From individual workshops for schools, festivals, and youth clubs, to curriculum supporting school residencies, here are a few samples of my past work. I consult with schools to assure that the desired content standards are addressed, and with other venues to provide the best in engaging activities for children.
Every experience includes a strong component of not only creating puppets, but also in using this theatrical art form for active learning!
Teenage docents at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art make puppets of recycled materials to tell a story inspired by an art work of their choice. This is one element of a program which won a 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
In an eight to ten week Social Studies school residency for first or second grade, students make community structure memorable by bringing a puppet community to life themselves.
A Black History program is made memorable when students collaborate to build parade puppets, then add illustrated quotes from and facts about each individual.
A second grader is proud of the story she wrote (taller than herself!), about sequential events in collaborative puppet play – a highly effective writing process which is part of several workshops.
Third graders experience team work making stop motion animations together.
Students’ puppets practice questioning and commenting in response to literature.
Children practice flying birds they made for a parade event in Colonella, Italy.