Wooden mask painting with Felipe Horta
- 23 September
- 14:00 - 16:00
- 16:30 - 18:30
- All public
During this workshop, participants will learn how to paint decoratively on a small traditional wooden mask hand-carved by Felipe Horta, a master mask-maker from Tócuaro.
Sometimes made from copalillo or avocado wood, other times from jacaranda, the masks from the town of Tócuaro in the Michoacán region come to life from a single piece of tree. They represent gods, animals, and natural forces.
Felipe Horta will guide participants in their choice of colours and teach them about the use of Mexican masks at festivals, religious events, and dances, as well as the meanings of each figure.
Participants will be able to take their work home with them.
The artisan Felipe de Jesús Horta Tera is a creator of wooden craft, heir to the technique from his father Eustacio Horta Castillo. He learned at the age of 12 and currently shares the work with his children Juan Carlos, Víctor Hugo, Felipe, and Lizbeth. His wife, Elia Saucedo, also helps in the family workshop in the community of Tócuaro, in the Mexican state of Michoacán.
The hand-carved masks meticulously decorated with paint are traditionally used in festivals, religious, events and dances. Horta’s most representative mask is the one that gives life to the devil. With great imagination and skill, he has managed to make his pieces stand out and have a unique signature.
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