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When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Lara Ritosa-Roberts
  • Course Code W21STEE04A

What you will learn

Design and create an original mask out of sustainable materials and explore ways to perform with it . You’ll be guided by an experienced sculptor and performance artist Lara Ritosa Roberts. Over the course of 8 weeks we will be exploring ways to design and make masks out of recycled hand-made paper pulp / mache learning how to model, cast and finish masks to a wearable standard. We will get inspired by cross-cultural masks and performance practices , alongside contemporary visual artists who employ masks in their work. Towards the end of the course we will also be looking into ways in which to devise text and movement to activate your characters / masks. Covid19 permitting we will go on a group visit to either an exhibition or a theatre performance. This course welcomes all levels and is ideal for all those interested in visual arts, sculpture, performing arts, theatre, textiles, fashion, costume design, art direction and more. Beginners will be guided through a set project whilst more advanced students will be encouraged to explore their own design ideas. The classes will be held at Pelham Hall sculpture studio and have been adapted with Covid19 measures in place - student safety being our priority.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Generate ideas to design and sculpt a mask
  • Make a wearable mask using sustainable materials
  • Employ sculptural processes of life casting, modelling and mixed media assemblage
  • Explore use of masks in cross-cultural performance and contemporary art
  • Understand and practice any relevant Health and Safety processes


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    Students are guided by the tutor in developing their own ideas whilst exploring sculptural and performance processes. Beginners will be given a set project brief to work on whilst advanced learners can apply their individual skills to the project. Lara's classes nurture an experimental approach with plenty of group & one to one technical instruction backed up with regular Power point presentations on the subject. Students are encouraged to keep sketchbooks, record making process, visit relevant exhibitions & share creative ideas in show & tell sessions. In order to ensure that learners make the best possible progress on the course, they will have regular feedback from their tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment

    Entry requirements

    None. All levels welcome including beginners although an interest in performance, sculpture, theatre, fine arts, textiles, fashion and costume design could be an advantage.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Pelham Hall Sculpture studio is a 5 min walk from the Main College on Lambeth Walk near the Imperial War Museum.

    What you need

    Apron or work clothes, strong shoes or boots, sketch book / note book and pencils. You may like to bring some of your own materials to create your mask with - this will be discussed during first session. Camera / mobile phone camera to record own progress.

    What you can do next

    Other Morley College Visual and Digital Arts or Drama courses