“On January 24th, the Grade Three Bloggers had a BLAST with the one, the ONLY … the magnificent … Connie the Clay Maker! She is the only person we know that can make Ancient Peruvian masks!” (Kaylee)
“If you have NEVER made a Peruvian mask, it is really FUN! Yesterday, the class was lucky enough to get Connie the Clay Maker to come in and show us how to make them!” (Ava)
“You ask WHY? Because we are studying Peru of course!” (Mya)
This adventure in mask making prompted many MORE questions about Peruvian culture, and MANY of these AMAZING Grade Three Bloggers took it upon themselves to research DEEPER into WHY the Incans made masks. Thank you to Jesse for finding an incredible site which tells us about how masks were used, and SO much MORE! One of our Bloggers created a short PowerPoint to share his discoveries. Thank you, Eric, for helping us to learn that “the Incas used wood, feathers, cotton, and other materials to make all kind of masks. And, they used the masks to celebrate the silver God, the sun and water.” We EVEN discovered that the Incas used these masks, sometimes, in the SAME manner that the ancient EGYPTIANS did … as DEATH masks for important people! (Thanks, Thalia, Julia and Sophie G., for finding THAT incredible information!) We have ALSO discovered that masks are STILL important in the Peruvian culture. They are used in MANY celebrations to this day.
What follows is a “patch work” of writing and thoughts from the class … a little GLIMPSE into our reflections on Part I of a four part journey. See if you can hear our voices … our enthusiasm … as this adventure unfolds!
“When we came in from recess, everyone was trembling with excitement! We were surprised at how much stuff was sitting on our desks!” (Sophie G.)
“I saw the supplies all ready to go … newspaper, masking tape, strong paper plates! Don’t forget perseverance and … your BRAIN!” (Larissa)
“Before we started the masks we read a Peruvian Mask book to get some ideas.” (Zack)
“First, Connie showed us how to roll up the newspaper. Wow, I can’t believe I actually survived that!!!” (Natasha)
“Connie told us to roll up some newspaper and tape it on the sides and the middle.” (Damian)
“It (the newspaper) had to be nice and skinny or it would not work.” (Max)
“I had trouble rolling it up but Zack helped me roll it up!” (Alexia)
“I was not good at rolling newspaper at first but later I was professional at rolling the newspaper!” (Jun)
“We had to use very extreme plates. Not like those old school plates, those flabby ones!” (Eric)
“The eyes were hard. You had to round it like a circle and use masking tape and you had to put it on the top (of the paper plate).” (Rijul)
“Many people thought that the tape was VERY hard to work with because it was SO sticky … when we were taping we didn’t want ANY tunnels!” (Martin)
“At last … it is not so hard!” (Julia)
“Connie kept stealing my tape but she ALWAYS ripped some MORE for me!” (Brenden)
“You need to put your paper plate on the table and shape your newspaper eyes, ears, mouth and nose.” (Jesse)
“After that comes the fun part. It is to make the … MOUTH. How you make the mouth is get a newspaper then you take the ends and tape them together. After, we shape it kind of like a sideways oval.” (Thalia)
“You place your eyes, nose, mouth and eyebrows on a HARD paper plate!” (Sophie H.)
“You can make two different noses: round noses or like our noses!” (Tormod)
“I just can’t wait until we paint it!” (Zahra)
Sadly, two of us missed out on the opportunity to do the first part of making Peruvian Masks with Connie, because:
“Yesterday, I woke up as sick as a piece of Swiss cheese that had been left in the sun too long!” (Galen)
THAT must have been really, REALLY sick! Don’t feel TOO badly for us, though, because we got caught up the VERY next day, with the help from some pretty amazing student mentors who knew JUST what they were doing! Thanks to Martin for generously giving up your GYM time to help our students through this FIRST leg of mask making! What a THOUGHTFUL guy!
“She is coming back on Friday … WITH CLAY!!!” (Natasha)
Keep checking BACK … Part II of the mask story is SOON to follow!
- Do you know any interesting facts about WHY the Incan culture made masks?
- Have you ever seen ancient Incan masks in a museum? What were they like?
- Is there anything ELSE you would like us to tell you about making the FORM to create a mask?