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Title: West African Masks


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West African Masks
By Dana Munson Adrianna Thomas
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What shapes do you see? Do you see any patterns?
How do you create a pattern?
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Bold patterns are carved or painted with pigments
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Are masks 2D or 3D?
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If you were to fold these masks in half they be
the same on both sides.This is an example of
symmetrical balance.
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Where do these masks show negative space?
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Why do people create masks?
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  • 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

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  • 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.

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Masks celebrate more abstract qualities like
nobility, beauty, courage, mischief and humor.
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  • 20th 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)

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How do these masks create emotion?
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Animals have long inspired Ideas for Mask Designs!
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What animals live in Africa?
Rhinoceros
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Lions
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Hyenas
Antelope
Leopards
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Ostriches
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Zebras
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African Cow
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Water Buffalo
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African Marsh Owl
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African Elephant
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African Hunting Dog
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African Rock Python
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How would you design a mask that represents you?
Some masks combine human and animals qualities
together!
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