High School Art lesson// George Segal inspired research masks// Art I

Medium:  Plaster of Paris, Acrylic or Tempera Paint
Time: 1-2 days {research artists} 3-4 day {creating face casts, and painting}
Grade: 9-12 
Objective: Explore the work of Artist George Segal and various 20th century artists
Materials: Scissors, Newspaper, Plastic bowls, cups, saran wrap, Plaster of Paris strips,  & tempera or acrylic paint. Printer for research *optional

This project is as a research based lesson with a hands on exploration of sculpture. Students research 20th century artists and create a mask inspired by his/her artwork. 
In addition to exploring the work of their individual artist, the class is introduced to the work of American painter and sculpture George Segal.


The how-to:
Step 1: Students cover face in saran wrap and cut strips of plaster of paris.
Step 2: Plaster strips are applied to face {cool water is idea for hot weather and warm water in the winter} Hole are left near the nostril area, and the mouth is covered. Allow to dry 24hrs.
Step 3: Day 2: Using chicken wire, dry mask shape is modified, additional plaster strips is used.
Step 4: Students begin painting from sketch {see above and below}


 The student work:

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 The faces behind the masks:

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