A vibrantly colored mask is featured in a Balinese cremation ceremony in Ubud, Bali.
Fine Arts
Grades
6-12

Face Your Face

What masks do we wear when we go about our daily lives?

Project Summary

In this project, students explore the use of masks in various world cultures, learning about the origins, purpose, and use of masks in rituals, performances, fashion, occupations, and so on. They consider how masks function as objects that enhance beauty and appearance, provide protection or concealment, display power, or indicate change and transformation.

Students use what they learn about masks to inform a reflection on the ways that they wear masks in their own lives and the different faces they put on for themselves and others. They create a mask that artistically represents one of these faces and present it as part of a collaborative exhibition.