Following our study of Pablo Picasso, third graders looked at how the artist’s work was influenced by African Art. Exaggerated and often geometric facial features can be observed in both this 19th century Fang mask and in Picasso’s famous painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
Third graders created a paper template for their ceramic mask, which also emphasized dramatic facial features and symmetry. The template was then traced to a slab of clay, and additional details were added. A glazing technique, similar to wood staining, was used to complete the masks.