Showing posts with label In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre. Show all posts

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Stitching A Photo Montage Quilt

This little photo montage quilt was begun by my students and teachers of Bluffview Montessori School in the spring of 2010.  The classroom  E2A--Upper Elementary Classroom A with myself as the lead teacher and assistant teachers, Susan Krageschmidt and Jena McCullough teaching children in 4th grade through 6th grade.

 The picture on the right is the students with our dragon puppets that we made with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre , HOBT who worked with the students for a one week residency.  The students designed and created cooperatively with the help of two HOBT artists, these large puppets and then preformed a story about the importance of water for the whole school.  It was very exciting!

Close up of two students giving a report.

Some of these students, I see around town.  Some are getting ready to graduate from High School in the spring.  What amazing students; what amazing times.  This little quilt measures 14" x 14.75".  The students helped with the stitching.  I completed the quilt today with the binding and the hanging device on the back to hang it on the wall.

At my current school, Ridgeway Community School, we had a most amazing residency with In the Heart of the Beast and created a play called Pete's Great Adventure.  Check out what happened!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pete's Great Adventure

At the end of our school year at Ridgeway Community School, we invited In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre artists to share art and puppet performance with the students. Stacy Lee King and Madeline Helling worked and played with students from May 12 - May 22.   On May 22nd, we had two outdoor performances with our whole school.  It was amazing and wonderful to be part of the children's discovery, learning and creating.

Here is Pete, the turtle. Pete is operated by 8 people--7 students and Madeline Helling, guest artist.   In our musical pageant, Pete has lost his way and needs help to find his friends and his way back to the pond, Ridgeway Community School.

Some  2nd and 3rd grade frogs want to help.

So do the Kindergarten Dragonflies.

 The First Grade Prairie Chickens race in to help.

The preschool lilies sing a song.

The frogs are pulling Pete this way and that and then they all fall down.

Fifth Grade Turtle narrators tell the story.

Madeline and Stacy Lee dance the turtle as all the 4th and 5th graders sing.

Frogs help tell the story too.

Stacy Lee King, Mary Lee Eischen, Kat Eng, Madeline Helling share the after the performance glow.

 Stacy Lee & Mary Lee

Monday, May 26, 2014

Artist Residency with Stacy Lee King and Madeline Helling

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre Artists 
Stacy Lee King and Madeline Helling 
from Minneapolis, Minnesota

May 12- 22, 2014

Ridgeway Community School had the great honor to host two amazing artists, Stacy Lee King and Madeline Helling from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.  They had workshops with our students aged 3- 11 years old, Preschool through Grade 5.  Stacy Lee and Madeline began on Monday, May 12 by introducing the students to puppetry with an all school assembly.  They shared stories and puppets for the students.

They showed how to work a puppet with two people.  They had students acting out a puppet show. They told the students that In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, HOBT, they had puppets that were two stories tall and required 15 people to operate them! 

When each class of students came in work with the artists, they played games with the children to learn their names and find out about their favorite critter. The children got to hold and work with the puppets.

At Ridgeway Community School we teach 3-4 year old Preschool, one class Kindergarten, one class 1st grade, two classes of second and third grades; and two classes of 4th and 5th grades. 

Each class had a project

Preschoolers: lily flowers

Kindergarten: dragonflies

1st Graders: prairie chickens

2nd & 3rd Graders: frogs

4th & 5th Graders: turtles

 The 2nd and 3rd grade students would create frogs and preform as frogs for the musical pageant.  To create the frog masks, the children filled up plastic bags with newspaper and tied them shut.  Then they balled up newspaper for two eyes that they taped to the head.  One group began the paper mache possess on the first day.

The process continued on their next session and they added brown bag for strength.

The children played animal games in between the making.  Madeline and Stacy emphasized that the materials used were recycled or re-purposed—old cardboard, newspaper, bicycle inner tube from flat tires.


The first grade students created prairie chicken masks. They paper mached the beaks.





Another day, they painted the mask, wing, and tail feathers.

The youngest children or our school, the 3-4 year old preschoolers, painted lily flowers for their mask/crowns.

The 2nd & 3rd Graders painted their masks and got fitted for the masks with a piece of cardboard and rubber inner tube to make it snug and comfortable for the head.

 Parents came to help and join in the fun.

The 4th & 5th Grade students created  turtle shells.  They paper mached with brown bag.


In the next session, they painted.  There were many variations on how to create the lines for the painted turtle.  Lots of artistic expression.  

The large turtle began with the head.

In the next post, check out how everything turned out and see pictures of the outdoor performance.  Stay tuned!!!


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