File puptcrit/puptcrit.0604, message 264


Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 15:41:13 -0700
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Advice for Puppetmaking with Children


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Dear Friends,
Thanks to everyone else who responded and offered information, wisdom  
and encouragement.
To answer some of the questions asked....
The children are 3rd graders and then from a disabled class (older  
group)..   I have been doing various projects for 11 meetings,  
including one unfinished hand puppet... This wont be finished until  
after our presentation on the 19th, but then we can concentrate on  
hand puppets again...
Meanwhile, tomorrow I will introduce the story and the bunraku type  
of puppets, let the kids experiment a bit (Hokey Pokey) with the  
samples I bring so I can see how much my idea and reality might be  
askew.  I will have to do a lot of the work myself for the heads, but  
will let the children at least participate in each step (if not fully  
do it themselves).  EG They won't do multiple layers of paper mache,  
but one day they will do whatever part of one layer they can; They  
won't paint everything, but will have one day of painting as much as  
they can... etc. etc.  I am planning on meeting with the disabled  
class alone (maybe one or two of the third graders) the paint/create  
the scenery and props on Friday...

I only have about 6 meetings before the first big performance (we do  
two)... Can you say "stress?"
Olivia

>> Dear Friends,
>> I am currently teaching a puppetry course through Very Special Arts.
>> I have 26 or 27 children from a regular class and disabled class
>> combined, along with their teachers, who have joined me on an
>> adventure through the various forms of puppetry.  We have a public
>> performance in Mid-May which I have started to prepare for.
>>
>> I'm thinking of "Who's in Rabbit's House" done with "bunraku" style
>> puppets (in that they are big puppets, requiring 2-3 children per
>> puppet).  I thought building heads on plastic jugs with handles might
>> be an easy way for the children to control the head.  Any advice from
>> those who have experience in this?  Hints on building up the head,
>> getting effective manipulation, etc?  I  intend at this moment to do
>> papermache (alla Mr Bottomley with the paper bags).  I know I'll be
>> doing the bulk of the work with students doing a little bit of each
>> of the steps for the experience of contributing to making the  
>> puppets.
>>
>> Any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated.
>>
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Olivia Huff
>> Tinker's Coin Productions
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