Part 1: Origins of the Word "Mask"
“Mask” comes from several different origins. Click open this link, and write the meanings of the "mask" words on your study guide – each of them turn out to be the qualities of the mask! (5)
Part 2: Mask Sketching and Uses
Draw the mask into the circle on the left that represents the title in the middle. Then, click on the title and fill in notes that explain (a) the mask design and what it’s made of, (b) purpose or ritual use of the mask, and (c) the historical era and the groups who used the mask. Enjoy the journey! (30)
MASKS AND DEATH
GREEN MAN MYTHIC MASK
Take notes from the opening paragraph
AND the paragraph under "Church"
(Alternate site, Endicott)
AND What the Noh masks are made of...
AND what the Commedia and Carnival masks are made of Some were leather, but there's more. You can also watch an Italian mask maker make one at this site.
BONUS: "To This Day" showcases effective speaking techniques of articulation, volume, and rate in creating emphasis and emotional appeal in a performance. Watch the video, but listen closely for how this performance artists uses speaking skills to be effective. Discuss the use and effect of three instances.
Part 3: A Modern Day Use (5)
1. Check out this video on a new and controversial use of the mask from the group ANONYMOUS. Add the Guy Fawkes mask sketch to side two of your study guide.
2. Research who Guy Fawkes is to get the history of the mask design. Put three facts on side two of your study guide. WARNING: This is a low budget but entertaining quick lesson.
3. What is your favorite piece of information from today's research? Please explain.
Bonus: To add to your study of masks and their role in culture go to this Mythic Arts Journal page,
scroll down to the subtitle "Other Ritual Uses," and scan through the info. Add two interesting facts to side two of your study guide.