Create your own mask with the Gage Academy of Art

Who says costume masks are only for Halloween? In this video, you'll learn to make your very own decorated, Carnival-style mask with teacher and artist Jeremias from the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, a community art program that works with Amazon.

Making a mask that will fit your face properly involves a bit of planning. Jeremias will show you how to set up your cardboard template so that both sides of the mask will match each other. Then, he'll show you how to make sure the mask fits just right for your face by measuring the distance between your nose and the edge of your eyes using a mirror and a pencil. Finally, he shows you how to create your design and cut it out—including a great trick for cutting out the eye holes.

Okay, so now you have a beautiful cardboard cutout that looks like it will make a fabulous mask, but it's a little bit plain… what now? Check out the part 2 video, where Jeremias shows you how to put the finishing touches on your mask!

What you'll need:

● Lightweight cardboard (a cereal box works well)
● Colorful paper
● Scissors
● Shoelaces, string, or elastic for securing your mask
● Stapler
● Markers
● Glue stick

Virtual Kids Week activities are intended for children with involvement from a parent or guardian.