Monday, May 19, 2014

Mexican Masks

Fifth grade kids learned about Mexican masks. They compared Lucha Libre masks with Oaxacan wood carvings. Lucha Libre masks are traditional cloth freestyle wrestling masks worn by luchadores (wrestlers) in Mexico.  Some of these wrestling masks are passed down from generation to generation.  When a wrestling match is lost the mask is removed revealing to the community the true identity of the luchador.  Then the mask is retired.

Oaxacan wood carvings on the other hand use animals as inspiration.  Students who chose this style of design used bright colors and patterns in the art!

Learning Goals: I can...
- Describe Oaxacan art
- Describe Lucha Libre masks
- Use a clay slab and a slump mold to create a mask
- Paint a mask in one of the above Mexican styles

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