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January 05 - March 23, 2021

Shadow Puppet Production (Full Course, Zoom)

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center • 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport NewsVA  23607 Organized by Newport News Parks Recreation and Tourism
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We're sorry, but this activity is over. The last meeting was Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Traveling the Bridge Between Darkness and Light with James Cooper
After the major success of Introduction to Clay Puppetry and Film, James Cooper has returned to teach the mystical methods of shadow puppetry. He is offering a full course comprised of three four-week sessions that delve into the history and techniques of this timeless art.
In this course, students will examine the heart and range of the different styles, develop and construct their portable puppet stage, practice skills in constructing puppets from various materials, and design and direct a complete puppet production.

Class Dates:

  • Entire Course - Tuesdays, January 5 - March 23, 2021 (Containing three subject units)
  • Session #1 - European Shadow Puppetry: January 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Session #2 - Chinese Shadow Puppetry: February 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Session #3 - Contemporary Shadow Puppetry: March 2, 9, 16, 23

Class Meeting Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Class Location: Zoom

Supplies for this class are only included with the in-person option. Online participants are responsible for their own supplies.

Supplies List

For the Puppet Screen:

  • For the Puppet Screen:
  • Strong Light Source (Lamp or Flashlight)
  • X-Acto Knife (Adult Supervision Required)
  • Cardboard Box (Large, Recommended Size 28”x36”)
  • White Fabric (Pillow Case) or Butcher Block Paper
  • Duct Tape
  • Cell Phone or Small Video Camera for recording

For the Puppets

  • Manilla Folders
  • Card Stock Paper (65 - 85 lbs.)
  • Scissors (Sharp Scissors work Best)
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Masking Tape
  • Glue or Hot Glue
  • Thread or Yarn
  • Pencil

Additional Items Specifically for Session #2

  • Paint
  • Cooking Oil

Additional Items Specifically for Session #3

  • One (qty:1) Foam Core Poster Board
  • 1/2-Inch Cushion Foam
  • Elastic Band or Lightweight Rope (For Headband)

About the Instructor: Master puppeteer James T.L. Cooper, provides creative opportunities for children from 3 to 103 years young. Mr. Cooper boasts over twenty years of theatre arts and technical theater experience, fifteen plus years of professional puppet and prop design experience and more than ten years of experience in teaching and program development.

In addition to TLC Puppet Workshops, James runs The Venue on 35th; is a teaching artist with Young Audiences of Virginia and is a resident lighting designer with the Virginia Arts Festival. Mr. Cooper aims to increase children's awareness of the world around them in a creative environment while providing inspiration that lasts a lifetime.


January 05 - March 23, 2021

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


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Ages 5-255 · Co-Ed


Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

2410 Wickham Avenue Newport NewsVA  23607

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