Mask Making Basics 101
This class will introduce the student to professional mask making techniques. The class will meet Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm April 3rd through May 8th. The class will be broken down into four sections.
1. Casting the Human Face: Each student will learn to cast a person’s face and have their own face cast. The casting will be done with alginate and plaster bandages. The finished mold will be used to create an Ultra-Cal 30 (high grade plaster/cement) high-detailed, positive replica of their face. This positive of their face will be used in the class, will last a lifetime, and can be used in the future for advanced mask making and GM Foam facial prosthetics classes.
2. Sculpting the Mask Shape: Using Roma Plastilina, an oil based clay that does not dry out, the student will sculpt the shape of their mask directly on to the Ultra-Cal 30 positive of their face. By doing this, the finished product will fit perfectly to the person’s face.
3. Casting the Sculpted Mask Shape: This step will create a mold of the sculpted mask shape using Ultra-Cal 30. The finished mold will be used to create the final mask, and has the ability to be used over and over, if one wants to make multiple copies of their mask.
4. Creating the Mask: This final step will use the mold from step 3 to create the final mask. A number of materials can be used in the mold, including Neoprene, Latex, GM Foam, and more. This class will be going old school and working with paper mache being placed inside the mold in layers.
This class is being offered at an introductory rate of $150, and is limited to 6 students. The cost of the class includes most materials. The only materials it will not include is paint and other materials the individual student may want to use to finish off their mask.
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Day 1: February 20th, 2013 – Demo, Casting the Human Face
Day 2: February 27th, 2013 – Students casting each others faces
Day 3: March 6th, 2013 – Clean up Ultra-Cal positives and begin sculpting
Day 4: March 13th, 2013 – Finished sculpting, casting mask shape.
Day 5: March 20th, 2013 - prepare mold, begin paper papier-mâché layers
Day 6: March 27th, 2013 – Final sanding, finishing mask.