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This project is designed to suit normal classroom conditions and illustrates how to adapt the classroom to create the working space required.
Puppetry is sometimes neglected by teachers as planning and sourcing materials takes some time, but this can be solved by planning ahead and by asking parents to contribute recyclable materials in advance.
Textile puppet making is suitable for any age group, as the techniques can be adapted to different levels of ability. For very young children it is advisable to have a couple of parents come to the classroom to assist.
Textile puppets, painting and drama
Preschool – Year 6
Create characters that involve the use of textiles, paint and other materials. This activity encourages individual expression and group participation. Puppetry, as a group activity, links in with other areas of the school curriculum such as literature and drama.
3 sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes each
Designate an area for storing all the prepared materials needed at different stages of the project.
Put the paint in ice cube trays and the water in ice-cream containers (2 or 3 each per group).
Give each student a small and a large paint brush, a piece of rag to wipe the paint brushes and a piece of scrap paper for mixing the paint on (2).
Before you start showing visual references and demonstrating the procedure, make sure everything is in ready at hand.
This project has been designed to suit normal classroom conditions and illustrates how the classroom can be adapted to create working space required. This tutorial is available in PDF format.
It is not widely known that Bauhaus artist Paul Klee made hand puppets for his son, using old cut up clothes from around the house, plaster and clay.
The puppets represented the different characters of his village, such as the butcher, the teachers and so on. For more information google search Paul Klee Puppets.
1. Room arrangement
2. Art material set up
To help students to focus on their ideas, gather them in a group, show some samples of Paul Klee’s puppets and encourage them to talk about their plans to create their own puppets.
Give each student a pair of cut up calico puppet bodies pinned on a sheet of newspaper to paint (3). Students write their names on their own sheet of newspaper.
Students paint their puppet bodies with Chroma 2 Paint, using patterns
Fold an A3 sheet of cartridge paper in half. Draw half the outline of a body shape with a pen or pencil, then cut it out. Open the pattern and place it over two pieces of calico.
Pin together and cut around the body shape leaving an extra one centimetre all around so you can still see the outline of the body shape.
Make the head of the pattern proportionally a bit longer and larger so the puppet head (5) can be glued onto it at a later stage.
3. Calico puppet bodies pinned to newspaper – unpainted
4. Painted calico puppet bodies left to dry thoroughly overnight
5. Puppet head
Beads, buttons, coloured yarns, costume jewellery, cord, fake fur, feathers, fleece, felt, foil trays, jute, lace, leather, pipe cleaners, match sticks, netting, raffia, rhinestones, ribbons, seed pods, sequins, tulle, and wool.
For cheap and easy stands, use 1.25ml plastic soft drink bottles with pebbles, sand or clay in the bottom to keep them upright.
A list of recyclable materials and equipment can be sent home asking parents to provide materials such as:
For more information on recyclable materials, refer to the Teachers Help Page.
1 set of 8 x 2L bottles of the 6 primary colours, plus black and white should be sufficient paint supply for a year, for a class of approximately 25 students. Chroma 2 paint is suitable for other art techniques such as printmaking and is also designed to be used on textured surfaces such as clay, timber and fabrics.
6. Drawing of a puppet group