The historic mystery of masked Venetian drama fed the imaginations of Veena’s students this term. To start the creative juices flowing, the group watched a short clip that set the scene and inspired the group towards the design and creation of model masks fit for the famous.
These colourful designs expressed different materials, such as feathers and sequins, some embellished with tissue paper adornments. The children naturally balanced their designs with symmetry and a variety of textures.
Next step, bringing two dimensions, to three.
The artists preliminary designs led to a modelling project, based on traditional handmade Italian masks, built from paper mâché.
Initially, the moulds using newspaper and foil were prepared for a base, then layers of damp paper mâché were added on top, to make the mask. These took over half term to dry fully and were then ready for decoration.
After painting the masks white and cutting out the eye shapes, we were ready to decorate and embellish.