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Shadow puppetry

Shadow puppetry

Project Title

Shadow puppetry

Build your own theatre and make shadow puppets!

Partner Organisation: Little Angel Theatre
Art-form: Puppetry
Lesson plan included? No
Number of lessons (60 minutes): 4
Partner activities: Scoops Space; How to make a pocket theatre; Making paper puppets
Covid-secure advice: where possible children should use their personal equipment
Difficulty: Advanced

How to make a pocket theatre

How to make a pocket theatre

Project Title

Make a pocket theatre

These pocket theatres are so much fun and easy to make. Decorate it however you like and create a whole troupe of actors no bigger than your thumb! This activity sheet includes a template.

Partner Organisation: Little Angel Theatre
Art-form: Puppetry
Lesson plan included? Click here to download the lesson plan
Number of lessons (60 minutes): 1
Partner activities: Scoops space; Shadow puppetry; Write your own play
Covid-secure advice: where possible children should use personal equipment
Difficulty: Intermediate

Scoops Space

Scoops Space

Project Title

Scoops Space

This digital retelling is inspired by our 2018 production Junk (which saw us transform our studio space into a recycling plant). It will revisit Scoop, the junk lady,  and show you into her secret space – a place where she gathers and stores all of the interesting things that other people throw away, and uses them to tell to tell stories.

Partner Organisation: Little Angel Theatre
Art-form: Puppetry
Lesson plan included? No
Number of lessons (60 minutes): 1
Suitable for children with additional needs
Partner activities: Making paper puppets; Make a pocket theatre
Covid-secure advice: NA
Difficulty: Beginner

Design a comic book

Design a comic book

Make a Story House

Design a Comic Book

Reimagine a well-known fairytale for the modern day, and design your very own comic strip using our Comic Book Creator worksheets. Take inspiration from the graphic novels and comics in our Scottish Design Galleries and think about storyboarding and sequencing while imagining a new version of an old story.

Partner Organisation: V&A Dundee
Art-form: Visual arts
Lesson plan included: No
Number of lessons (60 minutes): 1
Partner activities: Design a story house;
Suitable for children with additional needs
Covid-secure advice: NA
Difficulty: Beginner

Take a closer look

Take a closer look

Design and Make

Take a closer look

Ideas for starting a conversation about art...

Partner Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland
Art-form: Visual art
Lesson plan included: No
Number of lessons (60 minutes): 1
Partner activities: Scotland Forever!; Under the Wave off Kanugawa;
Suitable for children with additional needs
Covid-secure advice: NA
Difficulty: Beginner

Everything’s a Moving Picture

Everything’s a Moving Picture

Make a Story House

Everything's a Moving Picture

A series of three video workshops created by leading Scottish theatre audio visual designer Lewis den Hertog which look at how to approach using video to help tell stories. The videos will explore ways you can do this with “stock” and archive footage (footage that already exists), interesting ways for young people to make footage at home and how you can be creative with text and subtitles to make shows more interesting for people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing.

Partner Organisation: National Theatre of Scotland
Art-form: Video
Lesson plan included: No
Number of lessons (60 minutes): 3
Partner activities: Creating stop-motion animation; Design a story house;
Covid-secure advice: children should work on personal devices
Difficulty: Intermediate

Video Game Character Design

Video Game Character Design

Make a Story House

Video Game Character Design

How would you design your ideal videogame character? What would their story be? Who would be their friend – or foe? Would they have a sidekick, or even a pet? Think about all the different things they could do – get stuck in using the sheet below.

Partner Organisation: V&A Dundee
Art-form: Video
Lesson plan included: No
Number of lessons (60 minutes): 1
Partner activities: Everything's a moving picture; Creating stop motion animation
Covid-secure advice: NA
Difficulty: Beginner