Materials for our mask

In order to make our mask and the 3D aspects of it we will be using the following materials, these will allow us to successfully make the objects look realistic and to make sure the mask is as light as possible so the practical function (to be work in celebration of our chosen artist; Dr. Seuss) to be successful.

1. Plaster, this will be for the mask it self
2. Papier mache, new paper and glue for the base on top of the plaster mask
3. Polystyrene balls, for the Lorax trees
4. Paint, to paint the whole mask in different colours (white, red, yellow, green…)
5. Chicken wire, for the hat of the “Cat and The Hat” and for the base on which the hat is going to lay
6. Cardboard to make the base of the hat
7. Wire, to make the stem of the Lorax trees
8. Pipe cleaners, to wrap around the Lorax tree steams
9. crepe paper to stick to the polystyrene balls to look like the fur of the Lorax trees
10. Ribbon/string to make our attachment on the head.


Functions of art

Key Concept – Form
Related concepts – Style and Time & Place

Global Context: Personal and Cultural Expression
The aim is to understand how different art forms have a variety of functions that are determined by the intentions of the artist.

Our artistic intention is:
Our artistic intention is to create a piece of functional art; a mask which, expresses the cultural and personal identity of Dr. Seuss.

The function of this mask is to be worn during a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s life. We will achieve creating a function mask which expresses the cultural and personal identity of Dr. Seuss by using aspects from his books that represent his culture and him personally to showcase Dr. Seuss’s identity in our mask.

Our final mask design

Final mask design

Cultural Function (How our mask relates to the culture of our artist)

The pink, purple and green trees are actually from the story, The Lorax. The book is recognized as a fable due to the fact that it has a strong and learn full moral. This is Dr.Seuss’ favourite book since he was able to create a book regarding the economy and the environment issues without it being dull. Although the tree look happy and nice the Lorax said Dr.Seuss came out of him being angry. The colors of the trees work really well with this mask and make it look bright and look like Dr.Seuss art.

The star comes from the book the sneetches and other stories. Some sneetches have a green star on their bellies and others not. The green star leads the sneetches with green star bellies to discriminate those who don’t because they think the star makes them superior. The star has to do with culture because the star is linked to racism and discrimination. The book was published in 1961 and racism was a big problem then.

The street sign comes from the book and to think I saw it on Mulberry street. The street sign has to do with culture because the story takes place in Mulberry Street. Mulberry Street is a street in Springfield; Massachusetts this street is less than a mile from Seuss’s childhood home. Seuss grew up in Springfield and its where he got the inspiration to write his first book, which started off his career.

The hat, the whiskers and the nose were all inspired by the very famous book by Dr.Seuss, The Cat in The Hat. The Cat wears a big read and white striped hat, which is included into our design but in a unique way due to the trees attached to the hat. The book itself was created in response to a debate in the United State about literacy in early childhood and the ineffectiveness of traditional primers such as these featuring Dick and Jane. He created the book based on the first two words he found that rhymed. The words he found were cat and hat.

Personal Function ( How our mask relates to the artists style)

The trees are something reflecting Dr.Seuss’ art very clearly, colourful unrealistic looking shapes. They are a key feature to this art piece since the story of The Lorax is known by the majority of the world, the tress are something standing out making people guess our artist easily. The steams of the trees are not going straight into the air like normal trees would do instead they are fin and shaped almost like a snake topped with a ball looking with spikes all around it. These trees are simple but powerful to Seuss’s art style and imagination.

Dr. Seuss uses white areas or light coloured areas to create the illusion of depth, i did this in the lips using a light green base colour and darker green in the corners of each section to show the depth of the lips and to make them look realistic like Seuss does with his characters.

Practical Function

To make sure the practical function of the mask works (practical function = wearing the mask to showcase and to celebrate dr. Seuss). In order to wear it the mask has to stay on your face so we are adding ties onto the mask just to ensure the mask stays on the face and does not fall off.

The page from the book also represents dr. Seuss’s books and how it taught people to read and learn because his books had a big impact on our culture and society and thats all from his books. We are including a page from his very first book and to think I saw it on mulberry street because it was his first book which inspired him to write many more books and eventually encourage people to read and to learn by reading his books influencing our society and our culture.

Nathalie’s mask designs

Design 1

Design 1:

Design 1 has the truffula trees from the lorax story. Blue hair coming from the characters thing 1 and thing 2. The star and yellow belly colour from the sneetches story. The mulberry street sign comes from and to think I saw it on Mulberry street. Lastly, the lips are made to look like a turtles shell taking inspiration from the story yertle the turtle.

Design 2

Design 2:

The hat comes from the book the cat in the hat. The ears represent the character Horton the Elephant. Again, the star and yellow belly colour from the sneetches story. The fish and fish bowl are inspired by the story the One fish, two fish, green fish, blue fish. Lastly, the circus tent comes from if I ran a circus.

Design 3

Design 3:

The circus tents come from the book If I ran the circus. The eyebrows are inspired by the hair on the characters thing 1 and thing 2 and the baloons come from thing 1 and thing 2 as well. The moustache comes from the Lorax character. The nose and mouth are to represent the cat from the cat in the hat.