Friday, June 16, 2017

Wildlife Puppet and Performance Project 

Check out these amazing rod puppets by Grade 5/6 students at Huron Heights Public School: foxes, huskies, wolves, rainbow trout and bass, turkey vultures, great blue herons, brown bat, badger and a fawn. 
We discussed our local wild animals and natural habitat, then each week students worked on their rod puppets made from household and recycled materials:
  • constructing the heads and bodies from plastic bottles and newspaper
  • covering with coloured tissue, paper mache and paint
  • making strong connections when attaching legs, tails and ears
  • fringing and feathering details

The choices they made when making their eyes really gave each of the puppets their own expression.

Working in groups the students performed fun, informative vignettes bringing their puppets to life!

This puppet making project in the schools is all wrapped up for the 2016/17 year but more to come in 2017/18. Bring an artist into your classroom.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Creative Rod Puppets

With a yearlong theme of ancient cultures, this PA Day (no school) took us south to Mayan Art. Inspired by The Chocolate Tree: A Mayan Folktale students created colourful rod puppets; KukulKán: The Feathered Serpent and his twin brother Night Jaguar.
  We read the story out loud then finished with a sampling of dark chili chocolate. (I had a non food back-up in case anyone could not try it.)

Years ago I came across a post for an Upcycled dragon puppet from Sunhats & Wellie Boots. This style of puppet has become one of my faves. It is easily made from newspaper (I asked my local grocery store for their unused leftover flyers- works perfect!) tissue paper, sticks, glue and crafty odds & ends.

I pre-assembled the head and body forms consisting of rolled up newspaper secured with masking tape. Each piece has a glued in wooden puppet rod.

Students wrapped each newspaper ball with tissue paper, then fastened with glue and /or tape. The head and body are then fastened with a strip of felt. Some chose for the rods to be up, some down. Try it and see which you prefer. Students then used all the extras to create their unique characters.

Feathered Serpent and Night Jaguar- Mayan inspired rod puppets

...and more amazing puppets. Students taught each other how to braid ribbon tails and draw cute Kawaii faces.

Can you spot the puppet bride and groom? With pompom bouquets and a handcrafted archway, the makers commented that "this wedding is a lot of work". Wedding photos capture there smiling faces. 

Newspaper & tissue paper rod puppets


wood sticks
tacky white glue
tissue paper
sticky-back glitter foam
colourful masking tape
wiggly eyes
chenille stems
ribbons etc. 
We also had a supervised mini hot glue gun for tricky stuff but the puppets can be made without one.

PA Art Day with Athina from Artemis Art Supplies

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wildlife Puppet Build & Performance-- Artists in Education
Ms. Keelan's class completed their animal puppets! Students worked in groups, to create and perform short skits that were performed for each other. Definitely entertaining!
After my time in the school was over, the students gathered fun facts about each of their animals, then wrote and created a whole class performance. Puppet play written and performed for school by Grade 5 students at Ripley- Huron Community School. Grade 5 Wildlife Puppet Play

Friday, May 5, 2017

Wildlife Puppet Project

I have been leading the puppet project in the schools. As part of the Wildlife Puppet Project, students choose a local wild animal to make.
This completed fox puppet explores its surroundings.

 The puppet heads are started with paper plates and cups, newspaper and tape.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Wildlife Puppet Project, Artists in Education

Thanks to Ontario Arts Council: Artist in Education Grant, I am leading weekly classes in puppet making and performance for 2 months at local schools.
Student are building puppets inspired by our regional Bruce County Wildlife.

Grade 5/6 students at Huron Heights Public School started with seagull sock puppets.

Ripley-Huron Community School: Baby Turkey Vulture paper bag puppets
work in progress