Japanese Mask Making workshop with Aya Burbanks 

Category: Art & Craft, Traditional,

Enter the enchanting world of Japanese mask making with our immersive workshop led by renowned Japanese artist Aya Burbanks. Aya’s dedication to sharing Japanese art and culture is evident through her extensive experience running Japanese art workshops at HYPER JAPAN since 2010. Her workshops, including popular online sessions during the pandemic allowing enthusiasts to experience the beauty of Japanese art from the comfort of their homes. 

The highlight of this year’s workshop will be the creation of personalised Japanese masks featuring unique dragon designs. Drawing inspiration from the Year of the Dragon, you will learn the art of sketching and painting intricate dragon motifs on your mask, and learning the symbolism and cultural significance. 

What You Will Do 

In this 50-minute special Japanese mask-making workshop, Aya will teach you techniques to draw a unique dragon design on the mask. From selecting the perfect colours and painting your mask, you will gain hands-on experience in bringing their creative visions to life. Let’s celebrate the Year of the Dragon in style and immerse yourself in the timeless artistry of Japanese culture. All materials will be provided. 

What You Can Bring Home 

After the workshop, you can take home your personalised Japanese mask. The mask will not only serve as cherished mementos of your creative journey but also add a touch of Japanese Matsuri charm to your outfit at the HYPER JAPAN Festival. 

Workshop at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2024

10:30-11:20

Sat 20 Jul

Japanese Mask Making Saturday 1

Create your own Japanese mask to perfect your outfit for HYPER JAPAN Festival!

11:30-12:20

Sat 20 Jul

Japanese Mask Making Saturday 2

Create your own Japanese mask to perfect your outfit for HYPER JAPAN Festival!

15:40-16:30

Sat 20 Jul

Japanese Mask Making Saturday 3

Create your own Japanese mask to perfect your outfit for HYPER JAPAN Festival!

16:40-17:30

Sat 20 Jul

Japanese Mask Making Saturday 4

Create your own Japanese mask to perfect your outfit for HYPER JAPAN Festival!

10:30-11:20

Sun 21 Jul

Japanese Mask Making Sunday 1

Create your own Japanese mask to perfect your outfit for HYPER JAPAN Festival!

11:30-12:20

Sun 21 Jul

Japanese Mask Making Sunday 2

Create your own Japanese mask to perfect your outfit for HYPER JAPAN Festival!

Special Notes:

* Suitable for beginners from 5 years old. (8 years old and under may need an adult’s supervision or help.)

* You will need a separate ticket for HYPER JAPAN Festival 2024 for the same date.

Aya Burbanks

Artist - Sumi-e/Calligraphy & Western art

Aya grew up in Sakurajima Island in Kagoshima, Japan that has the active volcano & one of the most scenic place in Japan. Surround by her art-loving family, she started to learn calligraphy from an early age and her love for art has never stopped growing since then.

As an artist, Aya enjoys all kinds of painting with her specialities in Sumi-e ink painting and Japanese calligraphy – both of which she holds master license. Her favourite Japanese artists are Hokusai and Hiroshige. She has been actively involved with promotion of Japanese traditional culture in the U.K. through her calligraphy and art works & teaching. Her latest commissioned calligraphy works will be displayed at English Heritage site in 2022.

Since the very beginning of HYPER JAPAN in 2010, her Japanese art workshops have been one of the most popular workshops and she is a huge supporter and fan of HYPER JAPAN. For online sessions at HYPER JAPAN, she will share her love of Japanese art & drawing in a form of greeting cards for your special occasions so that you can share Japanese beauty with someone you care.