http://theatrix.freeyellow.com/312syllabus.html ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY THP 312/512 PUPPETRY WITH CHILDREN/PUPPETRY WORKSHOP Nelson Fine Arts Center Child Drama Studio, Room #131 Instructor: Gordon Hensley Email: Gordon_Hensley@hotmail.com Theatre Office Number: 480-965-5359 Mail Box: Dixie Gammage Hall, 2nd Floor Department of Theatre, Room #232 COURSE DESCRIPTION This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the basic materials, techniques, and theories for facilitating puppetry with youth by exploring puppets as an art form and in design and performance, and addressing the applications of puppetry as an educational tool. The format of the class is geared toward performers and educators and includes written work, lesson plan construction, puppet construction and manipulation, presentations, discussions, reflections, and observations. COURSE GOALS To articulate educational and performance puppetry techniques and applications To demonstrate basic educational leadership and planning skills To develop lesson plans relative to the field of study To locate various source materials for puppetry construction and performance To gain technique and confidence as a puppeteer CLASS REQUIREMENTS This class requires written work, self critiques, evaluation of others’ work, presentations of puppets, group discussions, purchasing/bringing supplies, and puppet construction outside of allotted class time. TEXT REQUIREMENTS There is currently no required text for this class. Supplemental texts may be required or suggested. CLASS POLICIES Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. Ten (10) points per absence will be deducted from your final grade after one absence. Three (3) tardies or leaving class early three (3) times is equivalent one absence. Due to the time constraint of winter session, this policy is not flexible. Participation: Participation is mandatory. Please wear clothing you can construct puppets, sit on the floor, and move freely in. If you have any particular needs (accessibility, medical situations, etc.) please let me know! Assignments: All assignments must be typed in twelve (12) point font, double spaced, and formatted according to the latest addition of the MLA handbook. Points will be deducted for grammatical errors. Assignments will not be accepted after the end of the class period on the due date. No late work will be accepted unless arranged with the instructor prior to the due date. Exams: There is no mid-term for this class. We will meet during the final exam period. The final exam will be written, and will be based on the Elementary Education Standards in Fine Arts from the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment document. OFFICE POLICY My office is on the second floor of Dixie Gammage on the ASU main campus, room 211. Please feel free to contact me via phone, email, or speak to me after class. I will make myself available as needed. Contact me if you have any concerns, needs, or suggestions on the improvement of your educational experience. DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENTS Puppet Construction—Constructed in class and due 01/12 Using materials that you bring to class (start collecting now!), and some that are provided, construct the following types of puppets: Sock puppet, Glove puppet, Box-mouth puppet, Rod puppet, String puppet, Shadow puppet, Felt head puppet, and Junk puppet. At least one of your puppets should teach or explore a concept (shapes, colors, doctor visits, etc.). Construction will be graded on effort, creativity, intent, and educational value. Your work will not be compared or graded against others in the class. 512 students will be graded with higher artistic and creative expectations. Cultural Puppetry Presentation—Due 01/03 and 01/04 Research and present to the class a style of cultural puppetry of today or of the past. Some suggested topics include: Japanese Bunraku puppetry, Indonesian shadow puppets, Vietnamese water puppets, Native American masks, Wayang Golek, German puppet festivals, Italian glove puppets, Bil Baird, Jim Henson, William Patten, Tony Sarg, and the Bread and Puppet Theatre. Turn in an outline of your presentation. In your ten-minute presentation to the class, include visuals and answer these questions: How are the puppets constructed (materials, process, who makes them)? How are they manipulated? Who manipulates them? What events, stories, rituals, or celebrations are associated with these puppets? Describe them. Who is the audience for these puppets/this style? What did you find most interesting? Lesson Plan / Puppet Show Presentation—Due 01/08, 01/09, 01/10, and 01/11 Each student is required to present two lesson plans OR two puppet shows (this is determined by your focus area) to the class. This section of this class is broken into four separately graded phases. Planning Session Devise a lesson plan or a puppet show for presentation. You must present a rough-draft lesson plan or script outline to the instructor and be able to brainstorm ideas. Written Plan The lesson plan or puppet script must be typed and in an acceptable format. Lesson plans should include designated grade level, Arizona State Educational Performance Objectives (Improvisation/Design/Playwriting/Producing standards), a warm-up, a supply list, a process, and a reflection/assessment area. Puppet shows should include the script, a props/scenery list, development sketches (if needed), and a manipulation chart. Provide a copy for all classmates the day of your demonstration.