Make Your Own
Egg Box Hand Puppet & Mini Easter Egg Holder
This is a super-easy make for ages five and up – even doable for younger children if grownups lend a hand. Make sure if you use scissors or a stapler that an adult helps you 🙂
Create a frog, owl, lion, hippo hand puppet (whatever animal you like!) from an old eggbox and basic art materials. And if you fill it with mini chocolate eggs it makes a great Easter present!
Felt tips/Coloured Pencils/Crayons
Poster paint – optional
Collage materials: Fabric, Coloured and patterned paper etc
Glue – PVA, pritt stick
Thin card/strong paper
Glue gun (optional)
Stapler and staples or sticky tape
1 Decide what creature you want to make your eggbox into
2 Draw a simple design onto your egg box
3 Paint (if you’re using paint) or colour your eggbox with pencils and felt tips
4 Then get sticking! Glue on cutout fabric and papers for the skin/fur/feathers, and add details like eyes, beaks, ears and wings last of all
5 Cut out a strip of strong paper or thin card about 3cm wide x 24cm long to make a “handle” for your puppet
6 Staple or sticky tape one end of the strip to the inside edge of your eggbox creature
7 Loop your paper strip over the top of the eggbox
8 Attach the other end of the strip to the other inside edge of the eggbox, making sure you can fit your hand in between the strap and the top of the eggbox. Cut off any excess strip.
9 Fill with chocolate eggs and give to your favourite person!
I was very lucky to get the opportunity to sit in on some undergraduate puppetry sessions at Exeter University recently. Led by the brilliant Cariad Astles, I got a real insight into performing with puppets and working out what makes a good performance and puppetry piece.
Really interesting, and extremely useful for a kids puppet show project I have got on the bubble… I managed to sketch some of the students rehearsing with their puppets, great body poses and faces. Here they are, and pictures of the puppets they were using.
This is a lovely, accessible way to make beautiful prints, and used by a lot of illustrators to create fascinating and bold images.
Using simple materials: black poster paint, corks, bubblewrap, sponges and corrugated cardboard, we printed onto A4 paper creating beautifully patterned sheets. After drying we cut the paper into shapes to make people, bird, insect and flower images. The results were lovely, well done guys!
Printing & Collage
What beautiful puppets and theatre the guys made during our Wizard of Oz workshop yesterday!
TOMORROW!! Come down at 11am and make a rocket comic with me! £2 per child we’re running till 12.30pm. Hope to see you there!
What a brilliant, creative workshop! Thanks to Cathy and Caroline for helping out and to the children and their families for coming and getiing into the activity so enthusiastically,. And the result was some rather lovely, unique rocket comics 🙂
I was very chuffed when Pram asked me to make an animation for a track from their new LP Across the Meridian. I took some pictures while making, so here they are below…
The whole process from a-z was great fun, even when everything fell over :), and it’s a brilliant track too.
Pram’s new album is out on Domino Records on 20th July and available for pre-order here
Stop Motion Animation
I’ve got fourteen keen-as-mustard comic artists this term, and they are already coming up with some wonderful ideas, including a graphic novel and a very exciting joint project featuring a story told from three different points of view. This is a degree of sophistication I came across in works of authors and filmmakers only when I went to university, so I was a bit blown away when they announced what they were going to do. In fairness all three are super-creative, bright kids – am very excited to see how this works out.
This was a lot of fun – a projection/animation/digital music drop-in workshop for Daisi’s “Machina” project at the Phoenix in Exeter. Participants made a cutout musician character, attached it to the projected background and then, using Bare Conductive technology, gave it a sound – which could be played just by touching the character (gasp!)
It worked brilliantly as a fully interactive workshop, and musician Rachel Thame and I are definitely going to roll this out more widely. Get in touch for more information. 🙂
Some mini-films the kids made at last night’s animation club, using all their own characters and backgrounds. Animation is so good for unlocking children’s imaginations. We use Stop Motion Studio Pro on my iPad mini – it’s a brilliant free resource. We’ll be adding sound next week (all in the app) 🙂 Smart!
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