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Puppet Making

Close up of children playing with paper puppets in a painted cardboard box.

The “Secrets” Children Learn:

Summary

Puppet Making is a 12 week on campus residency program for 4th and 5th grades. This program provides a creative hands-on introduction to a selection of engaging puppet making projects. Students will explore the functions and purposes of puppets in everyday life, diverse cultures, traditions, in theatre and in contemporary 2D and 3D arts.

The “secrets” taught throughout the course include: breath, focus and perspective. The world cultures explored include: Italy, Ancient Greece, China, Japan, England, France, the United States, and Africa.

  • Parent Orientation: Provides an overview of what students experience during the residency and introduces parents to the concept of puppet making through group activities.

  • Professional Development: Offers participating teachers an opportunity to learn the program’s goals and expected outcomes and gives them a preview of some of the activities that students will experience. The professional development is open to all teachers and staff, regardless of grade level.

  • Puppet Making Workshops: Students learn about puppetry techniques through a curriculum that includes language arts, vocabulary, geography, and mathematics.  The curriculum is based upon the California Arts Standards and is aligned with the Common Core Standards for language.

Outcomes

Whole Program Demo

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