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The Life Mask project was a collaboration between Robin Nelson-Wicks' Ceramics class and Adam Kaufman's English 12 class. Life masks were inspired by the European tradition of creating a plaster cast of a famous person's face when they died. Instead, kids captured themselves in the current moment by doing a wet plaster cast of their faces (breathing through straws inserted in nostrils for as much as ten minutes) and then pressed clay into the hardened plaster molds, which they then worked to create the textures and designs they wanted. Later, creative writing was incorporated into the project and paint or designs were added to the masks. The masks are on display in the LBHS library.
Students practiced different techniques working with clay sculptures and engaged in various creative writing exercises to develop some short pieces from which to draw text for their pieces. Students enjoyed the plaster experience because it was a rite of passage and required trusting their partners. They also enjoyed various creative stages of the project, from designing to working with clay to painting and decorating their sculptures with text.