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The Art of Shadow Puppets — Family Workshop Saturday, October 5th

Stories are told through many different media, including visual art and performance. Through multimedia artwork, including sculptures and video, “The Way of Chopsticks,” an installation project by Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen on view now through December 29th at the PAA, tells tales of post-revolutionary China with a focus on the family and the home. This exhibition also raises questions regarding the role of traditions in all cultures. Families can experience this exhibition and learn more about Chinese art and culture during our Saturday Family Workshops, the first of which will be this weekend! Join us this Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 10-11:30AM for The Art of Shadow Puppets. Artist, performer, and educator Hua Hua Zhang will teach families about the Chinese tradition of shadow puppetry and will demonstrate how to make a shadow puppet of your own! The admission fee is $10 per child for general admission and $5 for members. Parents and guardians enter free and must accompany the child. For more information and to register, click here.

Hua Hua’s Shadow Puppet Theater

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Shadow puppetry is a traditional Chinese art form that combines visual art, performance, and even music, to present stories. The art of shadow puppetry originated in the Han Dynasty and continues today, as artists are finding new and inventive ways to keep this ancient tradition alive. The Philadelphia Art Alliance is thrilled to welcome one such artist, Hua Hua Zhang, for the first of our Saturday Family Workshops this weekend. We hope you will join us to learn more about traditional art form, make a shadow puppet, practice performing, and take your puppet home as well! The Art of Shadow Puppets with Hua Hua Zhang will be the first in a series of Saturday Family Workshops at the PAA. Click here to read more about the program.

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