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20 December 2005

Face Painters

Meet some face painters and find out about asking and listening for information.


QU: Can you tell us what you're doing?

NICKOLAS: I'm painting faces. I'm just putting colour on faces. I do it for fun. It's all good.

QU: How do you go about painting faces? Can you give us some tips?

NICKOLAS: You get some colour and get somebody to paint and then you just apply.

QU: Where do you get your ideas about your designs?

NICKOLAS: Wherever we can, they just occur.

QU: What sort of things do you get asked paint?

NICKOLAS: Tigers and butterflies and princesses and three eyed monsters, all sorts.

QU: So do you get the chance to see much at WOMAD when you're here?

NICKOLAS: No, but we get to hear it. We finish at about six and then we have the rest of the evening to go and look at other performances.

QU: What do think of the music at WOMAD?

NICKOLAS: It's fantastic, how lucky are we to have people come from all around the world to play here in our Botanic Gardens.

QU: Why do you like to come to WOMAD?

NICKOLAS: Oh just the atmosphere. It's just nice and happy. It's good to be part of.

QU: Can we ask you about what you're doing here?

ALISON: Decorating people.

QU: When did you learn to face paint?

ALISON: I don't know, we've been doing it for about 18 years now, so it's kind of been practice, lots of practice, lots of just doing it.

QU: Who do you paint?

ALISON: It's kind of adults as well as children so there's a lot of functions and weddings and corporate functions and from sixtieths to fifths and sixths and parties.

What do you think's so popular about WOMAD?

ALISON: People coming to WOMAD itself? The venue? The music. The atmosphere, that change, that combination of cultures.


story notes

Can you..?
Notice that in questions the pronoun you comes after the word can. If you say 'You can tell us what you're doing' it is a statement or a request.

how
How is one of the seven words for information questions. We asked 'How do you paint faces?'

Nickolas replied 'You get some colour and get somebody to paint and then you just apply.'

apply
put on


Where
We asked 'Where do you get your ideas about your designs?'
Nickolas replied 'Wherever we can, they just occur.'
We use where to ask about place. The other where question we could have asked is ĎWhere are you painting today?í. They are painting at the WOMAD music festival.

do you ..?
We use the word do before pronouns such as you when asking questions.

Example: Do you understand? Yes, I do understand.

What
We asked 'What sort of things do you get asked to paint?'
Nickolas replied 'Tigers and butterflies and princesses and three eyed monsters, all sorts.'

Why
We asked 'Why do you like to face paint at WOMAD?'
Nickolas replied 'Oh just the atmosphere. Itís just nice and happy. Itís good to be part of.'

When
We asked 'When did you learn to do face paint?'
Alison replied 'I donítí know, weíve been doing it for about 18 years now, so itís kind of been practice, lots of practice, lots of just doing it.'

Who
We asked 'Who do you paint?'
Alison answered 'Itís kind of adults as well as children so thereís a lot of functions and weddings and corporate functions and from sixtieths to fifths and sixths and parties.'

What
Notice that all questions have a question mark- ? and not a full stop. We asked 'What sort of things do you get asked to paint?'
Nickolas answeerd 'Tigers and butterflies and princesses and three eyed monsters, all sorts.'