Getting Very Creative on a Friday Afternoon!
In the spirit of Halloween and costumes, we decided to host a masquerade mask-making workshop in our student lounge!
Friday afternoons at Lexis Brisbane are often filled with excitement and anticipation for the weekend. After a week of learning and studying, everyone is ready for a change of pace, a chance to unwind, and an opportunity to have some fun with friends. Recently, a unique and engaging activity was added to their schedule: painting masquerade masks. The result? An afternoon filled with fun, creativity, and a deeper connection to both art and culture.
The history of masquerade masks is a fascinating journey that spans centuries and cultures, reflecting the intricate and often mysterious world of masked balls, carnivals, and celebrations. These masks have played a significant role in various societies, evolving from simple disguises into intricate, ornate works of art. Let’s take a closer look at the history of masquerade masks.
The concept of wearing masks as a form of disguise or celebration can be traced back to ancient civilizations. In Greece and Rome, masquerade masks were used in various festivals, particularly during the celebration of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and merriment. These early masks were often made of cork, wood, or fabric and adorned with materials like feathers and leaves.
One of the most well-known chapters in the history of masquerade masks is their association with the Venetian Carnival. The Venetian Carnival, dating back to the 13th century, was a time of indulgence and revelry, and elaborate masks became a symbol of the event. Venetian masks were known for their intricate designs, featuring feathers, gems, and even gold leaf.
The masquerade mask painting activity allowed students to draw inspiration from absolutely everything and anything. Some chose vibrant, tropical colors to capture the essence of Australia, while others drew from the elegance of Venetian masks, decorating their creations with intricate patterns and designs. While this activity offered a chance for individual creativity, it was also a very social event. Everyone shared laughs, ideas, and techniques as they worked on their masks side by side.
Here at Lexis Brisbane, our students love creative and crafty activities as it is the perfect chance to unwind, have a laugh and be silly. Whether you’re listening to music while you paint or laughing with your friends over your creative process, art is a wonderful way to connect with others and unwind after a long week.