The Magic of Masks
A Two-part Mask-making Workshop
with Anna Wiancko-Chasman
Sunday, October 29, 1:00 – 4:00 pm &
Sunday, November 5, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
“Masks are objects that cover the face for variety of reasons. They are used for protection, disguise, entertainment or ritual practices and are made from various materials, depending of use. Earliest use of masks was for rituals and ceremonies, and the oldest found mask is from 7000 BC.”
In this two part mask-making process, students will engage in personal exploration through mask making. In a nurturing and safe setting, students will work in pairs to create masks from each others’ faces using plaster gauze.
Students will be encouraged to keep a journal between class sessions that records dreams, thoughts, and personal insights. This might also include a list of ideas, events, or objects that carry personal meaning for each participant. Some other ideas to consider: an important event or day, something you love, something you believe in, your favorite season, your favorite pastime, something that identifies you as a person, your favorite animal, your cultural heritage. Keep in mind that this work is often intuitive, and spontaneous expression is encouraged.
In the second class, we will work with the mask forms to create smooth surfaces, a blank “canvas” if you will, for inspiration and embellishment. Students are encouraged, through example and discussion, to explore and consider what their intent is for the decoration of this personal image.
The finished masks can be minimal and austere, or they can be richly enhanced. Participants may choose to express themselves with paints, beads, fabrics, collage materials, feathers, grasses, and more. These supplies will be provided. Students might also wish to include objects or artifacts from home that carry a deep personal meaning to serve as symbolic representations of self or mystical talismans. Whatever treatment the artist chooses, these masks will be transformed into symbols and expressions of the inner self, personal life experiences and passions, and one’s place in the world of spirit, humanity and nature.
We will come away with masks that are not used for the purpose of hiding our real selves, but to represent and embody authentic self expression and the celebration of our unique and true natures.
Ideas will flow within a warm, peaceful and safe river setting, surrounded by trees and the beauty of the natural world.
Location: Anna’s studio will be the site of this workshop. It is located on the Washougal River just minutes from downtown Camas/Washougal. Directions will be shared upon registration.