This summer while researching projects for my seventh grade art class, I came across these Japanese Noh masks. They are quite expressive and beautiful, while maintaining their simplicity.
Noh classic Japanese dance theater is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. The Japanese theater is divided into the Kyogen, or comedic and the Noh, the more serious of the plays. Traditionally, in Noh plays all roles were played by men, wearing masks and costumes. The masks are quite beautiful, and portray both genders with a range of ages and expressions.
Using a variety of textured papers, their challenge was to express emotion and age through positive and negative shapes and color. Integrating art and literacy, I asked them to use one word to describe their feeling.
Have you made paper masks with your students? It’s a wonderful way to share cultures. Let me know what you think below.