Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Back to Work with Mayan Masks

Ready to dry!


It was AWESOME to have two weeks off for Spring Break, now it's back to work and back to blogging!  I am so excited to watch the fifth grader's Mayan masks coming together.  My husband and I had taken a tour of Chichen Itza, outside Cancun, last fall and I fell in love with the history and art.  I bought a mask and based a clay project on my purchase.  The kids were so intrigued by the Mayan culture and were really involved in the project.  They researched the meaning of animals in the Mayan culture and also came up with their own interpretation of animal meanings.  Then, they picked two animals they felt best represented their own personalities.  We carved this into clay, fired them and finally started painting them this week.  These are the first several that are finished.