Week #3: Pop-up Page Making with FTH Teaching Artists Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughtred
While our doors are temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing measures, Flushing Town Hall would like to share our renowned, global arts programming online. Flushing Town Hall’s dedicated Teaching Artists are offering online classes in the new series “FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids.” The series of arts education will run Tuesday through Friday, and culminate in an online family matinee performance on Saturday. Each day participants will enjoy short videos of music or dance and post-lesson activities will be available online at FTH website: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/fth-at-home and live on Facebook Page and Youtube Channel each day at 2 PM. Participants are also encouraged to post short video clips of themselves learning on Facebook and tag FTH facebook page @flushingtownhall.
This week’s lessons introduce you to the pop-up page making led by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artists Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughtred. Spica is puppeteer and Karen is a theater artist. You may have seen them at Flushing Town Hall’s partnering senior centers where they offer programming in The Memory Project, storytelling through visual arts, theater and puppetry. But we join them at their apartments in Manhattan as we practice safe distancing. They don’t use many supplies, just recycling materials that you can find at home --- they’ll show you how to improvise with what you have. Check out this simple activity for the history and glossary of pop-up page making and this step-by-step instruction for this week’s lessons.
Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artists Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughtred introduce you to pop-up artistry with easy-to-follow instructions, perfect for young and old. Instead of the usual cardstock, they recycle materials to make all the parts of a pop-up page or card. Step-by-step, they show you how to make the base page with a paper shopping bag and household tools.
Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artists Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughtred share their unique, simple to make mechanism for adding movement to the page. They have simplified the process with their pre-made V-Fold hinge, which encourages beginners to build their own pop-ups. They will also guide you in making an easy to assemble pocket, into which you can add your special surprise object.
Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artists Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughtred bring family photos to life through easy to follow activities. Through the simple technique of tracing, they show you how to transform photos from the two dimensional to three dimensional pop-ups. Demonstrating how to recycle magazines and newspapers, they tear colorful and curious shapes to collage characters’ clothes, build scenery and construct objects.
Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artists Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughtred teach you a new technique for using photos as a resource for your pop-up page. Recycling a plastic bag, they use it to protect the photo and draw a grid over the image to be transferred which will allow you to enlarge an image by hand so your completed drawing will be just the right size. Glue it to the hinge and watch it pop-up when you open the page.
On Saturday, April 18, at 2pm, please tune in to our Facebook Page or Youtube Channel and enjoy some stories told by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artists Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughtred using the pop-up books they made about themselves! Let us know how you like these stories. Or start to create your own pop-up page and share with us on Facebook and tag our page @flushingtownhall!
Special thanks to Calvin W. Chan, Raymond D. Jasen, Ellen Kodadek, Anne Lewent, William McClure, and TeHsing Niu for underwriting a portion of FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids.
Flushing Town Hall is pleased to present these programs free of charge but welcomes donations from those who are able and moved to contribute. Donations of any amount are accepted here.
Flushing Town Hall’s facilities are temporarily closed to the public in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Flushing Town Hall’s latest statement pertaining to COVID-19 can be found here.
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