Puppets from the MFTA Studio Classrooms

Last week brought two kinds of puppet making to the MFTA studio classrooms. After learning about body parts back at school, second graders from Brooklyn visited MFTA to find images of them in magazines and books. After cutting the body parts out, students used glue and tape to make these collages.

Collage body part puppets by second graders from Brooklyn

A students interpretation of George Washington, based on Gilbert Stuarts 1796 portrait

Another second grade teacher from a Brooklyn school used a group visit to MFTA to enhance her students’ biography projects. After working with specific historical figures in the classroom, students used their MFTA studio time to make puppets based on images they brought with them. The puppet (left) is based on Gilbert Stuart’s 1796 portrait of George Washington. Stuart painted several versions of this portrait, which depicts Washington in the Grand Manner wearing an elegant black robe. The reproduction below comes from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; another version hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; and my personal favorite is on view in the American galleries of MFTA recipient and donor, Brooklyn Museum.

"George Washington (Landsdowne)" 1796 by Gilbert Stuart. Oil on canvas. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (Carnegie Arts of the United States Collection).

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