Create a Lion King Character Mask
1. Check Your Expressions! Once you've chosen a character from THE LION KING, think about the emotions he or she expresses throughout the story. Ask your kids to notice how the face moves or what it does to show each emotion, and how these things could be replicated on a mask.
2. Control Your Emotions! Of the emotions and expressions you've thought of, which is the one that best fits your character? Remember, your mas needs to reveal its emotion to an "audience" right away, without words. The audience member must "get" the emotion as soon as it looks at the mask.
3. Other Factors? Now that you've chosen your character's primary emotion think about other factors that may affect your character's mask, such as:
- Real Life: What kind of animal is your character? Study your animal's appearance through images, video, or live at a zoo. What "real life" elements of your animal's face can you use in your mask?
- Patterns and Textures: When studying your animal, notice any patterns and textures you can use. How can these patterns and textures help to convey your character's main emotion?
4. Get to Work! Using a round piece of cardboard, approximately the size of your head, create your mask using any materials you see fit to convey your character's primary emotion. Use your notes from observing real animals to give the mask the most realistic expression possible. Important note: remember that your mask will need to be light enough to sit on your head, so be careful not to make it too heavy. once you're finished with the mask, attach the cardboard circle to a headband or loop of paper fitted to wrap around your head. The mask should be able to sit right above your forehead.
- Crayons, paint, markers
- Yarn, feathers, straws, toothpicks
- Pieces of luon, or pressed wood
- Stretchable headband
- Materials for paper mache
Photo by Joan Marcus, Copyright Disney Theatrical Productions