Session One: The facilitator will share stories and pictures of Native American masks of the Pacific Northwest. In a workshop format, and with a partner, class participants will build a facial art mask. The construction of the mask is a relaxing social experience. An opportunity to express your identity, or to tell a story of importance to you.
Session Two: Paint and decorate the mask to express a personal story from the heart.
Session Three: Using the mask as guide and prompt, we begin to write the story of the mask. In a Talking Circle, we will share the mask’s story.
Session Four: We gather to share and celebrate our masks and stories.
All mask-making materials are provided. Brushes, paints, buttons, and decorations will be available. You are invited to scour your utility drawer, workbench, or sewing box for fabric pieces or whatever you might use to embellish. Participants are encouraged to wear paint clothes. General Public/Members: $72/$60 Four Sessions
Your Teacher: Barbara’s career is in public health. She was a faculty member at U.W., St. Martin’s, and SPSCC. She earned masters’ degrees in Community Health Planning and Nursing and conducts mask-making workshops for health, wellness, and for story writing.
She has facilitated mask-making workshops for twenty-five years, at various venues: U.W., St Martin’s, LaSalle in Philadelphia, and South Puget Sound Community College; with ArtsOlympia and Women’s Weekend Retreat. The seniors of Panorama partnered with students of Komachin Middle School to make masks for intergenerational storytelling.