Masks have been worn in nearly all cultures, for various reasons, since the Stone Age. They have been worn as a form of disguise, by an actor in a performance, as part of a religious ceremony, as part of membership in a secret society, as punishment for a criminal or in celebration of a holiday.
Colors were also important in mask painting. Generally speaking, red depicts utter devotion, loyalty, righteousness, and bravery. Purple symbolizes wisdom, resourcefulness, and justice. Black represents loyalty and uprightness. Watery white suggests trickery and malevolence. Oily white expresses self-conceited and domineering character. Blue implies unyielding and intrepid personality. Green brings out a chivalrous nature. Yellow stands for ferocity. Aged red reflects loyalty and bravery of virtuous and prestigious old generals. Tile grey delineates an aged fierce and ambitious person. Colors of gold and silver are mostly applied to gods
“This is an annual sixth grade project that students certainly look forward to. As a part of the creative process we plan and draw what the mask might look like. Outlining the concept on the mask also takes place. This process continues to take on expression and life as the paint is applied. Students are encouraged to start with their light color first. It is wonderful to see how their masks develop and make a statement about each student’s personality,” Connie Niedenthal said.