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ERIC Number: EJ791636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Storytelling with Shadow Puppets
Stephens, Shannon
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v107 n9 p28-29 May-Jun 2008
Puppetry is an ancient art form that exists in cultures throughout the world. The Indonesian island of Java is known for its ancient folk theater which blends religion, storytelling, music, art, and theater through puppetry. This traditional form of storytelling, known as "Wayang Kulit," dates back 1,000 years and continues to be a popular form of entertainment throughout Indonesia. Roughly translated as "shadow skin," Wayang Kulit involves the performance of musicians, a puppeteer (known as a "dhalang"), and a series of two-dimensional puppets that project shadow images on a backlit screen. In this article, the author provides a brief background of Wayang Kulit and describes an art activity wherein fifth grade students were challenged to create a shadow puppet based on a character from a story familiar to them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indonesia