Pien’s cut-paper artworks play with silhouette and shadow, creating drama with a strong contrast between positive and negative space. Instead of drawing on paper, try drawing with paper and create your own shadow puppets.
Watch Tiana Roebuck, AGO Associate Curator, Learning & Studio Programs, make paper-cut shadow puppets using recycled materials found at home.
What can I use at home?
Gather recycled cardboard, scissors, tape, a bed sheet and a flashlight or lamp and you're ready to begin.
Use your imagination! You can bring any story to life through the art of paper-cutting and shadow puppets. You’ll need to create characters of course, but also props and objects that help you tell your story. Make a magical gemstone! Add a rocketship! Don’t forget to set the scene, creating puppets that help you explore the mood or environment. Is it raining in your story? Are there shooting stars?
Build your theatre by throwing a bed sheet over two chairs, flick on your flashlight and bring your puppets to life. Experiment with funny voices and sound effects and play the afternoon away.