put on a mask of some sort during our life. The workshops I have undertaken
this past year, explore the many varied approaches and methods of making
a mask that 'hides what the face reveals and reveals what the face hides'.
aluminium wire or foil to make the initial shape that maybe moulded
from our actual face or developed from a distorted self-portrait drawing.
We may also focus at the design stage, on Inuit masks and the culture
that surrounds them. The mask is then covered and embellished with mod-roc.
This year I have had the opportunity to work with children from 3 to
18 years of age (and their teachers during INSET days) making masks.
I was so struck by the absorbed concentration evident on the faces of
even the youngest children who used the plaster impregnated bandage
to make the most detailed fanciful features The children quickly learnt
the basic techniques which then gave them confidence to develop their
mask which is then decorated using paint and personal. items, fabrics,
feathers, pictures and lots of sparkly bits if they can get away with
Summer term I undertook a residency at Kingsmead Community School, Wiveliscombe,
where I worked with year 6 in their feeder primary schools. They each
made a mask, incorporating an animal, that represented how they wanted
to appear to others. The masks were displayed in the hall at the begriming
of the new year and have been used in Art and Drama during the first
when playing and experimenting with materials and techniques that suggest
a direction for the piece to develop. Maybe we create our alter ego
through the making of the mask but from my experience it is a wonderful
way of exploring our creativity and developing the self confidence of
those not familiar with the joys of just making things.
photographs show examples of workshops held with adults at an INSET
day with Primary School teachers in Bristol, and masks made with primary
school children and GSCE students.
information about this or the Shoe Sculpture Workshops, please contact
Jenni at Hurstone Artfarm, Waterrow, Somerset, TA4 2AT or Tel.(01984
624302) or e-mail jennidutton.com