|Shadow Puppets on display at Picasso's Basement Gallery Show at the library!|
|Traditional Shadow Puppet|
I'm going to cut to the chase with this post. No ramblings about how the Picasso's Basement kids and I "traveled" to Indonesia and learned about the culture and ate Indonesian fruit. Which we did. But what we really did that even I found miraculous was that we made SHADOW PUPPETS! You know those beautifully carved and decorated puppets that are manipulated with sticks? And are then shown behind a screen? Well, we made them! Sorry, I don't mean to gush but it was pretty cool!
- Black Card Stock
- Hot Glue Gun
- Strong Balsa sticks from craft store (test them at the store: too thin and they will break)
- Xacto knife (teacher should use this)
- Markers that show up on black paper (Gel markers often do)
- Fasteners from the stationery store (the gold kind that you poke in the holes and then bend back)
|Artist with her mermaid puppet|
NOTE: If you are doing this project encourage the kids to make the appendages wide, at least in the spot where it connects with the body. The more delicate the appendage the more likely it is to break off. This is another prime example of my learning curve: I realized that appendages were too delicate about half way through the lesson.
Anyhow, after you attach the appendages with the fasteners the fasteners can be trimmed from behind (by an adult or older child only) with sharp scissors. The artists then embellished their puppets with the markers. We used the hot glue gun to attach the sticks to the puppets. And here they are:
|Artists with their shadow puppets (complete with articulated tails, arms, etc.) |
Posing unhappily because they REALLY wanted to put on their puppet show!