Build a device for shadow play and make “shadow puppets”
Design: Emmanuelle Zanfonato and ESAT Évasion
Duration : 30 min per figurine
Age: from age 7
Key words creativity and entrepreneurship: Transformation in production, Persistence, Tolerate failure, Sensibility for problems diversity, Production and overtaking the risks
Either by manipulating figurines, cut shapes, different materials (string, wire, liquid, …) directly positioned on the overhead projector’s illumination screen;
either by manipulating puppets with shadows or by being shadows in the space between the cloth screen and the overhead projector.
The game can be interactive between shadow manipulators on the overhead projector and body shadows.
The light of the overhead projector is sufficient in both cases, it is not necessary to use a projector. However, it is also possible to use pocket lamps if it is desired to produce more localized and moving lighting effects.
Manufacture and introduction of dragonflies
Snips and pliers
Tarlatane (stiff cotton fabric with a visible weft)
Rigid and flexible wire
Sewing needles and thread
How to make a shadow / fish?
Wires, pliers, tarlatan, tape
Shadow /fish manipulated near the screen
The river seen from the sky
Several metres of transparent acetate sheets, taped crinkled florist plastic film, paper tape. Acetate sheets blackened with ink, cut and scraped as wished
Preparation for scratching
Transparent acetate sheets, Chinese ink, brush, hair dryer
Fish scraped and cut
Inked acetate sheets, nail scissors, metal rod
Fish manipulated in the river via the overhead projector
Gels for overhead projectors, cut and hung on wires
Colour variation and verbal expression
Different colours indicate changes of musical mode.
Mobile to manipulate the shadows and musical improvisation guided by an English horn
Confetti gels cut in the shape of flower petals, felt for plastic surfaces
The pupils are able to:
- build their own figurines;
- play with shadows.
Depending on the size of the screen: 1 screen of stretched fabric or paper hanging on a bar resting on 2 feet of projectors, but also, for a smaller screen, on one or more clothes carriers.