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Third Graders Explore Puppetry for the Lower School Winter Program


In Amanda Milz‘s art class, the third grade has spent the month of December bringing the story of the Lower School Winter Program to life through the art of puppetry. Using bow saws, they cut out pieces of plywood to create various characters and objects from the story, the “Realm of Possibility,” written by lower school music teacher Keisha Hirlinger. Students worked collaboratively to reenact scenes from the show, which were featured during the transitions between scenes during the broadcast to the community on Friday, December 17 on the AFS YouTube Channel.

The entire project was developed and executed by Arcadia University graduate student and AFS alum Emilie Grossman ’11. Emilie has been student-teaching with Amanda in the lower school this semester. Emilie’s love of the arts and theater was born through her experiences at AFS, leading her to work in the world of theater after graduating. She brings her extensive knowledge of carpentry and prop design to her teaching and was excited to present students with the challenge of how to design a puppet in such a way that its hinges create the appearance of movement. The third graders were thrilled with the final results and look forward to their hard work being shared the community. You can watch the Lower School program on the AFS YouTube Channel.

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