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Painting Our Peruvian Masks

Posted by on April 20, 2016

Painting is silent poetry.

~Plutarch

Connie showing us some examples of ancient Peruvian masks and pottery.

Connie showing us some examples of ancient Peruvian masks and pottery.

Today we’re writing a blog post TOGETHER! We would love to tell you ALL about our journey painting our Peruvian masks with CONNIE! We loved EVERY second of our time with Connie AND with Gordon!

After our masks were fired in the kiln, Connie came back to help us paint them. We spent some time looking at pictures in a beautiful book to get an idea of the designs and colours the ancient Peruvian’s used on their masks and pottery.

We discovered that Incans didn’t use hot pink and other bright colours because they didn’t have the MATERIALS to MAKE those bright colours. They used stuff that the EARTH would give them … like dirt and plants and minerals … the materials they had in their environment.

We were AMAZED at how beautiful the ancient masks and pottery were!

We were AMAZED at how beautiful the ancient masks and pottery were!

After we looked at the pictures, Connie showed us how to properly paint our masks. She told us to start at ONE end of our masks and to go straight across the opposite side because, once you got to the other side the side that you STARTED on would be dry!

Here Connie is, showing us the proper techniques for painting our masks.

Here Connie is, showing us the proper techniques for painting our masks.

Connie told us that, when we paint, we shouldn’t go back and forth with the brushes because you might see all the messy paint brush lines all over our masks. She also told us that when you started to see little “white” spots where you were painting that you should “reload” your brush. We learned to keep the paint off the metal part of the brush and just on the bristles because you can only PAINT with the bristles. Paint on the metal would be wasted paint!

We wore our PAINT shirts, or OLD shirts, because acrylic paints NEVER wash out!

We wore our PAINT shirts, or OLD shirts, because acrylic paints NEVER wash out!

Here are some of our highlights:

  • seeing our masks when they were COMPLETELY finished.
  • each and EVERY step of the journey!
  • having a WONDERFUL time with Connie and Gordon!
  • working with our hands!
  • painting!
  • seeing the pictures of the masks and seeing how ours are the same and different compared to the Incans’.
  • shaping the clay around the nose and making the designs.
  • holding the freezing clay!
  • using newspaper to form our masks!
  • the variety of colours we were able to use.
  • seeing our masks after they came out of the kiln.

We sure hope you enjoy our SLIDESHOW:

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We KNOW that CLAY comes from the ground. Some of us have found it when we have been planting trees with our parents in our backyards. The clay WE find in our yards NEVER looks as good as the clay Connie brings. We’ve EVEN seen clay at the LAKE when we’ve been digging. We wonder where Connie and Gordon GET their clay. Do they buy it from someone who CLEANS it? How DO they clean it?

15 Responses to Painting Our Peruvian Masks

  1. Eloise

    Looks like it was a really fun project and you learned a lot about the ancient Peruvian culture. I’m looking forward to seeing all your final creations.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Eloise !

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We think making are Peruvian masks was a really fun project too! It was nice to see are final creations when Connie and Gordon delivered are masks.

      Have a nice day. Keep checking back.

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  2. Karen

    I can’t wait to see the finished masks. Looks like lots of fun!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Karen

      Thanks for the nice comment!
      You can see our Peruvian masks finished in the slide show. It was a lot of fun painting our Peruvian masks.

      Have a nice day. Keep checking back.

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  3. Angela

    Very nice masks! Love all the detail!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Angela!

      Thanks for the awesome comment!
      We also like our Peruvian masks.

      Have a nice day. Keep checking back.

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  4. Shreeparna

    Excellent way of learning about Peruvian culture.
    Shreeparna

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Shreeparna!

      Thank you for the lovely comment!
      We also think it’s a great way to learn about Peruvian culture.

      Have a nice day. Keep checking back.

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  5. Debbie

    I can’t wait to see the finished projects. What a great way to learn about another culture!
    I especially appreciate the variety of skills required to complete the unit.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Debbie!

      Thanks for the amazing comment! We have finished our masks and you will be able to see it on a slideshow soon. We agree it is a great way to learn about another culture. We’ve used a lot of skills to learn about our four countries.

      Have a nice day. Keep checking back.

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  6. Granny Gwen

    I really enjoyed the slideshow. It is amazing how different everyone’s mask turned out. Everyone looks like they enjoyed this learning experience.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Granny Gwen!

      Thanks for the lovely comment. We’re glad that you like our slideshow. We think the masks are amazing and different too. We enjoyed the learning experience. We like how every mask was different.

      Have a nice day. Keep checking back.

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  7. Grandma Caroline

    WOW – those are wonderful masks!! They look very authentic!! One can see how much you all enjoyed making them.

  8. Irene

    Can’t wait to see all the finished masks. Hope they don’t scare me!

  9. Nia

    I can’t wait to see your creative mask! It must be awesome!

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