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The Orpheus Workshop: The Art of Crankie Puppetry with Emily Schubert

  • 22 Feb 2021
  • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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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

Skill Level:  Beginner

Materials Needed:

  1. Cardboard!! Lots!!
    • a shoe box/ small cardboard box with a lid or flaps
    • extra to cut with and cut on
  2. Paper (a roll or multiple sheets taped together)
  3. Adhesives
    • glue
    • tape- (heavy duty like packing/ masking preferred)
  4. Something sharp (scissors, box cutter OR exacto 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
  • Two clothes pins or small clamps

optional extras! A clamp light, paints & 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 http://www.emily-schubert.com/


Questions? Contact Amanda Muir at orpheus@fsgw.org

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