What beautiful puppets and theatre the guys made during our Wizard of Oz workshop yesterday!
The beautiful sunny weather in Honiton yesterday was perfect for a nature walk and creating lumen prints 🙂
Using just sunlight, the lumen prints were made by exposing leaves, twigs, grasses and flowers onto black and white photography paper for just a few minutes. A quick dip in fixer and the images are set.
An art-technology mashup!
First, the guys drew a jungle-forest backgound, and then, separately, created some fierce animal characters which we cut out and animated against a green screen.
Then, through the magic of digital media, we overlayed the animation on the background, and projected the whole thing onto a screen and, as you can see,! had a lot of fun interacting with our scary creations!
The animation we made:
Plus some pics of an interactive shadow puppet and projection workshop I ran with the same group at the end of 2018, but didn’t get time to post.. The guys made drawings of scenes from the Nativity story and black card shadow puppet characters, then I projected their drawings and they reenacted the story with their puppets on the big screen. We also made animal hats so participants could interact with the screen as a shadow puppet themselves. This was all done in a day – interactive digital media can make for very magical experiences for people.
Today we explored “black and white” (and a bit of colour!). Everyone got into the idea, from black and white animals to old silent movie stars, and made some beautiful large-scale charcoal and chalk drawings. In the afternoon we had a look at op-art and made some zebras on zebra crossings (which made our eyes go funny …)
Although we’re all familiar with them, animal characters are a pretty strange idea really. Animals who dress up, eat, speak and generally behave just like humans…? Paddington is a great example, and there are so many to choose from: Mr Toad, Top Cat, Dangermouse, Roger Rabbit, the list is (almost) endless.
So during the past couple of sessions we’ve been inventing our own at Magic Carpet, and then making them into little 3D cutouts, with their own “environment”.
What a lovely day I had yesterday in Honiton with the guys from Magic Carpet Honiton Group. In a few hours we made shadow puppets, backgrounds and a puppet theatre!
There was lots of lovely singing all accompanied by the wonderful Margaret on her mouth organ. What a treat 🙂