For inspiration we looked at the tribal art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, especially at their facial masks. We mentioned also Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin, who were seduced by the beauty and originality of exotic art: sculptures and facial masks. Using our fantasy, we first sketched the masks on paper with black markers and colourful pastels. While we listened to soft drum music, the emphasis was put on spontaneity, expressiveness and depicting one’s emotions. In the second part of our class we worked with clay to transform our sketches freely into 3D objects.
The masks will go through a firing process and in the next class we will be painting them to bring them to life even more.