18-inch x 24-inch oaktag into 6-inch x 24-inch strips to form
the base of the mask. Provide other smaller sheets, precut strips,
and scraps of oaktag for students to use to construct their masks.
Construction paper can also be used, but the paper should all
be one color--this will simulate a gargoyle more accurately and
will require students to concentrate on texture, not color, to
achieve their goal.
a strip around the head of each student and staple at the correct
size. Mark eyes on base and have students cut out eyeholes.
and demonstrate with the students all the ways paper can be changed
from being flat to being three-dimensional or "unflat."
Some possibilities are: folding (single or multiple folds), tearing,
crinkling, rolling around a pencil, curling with scissors, cutting
and bending, or scoring with scissors along a curved line and
can now begin to build their gargoyles on the mask base--the wilder,
the better! The masks should be thought of in three dimensions--the
sides and back, not just the front. White school glue is the strongest
way to attach mask parts, but paper clips or staples may be helpful
while the glue dries.
inspiration as they build, have a range or animal pictures (the
whole gamut from reptiles and fish to birds and mammals) and a
supply of pre-cut oaktag strips, straws, styrofoam "peanuts,"
and similar "junk" available.
the masks are finished, arrange an exhibition, either worn or
arranged on a bulletin board to simulate how they would be installed
on a building.