Lordswood Girls School Mask Making

The masks in this gallery were all created by students studying for the design diploma at Lordswood Girls School. Through practical demonstrations and hands on experiences the students were introduced to a range of mask making techniques. There was an opportunity to discuss their ideas and guide them through a design process, before working to realise the designs through their chosen making technique.

Venetian Inspired Mask

Venetian Inspired Mask Lordswood Girls School Diploma Course Module

Most students chose to use the gum strip and tissue paper technique as it suited their designs. But two were keen to explore the further possibilities that were offered by creating a design in clay and making the mask using a papier mache technique.

Spirit Mask

Spirit Mask Lordswood Girls School Diploma Course Module

All students  worked independently to develop the masks between sessions but I know that the two made from a clay design put in a lot of extra time.

All the results are fantastic and show a real understanding of the medium. Most of these masks were made as artifacts rather than for use in performance

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Hall Green Mask Making and Performance

Masks were created as part of the design diploma course where students would also incorporate elements of textile work. The masks were made to be worn in a performance that would be taken to Fox Hollies School (link to fox hollies project).We  particularly explored characters that are rooted in the animal kingdom and that could exist in a fantasy world like Narnia.

The project involved working over two terms. Term one focused on creating the structure of the masks and painting techniques this was achieved in 3 half days with students also working independently between sessions.

Term two focused on masks into performance with 3 half days to devise and create a 10 minute piece. The students  although not from a performing arts background created a truthful and beautifully comic piece. I was also able to draw on my experience and training with link famiie floez . to help them develop their ideas and work with the masks . The performance was well received by staff and students at Fox Hollies. I have an interest in developing more work that links in this way.

Enigma CBSO Mask Making and Performance

The project began with a short semi improvised interactive performance to practically demonstrate the collaborative practice that I have been developing with musician Jackie Tyler (link)  since we first worked together in 2005 (link to Petrushka).This was followed with a hands on workshop  introduction to the art forms.

Mr Long Nose Created by Pyn Stockman

Mr Long Nose Created by Pyn Stockman

The pupils developed characters in response to Elgar’s music. (The Enigma variations are character driven themes based on Elgar’s friends. ) Our working method was to devise and develop a set of  characters through mask making these were then shared with the music makers who created themes to represent each of the characters. Finally the mask makers became performers using the masks and music as inspiration to develop short movement sequences that had a narrative quality.

EnigmaThere was a great sense of  collaboration not only within the class but across the year group. The pupils worked creatively and imaginatively with the material and exceeded all expectations in the creation of their masks. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to share the painting techniques of Familie Floez with whom I had worked the previous Summer, made possible by the openess of both staff and pupils. A special thank you to Miss Reynolds for letting me use so much paint and water and removing all the tables and chairs from her classroom so we could sit in circle and paint:)