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Student Paintings November 2005

These masks were created in a class taught at the library on Wednesdays by artist and teacher Adele Karbowski.

First the class looked at masks from different cultures: Southeast Asian, Northwest Native American, ancient Greek and Roman, African, and medieval Venice.  The students discussed how masks have different functions: to protect, disguise, and tell stories. They also show different emotions such as happiness, fear, and sadness.

The students used pastels to create their designs in brilliant colors on black paper. In white pastel they drew the features and lines connecting the eyes, nose and mouth. Several techniques were used to form the masks.  Textures were created by layering colors and shadows were formed by blending.  I think you would agree that the results were amazing!

Adele is an artist and teacher in Rhode Island. She has a masters in Art Education and experience teaching all ages,. You can contact her through email: delljon@aol.com, phone: 401-568-0748, or through the library.