Banners and Giant Puppets
Students will be using different printing techniques to craft colorful six-foot banners with designs celebrating everything from the cuisine of Latin America to its soccer powerhouses to its rich landscapes – all to festoon the upcoming Fiesta Latina in May. Large-scale puppets will also be on the program – paper mache heads for eight-foot backpack figures, dragons, animals. For those who would rather work on a small scale, there will be an introduction to hand puppet making. The workshop will be wild and woolly – a chance to dip into a range of different festival art traditions. Projects will include individual as well as collaborative creations, all of which will be intended for use in the Fiesta Latina Celebration taking place in May.
Instructor: Roberto Rossi is a member of Brooklyn-based Great Small Works theater company. He has toured with Bread & Puppet Theater and the Boston Puppeteers’ Cooperative and, for many years, has conducted intergenerational arts and performance workshops at schools across New York City with Elders Share the Arts (ESTA), the Waterways Project, and Young Audiences. Pageants and puppet shows he staged have been presented, among many venues, at Lincoln Center out of Doors, The Brooklyn Museum and New Haven’s Festival of Arts and Ideas. He is the step-father of High Meadow graduate Coco O’Malley!