MASK WORKSHOPS IN VARIOUS SCHOOL CLASSES
I supervise workshops in which we create masks, crowns, hats and caps. They are mostly made of cardboard, with gouache and ink. I also make available to the participants several materials that they can stick or integrate into their artwork, since some students have an innate creativity. When time permits, or when the client or the teacher wishes, we can then integrate the characters in a theatrical staging. Creating these imaginary characters is fun for both the participants and myself. I like to see the astonishment on the faces of the young artists who discover their talent.
MASKS FOR THEATRICAL USES: TEENS AND ADULTS
Whether it is for a visit to the King Dagobert, to inhabit a character that came out of our unconscious, or to act out of anonymity, masks always do the job. I orient my workshops on large format masks because a gestural drawing period precedes the creation of the mask itself. Gestural drawing is done with large movements generated by the entire body, not just the fingertips. I show brush techniques before we start the masks, to ensure that the ink lines are expressive. It’s amazing to see how personalities can be expressed through masks.
CROWNS FOR CHRISTMAS, ST-JEAN-BAPTISTE AND OTHER PARTYS
It is very convenient to make our own crowns for costumes of all kinds. I regularly supervise workshops where we create crowns for Christmas partys, St-Jean-Baptiste, Halloween or other occasions. Crowns don’t obstruct the view of the person who wears it and they generally forget that they have it on her head. I offer templates and blank models to participants who prefer to indulge in inspiration.