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Art of the Day: Saturday October 27, 2007

Mask of the Middle Schoolers

- by Cynthia Gaub

This week's theme: Masks

"A covering for the face" hardly begins to define what a mask is. In fact, there were more than 20 definitions for mask as a noun and a verb in the dictionary. Whether "a mask" or "to mask" - it can be fascinating, sinister, fun, mysterious and freeing.

Art: Mask of the Middle Schoolers by Artist Cynthia  Gaub
Created as a sample for my students, this SLAB construction mask is made from the low fire clay and glazes that are used in my middle school classroom. We study masks from around the world, make some drawings and then learn about clay. I create a mask as I show them the basics of the clay techniques. This is their introductory assignment. I am pleased with how this little sample came out without planning and with an audience.


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