DNA's puppetry workshops draw on traditional puppet styles with
contemporary practice to provide accessible use for teachers in
Traditionally the crafting of puppets has taken priority in arts
education, whereas DNA's training sessions concentrate on the puppet
as a means of expression through performance.
A Training session involves the following:
Video's are shown to demonstrate how DNA use puppetry in creating
theatre work for the particular age group.
Demonstration of traditional puppet styles, eg. Glove, rod, marionette
and shadow, and their traditional use in arts education.
Demonstration of contemporary techniques in puppetry eg. Table top,
acetate shadow puppets, found objects and their application in education.
How puppetry can apply to curriculum attainment targets.
Demonstration of quick and easy methods of making puppets eg:
· Shadow Play with an overhead projector
· Scrunchy Paper Puppets
· Bottlehead Puppets
Discussion on use of puppets in story telling and exploring themes
· Literacy & language - poetry, Shakespeare, script writing
· Personal and social education - bullying, safety, sex and
· Multicultural celebrations - religious festivals, creation
Creating quick and easy sets and props.
Use of recorded music, percussion instruments & voice for sound
In groups, teachers then decide on a theme, make puppets, sets
Three rules of puppetry manipulation:
1. Focus - looking & seeing
2. Movement & action
3. Breath & voice.
Exercises to practice puppetry manipulation techniques.
Rehearse storytelling scenes and show to group.
Feedback from group regarding their experiences
for a report by Colin Grigg, project coordinator on a teacher training
workshop at Tate Britain, London for 'Visual Paths to Literacy'
project July 2001
||Suitable for teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary education
||60 - 180 minutes
||Classrooms, conference rooms, halls