DESCRIPTION: In Writer’s Block, Matt Sandbank introduces students to the creative process he uses for developing new stories and shadow puppets. Small-group workshops make the writing process fun and accessible for young writers, teaching them to recognize literary concepts such as character, conflict, and mood and to use these devices to create a “story starter.” Students also receive hands-on experience with the art and science of shadows through “Shadow Lab,” a series of interactive installations set up in a library, multipurpose room, or similar dedicated space. All students have the opportunity to construct their own puppet in “Shadow Lab.”
Max Participants: 30
Duration: Minimum 3 days. Maximum 15 days.
Special Requirements: Space requirements include 4’ x 6’ for puppet stage setup, plus floor space where students can sit. For the “Shadow Lab” component, the artist will need access to electrical outlets, 15′ x 15′ or larger space to set up 5 separate installations, and a table where shadow puppet making materials may be set out.
Fee: $187.50 per session