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• To teach children to create, perform and exercise critical judgement
   about artistic productions, in order to add an artistic dimension
   to their daily life.

• To introduce the participants to new art concepts
   and vocabulary.
• To have them use the visual arts as a form of
   communication.
• To give the participants an opportunity to mount
   an artistic production.
• To introduce them to the principles of art and design.
• To have them become familiar with and use art materials,
   techniques and processes.
• To encourage them to relate the visual arts to the
   themes in All Nothing.
• To invite participants to show their art to others and to
   express their opinions.
 


ANIMATED
Alive, having life.

INANIMATE
Not animate, not endowed with life, especially animal life; lifeless.
A skilled puppeteer can take an inanimate object like a paper bag and give it life!

COMMUNICATE
To share information with others by speaking, writing, moving parts of the body or using other signals.
We can now communicate instantly with people on the other side of the world.
Unable to speak a word of the language, he communicated with (= using) his hands.
As an actor he could communicate a whole range of emotions.

MANIPULATE
To control using the hands or fingers or other body parts, to operate.
The puppet manipulated the controls of the submarine with its arms.

PUPPET
An inanimate object in the shape of a person or animal that is manipulated by the puppeteer’s fingers or hands, or by manipulating rods or strings, for example. Large puppets may be animated by one or two puppeteers moving the puppet’s different parts.
SEE also http://www.thepuppetstudio.com/What.html

Paddle puppets, suspended by string or a rod, bounce on a plank that the performer taps with his foot.

PUPPETEER
A person who creates movement in puppets to tell a story, express character and convey emotion.

REPRESENTATIONAL
Showing things as they are normally seen in real life.
I prefer representational painting to abstract painting.

 

Preliminary Activity #4a: What is a Puppet?
- Handout: What is a Puppet? Download Activity Sheet #4a: What is a Puppet?
- Internet: http://www.thepuppetstudio.com/What.html

Preliminary Activity #4b: Facial Expressions
- Handout: Facial Expressions Download Activity Sheet #4b: Facial Expressions

Preliminary Activity #4c: Colour Symbolism
-  Internet:
Colour Symbolism and Psychology

  (www.paintcafe.com/en/couleur/langage/symbolique/)


See Color Theory in Action
[www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html)

Activity #4: What is a Puppet?
Puppet Body
- Toilet paper inner rolls
- White glue, masking tape, scotch tape, or double sided tape
- Scissors
- Pencil, eraser, sharpener
Puppet face and clothes
- Recycled gloves, socks
- Fabric scraps
- Ribbon
- Recycled colour papers

 
Preliminary Activity #4a:
What is a Puppet?

Read:
Handhout: What is a Puppet? Download Activity Sheet #4a: What is a Puppet?

Group discussion
- What is a puppet?
- Have you ever made a puppet? If so describe it.
- What are puppets made of?
- Is your puppet going to be female or male?
- What is the age of your puppet?
- Is your puppet a person or an animal?
- What colours will you use??

Preliminary Activity #4b:
Facial Expressions


Look at:
Handhout: Facial ExpressionsDownload Activity Sheet #4b: Facial Expressions

Group discussion
We have many muscles. Our faces communicate our thoughts, moods, and emotions, such as happiness, sadness, anger and surprise. By contracting the muscles of your face only slightly, you can produce countless new expressions. A tiny movement of the mouth, eyes, eyebrows or any combination of these can dramatically change the way we look. Even the smallest movement can turn a smile into a frown.

Touch your face. Review the different features: eyes, nose, mouth, chin…

Make different faces. Look at your neighbour and guess what emotion he or she is expressing.

Preliminary Activity #4c:
Colour Symbolism


Go to the Internet:

Colour Symbolism and Psychology
(www.paintcafe.com/en/couleur/langage/symbolique/)
See Color Theory in Action
[www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html)

Group discussion
Colour is all around us. It can mean many things to different people. However, often it can have the same meaning to a wide range of people.

Ask the participants to share with the group their favourite colours and why.

Discuss the attributes of different colours and what emotion you would attach to them and why.
Activity #4 :
Making a Puppet


Puppet Body
- Toilet paper inner rolls
- White glue, masking tape, scotch tape, or double sided tape
- Scissors
- Pencil, eraser, sharpener
Puppet face and clothes
- Recycled gloves, socks
- Fabric scraps
- Ribbon
- Recycled colour papers

Today we are going to recycle a variety of materials.
- What do we usually do with these items?
- Can you think of other uses for these items?
- Look back at the descriptions and individual
   characteristics that you wrote about your puppet.

Demonstrate various ways to make a puppet.
Emphasize that each person may go about making their puppet in a different way. Each puppet will be an original. Each will use different colours, fabrics, and so on.

1) Use the toilet paper roll as the base for the face. What shape will your face be? A circle, square or oval? Does your puppet have hair?
2) Younger children can use a cutout shape (circle, square, rectangle, triangle), which they can then decorate with bits of fabric and tissue paper.
3) Is your puppet happy, sad, or excited? How will you go about drawing that? How can you create his facial features to express the character’s emotions?
4) What colours will your choose? Remember, colours symbolize emotions.
5) Put the 3 middle fingers of the glove into the paper roll, leaving the thumb and pinky finger outside. You can attach hands, claws or paws to those.
6) Don’t forget legs, wings etc…
7) Don’t forget the back of your puppet.
8) You can add a length of fabric or an old sock to cover your forearm if you like.

Hand out the materials.

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