I would have posted this sooner, but I have been completely swamped with work. This art project was actually done the week before Anti-Bullying Awareness Week in November. I decided to have students create masks out of plaster gauze (which the town hospital generously gave to me for free) and paint words and faces on these masks that reflect the nature of bullying. Here are a couple of pictures I took of some students’ work:
This was the description that I had written on the bulletin board to explain the idea behind our project:
The intent behind this art project is to bring to surface the reality of bullying. By creating masks, we took a paradoxical approach to “reveal” the true nature of bullying and what it causes. The words that are portrayed are written boldly and subtly as a reference to how these emotions and actions can be both bold and subtle.
The truth is, there is nothing attractive about bullying. There is nothing beautiful about fear, depression, abuse, aggression, gossip, cruelty, sadness, nor intimidation.
What is bullying to you? Unmask it for what it is.
Some of the students used mask forms to shape the plaster gauze into a face, but the majority had a partner dip the gauze in warm water and layer it on their own faces! It wasn’t messy at all (because we had them use plastic wrap instead of vaseline to cover their faces) and it was a lot of fun!
I’m taking down this bulletin board tomorrow so I can begin setting up for our watercolour paintings (I’m very excited to show you what they’ve done!). Stay tuned!