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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Local children learn art of making puppets

  • Three McPherson children turned themselves and their families into puppets during “Let’s Make a Puppet,” one of many summer art classes sponsored by the McPherson Arts Alliance.
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  • Three McPherson children turned themselves and their families into puppets during “Let’s Make a Puppet,” one of many summer art classes sponsored by the McPherson Arts Alliance.
    This class is taught by Shin-Hee Chin and focuses on using a variety of materials to construct affordable puppets.
    “The class is about making three-dimensional figures with recycled materials,” Chin said.
    On Monday, the students used yarn, cloth and plastic cups to create puppets resembling themselves, and on Tuesday, they used paper to create finger puppet versions of their families.
    “I do these classes every year,” said Hannah Reynolds, 10, of McPherson. “I love it, and it makes me happy. You can use mostly anything to make puppets.”
    Tate Nadeau, 10, of McPherson, who also took the Cartooning 101 class, said he enjoys drawing and thought it would be good to try something different.
    “I like making puppets, and it sounded fun,” Nadeau said.
    Chin said she uses recycled materials because they are cheap and freely available. She said this can help her students be creative with whatever materials they have.
    “There’s plenty of it, it’s cheap, so kids can easily get it. It’s also environmentally safe and more creative,” she said.
    Reynolds said it’s good to have art classes in the community, especially for people who otherwise wouldn’t get to try it.
    “Some kids at school don’t have art. They probably like it, but they don’t have it,” she said.
    Chin said she thinks puppet-making promotes fun and confidence.
    “It motivates. For creativity and curiosity, they can make art,” she said. “They enjoy their time, and they have a final product.”
    Michael Martin, 9, of McPherson, said he’s not sure why he likes art but encourages everyone to give it a try.
    “I don’t know if there’s a specific reason. I just like it,” Martin said. “You should just try it, see if you like it. You probably will.”

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