Mask Making - Self Exploration Workshop
Goal: To help participants explore an event, personal challenge and/or strength through the creation of a clay representative mask. The focus of this workshop is much more than the creation of an artistic mask. It is to encourage participants to courageously and openly explore something about themselves. It can be a celebration of success and strength and/or an exploration of a life challenge. "Central to group art is the healing capacity of the artistic process, the release of unconscious material which, when consciously assimilated, can lead to the release of creative potential for the individual…The physical nature of making can contribute to a release and relief of tension. Group members also react physically to the art objects of other members. It is an extraordinarily powerful moment..."(C.Case and T. Dalley 2006)
The workshop can be a one time event, or be expanded into a multi faceted series of workshops and meetings designed to fully engage the participants and explore the chosen themes. The workshop can be tailored to your needs.
The Basic Workshop
The most basic workshop involves a brief discussion with participants of the themes being explored. This would be followed by a discussion of technical considerations in mask making, followed by participant concept sketches.
Participants would then be encouraged to share the concepts represented in their mask sketches in an effort to refine their ideas.
A mask making demonstration would follow.
At this point the participants would produce their masks. When completed, the masks would be brought to my studio to be fired (heated) before being returned to the host organization within three weeks.
The basic workshop lasts four hours.
Please note that any workshop involving themes that may require trained support will require staff from the funding organization present at all times. This may require art therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists or others.
In order to expand the depth of understanding and increase the scope of artistic exploration, additional time can be spent developing the chosen concepts guiding the mask making. This can include:
- A writing exercise outlining each participants reasoning behind their mask, ie what it portrays and why.
- A response sheet for each mask containing the reactions and thoughts of the other participants to each of the masks and their writings.
- A photo record of the masks, the participants and the process.
- A Journal containing A photo of each participant and their mask, their preliminary sketch and/or their explanatory writing.
- A culminating party / exhibition with handmade invitations.
The basic four hour workshop costs $500.00 plus HST and $4.50 per participant materials fee. This fee includes preparation, on site workshop delivery and post workshop studio time. Please contact me for the costs associated with additional workshop elements.