Arctic Animal Mask Making
And you thought Vermont winters were long and harsh! Let’s explore the beauty and mystery of the Arctic habitat and the creatures that make it their home. Musk ox, narwhal, bald eagle, lemming, hooded seal, caribou, beluga whale—so many unique animals with special adaptations! You will focus on an animal or two to build in three dimensions: first in papier-mâché, and then as a mask. The final class will feature an outdoor “Arctic tableau” where we’ll wear our masks and even act out our creatures (if desired!).
Lisa Kaija received her BA in Art History at Dartmouth College and her K-6 General Education/Visual Arts teaching certification through the Upper Valley Teacher Institute. During the last thirty years, she taught all subjects in grades K-4 and some subjects in grade 5-6 in various Upper Valley public and private schools. She has trained mid-life career changers to become teachers and raised five children with her husband, Kevin. Lisa revels in teaching art. The question she dodges most often is “Are you an artist?,” since she considers herself a teacher first and an artist second, and elementary art teachers need to know a little about a lot of different art forms. She thrives on challenges and enjoys being creative with people of any age.