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Hawaiian Tiki Mask

Discover the traditions and beauty of Hawaii by making an authentic Hawaiian Tiki Mask. Crayola® Color Sticks make creating wood grain texture a snap.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Tiki Masks are carved wooden masks that represent deities or gods from the Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. Get some pictures of this Hawaiian art from the internet or books to use as a reference.
    2. MAKE RUBBING PLATES For younger children, this step can be completed by an adult ahead of time.
    3. Use Crayola Scissors to cut several pieces of poster board into medium-size pieces about 4 x 10 inches (10 x 25 cm).
    4. Print from the computer, copy from a book or create a wood grain pattern. Cut out the wood grain pattern with scissors and glue onto a piece of cut poster board. Trace over the lines in the wood grain pattern with Crayola School Glue and air-dry completely overnight.
    5. MAKE TEXTURED WOOD GRAIN DESIGNS Use the flat side of a Color Stick to color a piece of construction paper with several lighter shades of brown. Place the colored construction paper on top of each of the rubbing plate and use the flat side of a dark brown Color Stick to rub over the paper until the wood grain image appears. Fill several sheets of construction paper with wood grain rubbings.
    6. Carefully cut a recycled oatmeal or snack cylinder container in half lengthwise without cutting the base. For younger children, this step can be completed by an adult ahead of time.
    7. Lay the wood grain rubbings side by side and glue them into one long sheet by overlapping the edges about 1 inch (2.5 cm).
    8. Sketch openings for eye and mouth openings and cut out with scissors.
    9. Use Color Sticks to color over the wood grain rubbings to create a traditional Hawaiian Polynesian design.
    10. Wrap the color wood grain construction paper around the cut recycled oatmeal or snack cylinder. Make sure the face lines up in the cut out area of the cylinder. Overlap and glue the ends together securing the paper to the cylinder.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

    LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Describe how people create places that reflect ideas, personality, culture, and wants and needs as they design homes, playgrounds, classrooms, and the like.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

    VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

    VA: Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Good Night Hawaii by Adam Gamble; A is for Aloha: A Hawai'i Alphabet by U'ilani Goldsberry; Too Many Mangos by Tammy Paikai

    Encourage students to research and create other Hawaiian art such as petroglyphs, Hawaiian Kapa, or tattooing.

    Investigate the colorful flora of Hawaii. Students view multiple photographs of each of the Hawaiian islands and the foliage found on each. Students interpret the photographs and sketch an original scene which incorporates flowers found there such as the Hawaiian Orchid, Bird of Paradise, Haleconia, Plumerian, etc. Provide students the opportunity to explain their sketches and display them in the classroom.


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