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Lexington 4th Grade Mask Making Art

Carrie Lawrence, Lauderdale County art teacher, is using an Alabama Arts Education Initiative grant, funded through the Alabama State Department of Education, in a mask-making elementary project. At Lexington School, 4th-grade students learn about the Tribal Masks of the Dogon in Mali, Western Africa, making their own clay masks.


The students learned that many of the African masks use animals as subjects and are carved from wood or made from clay, copper, and bronze. They symbolize a virtue like strength, swiftness, or gentleness. They also represent agriculture or good crops. There are other times masks are used such as at weddings, during wars, and at harvest time.


Mask Mosaic 4