20th June 2013
Yr 10 GCSE Drama and Textiles students took part in a workshop on either Thursday 20th or Friday 21st June 2013 with Andrew Taylor.
Andrew Taylor has experience of working on over eighty costumed stage productions from musicals such as Barnum, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie and most recently Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. His knowledge and skills were inspirational for the girls involved.
Andrew talked about his career and his expertise and showed costumes produced for Beauty and the Beast that had travelled seven continents. Andrew, who liked to be known as Mr Taylor, was so approachable, talking about his work, his team, the construction of the costumes and anything else that the students asked of him. He did not stop all day whilst helping students with the creation of highly decorative Venetian masks. Students came up with an initial idea, which was transferred onto a base mask purchased from Venice. Using glue guns, spray paint, fabric, feathers, sequins and lace students customised their own design. Mr Taylor made sure that each student was given individual attention; everyone was totally absorbed in the process.
The masks speak for themselves; all so different and each and everyone so beautifully finished. Mr Taylor was truly motivating and at the end of the workshop students posed with fabric draped around their masks for a photo shoot.
We hopefully have not seen the last of Mr Taylor at JCG.