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Grade 9 Mask Project

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The Landfill Harmonic is the story of making something beautiful from cast-off materials that were considered trash.  "The families that live [in Cateura, Paraguay] recycle the trash and then sell it".  Their resourcefulness and creativity enabled Favio Chavez (Orchestra Director) and his musicians to share wonderful music with the world.
To my grade 9 class: as you prepare for your papier mâché mask project, I want you to think deeply about the importance of materials.  The people who live in Cateura have so little to work with, yet they are creating beautiful music to share with others.  What can you do with the materials you already have?  

We have many opportunities to create art, since we have an abundance of materials available at our fingertips.  We will focus on using recycled materials for our mask project, because it is important to consider our environment, but also because it forces us to see things differently.  
Begin to think about the kind of character you wi…