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  • Carnival masks Today we are going to be learning about

    the different masks which are worn at carnivals around the world.

    You will write instructions on how to make your very own carnival mask.

  • Masks are usually worn in theatre. What characters do you think these masks could be used for?

    Look carefully at the different details on each mask. They might give you clues.

  • Devils Mask

    This is a devil’s mask from the Pascuarela Play of

    Tocuaro, Mexico.

    Can you see which features are devilish?

    What stories could you tell using these different masks?

    Transformation Mask

    This is a transformation mask from British

    Columbia, Canada. It can be used to show both an old

    man and a young one. These masks are used in

    the performance of myths and stories.

    Elephant Mask

    This is a Bamileke Beaded Elephant Mask from


    Can you see the elephant features?

  • Venetian masks For hundreds of years, the Venetians have carried on

    the tradition of mask wearing during the pre-Lent season.

    In Venice, masks were traditionally worn between St. Stephan’s Day (December 26th) and Shrove Tuesday

    (the last day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent).

    Venetians would hold celebrations and parties during this period. These parties were the only time when the

    lower classes (poorer) and upper classes (richer) mingled together

    By wearing a mask, the person was given more licence to get up to mischief – it is easier to do things when no

    one knows who you are.

  • Brazilian masks Similar in style to Venetian masks, Brazilian masks are also worn in celebration of Carnival during the

    week before lent.

    Brazilian Carnival first occurred in the 17th or 18th century in Rio de Janeiro, but masks weren’t worn

    until the 19th century.

    Lower-class parading people, called Cordões, wore these masks in contrast to the more organized and lavish parades held by the

    upper class.

    It’s the Cordões’ parties where the dance style Samba was born.

  • Types of masks There are many different types of

    mask that are worn at festivals around the world.

    Here are some traditional venetian mask shapes.

    Masks can cover the entire face or only one part.

  • These masks only cover a part of the face and have a handle.

    Some masks

    represent different animals.

    These masks exaggerate facial features like the

    nose and chin.

    Some masks are very extravagant using hats, feathers

    and a wealth of colour.

    Some masks

    cover the ………. entire face.

    This one uses ties to keep the mask


  • Designing a mask Now it is time to design your own mask!

    1) Draw the outline of your mask. • Is your mask going to cover the entire face? • Are your going to exaggerate any features?

    2) Decide how your mask will work. • Will your mask have a handle? • Will your mask have ties?

    3) Decorate your mask. • What colour will your mask be? • What will you use to decorate it?

    (some masks use sequins or feathers)

    If your are going to make your mask, remember to keep your design simple.

  • Writing Instructions Now it’s time to write your instructions so anyone

    can make your mask!

    Your instructions will need a clear title at the top of the page. Remember to underline it!

    Include a picture of what the finished mask looks like.

    Write a list of the equipment and tools required to make your mask. (Example: glue, scissors, feathers, coloured pencils)

    How to make a carnival mask.

    You will need… •


    1) First, carefully draw an outline the face.

    2) Then… diagram

    Then write out your method using numbered steps and imperative verbs and time phrases.

    imperative verbs These tell you what to do. cut, draw, sharpen, stick

    numbered steps These numbers tell the reader what order in which to do things.

    1, 2, 3,

    time phrases These tell the reader when to do something. first, next, finally, afterwards, then

  • Finished?

    Once you have finished your instructions, make sure you read them through


    Check your spellings, punctuation and grammar.

    You could send your instructions to a friend or family member to see if they can follow

    your instructions!