The children were shown how to work with Jonathan’s Puppets on the shadow screen
The children worked well in groups of 4 or 5, they were encouraged to name their
groups after some of the Indian characters they had seen in the previous talk.
The children remained in their groups for the rest of the two day period. But next
in a drawing exercise they worked together on one long sheet of paper.Jonathan encouraged
the children to draw their own ideas based on what they had seen and heard about
in the talks on Indian culture and belief.
They drew many times until they felt confident with what they could achieve. At the
end of the exercise they had many large and fantastic drawings in preparation for
their final puppet design.
Next the children were encouraged to use their own critical faculties with the help
of Jonathan, and Mr Pemberton, the teacher, to select the best drawing of a character
to develop it into a final design for their own puppet.
Next Puppets were worked on by the groups - by modifying their designs and transferring
them on to card
Adults, including Mr Pemberton and a teaching assistant, helped Jonathan to help
the children transform the pupil’s drawings into working puppets.
Next the children cut out their design.
Following this Jonathan encouraged them to experiment with coloured tissue and paper
doilies to decorate the puppets.
Then the joints were made
Then finally sticks were added to make them move
Finally, each pupil was encouraged to develop ideas for scenery to put on the OHP
at the back of the screen.
On the second day, when the puppets were completed, the children performed to other
school members on the shadow screen in their groups to music
Grove Primary School
Year 1 & 2 PAWS Shadow Puppet Two Day Workshop
Set up through the ‘West Wiltshire’ Participatory Arts Workshops Scheme (PAWS), Jonathan
Hayter was able to work with an enthusiastic group of year 1 and 2 pupils in the
On the first day the workshop opened with an introduction to shadow puppetry with
some of Jonathan’s own puppets displayed and demonstrated on the shadow screen.
Next a short talk on the chosen theme of ‘Indian Gods and Goddesess’ in which the
pupils were shown images of Shiva, Ganesh, as well as the Goddess Kali among others.