Vivid Ideas: Using Masks for Learning

Friday, 9 June 2017, 05:00 pm — Friday, 9 June 2017, 07:00 pm

Using Masks for Learning

This Educational Coaching workshop is part of the Vivid Ideas 2017 program and is offered as a ‘taster’ course open to all members of the public. Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring some of the world’s most important creative industry forums.

Education, psychology, the arts and history all tie together when we explore using masks as a learning tool. This creative workshop will demonstrate some of the creative and innovative methods of teaching that are utilised at the University of Newcastle. This workshop will develop your awareness of self. The workshop will illustrate how masks create an opportunity for the physchological to meet the physical.

Learning Aims

This creative workshop aims to explore masks from pre-history to current usage and will look at how to use masks as a tool for developing performance and communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will work with masks in an interactive setting, exploring how they can be used as a transformational tool to allow explorations of physical theatre and identity.

At the completion of this workshop, participants will have a greater knowledge of their own physicality and communication as well as developing presentation skills.


This creative workshop will cover the following content:

  • Introduction – Context 
    • Ritual
    • Theatre: Greek – Commedia dell’Arte – Meyerhold – Mnouchkine
    • Society – Carnival – Halloween – Politics
  • Warm Up
    • Health and Safety
    • Knowing a mask
    • Best practice
  • Physical release: Copeau and Lecoq 
    • Self-awareness
    • Isolated movements
  • Discipline: Asia and Decroux 
    • Movements
    • Blocking
  • Communicating without words: Brecht and Brook 
    • Tableau
    • Script subtext
  • Movement and meanings: Meyerhold
  • Rehearsing with masks: Mnouchkine
  • Tableau Part 2: Bogart
  • Next Steps: Barba

Intended Audience

This workshop is particularly suitable for, but not limited to:

  • Educators
  • Performers
  • Those with an interest in performance arts
    Individuals involved in public speaking

Delivery Style

This will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of a instructor lead lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows you to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focused teaching environment. You will challenge your understanding of the concepts and consider their application.

Course Prerequisites

This workshop has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public 15 years of age and above.

Recommended Reading

Roy, D., Baker, B., & Hamilton, A. (2015). Teaching the Arts Early Childhood and Primary Education (2nd ed.). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
Masks as a method: Meyerhold to Mnouchkine
Dyspraxia, drama and masks: Applying the school curriculum as therapy

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This course is free. Enrol now.