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Ancient Peruvian Mask Making with Connie Clay Maker (Part III of IV)

Posted by on March 8, 2012

Connie's BACK! Look at the AMAZING Peruvian Artifact books she's brought in to share!

“Connie, the AMAZING mask maker came in again!  Before we sat at our desks, Connie had a Peruvian book with ANCIENT ARTIFACTS of Peruvian Masks!  She showed us the older ones and what colours they had.  Unfortunately, they did NOT have PINK back then!  We could only use three or four colours on our AMAZING Peruvian masks.  In Peru, they use bugs, berries, bark, leaves, onion skins, coal and plants to make dyes.  Before we came to our desks, Connie said do a brush stroke and she said LOAD your brushes with paint.  It was a MAGNIFICENT day!!!  You ask what colour I used, well, coconut brown, bright red, baby blue and gray.  It was fun and hard, but the most AMAZING thing was putting the paint into the holes, (the ones we carved).  It was the HARDEST thing because the clay was all bumpy!”  (Julia)

Check out the COLOURS! They got ALL their colours from natural sources ... plants, bugs, stone ... all from the earth!

“Today, I felt like I had been run over by a 589710000 pound block of Swiss!  (By the way, that’s just another “whizzdoodle of a word” for “I was feeling sick”).  This time, it was a TERRIBLE tummy ache!  And, (darn the luck), it was the day where we got to paint our Peruvian masks!  But, when I get the chance, I am going to select THESE colours:  penny copper, coin silver, and GOLDEN TICKET gold!  But, first, for the rest of the face I am going to use red!”  (Galen)

“Oh my gosh … Connie the Clay Maker is back!  But, she is here this time to show us the ancient colours of Peru.  My background colour was black … the dark SCARY black.  My favourite colour was gold and bronze.  First I thought my mask would not look good, but at the end, it looked like a true professional!  Connie said to me, “Wow!  That’s a great Peruvian mask!”  It made me feel great to know that – she is a change maker!”  (Zack)

Load that BRUSH up ... FULL of paint ... it will help you to get into ALL the little cracks!

“A magical and cool Connie came back yesterday!  Before she taught us anything, she showed a book about amazing ancient artifacts.  She showed us a few masks that have four or five colours.  Before we went to our desks, we had to choose a base colour.  My friend and I went to the same large table to wait for some shiny blue!  There were two choices of blue.  One was deep sea darkish blue and the other was a shiny lake colour green blue.  Tips:  don’t let the clay colour show up!  When you are done with it, paint the mask with bonus colours such as gold, silver and some other special colours.  Then, you can dry the paint by laying the mask on the desk.”  (Jun)

“On February 21st, the Grade Three Bloggers had the fun of a life time for OVER an HOUR!  That’s when Connie came back!  We were jumping up and down like bouncy balls!  You know what we did?  PAINTING!  There was brown paint, black paint, green paint, red paint, and gold, silver and copper paint.  When we did the painting, it was busy, busy, busy in here.  When we started to paint, lots of people chose black.  Some of us chose brown.  A few more people chose red.” (Kaylee)

Beautiful! Now that you have your BASE coat ... you can begin to add some special details!

“Yesterday, me and my class painted our MASKS … at 1:00 SHARP!  I was waiting for this for MONTHS but it felt like YEARS!  So, first, we had to know the steps.  She showed us a book to show us some colours that Peruvian people used in the olden days.  Then she told us the steps and how to paint around the things we wanted to paint around.  We had to have a base colour and mine was red.  But, other people chose different base colours, like bat black and dark brown.  So, you have a base … now you have to add 1, 2, 3 or 4 other colours to your mask.  I only had one.  After that you could add little designs on it … then … you are DONE!”  (Larissa)

“Once again, the amazing Connie the Clay Maker came into our classroom and taught us how to paint our ancient Peruvian masks.  I already knew what my colours would be.  Black, silver, gold and red.  First I started with black.  Connie told us not to choose bright pink or bright green.  They only had certain colours.  They got their colours from bugs and plants!”  (Max)

Just LOOK at what a little touch of gold can do!

“Yesterday, we had the most magnificent Connie Clay Maker come in to talk to us about painting masks!  First, she showed us a book with old ancient Peruvian artifacts.  She showed us some awesome artifacts.  Then, she asked us to think about what we wanted as a background colour.  I chose brown.  Then, we finally got started.  When we were at our desks, Connie told us how to use the brush … we had to DRAG it … not SPLATTING or PULLING it up and down!  She also told us that there were some colours we couldn’t use because there were only specific colours they could get in the ancient times.  So, you couldn’t use pink or purple!  Then, we got our masks and got started!”  (Martin)

“Connie told us that we should use three or four colours.  She showed us that people used more than ONE colour.  On my background, I used chocolate brown.  Remember … stroke the brush and LOAD the brush with paint.  Voila!  Finished!  “Beautiful!” said Mrs. Renton “Now let me take it … go down to the washroom and wash your hands!”  (Alexia)

Wow! Who KNEW that a little lump of clay could end up looking THIS good?!?

“Yesterday morning, I came into the classroom, took off my coat and scanned the board to see what we were up to today.  Not much in the morning … blog count, play to comments, math, recess, MORE math, then lunch and … guess what I saw after THAT?!?  PAINTING MASKS WITH CONNIE!  All morning, I was jumping with excitement!  Just after lunch, Mrs. Renton told us to sit on the carpet.  Connie smiled and sat down in the sharing chair.  She pulled out a thick book and began to show us the magnificent photos of ancient Peruvian masks.  Most of them were rusting metal reddy brown, and black hazelnut coffee powder, (coloured)!  Connie slapped the book shut and picked up her mask and showed us how to paint.  Right … now you’re probably thinking … “Oh, she told them to paint.  Don’t they already KNOW?”  Actually, we do know how to paint, but, there is a certain WAY to paint masks!  Well, first of all, don’t pick colours like hot pink, bright yellow or tangerine orange because in Peru those colours didn’t exist.  And, you know HOW the Incas did it?  They found colours in nature and pressed the liquid out as paint!  Some things they used for colour was bugs, bark, leaves, coal, berries, onion skins and all sorts of plants!”  (Ava)

This is SO much FUN! Can Connie come and hang out EVERY day?

“Connie the Clay Maker taught our classroom about P-A-I-N-T-I-N-G!  She showed us a book with lots of knowledge for Peruvian colours and Peruvian masks.  Connie told us to get lots of paint and use big brush strokes.  Before that, my friend helped me to dress up in the art clothes, (paint shirts).  I helped him too!  Connie said to get colours for the background, which is the one before you put designs.  After that, you design it … the … you are done!  I had to wash my hands for THREE minutes!”  (Elijah)

“Yesterday, Connie came in AGAIN to do part THREE of making our masks!  First, Connie showed us a book about Peruvian masks and it was AWESOME.  It showed beautiful Peruvian masks.  She told us about how to stroke the paint brush.  Then we went to our desks.  You could only pick dark colours.  After we painted (the background) we chose different colours.  The next step was putting on bronze, silver and GOLD!  I finished just in time!”  (Sophie G.)

Connie was RIGHT! It looks WAY better when you cover ALL the clay! It's hard work, but it's sure WORTH it!

“On February 21st, Connie Clay Maker came back to our classroom at about 1:00 to 2:00 to paint our magnificent masks!  All of us were SO pumped up to paint!  With Connie’s instructions, it’s going to be superb!  But, first, Connie wanted us to look at a book of APAs, (Ancient Peruvian Artifacts), so that we would get Peru-listic, (Peru Realistic), ideas!  The Inca’s got their colours by using things that nature gives them.  Now, step 1:  decide your colours for your mask.  Step 2:  pick your brushes carefully.  (Tip:  while you paint, have a LOT of it on your brush and BIG brushes are BEST for backgrounds.  You should only use three to five colours, okay?  Step 3:  now paint everything your way on your beautiful mask and … that’s … it!  We’ll see you back … on Step Four … when we share our STORIES about our masks!”  (Mya)

“It’s been a LONG time, but … now we have ALREADY painted them!  It was SO HARD!  It was SO amazing.  The colours I used were black and gold!”  (Zahra)

I know EXACTLY where I am going to hang this when I FINALLY get to take it home!!!

“Yesterday, the magnificent Connie came back to us!  When we came in from lunch, we saw newspaper scattered all over our desks.  Newspapers HERE and newspapers THERE!  Newspapers EVERYWHERE!  Everyone sat excitedly on the carpet.  First, before we could touch our beautiful masks, Connie had to show us a book of Peruvian artifacts.  Connie also talked about colours.  She told us to not pick any random colours, like pink, purple and gray.  After that, Connie sent us to our desks with newspaper.  Of course, we got our masks, and told her what our main colour would be.  I chose a darkish red.  Connie also told us that we don’t want 120000 colours on our masks!”  (Thalia)

I wonder if this is how the ancient Incas REALLY painted their masks!?!

“Yesterday, we had Connie the Clay Maker come in for me and my classmates to paint our APMs, (Ancient Peruvian Masks)!  They all looked FAAAAABBBBUUUULLLLOUS!  It was very fun!  We went to the carpet and she opened the most BEAUTIFUL Peruvian book FILLED with VERY eye-catching Peruvian antiquities!  My mouth dropped when my teacher handed out our masks.  They looked whiter, more fragile and more ANCIENT, (after being fired).”  (Sophie H.)

Check out our FINISHED masks!

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4 Responses to Ancient Peruvian Mask Making with Connie Clay Maker (Part III of IV)

  1. Sarah K

    I am watching the slideshow of your painted masks as I type and I am astounded by their beauty! They have really come alive with the colours. I love how the gold, silver, and copper really stand out against the darker background. Now your masks look like ancient artifacts that someone has discovered in Peru! All of you did a great job explaining the process and sharing the excitement of the experience. I felt like I was right there with you and Connie! This is a classroom full of professional writers, I think! What is the next step in the mask making process? I hope it isn’t over yet!

    • Natasha

      Hi Sarah! Thank you for your wonderful comment. You where so right! I feel the same about hoping our journey NEVER ends!!! I take it from my heart that you think our masks are beautiful, (but of course we didn’t make them … we found them!) Ha ha ha!!! Just kidding! We really did make them. My heart is warmed that somebody else says that our masks really do look like ancient artifacts, (other than us). Do you really think that we’re professional writers? If you do, thanks! Keep checking back! (Part IV will be the stories that go WITH the masks!)

      Sincerely, Natasha (on behalf of the Grade Three Bloggers) :):):)

  2. Mrs Davies

    What amazing masks you created and the painting has made them come to life. I love the way you have all thought very carefully about what colors to use and they now look like they belong in a museum of Peruvian artifacts. You must be very, very proud of them.

  3. Laurie Renton

    Hi Mrs. Davies! Thank you for your magnificent comment. It made us feel very proud to know that you think our masks could be in the museum along with other ancient Peruvian artifacts! Connie Clay Maker is a FABULOUS mask making teacher! You don’t even have to use CLAY to make these masks … Mrs. Renton showed us a mask she made out of air drying dough … it was made out of flour. It takes a while to dry … but … if you follow the EXACT steps as in Part I, II, and III they turn out almost the same! Please visit our blog again, we will be doing a post with our Mask stories … but … we will ALSO be doing two new posts, today, about the Battalion Park Library Project! The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

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