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February 17th, 2020

February 17th, 2020

Helsing.  For some that will conjure up images of Hugh Jackman fighting vampires.  Luckily at Helslinglight the only creatures you’ll come across are those you’ll be taught how to make.

Agnes Duvander. Photo credit: Per Trané

House of Helsinglight is a creative haven and inspirational retreat in the heart of Hälsingland, northern Sweden.  Offering unique workshops and classes in FX makeup, mask, costume and prop making they also host alternative art exhibitions, concerts and events as well as having Alternative Artists in Residence.  Being located away from the buzz and stress of the city it is the perfect place to boost your creativity and reconnect with nature, people, the surrounding world and of course yourself.

Zacharias Vindbacke & Petra. Photo credit: George Grigoriadis

The school runs a series of 10-day silicone mask making courses where you’ll learn to make your mask from start to finish.  Perfect for beginners and advanced creators, the workshop is held in both English and Swedish and covers designing, sculpting, mould-making, silicone-casting and airbrushing.  Accommodation is included for all students in a shared dormitory room and the school are happy to help with travel plans.

Zacharias Vindbacke. Photo credit: George Grigoriadis

During the ten days you will design your concept, makeup and character.  You will learn the theory about different tools and materials as well as sculpting techniques.  Using a 2-part stone mould the course covers silicone casting techniques, measuring and mixing.  You will also be taught patchwork and seaming of your silicone mask along with airbrush and hand-painting.  Finally you will have a professional photoshoot of your character in a creative environment with costume, FX-lenses and props – perfect for your portfolio.

Petra Shara Stoor. Photo credit: Madeleine Engberg

The workshop is run by Petra Shara Stoor who has over ten years’ experience as an FX Artist including costume and prop making for the commercial and private sector in Sweden.  For the last five years Petra has been focusing on teaching FX Makeup and mask making at various makeup schools in Sweden and now works full-time as Head Teacher of FX Classes at House of Helsinglight.  Petra is also responsible for developing and building the cultural destination House of Helsinglight together with her partner Fredrik Fernlund.

 

Amfiria. Photo credit: George Grigoriadis

10-day silicone mask making class schedule, 9am – 5pm:

Day 1:  Creature design and start of sculpting

Day 2:  Sculpting

Day 3:  Sculpting

Day 4:  End of sculpting + mould making

Day 5:  Mould making

Petra Shara Stoor. Photo credit: George Grigoriadis

Day 6:  Mould making

Day 7:  DAY OFF

Day 8:  Mould opening

Day 9:  Silicone casting of mask

Day 10:  Airbrushing & handpainting of mask

Day 11:  Professional photoshoot of your creature

Thea Ahlborg. Photo credit: Per Trané

The class is 11 days in total, 10-days of mask making and 1 day off!  Class sizes are small, with a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 12.

The workshop is running on the following dates in 2020:

23rd April to 3rd May – limited places remaining
16th-26th July
12th-22nd November

Amfira. Photo credit: George Grigoriadis

Costs

€ 1,995 (SEK 19 950)
The price includes all materials and tools needed during the entire class.  Only high quality FX products are used.  Also includes communal accommodation.   A deposit of € 350 / SEK 3500 is need to secure your booking the with balance payable before the start of the workshop.

Former students of Helsinglight FX are eligible for 20% discount on course fees.

To book click here or for more information on the course click here.

Amfira & Petra. Photo credit: George Grigoriadis

Helsinglight is easy to get to.  Fly to Stockholm Arlanda Airport and take a direct SJ-train from the airport to Hudiksvall city where you will be picked up.

 

This video shows show of the backstage footage of the final photoshoot day, from the course run in December 2017.

 

Header picture Janina Stoor. Photo credit: Per Trané

 

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