Project Description

Transform everyday recycled materials into one-of-a-kind papier-mâché and mixed media puppets. Through a playful approach to exploring materials and techniques, students will imagine their own original characters and bring them to life. Teaching artist is happy to discuss curriculum extensions or tailor the project to support a particular unit of study.

Final Product

Each student will create their very own hand-made puppet.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain “art engineering” and problem-solving skills
  • Students will experiment and explore different materials and techniques
  • Students will use their imaginations and make creative choices
  • Students will learn to work in papier-mâché and proper use and care of watercolor and paintbrushes
  • Students will observe the form of recycled materials and find they are full of creative possibilities
  • Students will be able to articulate visually and verbally their puppet’s unique character

Suggested Grades

  • 2nd-12th grade
  • This residency can be adapted for Kindergarten and 1st grade classes, if the teacher/student ratio in the room is 6:1

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 4 hours per classroom
  • Materials: $3 per student
  • Travel from Eugene

**4j schools choosing this residency through the ArtSpark program will be required to pay a portion of the prep fees**

Why I teach art:

“There’s nothing better than being around students who are curious, creative, and playful. My work is to help them become more so—and to stay that way.”  – Sharon Kaplan

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