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Online workshop: The Orpheus Workshop – The Art of Crankie Puppetry with Emily Schubert

22 February 2021 @ 7:30 pm 8:45 pm UTC+0

How can we harness the power of story and art to send messages we believe in out into the world? Crankies are a type of visual storytelling that throughout history have always attempted to do just that. In this workshop students will learn about the history of crankies, assemble their own crankie (or scrolling story) boxes and begin to develop a story based on personal experience, a folktale, song, or poem, through the use of different visual illustrations. We will explore techniques of cut paper, collage, and shadow puppetry to bring these stories to life.

Click HERE for an example of Crankie, created by Emily.

More information about the workshop and registration HERE. Workshop is free, please register to get the Zoom link.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials needed:

  1. Cardboard!! Lots! A show box/small cardboard box with a lid or flaps and extra to cut with and cut on.
  2. Paper (a roll or multiple sheets taped together)
  3. Adhesives: Glue and/or tape (heavy duty like packing/masking preferred)
  4. Something sharp (scissors, box cutter or x-acto knife)
  5. Pencil or pen
  6. Your “cranks”: two dowel rods OR paper towel rolls 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch taller than box and/or two clothes pins or small clamps
  7. Optional extras: A clamp light, paint and brushes, collage material like magazines or tissue paper, and anything else you can think of!

About the Artist

Emily Schubert is an interdisciplinary artist working mainly in the worlds of puppetry, performance, storytelling and collage. She hails from the borderlands of Cincinnati, Ohio/Northern Kentucky and has a degree in fiber and textile art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has participated in puppet theater festivals and workshops in Europe, Indonesia, and the United States, has a passion for small-scale organic farming, and enjoys stilt walking in a good parade! Enthralled by the emotive power and depth of expression achieved through puppetry and storytelling, she believes that within these realms lies a source of real-life magic that is deficient in much of our daily lives. More about Emily at