Mask Making Coming Alive
This 2-week Mask Making workshop takes you deep into the Mask-Making world. You will learn Mask Design which includes sculpture for leather masks, mold making, leather molding, cutting and trimming, and coloring and finishing. You will also learn the history of the mask and about some Commedia dell’Arte character types.
This Mask Making workshop includes basic supplies such as clay, sculpture tools, master mold making material and some finishing materials though some other materials you may need to purchase. You will finish this class with two masks and the knowledge of the process and experience to create more masks.
Two weeks of the Mask Making workshop include:
History of the mask
Commedia characters types: Zanni, Pantalone, Capitano, Brighella, Arlecchino, Dottore, Pulcinella,
Sources: paintings, scripts, antique documents, video…
Relation with animal shapes
Design of the mask
The first plaster mold from the face
The creation of the character mold in clay or plastiline
The negative mold in plaster
The work with the leather on the positive mold
Cutting the border and the eyes of the leather mask
Coloring the mask
Working with the masks: some points of acting mask techniques
Possibility of covering:
History of the costumes of Commedia characters
Theatre make up lesson for the Commedia theatre
It’s all about the experience
The Mask Making workshop will be 4 hours per day and participants will have the late afternoon, evening and weekend free to explore Florence and Tuscany. The course will take place in Florence, Italy. Participants can combine this course with the Commedia dell’Arte workshop which takes places before this course.