Renaissance Unit StudyWeek 11: We made Venetian Carnival masks.
Seven main types of masks, each with their own special significance, hid the identity of the wearer. The masks enabled people could engage in improper behavior without fear of retribution. People liked the freedom and the carnival season stretched to six months in length. Gamboling and drinking rates increased. Debtors hid from creditors and noblemen who came upon hard times begged for cash to replenish their supplies.
Masks were works of art and constructed from clay, paint and other materials as shown in How Venetian Masquerade Masks are Made below.
Soon laws were passed forbidding masks except for designated special events and celebrations. With the reforms, carnival became a time to speak out against government and poke fun at life's rituals in a format much like Saturday Night Live. Skits and performances are still a big part of the carnival tradition today all throughout Europe.
Bravo! Zan Angelo! is a picture book about a family of carnival actors and a quick read to go along with this lesson.
Lots of craft supplies
Unfortunately the glitter glue and objects attached to the masks with kids glue fell off as soon as they were dry. Other than that this project requires little explaining, so just scroll through the pictures and enjoy.
He made a sad bird mask.