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These are ceramic totems made by an artist inspired by indigenous forms....but I'm thinking this could be done as a collaborative class project using different sized tin cans....paint them white with gesso and let the kids paint a pattern on their own can...layer the cans every other with white cans!

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This is a sample I made to demonstrate the process of mask-making for my students. Inspiration was derived from African art, and body art from a variety of cultures. While working on this face, I was thinking about the ritual scarring practiced by many African tribes, Maori facial tattoos, and the Indian art of Mehndi. The neck coils are reminiscent of the Kayan women of Myanmar and Thailand who modify their bodies by stretching out their necks with ornamental brass coils.