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Venetian Mask Making ala Cinderella Part I

March 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mask Making Workshop
Teacher: Alison Walters Short
Supplies will be provided but you can feel free to supplement your own as well
This is a 3 part class to allow for drying time with the last class optional for the final decoration.

This 2-session workshop will walk through a simple method for making paper mache Venetian/Mardi Gras-style masks, will share more information about the different styles, and will take you to the point where you are ready to decorate it (on your own or together in an optional 3rd session). It is best for middle school and up, though younger kids may be able to participate with adult assistance. Each session will run 60-90 minutes, depending on how fast you work!

Session 1 will make the paper mache mask
We’ll talk about the history of masks and the different styles you frequently find.

Session 2 will make homemade gesso (a glue/paint prep base) to cover the paper mache and make a good base for decorations.
We’ll also talk about 3D effects and some painting techniques.

Optional Session 3 will be decorating our masks together.

You will need to provide:
1/4 c. Cornstarch
1/4 c. Baking powder
Razor knife if you want to trim the edges more neatly (kids make sure you have an adult to do this)
Plastic/paper bowls you can put glue and paint in

We will provide the following (if you are local; if not, you will need to provide this as well):
White acrylic paint (~$5 for 2oz) such as:

Several Scott’s shop towels (the blue roll) to make one half-mask (you need 2-3 towels)
(Regular paper towels will also work, but aren’t quite as nice)

Elmer’s Glue-All (note: this is NOT Elmer’s school glue; Mod Podge will also work)

Plastic Mardi Gras half-mask to use as a form

You can also use a larger mask base if you have one, but you may need more supplies
Foam paint brush (1-inch)

Optional additional supplies for decorating/preserving:
Additional paint brushes for decorating if you want finer details
Decorating options such as acrylic paints, sequins, ribbon, etc.
You may want “tacky glue” or a glue gun to make it easier to apply your decorations.
If you want a 3D effect, you’ll need puff paint (any color, as you’ll paint over it) and will need to plan to do this between sessions.
Clear acrylic sealant spray (you may be able to use Mod Podge, but if you’re not careful it could smudge your decorations)
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March 20
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm