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I've enjoy reading many varied posts to the getty and other arts lists
for quite some time now. Hope you don't mind that I write this
requesting your opinions and advice. I'm currently having problems
enrolling students for free art classes in making and manipulating shadow
characters! We'll look quite deeply into Indonesian shadow play
traditions and culture and go from there.
Partly I'm trying to please too many people. Although the classes and
materials are free, the students must get themselves to the Bob Baker
Marionette Theater for the classes. I've primarily been working with
Boys & Girls Clubs and other youth organizations, since they most likely
have vehicles and procedures for transporting their members for field
Scheduling is a major problem. For example, because of show schedules at
the theater, classes can be held on Saturday mornings between 8:30 &
11:50 am, or on a weekday afternoon/evening from between 4:30 and 7:50.
I find that weekday afternoon/evening time is a problem for students who
will rely on their parents for a ride to the classes. Sat. am is a
problem for some of the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Please let me know which scheduling possibility you think is best. Any
advice on getting the word out to the right people/places would be very
much appreciated. I'm amazed at how little response I'm getting for such
a fun, unique opportunity. Hopefully it's my approach that's not quite
What follows below is a description of the workshop, including procedure
for applying, criteria, etc. so you have an idea of what I'm trying to
achieve. Please advise if you think the description is clear enough.
Thank you so much in advance for any help...
DESCRIPTION OF CLASSES
The Youth Arts Services, Cultural Affairs Dept., City of Los Angeles, the
Bob Baker Marionette Theater, and Maria Bodmann are pleased to announce
free workshops in making shadow characters. Students interested in art,
puppetry, and theater are currently being enrolled in a special workshop
to learn basic skills in designing, carving, painting, and manipulating
% Eligibility: Youth ages 12 through 21 who are interested in the arts.
% Workshop Description
The workshop includes 15 classes and a performance to introduce the
Shadow Theater of Bali. The project will culminate in a public
exhibition and student performance. Classes will be held on Saturday
mornings beginning on Jan. 10, 1998 at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater
in Los Angeles. The introductory performance is tentatively scheduled
for Wed. evening Jan. 6th at 6:30 pm.
Students will learn basic skills in art, including design, painting, and
carving through the vehicle of shadow puppets. These figures are made of
rawhide and are used in a theatrical context. The project begins with an
introductory performance to provide inspiration and background for the
participants. Over the course of the program, students will create
original characters or choose from traditional designs. They will learn
how to manipulate puppets and act out short stories, providing practical
experience in theater as well as visual arts. The classes will culminate
in a public exhibition and short performance.
1. Fill out, sign and mail application to Maria Bodmann,
9119 Remick Avenue, Arleta, CA 91331.
2. You will be notified by telephone if your application is accepted.
3. If accepted, you must attend all sessions, including the pre-class
performance, 15 class sessions, and the culmination. After the
public exhibit, students may keep their artwork.
4. Classes will be held on Sat. mornings from Jan. 10th through
April 29th, 1998 at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater,
1345 West First St., Los Angeles. There will be two sections
of approximately 11 students each. Section One: 8:30 - 10:05 pm.
Section Two: 10:05-11:50 pm. The introductory performance and
culmination are tentatively scheduled for Wed. Jan. 6th at 6:30 pm
and May 2nd at 6:30 pm respectively. Please note these dates and
times are still flexible.
5. All classes and materials are provided free of charge.
6. You must provide your own transportation to the workshops.
7. Space is limited, apply early.
Open to youth ages 12 through 21 with an interest in the arts.
Previous art experience is not required, but helpful.
1. Applications should be postmarked no later than December 15, 1997.
Late applications will be considered if classes are not yet full.
2. Successful applicants will be named as applications are received.
Prompt applications will help ensure placement in the program.
For additional information contact Maria Bodmann at 818/768-7696
-- Maria Bodmann, BALI & BEYOND, shadow http://www.balibeyond.com/gamelan Ph/Fax: 818/768-7696 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~