“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth” –Oscar Wilde 

Maybe it’s because of the fairytales we all heard when we were kids – you know the ones with the grand masquerade balls…the fancy masks and ornate headdresses. Or perhaps it’s just because I like the idea of the alter ego….but whatever the reason, you have to admit that wearing a mask somehow makes you feel different, doesn’t it?  A simple bit of costuming over your face and inwardly you feel a transformation…not just visually, but psychically. With this in mind I thought it might be fun to spend a bit of time transforming the ordinary lives of old photographs into their enigmatic alter egos. In this class we will take portraits of everyday people and using paint, clay, collage, and found objects we’ll create masks, helmets, cowls and headdresses. You will be transforming the mundane into something elegant, opulent and mysterious. 

Some of the specific skills we’ll be tackling in this workshop include:-how to use tools for taking found objects apart and what to do to reassemble them into elaborate masks and headdresses.
-paint techniques, choosing colors, mixing colors, and combining paint with collage and objects.
-collage techniques, including collaging over found objects.