Tunde motivates students to reflect on their individual and cultural identity and to fully express themselves through their masks. Students are encouraged to explore their identity and creatively convey that information visually.
This project gives students a chance to look at the multiple parts of self from a holistic point of view and create mixed media masks to define their identities. The concept of stereotypes is central to this project because students need to learn how it influences peoples' perceptions and identity. Stereotypes exist in communities because individuals and groups' identities have been marked by negative stereotypes throughout history.
Students will examine the concepts of stereotypes, race, culture and identity through dialogues and how limited information and historical misinformation can create boundaries between cultures.
The technical process involves making facial cast, painting, combination of cutting,
hole punching, and montage of different elements. This experience
will result in a wonderful mixed-media expression.
MAKING THE CAST:
Apply a good even coating of baby oil to the entire face –being sure to put extra along hair line, on eyebrows, eyelashes, and lips.
In one of your plastic bowls, put about 1/2Cup of water and sprinkle in about 1/3c Plaster of Paris (Always add plaster to the water, not the other way around). This light plaster/water mixer makes a smoother finish.
Dip one plaster strip at a time into the water/plaster mixture and apply to the face
Start along outside of face:
Make sure each strip overlaps with previous strip and smooth into close contact with face with your fingers.
Put small pieces around nostril area early on so that your subject is certain of his/her ability to breathe.
Let the subject know when you are about to cover the eyes or mouth, taking care to smooth the wet strips into place so you get a good mold without poking too hard.
When all areas of the face have been covered (2 layers is usually fine for most places with a little extra layering along the outer face line and jaw line.. Let the cast set for about 3 minutes. Slowly, peel off around the cast and remove from the face. Leavr cast to dry overnight.
Start the decoration process by adding pant, beads, feathers, yarns, ect...