Planning the Mask: Drafting Your Story


This lesson will teach students how to take a basic thumbnail or sketch and turn it into a finalized draft. This lesson delves into the reasons drafting a sculpture before building it can help students plan and problem solve. Student will also be given a front row seat to see how drafts and maquettes are used by Beth Cavner in her creative process and in the making and creating of Maz Kanata, a Star Wars space pirate.


This is the third lesson in a 4 lesson, unit. It's geared towards teaching students how to use Shape Language and Color Psychology to create a sculptural mask with an emotional story. Now that your students have settled on a concept and composition for their mask, they will be drafting their final designs in 2 views and with a 1:1 scale.

Lesson Times

80 minute classes
1-3 Class Period

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

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Design and draft their mask using shape and color to
  • Draw their mask designs with a 1:1 scale

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