Monday, 29 April 2013

The adventure so far...

View Me, My Puppet, Wakefield...The World ! in a larger map

To Crigglestone and beyond!

During March I worked with three primary schools all just a stones throw from each other: Mackie Hill J&I, West Bretton J&I and Dane Royd J & I School.
With each residency we made a variety of puppets and explored different ideas around connecting to our environment and each other.

Puppet making with natural materials at Mackie Hill J &I School 

 We gave our puppets special qualities and talents  

And made a gift for children at West Bretton with messages about how to care  for this nest of young chicks

At West Bretton J & I School we imagined what would happen if the sculptures came to life at YSP  and invented some brilliant puppets inspired by Yinka Shoibare FABRIC-ATION Exhibition 

Reception & Nursery Children at Dane Royd J &I School made bird puppets with found materials  and took them on  imaginative journeys to the moon, above the clouds, to Africa and all the way home! 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Families, Birds and Super-humans!

Hendal Primary School

I spent a week of the residency at Hendal Primary School in February, working with the whole school to make puppets exploring different aspects of our community and environment. From investigating our immediate outdoor environment with Foundation Stage to making Table top 'Super-human' puppets with Y 5 & 6, the week was full of imagination and invention. We also shared thoughts about our families with KS1 and made Bird puppets to look after the school with Y 3 & 4.




Friday, 19 April 2013

From South Kirby to China!

Stockingate Mill Junior and Infant School

In the 2 days at Stockingate Mill School we explored our connections to the wider world. We used maps of the local area and Cheng du province, China (location of their partner school) exploring the patterns, contours and features of the landscape to create puppet characters.

We made a 'Passport to South Kirby' as a gift to pass on to Hendal Primary School containing self portraits  and thoughts about the area.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Puppets about Town

Hemsworth Arts and Community College

I had a fantastic week residency at Hemsworth Arts and Community College at the end of January, working with year 7 and 8 pupils to explore and document the local community as inspiration for puppet making and storytelling.
The students noticed a lack of interaction and conversation going on in the town, so at the end of week, armed with our puppets we set off to change things and get people talking! 

“A different way of working and seeing the world - a social intervention” Hayley Somers (Teacher)