Hosted by: Peters Valley School of Craft
July 21-25, 2017
19 Kuhn Road, Layton NJ

Instructor: Lauren Raine
Although masks are works of art, they are also by their nature interactive. As “vessels for our stories” they often seem to invite collaboration. In this intensive workshop we’ll draw on our mythic imaginations as we learn to make masks and leather sculpture. Is there a Persona that awaits a face, a story? Participants will learn to sculpt from their own faces, creating durable theatrical masks and artwork. The mask or sculpture is created from different grades of vegetable tanned leather, which is shaped when wet, dried, stiffened, set with latex enamel, then painted and embellished. We will also touch on masks for personal iconography, portraiture, storytelling, educational purposes, and even community performance. No experience is necessary, and you take home the means to continue the investigation.
Beginner and Beyond
Lauren Raine MFA has been a mask artist, sculptor and teacher for over 30 years, with a background in mythology and theatre as well. Her multi-cultural “Masks of the Goddess” collection traveled throughout the U.S. for 20 years to numerous communities. She was awarded an Alden Dow Fellowship for a her work based on the native American myth of the Spider Woman, and was resident artist at Henry Luce III Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. , and she has taught at Kripalu Institute , the University of Arizona, and elsewhere. Her work can be seen at
Tuition: $595
Studio/Materials Fee: $45

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