The relief mask project is designed to reintroduce the students to both additive and subtractive sculptural techniques. Students will be asked to roll out clay slabs and to mold them to basic mask forms. Once the clay slabs begin to firm up, students are expected to create a uniquely individual visual solution. Using both additive (sprigging and attaching) and subtractive (carving) techniques, students should create and emphasize the element of relief in their masks. Students will also be expected to create a dynamic visual surface for their masks through an examination of texturing techniques.
In preparation for the Relief Mask project, students will be expected to spend several days in class researching masks and techniques which will serve as inspiration for their own designs. Additionally, students should fill at least 4-5 pages in their sketchbooks with preliminary drawings of their mask design.
Examples can be found to the right. The project rubric is attached at the bottom of the page.