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Artist teaches Asheville students how to make shadow puppets

Students at Hall Fletcher Elementary School got to experience something that dates back more than 2,000 years -- shadow puppets. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Students at Hall Fletcher Elementary School got to experience something that dates back more than 2,000 years -- shadow puppets.

Visiting artist Lisa Sturz showed students how to use shadow puppets to tell a story. She then showed them how to make puppets of their own.

One group of students focused on reptiles, like snakes and alligators. Another group concentrated on chimpanzees.

The activity was part of their unit on the life cycles of plants and animals. Once the puppets are put together, they'll put on a play for the younger students.

"It's kind of giving the multiple learning thing. They're getting a physical memory that they will remember," Sturz said. "This sticks with them for a long time. It's different than just reading it."

The students will perform their puppet show for the younger students next Wednesday.

Sturz's visit is part of the Teaching Artists presenting in Asheville Schools program.

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