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An introduction to Body Art, Theatrical and Special FX Make-up Workshop

Time for your young people to get creative and experiment with a face and body art kit on each other and sample our theatrical, special FX make-up workshop which covers many of the technical disciplines in the face and body art workshop but focus closely on the human anatomy and using contouring for the stage alongside character development so you can learn how to create dramatic characters and artistic make-up for the stage

What Happens in this Body Art & Theatrical Make-up workshop?

Designed for any level of ability and experience, the work shop will be split into 2 stages:

The history of body art, techniques and materials, working with the human form.

Practical painting, with techniques practiced on arms and/or faces, and drawings created of their face and body art ideas.

During the 3 hour workshop students will cover:

Sponge techniques, including stippling, blending, double loading and dragging.

Brush techniques, including angles, detail, double loading, kabuki work, tear drops and blending.

Anatomy and contours of the human form, placement on the figure and balancing your design.

Use of colour, including colour selection, contrasting colours, layering paint, adding highlights and shadows.

Health and safety including face and body art hygiene, understanding cross infection and prevention, model safety and consideration, allergic reactions and time scales.

Preparing and cleaning the skin, including making prints of small work.

Sealing work, glitter and powders and capturing your work digitally.


Special course features will include:

World body art information, with cultural and historical roots.

How to make a career in face and body art, considerations if capturing your art with photography and further development opportunities.

Inspiration and ideas, tips on how to come up with creative concepts, influences and possible studies.

All students will be able to experiment and practice with a face and body art kit, with access to a range of professional face and body paints, ranges of sponges and brushes, and different types of glitter.

A handout will be provided that they can take home to keep, with face and body paint tips and tricks, face and body templates and colour charts to create their own designs, and a recommendation list for face and body art materials and artist studies.

Theatrical make-up workshops cover many of the technical disciplines in the face and body art workshop but focus closely on the human anatomy and using contouring for the stage alongside character development so you can learn how to create dramatic characters and artistic make-up for the stage.


What areas does this Body Art & Theatrical Make-up workshop cover on the national curriculum?

Peer to peer learning, cultural history and global activity, art and design, skills and understanding.


What will young people get from this Body Art & Theatrical Make-up workshop?

  • Skills and understanding of a global ancient form of art that plays a considerable role in our society still today.
  • Ways to take their art practice forward and confidence to safely continue trying this media and developing their creative abilities.
  • A fun and enjoyable experience, working with a relaxing and stimulating creative art form.

What do young people say about this Body Art & Theatrical Make-up workshop?

“I found the workshop very insightful and interesting, it taught us how to create different effects with a variety of techniques that I had not used before, the workshop was definitely worth attending!” Ellen, 16

"Emma is helpful and knowledgeable and has taught me about the application of body paint, make-up and styling, with a calm and friendly attitude, which made the experience relaxing and fun." Charlotte, 21

“It was such an experience to join in your body art workshop. I have learnt lots of new things” Danny, 14


What sizes does this Body Art & Theatrical Make-up workshop?

3 hour workshops which can be combined to a 4 hour workshop covering one character for theatrical make-up. Additional character work for theatrical make-up and face paint designs can also following the initial skills training, with special effects offerings such as cuts, bruises and wounds.


How many young people can this Body Art & Theatrical Make-up workshop accommodate?

10-15 comfortably, this can be an extended group with additional assistants as support (accommodating 30) and additional material costs covered, the same applying for additional follow up workshop areas such as special effects if groups want to continue and learn extra skills and designs.



We are very proud to say that we always aim to beat our competitor's costs whilst providing first class practitioners who will inspire and engage the young people they are delivering too! (Just take a look at our testimonials)

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Workshops & activities suitable for:
Young People , Adults, Arts Award, Brownies & Girl Guides, Community Groups, Curriculum Enrichment workshop, Further Education, Housing Associations, Key Stage 2 - Workshops for Primary Schools, Key Stage 3 - Workshops for Secondary Schools, Key Stage 4 - Workshops for Secondary Schools, Kids Parties & Events, Libraries & Museums, NEETS, PRUs, YOTS, Youth Organisations

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This workshop is available across the north of England and much of the rest of the country. We can also create a workshop especially for you – taking your budget, timeframes and location into consideration.

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