We offer the following mask programs suitable for a variety of age ranges:
Class time: 9 to 12 hours per class over several weeks.
Dive into an intensive creative process of development, design and creation. Learn about masks from around the world, then create your own mask on a cast made from your face.*
This immersive process engages students on multiple levels, and can be tailored to fit curriculum-focused themes including identity and personal storytelling.
Suitable for all ages.
*Options for sensitive children are considered and available.
Class time: 1.5 to 2 hours per class
Choose from a number of paper Canadian animal masks printed on quality card stock. Colour and decorate, then cut it out and wear it! A fun hands-on activity that improves planning, hand-eye coordination, use of scissors, etc Can be paired with studies of animals and life cycles.
Suitable for all ages
Class time: 20 to 25 hours per class
Learn to design and create a papier mache mask from start to finish in the same intensive multi-step process used by professionals. Students begin by casting each other’s faces and then make positive moulds, followed by sculpting, papier mache, and painting their creations.
Suitable for Junior or Senior High School students
Our residency focus is on child-created work. Our processes celebrate children’s unique perspectives and encourage their individual artistic expression within a team setting. We do not follow a set program to which children must conform. Instead, we work with the school to tailor the residency to the needs and interests of students and teachers.
CAOS made learning amazingly fun for staff and students alike. Their staff was supportive throughout the whole process and they did their best to relieve our stress and insecurities with their professional, organized program. Watching the students’ faces when they viewed the finished projects was priceless!
Any school or group who has the chance to work and experience your expertise, enthusiasm and magic you create, is very lucky.
Working with CAOS was an incredible experience for all of our Earl Grey students. We were involved in two separate residencies and produced amazing work that inspired and motivated our students to go beyond normal limits of creativity and learning for elementary aged children. An amazing and worthwhile undertaking!!
CAOS acknowledges all First Nations, Metis, Inuit, status and non, as caretakers of Turtle Island, and is grateful to the Blackfoot - Kainai, Sikiska, Piikiani Nations, the Dene - Tsuutina Nation, and the Nakota -Welsey, Chiniki, Bearspaw Nations for their patience and guidance as we understand Treaty relationships.
CAOS is based in the city of Calgary, also known as Moh-kins-tsis (“Elbow” in Blackfoot), Winsheesh-pah (“Elbow” in Stoney), Otos-kwunee (“Elbow” in Cree), Kootsisaw (“Elbow” in T’suu T’ina), and Klincho-tinay-indihay (“Horse Town” in Slavey).
The Elbow River gets its name from the distinctive "crook" as it flows towards the Bow River, which gets its name from the reeds that grew along its banks, which local First Nations used to make bows.