7th grade students have completed a lengthy lesson (really 2 lessons in one) centered around the mask making style common to the Indonesian Islands. While we primarily examined the style of of the Lombok tribe, similar mask styles can be found in Java and Sumatra. The masks are long faces with intricate patterns of dots used to create images and designs.
Students began by building the masks out of clay, focusing on strong 3 dimensional elements, as well as a smooth texture that would give them a nice surface to add their dots. After the first firing the masks were base-coated and finally the students took great care in adding hundreds of tiny dots to create their patterns and animal totem images.
The final pieces are absolutely stunning and on display in front of the FMS library.