This is one for those of you with kids in NYC
When: Dec.10 2016
Where: 18w 86 st, New York
The Bard Graduate Center approached me about a mask-making workshop based on their exhibition about the neoclassical French architect and interior designer Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions. He is the designer of the Arc de Triomphe, and was later appointed to be one of the personal architects of Napoleon Bonaparte.
For this workshop we focused on paper art creation only: folding, curling, ripping, and layering paper, working with the colorful and playful characteristics of paper. Characters from both ancient Greek drama and Charles Percier’s own social world come alive; tragedy or comedy, an artist or an empress?
Before Charles Percier designed furniture and interiors for Napoleon Bonaparte, he supervised the creation of theatrical stage sets for the Paris Opera. Children and their caretakers were invited to explore a Percier’s dramatic imagination on an educator-led tour of Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions. This tour was then followed by a hands-on colorful and expressive mask making workshop.
The mask making workshop touched on the Neo-Classical aspect of Percier’s work, being inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman art. Nowadays, we might think Greek and Roman sculptures were all white marble, but the opposite is true. For this mask making workshop we worked using the true colors which allowed for some colorful mask creations.
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