Meridian Star

October 17, 2013

The art of puppetry

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     The Education Department of the MSU Riley Center offered a workshop of 34 local teachers called "SHADOW STORIES: Exploring Story Elements Through Shadow Puppetry."

    The five-hour workshop was led by Daniel Barash, a Kennedy Center teaching artist from San Francisco, Calif.   

    At the end of this workshop, teachers were able to: introduce the art of shadow puppetry and impart shadow puppetry techniques to students; introduce a “Story Challenge Game” that inspires contemporary stories and playfully explores the following story elements: characters, settings, problems, and plot; and facilitate a process in which shadow puppetry can be used to bring stories created from the “Story Challenge Game” to life on the shadow screen.

    Each teacher received his/her OWN puppet stage and puppets that each made during the workshop. The teachers also received .5 CEU credits. These workshops are free through the generosity of Tommy Dulaney, Structural Steel.      

    Other workshops will be held on Feb. 8 and April.