Students then created collage faces to show an exaggerated emotion (see pink image above), and they chose one emotion to explore and exaggerate through a cardboard mask. Folding, rolling, tearing, & stacking the cardboard were among the many techniques students discovered to make their masks three dimensional. Once finished, students brainstormed gestures that could accompany their masks. They then transitioned into a drama integrated arts unit with our Drama Coach, continuing their study of emotions.
To reflect on all of the deep learning we did in this unit, students played a critique game. Each student filled out a form about their mask:
The emotion I showed on my mask was: _________________________.
You can tell it shows that that emotion because I ____________________________________________________________________.
Something I exaggerated on my mask was the __________________________.
They left their names off of their reflection forms, and we played a critique game in which we tried to match the written description with the correct mask. The game motivated students to use clear, descriptive writing and to look closely at others' artistic choices.