Making The Mask: Sculpting Your Story


This lesson teaches students the technical sculpting skills needed to pull off a visual story in a mask. Students will learn how textures are made using a variety of tools. This lesson also delves into 4 job opportunities for sculptors of the human face.


This is the fourth lesson in a 4-lesson unit, geared towards teaching students how to use Shape Language and Color Psychology to create a mask with a story inspired by an emotion that they, themselves, keep hidden. At this point students have learned about the use of shapes and colors to create a character or story. They have brainstormed and researched their concept and they drafted a life size design of the final sculpture in 2 views. In this lesson students will learn the technical sculpting skills to execute the sculpture. Focusing on 2 skills: 1. building up the planes of the face and 2. creating believable and intentional textures.

Lesson Times

80 minute periods
10+ Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
K-12 Subjects
  • Visual Arts & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

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