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This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Relief Sculpture Masks

This was a lesson in symmetry and texture. We used a new medium, heavy gauge aluminum, although heavy duty aluminum foil also works.  My students were also excited to use acrylic metallic paints which produced some pretty exciting results.  We began by drawing a mask form on one side of the drawing paper using heavy pencil lines. When folded in half the image was easily transferred to the opposite side of the paper. The next step was to press the design onto the aluminum using a pencil. Padding was placed under the aluminum which helped to create a raised surface. Texture was created using Popsicle sticks or blunt pencils.  When the students were pleased with their design black ink was brushed over the surface.  A steel wool pad was used to remove the ink from the raised surfaces of the design.  The metallic paint was finally applied to bring the mask design to life.  


  1. What grade are these? My 6th graders are currently finishing up some African inspired tooling foil masks.

  2. Great project. Where can I find the heavy gauge aluminum?

  3. You can purchase heavy gauge metal/aluminum from most art supply catalogs such as School Specialty or Dick Blick! Good luck, glad you liked the project.


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