May in the art room means an annual rite of passage for the eighth grade: the plaster gauze mask-making project. Our students know each other pretty darn well by the end of eighth grade and are comfortable allowing their friends to prepare their faces and then apply wet pre-plaster gauze. They work in teams of three: there’s the doctor who applies and smooths the plaster; the nurse who supplies the doctor with strips of dry gauze; and the patient who is treated with care to ensure they feel comfortable and safe while the gauze is applied. (BTW: The nostrils are not covered!) A warm wet washcloth awaits the patient as the mask is removed. When the mask has dried, it is painted. This year, those who did not want to cast their faces selected their hands, and even feet, to imoratize in plaster.