This special set of masks represents Steve’s take on the classic 16th Century Italian caricatures that have endured for centuries on stage. They represent a stereotypical hierarchy of society that provides a great mechanism for storytelling be it comedy, tragedy, or an infusion of both.
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We designed these masks specifically to help teachers, so if you would like to use them in an educational setting, please get in touch via our contact page, so that we can let you know how to go about this. The minimum age we suggest for this set would be 13+. Due to the level of expression required for Commedia Dell’ Arte masks, they take more dexterity to assemble than many of our animal masks. For younger children, our Woodland or Jungle Animal Sets work great.
Simply print the templates on paper, stick them to card, cut them out, match the numbers and join the tabs together. The Mask is scaled to fit an adult but you can make children's masks by scaling down the templates when you print - check our FAQ page for details. The templates come with instructions for an internal head band that can be adjusted by moving the fixing points to get a snug fit.
Amazing templates! Although the time it says on the sheet does not reflect the actual timings - Pantalone and Arlecchino are around 40-45 mins to do and then Il Capitano took around 1 hour 20. Brilliantly durable and clear to make though
Hi Belinda, Thanks for your feedback! I’m pleased that the masks worked well for you, and I’m sorry that they took longer than you expected to build. The times that we use on the front of the templates are an estimate based on an average customer build time. I’ll alter them to reflect your feedback. Thanks for helping us improve the experience for future builders. Kind regards, Steve
I printed the templates directly onto card. The instructions are easy to follow and I had all four masks made within a few hours.
Wintercroft has provided Arts educators with a fun and safe mask-making tool to use with students whether you are teaching from home, in classrooms or in a hybrid situation. The templates are wonderfully engineered - ingenious actually! Not only can students work on developing their characters for the stage, but Wintercroft has cleverly provided students with an engaging activity that builds literacy skills (by asking students to follow instructions precisely in order to make their masks). I highly recommend purchasing sets of the templates for your students. Very affordable.
Hi Tracy! Fletch here. Than you so much for this amazing review of your experience. It's great to hear from Educators directly that the masks are working well. Let us know if we can help with future projects anytime and have a blast building with the class.
My theatre students are having fun but finding it tricky to put together. As of yet, none of my classes have been able to complete one.
Hi Jenine, Fletch from Wintercroft here. Thank you for building our masks and indeed for making them a part of your class. Sorry to hear about the build issues. If there is ever a particular point in a build that you need assistance with, you or your students can reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org any time and we'll always be here to help if you describe the issue or even send a photo through. All the best, Fletch
I decided to use your Commedia mask templates because I wanted each student to have their own mask to make them covid safe. Even though they were a bit fiddly and tricky to make, the end result was fabulous! They are very comfortable to wear, and I used a coat of white wood glue on the inside of each mask for extra strength and body. Really happy and have shared on Drama peeps Facebook group's page.
Hi Bev, Fletch from Wintercroft here. Thank you so much for this lovely review. Your mask looks great! Awesome to hear that you and the students enjoyed the project and we are always here to help if you need us. Have a blast on future workshops and hopefully we can all get back on the stage again soon ;)
These masks are designed to be easily built by anyone, using local materials, removing the need for mass manufacturing or shipping and with the minimum environmental impact.
Templates are FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH BOTH A4 AND US LETTER PAPER.They are supplied along with a set of instructions as a PDF that you download immediately and print on any home printer.They are supplied plain white so that you can decorate the finished mask however you like.You are buying the templates and instructions only. You will also need access to a printer, paper, card, tape, and scissors.The masks are designed to be easy to build: you don't need to be some sort of arts and crafts wizard.
Use this file to make as many masks as you like for yourself but please don’t share or steal the templates as there was a lot of work involved in creating them. If you want to use them for any other reason then please get in touch.
The files are protected by copyright and are not to be shared or distributed in any way.
The templates and completed masks are for personal use only.
The masks and templates will not be used for commercial purposes without prior consent.
Selling items made from our templates and designs is prohibited.