buffalo
  • African Marsh Owl
  • African Elephant
  • African Hunting Dog
  • African Rock Python
  • How would you design a mask that represents you? Some masks combine human and animals qualities together!