OSHR 1749 - The Magic of the Mask

  • Noncredit
  • Off-Campus

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

The human face is marvelously expressive. Myriads of emotions are communicated through its smallest movements. So why would one deliberately cover that face with a highly painted, perhaps grotesquely shaped parody of itself?

Put on a mask and a magical transformation occurs and a new person or spirit emerges. The intent of this class is to look at the reasons why a mask would be chosen to conceal the wearer. We will focus on and examine the circumstances and manner of the mask’s use in various African cultures and the mask of the theatre.

Note: The Fort Collins Museum of Art will be hosting a display this spring on masks, created by local artists. The fee for this Osher course includes a ticket to the museum so you may see their creations.

Please Note: You may also want to enroll in OSHR 1759 Creative Masks through Creative Materials (detail found on page 19 of this schedule book).

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.