Monday, March 17, 2014

9th Westchester Biennial

Castle Gallery
at The College of New Rochelle
Westchester Biennial 2014 
April 22 – June 20, 2014 
Opening Reception is May 4th, 2014 from 2-4 pm

I am thrilled that two of my original collages have been to selected to be included in Castle Gallery’s Westchester Biennial 2014, which will celebrate its ninth juried art exhibition. The exhibit, which showcases recent work by emerging and established Westchester county artists, began in 1998. This show is unique for being the only one of its kind, open exclusively to Westchester county artists. Featured artworks were selected by notable jurors from outside of the county to encourage fairness in judging. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Toilet Paper Roll Puppet

This adorable penguin hand puppet was made from a recycled toilet paper roll! I started off by covering the roll with colored construction paper. I made sure to add details found on a penguin, so that it would be recognizable. However, I did not try to make every detail perfect. For a touch of whimsey I added a bow tie. I stuffed colored tissue paper into the center of the tube to create the penguin's head. If you are a stickler for symmetry cut matching elements at the same time. Draw an eye, ear, wing, paw, arm, or leg on a piece of paper, then put another piece of paper behind your first piece of paper. Cut both pieces of paper at the same time. This will insure that whatever you are cutting will be a matching pair. There are many great ideas for toilet paper hand puppets on the Internet. Or, use your imagination and come up with a totally original creation!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spoon Puppet

Wooden spoons usually used in the kitchen make an excellent puppet. The spoon part is a great surface to glue notions onto. Use your imagination to come up with a unique character. A wide variety of interesting materials help spark ideas and support the creative process. Feathers, yarn, buttons, ribbon, felt, fabric, pom poms, construction paper, markers, and foam shapes are good materials for puppet making and can be used in many different ways. You can use the spoon's handle to move the puppet. Cover the handle of the spoon puppet with a piece of felt so that your hand is not noticeable. Poke a tiny hole in the middle of your fabric and pull the handle through the hole. Your hand should be completely covered by the fabric. Use your thumb and pointer finger as the puppet's hands. Wrap rubber bands around the thumb and pointer finger to hold the fabric in place and define the puppet's arms. Making puppets can be an easy and fun activity. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Paper Bag Puppets

The same lunch bags you use to pack your lunch every day can also make a great foundation for a hand puppet. You can use the classic brown paper bag or paper bags that come in different colors. I emphasize to my students that the puppet needs to have eyes, ears, a nose, hair and clothes. If the puppet is going to be an animal then it needs to have the appropriate features and markings (spots, strips, tail, whiskers, etc). Construction paper, colored styrofoam and crinkled paper strips (packaging material from a gift) were all found around the house and used to make this paper bag puppet in the photo above. I like paper bag puppets because they are an accessible and affordable art project for kids.