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Hallowe’en Faces

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Next class: Thu 5 Oct 2017. Book online.

How scary are your sugar skulls, vampires and zombies, your corpse brides and skeletons?

Hallowe’en is getting bigger and scarier every year – now it’s a week-long event with a build-up starting back in September!

In this special workshop, we can cover all the essential faces for the smallest children to the weirdest adults and give you some hints about how to achieve your own little additions.

Juliet Eve will demonstrate of some of the following, depending on the wishes of the group:

First and foremost, how to do a realistic skull.
The essential pointers in creating a Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skull.
How to make flesh look eaten by zombies using paint alone.
How to do a pretty, not-so-scary green, purple or pink witch for the little ones to go out trick-or-treating.
Elegant corpse brides, the Joker or evil clowns, skulls and roses or simple eye designs for the adults.
Devils, bats, pumpkins, mummies, witches’ cats and spooky graveyard scenes.

There will be plenty of pictures for inspiration and we will do as many faces as possible in the time!

What’s the history of Hallowe’en?

In the dressing up and fun of trick or treat, it’s easy to forget the origin of Hallowe’en lies in tradition and ancient mystery.

In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III designated 1 November as All Hallows’ Day, a time to honour all saints and martyrs. And so the night before – 31 October – was All Hallows’ Evening which got shortened to Hallowe’en. But even before that, more than 2,000 years ago when the only seasons observed were summer and winter, it was the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain (from the Gaelic samhuin meaning ‘summer’s end’) that marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. It was also believed that this transition between the seasons was also a mystical bridge to the world of the dead. Which goes a long way to explaining all those ghosts, skeletons and ghoulies we’ll be painting!

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