Looking at Balinese Masks
Scheme of Work: Key Stage 2 - Year 3



Keywords: Masks, Materials - wood & papier mache, Decorative, Festivals, Ceremony, Protection, Disguise, Acting, Dance, Design, Artefacts, Folk Tales, Form, Line, Texture, Colour, Shape, Pattern.

Discuss the origin and function of Balinese masks

Balinese Masks were worn in dance dramas performed by monks in front of the monastery at the year's end, as Christian mystery plays were once performed outside churches.

Balinese masks are used by their society as a medium through which they may understand and control supernatural forces in their lives.

Activities to carry out with children.
*Explore masks, handle and discuss them.
*Children become 'detectives' and find answers to 'key questions' given by teacher.
Examples of key questions include:
How has this mask been made? What materials have been used to decorate the mask?
What purpose do you think it was made for? How does the mask make you feel?
*Observational drawings from artefacts.
*Painting of artefacts.
*Children design their own mask for a purpose. Give children a criterion e.g.relate to folk tales that could be used in Literacy as cross curricular work.
*Make mask in 3 dimensions. Possibilities to complete this could include papier mache, junk modelling and card construction.
*Children are given the opportunity to add detail to their masks through painting and collage.
*Children to evaluate the whole design process.

Children can use this unit to develop a sketchbook. They can annotate, self assess and modify their own work.

Develop ideas further using links across the curriculum. Looking at folk tales in Literacy. Children to design and make a mask for use in a performance of a folk tale.



Note:
Where possible organise a visit to a collection of masks e.g. London - The Horniman Museum. Children can experience a range of masks from different cultures and traditions.


Resources:
Collection of artefacts that children can examine and explore in detail (these could be borrowed from a loan scheme). Sketchbooks, Art materials including pencils, pens, paints, brushes etc. Modelling materials including newspapers, cold water paste, balloons, cardboard boxes, string etc. Books and other secondary resources relevant to the topic.


Visual Information:

Possible display or ideas for Balinese masks.