Project Title

Making Masks: Making Discoveries

Major

Honors Students (Various Majors)

Department

Art and Design

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Julie Alsip Bucknam and Gay Sweely

Mentor Department

Art and Design

Abstract

In our fall 2014 Honors Program course, we explored Arts across cultures and the vital role of creative thinking in the past, present, and future. Masks have played an important role in various cultures throughout history. A Kentucky resident might connect masks to Halloween, a costume party, or a wall ornament, while someone in New Orleans might associate masks with Mardi Gras. Someone else in Mexico might think of masks in connection with Day of the Dead celebrations, while another in Zaire might associate masks with spiritual ceremonies.

While exploring the 3-dimensional art form of mask making, we learned and implemented creative thinking skills, and artistic processes, materials and techniques by designing and constructing a unique, expressive mask. In every case we made discoveries about ourselves and others. Even the simple act of selection of materials from our environment was an expression of self. While making and presenting our masks, we learned about ourselves and our classmates, and we gained a deeper understanding of people (past and present) and the messages we receive when exploring their art and culture.

Presentation format

Art Exhibit

Poster Number

40

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Making Masks: Making Discoveries

In our fall 2014 Honors Program course, we explored Arts across cultures and the vital role of creative thinking in the past, present, and future. Masks have played an important role in various cultures throughout history. A Kentucky resident might connect masks to Halloween, a costume party, or a wall ornament, while someone in New Orleans might associate masks with Mardi Gras. Someone else in Mexico might think of masks in connection with Day of the Dead celebrations, while another in Zaire might associate masks with spiritual ceremonies.

While exploring the 3-dimensional art form of mask making, we learned and implemented creative thinking skills, and artistic processes, materials and techniques by designing and constructing a unique, expressive mask. In every case we made discoveries about ourselves and others. Even the simple act of selection of materials from our environment was an expression of self. While making and presenting our masks, we learned about ourselves and our classmates, and we gained a deeper understanding of people (past and present) and the messages we receive when exploring their art and culture.