Make a Rock Drill Mask

Do you ever pretend that you're a scary robot monster? Here's the perfect mask for you to download, cut out and colour in

The inspiration

Sir Jacob Epstein, ‘Torso in Metal from ‘The Rock Drill’’ 1913–15
Sir Jacob Epstein
Torso in Metal from ‘The Rock Drill’ 1913–15
© The estate of Sir Jacob Epstein

Jacob Epstein made this sculpture in response to the horror of the First World War. Millions of young men were killed or wounded. People were shocked by the huge scale of destruction caused by tanks and machine guns, the new ‘machines of war’.

Which parts of the sculpture do you think look human and which look like a machine? Do you think the figure comes from the future or the past? Does it remind you of a character from a book or a film? If it came to life what noise do you think it would make?

  • 2 x A4 sheets of 160gsm card (thin card suitable for use in a printer)
  • Colour pencils or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Stapler
  • Elastic, ribbon or string
Mask template 1
Mask template 2

Print out both sheets of this mask design on to 160gsm card.

Download activity

  • Colour your mask in with pencils or crayons (why not have a look at the Mask Gallery for some other decoration ideas?
  • Cut out along the lines marked with the scissor symbol
  • Fold along the eye shape and face shape
  • Overlap the head shapes and staple to create a 3D shape
  • Staple the eyes shape to each side of the head
  • Staple your elastic or string in place at the sides and you are ready to wear your Rock Drill mask.

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