Shadow Puppetry: Hand Made Motion Picture (6th-8th)

Tuesdays, 3:15 – 4:30
April 10 – May 29
Grades: 6th – 8th
6th Grade Classroom
$150, material fee $15

This workshop will be an informal introduction to some of the technologies and aesthetics of the early moving image. The focal point of the class will be the overhead projector, for which participants will design a suite of landscapes out of acetate, fabric, and card stock to project, along with a cast of articulated puppet characters, both translucent and opaque, to be animated as a narrative unfolds. Part of the class will be dedicated to showing examples – either documentary or actual – of this and other forms of the manual moving image – a genre of entertainment that found great popularity in the 19th century and culminated in the invention of film.

Instructor: Roberto Rossi is a long-time collaborator of the Bread and Puppet Theater, and is a co-artistsic director of Great Small Works, an Obie-winning puppet theater based in Brooklyn. Over the last 25 years, he has designed, performed in, and directed puppet shows with these companies that have toured North and South America as well as Europe.

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