Discover the colorful world of Anansi the spider through Caribbean stories from a rare book in the special collections of the National Gallery of Art Library. Then design your own puppet using everyday, recyclable items.
Please join the session with a variety of household and craft items. Some ideas are plastic or paper straws, disposable chopsticks, popsicle sticks, plastic utensils, toothpicks, buttons, fabric scraps, paper clips, brown paper bags, feathers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, or dried beans or pasta. You will also need some kind of adhesive (liquid glue, a glue stick, or tape), a pencil, a sheet of paper, and something to color with, like colored pencils, markers, or crayons.
Recommended for ages 7-12 with their adult companions. An adult is required to attend the session alongside the child(ren).
Image captions: Ronald King (artist) and Roy Fisher (poet), “Anansi” and "Turtle," from Anansi Company: A Collection of Thirteen Hand-Made Wire and Card Rod-Puppets Animated in Colour and Verse (London: Circle Press, 1992), copy 45/120, National Gallery of Art Library, Gift of Patricia G. England