Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Adults' Weekday Morning Workshops...from paper automata to recycled puppets.

Liminal Space pop-up shop will be offering a series of six weekday morning workshops for adults, each one introducing a specific craft technique and how it can be used to bring alive a story. From making a puppet out of a plastic milk container to creating your own moving picture box, come and learn how to transform simple, everyday materials into beautiful objects which will let you, your family, friends and children tell stories in playful and unusual ways. For booking information see the bottom of this page.

Friday 18th March 11am – 2pm - Paper Craft workshop
In this session we will bring alive our folk tale of the week, Baba Yaga, using paper craft techniques. We will create a character and a scene from the story using pop-up book and origami methods. Prepare yourself for three hours of furious folding, cutting and scoring to create your own paper automata!

Friday 25th March 11am – 2pm – Textile workshop
In this workshop we will show you how easy it is to make a bunting chain with a specific storytelling theme. We will make a collective length of bunting using a range of textile craft techniques such as appliqué, hand embroidery, collage and layering, basing our imagery on themes from the folk tale Jorinda and Jorindel.

Friday 1st April 11am – 2pm – Milk Container Puppet workshop
This session will show participants how to make a unique, cheap and beautiful puppet using a discarded plastic milk container, a piece of bamboo and some fabric. Working within the theme of the folk tale The Half Girl we will  create our puppet characters, and finish with some basic puppetry manipulation techniques to bring them alive.

Tuesday 5th April 11am – 2pm – Toy Theatre Workshop
In this workshop we will introduce participants to the fascinating, mysterious and charming world of toy theatre – the art of telling stories through hand-animated paper figures and scenery. We will look at some diverse examples of old and new toy theatre before getting down to making our own handmade scenes to turn into short ‘etudes’, based on moments or ideas from our folk story of the week, The Half Girl.

Weds 6th April – 11am – 2pm – Mask-making Workshop
Today we will take inspiration from our folk story theme The King and the Seed to make beautiful, decorative pieces of headwear or masks. We will demonstrate how to create a sculptured object from various reclaimed materials such as plastic and card, and embellish our final products with handmade paper flowers.

Thursday 7th April 11am – 2pm – Crankie-making Workshop
In this session participants will be introduced to the art of the ‘crankie’ – a simple and charming way to create a moving image in a box. After looking at some examples of crankies, we will set about working on a collaborative moving image sequence based on our story theme The King and the Seed, using various arts techniques such as drawing, painting and collage. We will be able to marvel at our handmade performance when we watch it in the Liminal Space crankie box, and all participants will leave with simple instructions on how to create their own crankie at home.

To book your place, please email Sara.clark@cssd.ac.uk.
Workshops are offered on the basis of a suggested donation of £5, or whatever you can pay. All sessions are led by Sara Clark and Joanna Hruby, craft and story fanatics, and students on the BA Puppetry degree at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

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