On the first day of shadow puppetry, Teaching Artist Erin Orr introduces her 3rd grade students to the history and technical foundations of the art form. Using real shadow puppets from Asia, Ms. Erin asks her students to observe the puppets’ various styles and characteristics. Rima Fand introduces music to the students later on in […]
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Responding to a need to enhance oral and written language, PS 130K incorporated puppetry into the arts curriculum on all grades. Students wrote scripts and created puppets, presenting shows in line with the social studies curriculum. This unique opportunity has enabled all students, including English language learners, to comfortably express themselves orally and expanded the use of academic vocabulary. -PS 130K, Quality Review, 2011
Teaching Artist, Erin Orr, establishes clear criteria for making a successful shadow puppet show. A group of students rehearse their show, Frida Kahlo Museum, for the first time. Their classmates give them compliments and helpful suggestions to make their show even better the next time.
Ms. Dimin’s 4th grade students are adapting a Native American folktale – The Rough Faced Girl – into a Hand Puppet show. They work in character groups, making collaborative design choices about their character. The Mean Sister group must decide on specific facial features for their puppet.
As part of their Native American Folktale study, Ms. Angelo’s 4th grade class reads and discusses “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush”. They create a list of characters in preparation for the first session with Teaching Artist Sarah Provost. Ms. Angelo takes this opportunity to deepen student understanding of story elements.
The 5th graders at PS 130 connect their Parade Puppet Residency to their Social Studies Unit on “Slavery and Freedom”. 5th grade teacher Mr. Zagami talks through the benefits of designing puppets and generating first person monologues based on research from a variety of texts. The students put themselves in another person’s shoes, and answer […]
A student in Ms. Angelo’s 4th grade class talks through the steps required to make a hand puppet show.
In silence, Sarah Provost and her assistant, Kate Brehm, demonstrate the technique of making large-scale papier mâché puppets. Students observe, and then give voice to the artistic process.
Erin Orr’s 3rd grade puppetry students are brainstorming story ideas for their shadow-puppet show, which will be based on the life and art of Frida Kahlo. The processes of making art and collaboration are often messy, and students are encouraged to talk through many different ideas.
Erin Orr’s 3rd grade puppetry students are rehearsing a shadow puppet show in front of their classmates, who have been asked to observe and give feedback. One student suggests that the performers make their show more surprising. This inspires Erin Orr to ask each student to perform their line of narration in a new way.
The students in Ms. Meza’s 5th grade class are working in small groups and applying papier mâché to create their parade puppets. Teaching Artist, Sarah Provost, guides the students to give each other feedback as part of the art-making process.