Puppetry in the Community

Rosa Dargan-Powers
Day/Time Taught: 
T 6:00-8:30 pm
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 What does art tell us about the culture in which it is created? Does art build and strengthen community? Can controversial art bring us together or pull us apart? How does the aesthetic experience shape human lives?

This class explores the art of puppetry and masks with a global perspective. Students research regional puppet and mask traditions from various cultures as well as contemporary practices. Emphasis will be on the context in which the puppets and mask are made and how these traditions support and reflect the culture in which they are made. In this hands-on class students experience the creative process through writings and discussions, creating journals, puppets and mask and participating in a community puppetry event.

Instructor Bio: 

Rosa Dargan-Powers believes that creating art is vital to a holistic education. Unlike most learning modalities, making art facilitates multisensory learning experiences and engages the whole person. People learn through their senses and feelings as well as their reason. Creating art gives form to thoughts, feelings and the imagination, fosters critical thinking and is essential to becoming fully human. Students in Rosa's classes use the creative experience to make connections to their outer world and within themselves. Her classrooms are active learning environments where students are engaged in discussions, group presentations, art- making, collaboration, group interaction initiatives and community service. Rosa is a studio artist and an adjunct instructor in ASU's Department of Art.

She is involved as an organizer and participant in many community art events. Besides teaching and art-making, Rosa enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, traveling, gardening, bee keeping, singing and community service.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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