Monday, April 20, 2020

Abstract Cardboard Masks

Ella, 2nd grade


Raya, kindergarten


 Charlize, 2nd grade


 Kiran, 1st grade
(This shape reminds me of Keith Haring's dogs - Love it!)


 Harper, kindergarten


 Kate, kindergarten


 Thalia, 3rd grade


Katherine, kindergarten
(My kinder girls were very adamant about wanting their masks to be "cute")
Love the blond locks


Mira, 3rd grade



Scott, 5th grade







 Got cardboard? Here's a fun project to utilize any scrap Amazon or pizza boxes. Parents can help younger children cut out the base or face shape of these masks. Since these are abstract, get creative with your shape. Have your children divide their face into sections with a permanent marker and paint with different colors. Facial features can be cut with scissors using thin cardboard using leftover cereal, soda or cracker boxes. Encourage them to be creative with their shapes for eyes, nose, mouth and ears. These can be colored with markers, oil pastels or paint. 

Once their facial features are cut out, they can play around with where they'll be placed on their base. These are abstract, so eyes don't have to be side by side. Have fun! Now they can be glued down using regular school glue. Last, if you have a junk drawer, you can encourage children to embellish their masks with buttons, bits of hardware, soda can tops or anything else you can think to utilize. 


This was a lot of fun for my wide age range groups. Everyone felt successful and it is a great way to teach children that they can create art from a variety of recycled materials.

*Note: For inspiration, check out the work of Kimmy Cantrell and Eric Straw!

  Recycled food and beverage boxes for facial features - easy for the kids to cut out

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  2. These masks are amazing, so very Picassoesque!

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