In the Mexican tradition of El Día de los Muertos, the wearing of a mask is an opportunity to dance with our ancestors. The mask is a sacred way to transcend the bounds of ordinary reality and allow the souls of the dead to express themselves during this time of the year when the veils between the worlds of the living and the dead are thin. In this workshop, we celebrate and honor the dead by listening to the messages of the ancestors, energies, plants, animals and all the elements, and we allow their expression to emerge through the form of a mask. This is a two-part workshop. Using plaster cast, we will make the masks during the first class and then decorate the masks during the second class. Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting wet with drips of plaster. We will provide petroleum jelly to prevent plaster from sticking to your face, but bring your own if you prefer. Also please bring a towel and face cloth and a shower cap or something to tie back hair from face.
When: Tuesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 26, 6:00-9:00pm
Where: The Fine Arts Work Center, Stanley Kunitz Common Room
Instructor: Gail Morrison – artist, eco-therapist, earth-based spiritual practitioner
Materials: Materials list provided upon registration
Cost: Suggested donation $10 per class, plus $5 materials fee
To Register: Email