FREE: Tribal Pattern Mask
Practise your use of
the elements of art in
this Tribal Mask artwork.
Easy Peasy Level:
In this artwork we draw a tribal style mask using a symmetrical copy technique. We then fill the background with different tribal style patterns, lines and doodles concentrating on detail and technique. In this artwork we really concentrate on using the visual elements of line, shape and value.
You will need:
- Sheet of white paper
- 2B pencil
- Thick black marker
- Thin/fine black felt tip pen
- Coloured felt tip markers
Easy Peasy Tips:
- Pattern based artworks and colouring books have become very fashionable of late. If you need inspiration for your patterns, try searching on the internet where you will find a wealth of ideas.
- Try searching online for tribal patterns that may inspire you to come up with your own designs.
- Don’t forget to place newspaper or a table cover under your work if you are using permanent markers.
- Really concentrate on being as accurate as possible when your lines or patterns meet to create a neat and appealing artwork.
For the Teacher:
- Remind students that when dealing with certain cultural groups, some tribal patterns can be of special significance. Students need to be sensitive to this and wherever possible come up with their own designs rather than simply copying as it may offend some people.
- Remind students about how they can achieve neatness with this artwork by focusing on making sure that their lines and patterns match up as accurately as possible.
- Also encourage students to try and use different amounts of black in their patterns. For best results, some of the sections should appear ‘lighter’ because they have less coloured black while other should contain more black and appear ‘darker’. In art we call this Value.
Creating Your Artwork:
In this lesson we will use a simple copying or tracing technique to draw a symmetrical mask design. Just remember that we will only be drawing one half of your design which we will then copy.
- Drawing the mask: Place your paper landscape style and fold in half top to bottom then open it back up. Beginning on the folded line, use your pencil to draw an outline for your mask as shown.
- Add some details such as an eye, 1/2 of the nose and 1/2 of the mouth, lips and teeth. To get the mask look, keep the shapes large and simple.
- Add some shapes on to the face to give it the tribal mask look. Remember to keep them simple.
- Copying: Once you are happy with your design, trace over firmly with the 2B pencil. Then, fold the paper in half once again with the design on the inside. Using your pencil shade firmly on the back of the design.
- Now open the paper back up. If you have pressed firmly, you should see a print of the design on the other half of the paper. If some parts of the design are missing, repeat step 4 in the areas where needed.
- Black Marker: Now using your thick black marker, carefully trace all of the design and colour some of the shapes black such as the eyes as shown. Once completed, use an eraser to erase any pencil lines you can still see.
- Background Patterns: From the mask, draw several lines outwards to the edge of the page. Try and break the background up into different sized pieces but also try and space them evenly or your artwork may look lopsided. You can use curved, wiggly or jagged lines to do this.
- Choose one of the sections and begin making your pattern. Start by simply making lines or shapes to break this section up into smaller pieces. Then break these sections up into smaller sections again using different size pens if you like. Keep adding detail until you make the decision that you are happy with the pattern you have created. This is entirely up to you, but remember if you haven’t added enough or if you have added too much, the section won’t look great.
- Repeat in each of the sections, trying to create different and interesting tribal style patterns in each. When creating the sections, try and use different amounts of coloured black. This creates contrast and value (light or dark) in your artwork.
- Continue adding patterns and doodles.
- When completed, look for any last sections that may need more pattern or black. Your background is now complete.
- Competing the mask: Add some more coloured black sections and patterns to the mask as shown. We do this to create balance in your artwork. The background has lots of black so the mask section will need some too.
- Using your felt tip markers, colour the mask in your favourite colours. Try blending light and dark colours together to create more depth. Your artwork is now complete.
What do you like about your artwork? What would you do differently next time?
- Try your own pattern mask artwork using our symmetry copy trick then fill with your own patterns.
- If you enjoyed this pattern based activity, why not try one of our other similar art lessons.