This initiative is one element of our strategic vision for the sustainable development of the Mas industry in T&T.
Every Mas-maker, every Mas-presenter, every Mas-bandleader will agree that the creation of T&T’s cultural extravaganza, our Carnival is a year-round commitment.
It therefore, requires year-round preparation and planning if we are to enhance our presentations for our masqueraders and spectators.
And without a doubt, our efforts to build and promote the Mas require attention to every detail if we are to retain corporate sponsorship to support our vision for the art-form.
The purpose of this Mas Academy is:
- To provide training and developing in the art-form
- To enhance the standard and quality of T&T carnival home and abroad
- To ensure that Junior Carnival continues to develop in a way to reflect the cultural and moral values of our nation
- To certify craftspeople in the production of costumes
- To build a reservoir of talent and to equip our young people with Mas-making skills
- To ensure that members of the NCBA are educated as to their rights under the copyright laws of T&T
Benefits - Our expectations of the Mas Academy
- Members would have the opportunity to improve their carnival skills through formal training
- T&T would begin to build a reservoir of professional Mas-makers
- Job-creation beyond carnival season in T&T
- Our cultural heritage would be preserved for many generations
- Carnival artists would receive the remunerations due to them by way of copyright laws
All participants will participate in the training module that will include compulsory and elective components.
- The history of T&T’s Carnival
- Traditional Mas of T&T
- Contemporary Mas of T&T
- Case studies of great Mas designers and Carnival bands
- Mas methodologies and performance
- Materials for Mas
- Carnival and its impact on cultural and economic development
- Documenting Carnival
- Basic contract and copyrighting
- Understanding copyright
- Field Trips
Participants would be able to choose between Production and Management courses.
- Fundamentals of drawing
- Drawing and understanding the human figure
- Material used in costume construction – structural, covering, finishing
- Tools used in costume construction – usage and care
- Fundamentals of design – design process and understanding colour and illustration techniques
- Presentation techniques
- Craft techniques – marking out, cutting, folding, template making, stencil making
- Basic assembly techniques – methods of fastening – welding, tying, stapling, sewing
- Small costume design – relevance to theme, portability, comfort
- Government Policy and Carnival
- Entrepreneurship and Mas
- Management, Accounting, Marketing, Merchandising, Finance
- Research Methodologies
- Documenting Carnival
- Health and Safety in Carnival
By A www.autson.com