Mask Making for Teens

Teens ages 12-18 complete a wearable papier-mâché mask over the course of 2 , 1 hour and 15 min sessions at least a week apart.

During the first session we discuss some of the main uses for masks and discuss design elements in masks from around the world. Then using paper clay and plastic forms the kids began to design their very own mask. One  week later, we meet again to crack the masks from their forms and paint them.

I have taught this class for four years for the St. Tammany Parish Library system’s Teen Summer Program to wondrous results. The children’s creations never cease to amaze me in their variety and inventiveness.

Look at these lovely examples of student work.

I charge $100 plus supplies and mileage (or you may provide the supplies). The plastic forms are about $5 per child and the paper clay is about $20 to $25 a bag plus various paints, brushes, and plastic to protect table tops. Also access to water and a bucket for mixing is needed.  I work in Southern Louisiana and book at least 6 weeks in advance. Contact me at sanguinepiskie [at] gmail [dot] com.

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