What you will do
2.5 hour workshop
- Learn important historical information on the use of masks in Venice during past centuries.
- Understand the ancient technique of making a Venetian papier-mâché mask
- Create a personalised papier-mâché mask that he/she will decorate and take home
Theoretical introduction (30 minutes):
A brief description of the use of masks in Venice with an explanation of the most significant model, the “Volto”, also called “Bautta” (This mask will be hand-made later in the workshop).
It is important for participants to understand the significance of the Bautta. This mask was an essential part of the unique Venetian lifestyle. Moreover, to help participants visualize the role that the Bautta played in Venetian society, I will show them how it used to be worn.
Brief description of the creation of a typical Venetian mask and the ancient techniques used to make them. I will show the stages of a mask’s creation process, from the clay sculpture to the finished piece, along with an introduction to the different materials used in the process.
Practical element (about 1.30 hour)
Individual creation of the “volto” in papier-mâché, using a plaster mould and the paper.
The materials are simple and no tools are needed to make the mask other than the participants’ hands. This is the technique used 800 years ago.
IT IS NECESSARY TO ALLOW THE MASK TO DRY. THIS CAN TAKE MORE THAN 24H. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO PICK YOUR MASK UP THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND (IT CAN BE POSTED IF YOU ARE NOT FROM THE AREA.). OPTION OF PAINTED OR UNPAINTED MASK TO BE AGREED WITH THE TUTOR.
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Deptford Does Art
Deptford Does Art: Cafe - Bar - Art Gallery - Creative Space
Deptford Does Art is an exciting project aimed at pooling and showcasing art from around the area in order for local artists to gain exposure and therefore help them sell their work. With a rich program of workshops and talks there is much to see and plenty of opportunity to get involved, be creative and meet like minded people from the community. All workshops are run by teachers from Deptford and it’s surrounding areas, keeping it as local as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact them using the ‘contact host’ button on the website page.
Materials: Papier-mâché- Glue - Paintbrushes - Mask mould - Aprons for participants *No dangerous material or equipment is used during the workshop. All necessary materials are provided.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.