Shadow puppets

These shadow puppets where made from hand dyed and glued papers and cut out from a template during a workshop at Brunswick Neighbourhood House in 2019 for the Sea is Sinking Installation. The handles are meat skewers glued with tag paper.

Home screens can be made from sheets hung in a light filled window or put the puppet in front of a lamp pointing to a wall or intense midday sun outside. Play and experiment.

Part 1: What is a diorama?

Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre (1787-1851) was an exceptionally inquisitive artist as painter, set designer and photographer. To assist his set designs he invented and built dioramas and became famous for his dioramas. For his sketches to develop the dioramas and theatrical sets he used an old method of camera obscura this led him to inventing daguerreotype with fellow inventor Nicéphore Niépce ( Niepce died in 1939) and Daguerre  continued to develop the medium it presented as an early form of photography on silver plate.

In today’s world a diorama is often a three-dimensional exhibit that is small in scale. Today’s dioramas provide a perfect art subject to work on with limited resources that takes time and needs your critical thinking resources.

Basic tools to create a diorama

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardboard box any side
  • Paper, scape paper, old magazines, recycle gift paper, newsprint, etc any paper that folds bends and cuts
  • Paint if you have it
  • Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Pencils

Port Phillip Bay research Sea is Sinking 3/04/2019

giant sea crab:
Red Bright fish:
Violet Roughy :
Southern Roughy
Sandpaper fish:
Baby Salmon (trout) – sound and feel
Australian Salmon (trout) adult:
Port Phillip Bay – reef area:
Good example of a cuttlefish:

Come join us to create an imagined under water world inspired by Port Phillip Bay.

Free art workshop

Sea is Sinking

Free drop in workshop. Come and play with artists Youbi, Maggie and Fern in creating fish and marine world things.

This Saturday 30th March 11- 4pm

What you make on the day goes into an interactive immersive installation The Sea is Sinking – your name will be attributed to being one of the creators. We are trialing our workshop.

Where: Brunswick Neighbourhood House at 43A DECARLE STREET, BRUNSWICK

Parking is non-existent so please come by public transport or park at 42 Breese St, Brunswick VIC 3056 (about 6-minute walk)

From Anstey station (6-minute walk) or Tram – corner of Albion and Sydney road (4-minute walk)

Hosted by BNH Fiesta & Community Garage Sale celebrating Harmony Day

PS rug up it is going to be a cool day