POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement

Students use contrasting colours of construction paper to create a pop-up mask card. 

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 4 to Grade 8

Subject

Mathematics
Social Studies
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

contrast pattern shape symmetry

Materials

Construction Paper Scissors Glue Stick Pencil Ruler Hole Punch

Steps

POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step One

Step One

  1. Fold the paper in half, short end to short end.
  2. Draw a line 8 cm in from, and parallel to the fold.
  3. Draw a line 2.5 cm down from, and parallel to the top of the paper.
  4. Draw a line 2.5 cm up from, and parallel to the bottom of the paper.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Two

Step Two

  1. The fold will be the line of symmetry for your mask.
  2. Draw the chin line and the forehead line starting at the fold.
    - The forehead line should go to the 8 cm line.
    - The forehead line cannot go above the 2.5 cm line or past the 8 cm line.
    - The chin line cannot go below the 2.5 cm line or past the 8 cm line.
  3. Draw dotted lines from the chin line to the forehead line.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Cut along the solid lines.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Fold the paper from the centre fold to the dotted line.
  2. Fold the paper back and forth to make a firm crease.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Draw 1/2 an eyebrow and 1/2 an eye starting at the fold.
  2. Make sure the middle of the eyebrow and eye are at the fold.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Cut out the eye and eyebrow.
  2. Unfold the paper.
  3. Draw the nose.
  4. Draw solid lines at the top and bottom of the nose.
  5. Draw dotted lines connecting the top and bottom of the nose.
  6. Repeat for the mouth.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Cut along the solid lines.
  2. Fold along the dotted line.
  3. Reverse fold the nose and mouth so they are tucked inside.
  4. Press along the folds to make firm creases.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Eight

Step Eight

  1. Fold along the outer dotted line.
  2. Fold back and forth to make a firm crease.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Nine

Step Nine

  1. Gently reverse fold all the parts of the mask so they are inside the folded card.
  2. Make sure all the folds are flat.
  3. Gently press the paper along the folded areas to make firm creases.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Ten

Step Ten

  1. Open the paper to check the folds.
  2. The mask should pop up.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

  1. Measure in about 2 cm from the outside edge of the paper.
  2. Hold a ruler firmly along this line and tear off the outside edge of the paper to make a soft edge.
  3. Use a hole punch to make some patterns along the edges of the paper and to add details to the mask.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Twelve

Step Twelve

  1. Choose a contrasting colour of construction paper.
  2. Fold it in half short end to short end.
  3. Glue the mask into the folded paper.
  4. Be careful to line up the centre fold of the mask with the centre fold of the paper.
  5. Glue one half first, then the other.
POP-UP MASK – Contrast, Symmetry, Measurement - Step Thirteen

Step Thirteen

  1. Open up the card to see the mask pop up.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a pop-up mask card;
  2. Create a symmetrical design with a variety of shapes and contrasting colours;
  3. Make accurate measurements; and
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

Extensions

  1. Collect and display pictures of masks used in contemporary society, e.g., hockey masks, protester masks.
  2. Ask students to add comments about how and why the masks are used.
  3. Compare the contemporary masks with theatre masks.
    How are they similar?
    - How are they different?

Prepare

  1. Download a variety of mask images from the Internet.
    Tibet
    Roman
    Elu
    Carnival
  2. Gather and make available books and pictures of masks, and other materials that support the focus for your mask lesson, e.g., masks of ancient civilizations.

Introduction

  1. Have students look at a variety of masks and mask images to find some common characteristics.
  2. Make a list of characteristics of most masks, e.g., exaggerated facial features, mood, symmetrical balance.
  3. Discuss how masks 'transform' the wearer. 
    - when a person puts on the mask he/she changes
    - in some cultures there is a belief that the mask has special powers and the wearer of the mask receives those powers and becomes one with the mask
  4. Focus on masks that support your topic. Discuss use of materials, decoration, embellishment and possible purpose.
  5. Introduce the challenge. 

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a pop-up mask card.
  2. Create a symmetrical design with a variety of shapes and contrasting colours.
  3. Make accurate measurements.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

The Process

  1. ​Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    - mask pops up when card is opened
    - the design includes a variety of shapes
    - contrasting colours are used
    - measurements are accurate 
    - the card is carefully crafted
    - paper is in good condition
  3. Encourage students to think of the kinds of details they will need to add to make an effective mask.
    - a variety of cut out shapes to create pattern and contrast
    - use of angles and curved space
  4. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  5. Observe students as they work. 
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

 

Sharing

  1. Ask students to give their mask a title, and to write a brief description of their mask's purpose, and how it is designed to meet this purpose. 
  2. Display the masks along with the written information for a group discussion.
  3. Remind students of the challenge.
  4. Ask them to look at the masks, either alone or with one or two others, and to:
    - Read the title and accompanying information.
    - Find 3 interesting things they notice.
  5. Proceed with a discussion focusing on the concepts for this lesson.
    - Purpose - how design elements support the way the mask is meant to be used
    - Elements of design - use of colour and shape
    - Technique – careful measurement, crisp folds, use of cut away shapes, condition of the paper

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads – Pop-UpMask_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads – Pop-UpMask_self-assessment.pdf)