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What an ambitious project! To begin next week? Wow...
I wanted to give you another idea for something Asian. What about
shadow puppet making? Perhaps if not for this go around, maybe another
time. It's a fun project which involves using hole punches and chisels
to cut out shapes inside cardboard (traditionally the medium is
rawhide). These interior holes form contours in the body of the animal
or figure. Later the figure is cut out according to the outline. The
character is then colored on both sides, and mounted on a stick.
To make it easier for teachers to present this project, I have made a
kit which contains a step-by-step booklet, wooden mallet, hole punch,
leather chisel, and templates of four simplified Balinese style shadow
puppets (elephant, tiger, lizard, bird!)
Once you have the puppets you can set up a simple shadow screen and
light source and tell stories with them. Later, students can make
their own designs for well known or original stories, to be told in
shadow! The Making Shadow Characters kit has information on making
your own puppets and stage, as well.
FYI, here are a few url's about shadow play, shadow puppets, and the
About Shadow Play:
Quicktime Shadow Movies:
Making Shadow Characters:
Shadow Puppets Gallery:
One fantastic aspect of shadow theater is the integration of many arts
in one medium. There's design and puppet making, theater, live musical
accompaniment, singing, story telling...
Well hope this helps and good luck on a great project!
-- Maria Bodmann, BALI & BEYOND, shadow http://www.balibeyond.com/gamelan Ph/Fax: 818/768-7696 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~