Learn the ways of painting a traditional Sri Lankan mask with the help of a renowned artist from Ambalangoda
Learn the ways of painting a traditional Sri Lankan mask with the help of a renowned artist from Ambalangoda, an area in the South known for traditional masks. Hosted at his gallery in Galle Fort, you will learn much about these masks that are ingrained in Sri Lankan culture and the paintings methods that have been used by traditional artists for generations.
When you enter the artists gallery you will be given a mask that has been masked using traditional methods. If you have been on the mask carving experience then you will be painting a mask you have carved yourself.
The artist will talk you through where this tradition originates from, regaling stories handed down from generation to generation. This has been from the time of the kings in Ceylon and with different kings the stories and so the topic of the masks changed. The mask carvers and painters would create masks for the Kandy Perahera festival which happens annually in June with street artists and dancers wearing masks throughout the festivities.
The artist brings all the natural pigments to paint the masks as it is very important to maintain a natural and sustainable source of materials. For instance you get a maroon colour from a stone called Boralu and a yellow colour from the tree Kaha. These colour pigments are mixed with natural resin from the cashew tree so that the colour sticks to the mask.
This is a fun and local experience leaving you with a painted mask and a day to remember.
• Learning to paint a traditional mask.
• Taking the mask back home.
• Learning the history behind traditional mask.