In this workshop for K-5th grades, Hobey Ford combines storytelling with shadow puppetry and brings a variety of cultures to life in the classroom through folktales. During this workshop, Hobey will demonstrate shadow puppetry and teach students to make a simple "rod" puppet, basically a character's body on one or more sticks. Students will become familiar with tales from several different cultures, ultimately choosing one to illustrate with their own easily-made shadow puppets and learn shadow puppetry performance techniques. Kindergarten students will require extra adult supervision with cutting out templates. Limit of 25 student participants per workshop. Optimum workshop length is one hour. Classroom setup guidelines and materials list accompany this workshop.
Winner of the UNIMA Citation for Excellence, three Jim Henson Foundation grants, and member of the Kennedy Center Teaching Roster, Hobey Ford is known for his excellence in puppetry performance and craft as well as his skill as a master storyteller. Hobey utilizes his artistic studies from the State University of New York and the University of North Carolina at Asheville to design and construct all of his Golden Rod puppets. Hobey's performances present puppetry styles and traditional tales from the United States and around the world. He provides shadow puppetry workshops for students and teachers, workshops in creating his own "foamies"ť puppets for teachers as well as writing process enhanced by puppetry for teachers and students.