Thursday, June 2, 2016
Maori Inspired Mask
While spending a semester in New Zealand during college, I learned quite a bit about the Maori people of New Zealand and their art and culture. Tattooing is a Maori tradition that has been making a comeback over the last few decades. Traditionally, Maori men and women tattoo their faces. Their designs are intricate and unique to each individual. In this lesson, the students learned about the Maori people and the characteristics of their tattoo designs and other artwork, such as woodcarving. After using plaster gauze and a mask form to create a mask, the students drew designs on their mask inspired by the Maori tattoos they learned about.