Friday, March 26, 2010

Body Art Make-ups & Exams

Body art was a huge day for all concerned. We worked hard to complete diverse, interesting and beautiful concepts. Guided by our lovely Louise and the talented and gracious Kath Brown, with thanks to our wonderful, patient and fun models/dancers, who bought our efforts to life?

A little time to review notes, clean and organize our kits and set wigs in preparations for our end of term 1 exams.

We had a great hair class with Tan, styling Polly and Alice’s hair to look like the 1940’s.

Exam day-good - luck everyone: presentation of our paper mache masks and assignments – they all looked fantastic.

Well done – yee ha, happy production break all.

Rae Hennessey - Student

Period Make-ups & Onset

End of term exams are fast approaching; gee this course has gone quick! This week we did the final of the period make-ups, 1950’s and 1980’s.

1950’s saw women become sexier, with bold make-up, more hair and much more cleavage, the Marilyn Monroe’s and 50’s housewives come out to play.

The 1980’s were when girls just wanna have fu-un! The frosts and the bright colour were brought out and the hair was teased to an inch of its life, lots of fun.

On Wednesday we had another art class with Jayne, where she taught us how to make our own face charts and gave us great tips for our body art for next week.

We’re also starting to gain our on set experience with Nick and Paul at Fox Studio this Friday, which will be priceless for our CVs and our confidence.

Busy weekend for all with the preparation for body art, final exams, finishing our mask and research assignment, eep!

Alice Baueris - Student

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Make-up through Time

The week started with make-up based on the 1920's - Bobs and Marcelle Waves, porcelain skin and bow lips. Paler foundations and smokey eyes then developed into the 1940's look of more glamourous screen sirens, with blood red lips and well defined eye makeup. We had fun dressing these looks up with head scarves and fur coats!

We are all working busily on our paper mache masks, which are almost ready to be painted and decorated. We also continued wig knotting our moustaches.

The highlight of the week was the arrival of 5 male models who were subjected to 1800's looks, with powdered wigs quickly followed by a basic stage makeup and then a natural film look. They were all fabulous models and presented three very different looks.

A great week!

Jacinta Christos - Student

Friday, March 5, 2010

Period Make-ups Create Lots of Fun

Week 7 has brought new and exciting challenges for all the girls:

Monday started with 1800’s make-up, an era of bold make-up and wigs, all the girls created a great Marie Antoinette on each other.

Tuesday was our Queen Elizabeth 1st, with our pre-set wigs all styled-up, we all had another challenging but fun day.

Wednesday’s art class began with learning to paint with primary colours. We then moved on to our paper Mache masks. Art teacher Jayne is always helpful and such a nice lady, we really enjoy her classes.

Thursday we continued on with our paper Mache masks, which was a relaxing and creative day.

The first two days were the most challenging part of the week as we again experimented with different brands of white grease bases.

Over all the girls had an interesting fun week with many laughs ‘at the way we all looked’, check out the photos.

Jennifer Kuehn - Student

Monday, March 1, 2010

Egyptian, Cirque & Finished Sculptures

After several weeks working on basic makeup techniques and refining skills in the minimalist makeup look, week six was met with an air of excitement, as it was Egyptian and Cirque Du Soleil week!

Egyptian period makeup meant working with new products and using bold colours in the likes of greens and blues and an amazing gold! Since day one of the course, we have been training our eye to pick correct foundation colours, so trying to change a skin colour tone to suit the Egyptian look was a little difficult at first. How much is too much? Whilst the 'Cleopatra' style was very formulaic, we still had the freedom to experiment. We added an Egyptian wig, jewellery and toga to complete the look and it was amazing to see the regal characters coming to life.

Cirque Du Soleil was a really exciting day! We are very fortunate to have Louise teach us this component. Her time spent on tour with Cirque meant her insight and knowledge on the subject is invaluable. Not only in learning the makeup techniques but also in learning about the culture of the show. Louise cannot speak highly enough about the company, and has got us all thinking about the possibility of working towards a role with Cirque (although we will have to work on our sewing skills first!?). In terms of our own makeup day, we all approached the task with much enthusiasm! We worked from reference and copied existing images. It was great to work with colour and get into creative mode. Once again we were using new products we hadn’t yet touched on and this wasn’t without trial and error but overall we had some great results.

We had our third hairstyling class, which was all about the amazingly versatile GHD! We learnt how to create a variety of curls and waves and the difference between GHD curls and hot rollers. We used aluminium foil and French Pins to create crimped, zig-zag looks, and realised that the possibilities are endless - you just have to get creative.

As Friday approached we all knew it was the deadline for finishing up our prosthetic sculpts and prepping them for the next stage. It was a very intensive day of working on the last stages of texturing and refining areas that still needed work. We are very fortunate that Nick and Paul are ever patient with us and always at the ready with advice and help. We learnt about the next stage for our characters and set the sculptures up for the moulding process, which we will carry out in a few weeks time. It does seem a little bit of an anti-climax to be finished... how do you know when you are really finished? It's the sort of work that the longer you persist with it, the better the end result will be. I’m sure we all agree that we have learnt so much from the experience so far....

Polly McKay - Student