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Mask Making Workshop

Secondary Schools
Year 7 – 11

One artist for one day, working with 25 young people with teacher support.

We begin with a demonstration and a discussion on the uses of Masks – What is a mask?
From DNA’s collection, we bring a large variety of different types from all around the world.
The use of the full face mask from Greek Theatre, Neutral mask and from Italy the tradition of Commedia dell’ arte half-face comedy theatre masks.
How masks are used in Carnival Celebrations all over the world from Venice to Trinidad.
Why masks are used in Traditional Rituals and our Contemporary use in Western Society.
Other practical uses of masks.
Young people get to explore the masks – hands on activity.

Demonstration of mask making technique for individually fitting molded to face masks made from gumstrip and paper mache.
Young people make masks in pairs – process takes approx. 2 hours. Usually finished by lunch time.

After lunch, young people put on layer of brown paper mache, to strengthen and then decorate with collage techniques using a variety of materials and trimmings.

Masks can be themed eg. animals, crazy creatures, witches & warlocks etc or general Carnival style.

At the end of the day, finished masks can be worn and paraded.
Also movement techniques in mask performance.

Specialist Commedia dell’ arte workshops are also available, concentrating on making techniques and performance styles.

All materials are supplied.

Booking Details

Ages Suitable for 11 - 16 year olds
Running time all day
Suitable venues

schools, community groups, youth centres,
6th form colleges

Availability all year
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