On Sunday, September 13, 2009, Susan Anand and I will be presenting a full day puppet and storybook-making workshop after the Buckeye Art Therapy Association symposium where we will also be presenting. We will be offering this full day (10 - 3) workshop at European Papers, a positively exquisite venue for the paper enthusiasts amongst us. But there's only room for 24, so register here today!
We will explore the subjects of puppets, stories, books, animation, resilience and art therapy in depth. We hope to provide tools and inspiration which you can use in your search for resilience narratives in your own practice. We will focus on finding and developing characters which embody strength and flexibility, creating therapeutic metaphors which can speak directly to the inner artist, and we will look at techniques for putting the resilience narratives into a format which can be easily shared and reviewed, whether that is a story book or a video on youtube. The advantage of using imagery and characters from the individuals you are working with, is that strengths and assets are acknowledged, stories are valued, and the learning is from inside and can be recognized as authentic. As a consequence, individuals are engaged more fully in their own therapy or learning (Gerity 2006).
This full-day course will include an introductory narrative with various kinds of puppets and a slide show, giving participants a range of puppet possibilities. We will provide examples of simple book structures including a book created with one piece of paper, simple pamphlet binding, and an "altered" child's board book - all of which are suitable for most art rooms and most budgets.
The first half of the day will focus on making puppets and characters, using a variety of collage techniques with card stock. Once the characters are developed, participants will create the storybook as a companion art piece for the paper puppet. Participants will experience the ease of eliciting narratives of resilience, healing, and strength, while learning how to create playful paper puppet characters and a simple book structure. Group stories will be created when the puppets and characters come together in small groups. The instructions will be fairly simple so the techniques can be replicated in most art settings and with limited budgets. It is our intention to allow for the possibility for creating short videos of the workshop and of individuals stories so that the ease of creating a youtube video can be explored.
The final discussion will include sharing creations, insights and questions about resilience, healing, and strength or technical questions about working with puppets, narratives, and video.
We have room for 24 participants and registration in through my website and the cost is $35. Feel free to bring video cameras and other filming devices.
If you can't make it to Ohio, we'll also be doing this as a pre-conference course at the AATA conference in Dallas in November. See you there!