Zombie makeup workshop a hit with teens at Enfield Public Library

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Wed., Jul. 17, 2013
The summer young adult reading program theme, ‘Groundbreaking Reads,’ was the inspiration for the zombie makeup workshop at the Enfield Public Library. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
The summer young adult reading program theme, ‘Groundbreaking Reads,’ was the inspiration for the zombie makeup workshop at the Enfield Public Library. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

As patrons of the Enfield Public Library were carrying on with their research and quiet reading, they may have been startled to look up and see several teenage zombies wandering through the stacks on Friday, July 12.

The dozen or so sixth- to 12th-graders were attending the second zombie make-up class offered by Caroline Wilcox, a Connecticut special effects makeup artist.

Wilcox’s special skill was called in again to highlight this summer’s young adult reading program theme, “Groundbreaking Reads.” The head of the children and teen department, Ellen Phillips, said that participation in the program is extremely high.

The students were instructed by Wilcox in the art of making a gory wound, painting your hands to look dead, and applying convincing “scar” wax.

Wilcox would interject helpful, scene-setting ideas as she walked the kids through painting themselves. “If you have been eating intestines, your lips are not pink any more - paint them red or purple,” she advised.

“I started face-painting about 10 years ago, when my kids were little and it was just an extension of my art,” said Wilcox, who has teenage children. “I found a community of professional face-painters, and began educating myself on products and techniques, and am always learning new things,” she said. Wilcox is highly involved in the different projects her children participate in at school. “I practiced on them and their friends, and the response was overwhelming.  I wasn't just putting makeup on them, I was showing them the cool makeup and teaching them how to use it. It's not very hard, you just need the technical details and some very ordinary tools,” she said.

As to her colorful comments during the class, Wilcox said, “I always make up crazy stories about why we are making ourselves into zombies. I know it gets silly,” she said, “but I love to paint, and I love the sci-fi genre, so it’s a perfect match!”

The kids certainly enjoyed the class as well. “I like scary things and horror stuff,” said Skylar, 11. “I watch zombie movies. I am not scared of them.”

Another student, Kymani, likes to watch the show, “The Walking Dead.” “It looks realistic,” he said.

“This is a very difficult age group to pull in,” said Phillips. “To have a dozen young adults here on a Friday night is a great success.”

For more information about other events for young adults, call the Enfield Public Library at 860-763-7517 or visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.


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