Shadow Puppets

Saturday & Sunday September 7 & 8, 2019
10 AM to 4 PM each day
Jaffe Book Arts Gallery, FAU Library

JCBA’s current exhibition, “Building Stories: Alternative Storytelling,” has its roots in two puppetry classes that Jeanne Jaffe taught in China in 2018, and we are so pleased to offer you a variation of those classes in a workshop setting here at the Jaffe. Shadow puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling using flat articulated cut-out figures. These shadow puppets are held between a source of light and a translucent screen.

In this weekend workshop, students will learn the basics of constructing shadow puppets from poster board, Tyvek, and imagination. Historical and artists’ examples will be presented in a brief slide lecture, and we'll also review the patterns for the construction of a small shadow puppet theater, and discuss the potential of video animations. At the end, we will share our stories through our own imagined characters and shadow play––a mesmerizing and magical storytelling technique with a long history in countries all around the world. 

This is a great workshop for teachers, artists, animators, children, and anyone interested in engaging in imaginative and inventive forms of storytelling. All levels; no experience necessary.

$135 General Public / $125 FAU Faculty & Staff, Students from other Institutions / $115 FAU Students
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.

One seat in this workshop is available to an FAU student for just the cost of materials ($35) thanks to funds raised in memory of Dorothy Hamilton, who loved JCBA’s monthly Real Mail Fridays letter writing socials. To be considered for this seat, you must be a current FAU student and send an email to jcutrone@fau.edu explaining what it would mean to you to have the opportunity to take this workshop. Applications for this opportunity will be accepted through August 18, 2019.

Instructor Jeanne Jaffe is a multi-disciplinary artist who is Professor Emeritus in Multi-disciplinary Fine Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, a visiting artist/professor at Xian Academy of Fine Arts in China each fall and the Coordinator of International Programs at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Ms. Jaffe is the recipient of fellowship grants from the Gottlieb Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Mid Atlantic/NEA, Mino Artist Residency in Japan, the Leeway Foundation and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation among many others. Works by Ms. Jaffe were reviewed in Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, and exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

S. E. Wimberly Library, Jaffe Center for Book Arts Room 350
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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