Getting gruesome with awesome special effects

The fine art of creating realistic scars, wounds, warts and other special effects is the subject of a new class at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa.

Centre manager Kim Boyd has considerable expertise in the making of masks, special effects makeup and wearable art and this is the first time she has offered the course in Orewa.

Originally trained in ceramic sculpture and painting, Kim won an award at the NZ Body Art Awards in 2012 which gave her the opportunity to study special effects makeup.

She says this is when she first put her sculpting skills to work on composite masks and wearable art. She has previously taught at Cut Above Academy and local colleges.

The course is an introduction to special effects, makeup and prosthetics designed for anyone who wants to learn about special effects in the movie and theatre industry.

It will include sculpting scar plates and students will design a character and create a half mask in latex.

Airbrushing applications, hair punching techniques and fabrication skills will be touched upon.

The 10-week Special Effects Basics course starts on Monday, July 31. Info: visit Estuary Arts Centre in Western Reserve, Orewa or phone 426 5570.


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