Friday, December 5, 2014

THIRD GRADE . . . Corn Husk Masks

Corn Husk Masks are made and used by Native American societies as part of their rituals. The Northeastern Iroquois are known to weave many types of baskets and masks. These masks made by braiding corn husks are traditionally woven by the women of the tribe but worn only by the men during secret ceremonies. The masks are thought to have supernatural powers and are considered sacred.

The art of Native American societies is rich in beauty, tradition and meaning. In honor of Thanksgiving, we looked at the culture of the Native American tribes for inspiration with our own artwork and creative ideas.

Creating a design with
multicultural markers
Cutting out the shape
of the mask
Squeezing glue along the edge
on the back side of the mask
Pressing pieces of raffia
along the glued edge
Based on the art of the corn husk masks, third graders created paper masks, focusing in on linear designs to represent the braids and coils of the husks.

We used cut pieces of raffia to create a decorative fringe around the outside of the mask.

Here are a few examples of our finished masks. As soon as we are all done with this project, the full exhibition will be available to be viewed on Artsonia!

Artwork by Peyton
Artwork by Riya

Artwork by Hunter

Artwork by Nico