Mighty Mega: Together! 2012

Mighty Mega: Together! 2012

Access all online videos and activities from our previous term with Hazel Brill from Together! 2012.

Artist Hazel Brill from Together! 2012 uses puppetry, animation, and arts and crafts to create imaginary worlds and characters. Inspired by Nasa’s recent expedition to Mars, Mighty Mega members created stars, planets, aliens, flying rockets and sci-fi cities using household items and basic craft materials.

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Introduction

Get to know Hazel Brill, an artist from Together 2012! who will be guiding you through all kinds of creative activities this term. You might even meet one of her puppet friends…

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Week 1: Stars

Take a journey into the stars in Hazel’s first workshop. Learn some fun space facts and create your own telescope and hanging star sculpture to create a sparkly, sensory experience at home.

You will need: card, tin foil, tape, a pencil or pen, scissors, a needle and thread, a coat hanger and an adult to help you.

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Week 2: Astronaut

In this week’s workshop, Hazel will be showing you how to make your own space helmet. Pop it on to take an imaginary trip into the stars or flip it over to transform it into an astronomical puppet stage for a floating astronaut.

To create your astronaut puppet and space helmet, you will need: paper, a stick, tape, scissors, pens, a box, tin foil, these downloadable astronaut outlines and an adult to help you.

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Week 3: Shadow Puppets

Follow along with Hazel as she demonstrates how to create shadow puppets using simple craft materials. Make a rocket, a UFO, stars, a moon… the choice is yours. Then, experiment with casting their shadows with a torch or lamp to create your own sensory space display.

You will need: a torch or lamp, paper, a stick, tape, scissors, a pen or pencil, these optional downloadable outlines and an adult to help you.

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Week 4: Alien Puppets on Mars

In this week’s workshop, learn how to make your own alien finger puppets. All you need is some plasticine, blu-tack or tin foil. Then, imagine how your space creature might explore the surface of Mars with Hazel’s expert puppetry tricks.

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Week 5: Colourful Space Creatures

Using a simple toilet roll tube, have fun with creating all kinds of space creatures. Experiment with different colours, expressions and patterns… the possibilities are endless. Then, learn the basics of stop motion animation to make your own sci-fi film.

You will need: a toilet roll tube for each alien you want to make, paper, a brush, paint, glue, scissors, anything you have to decorate your aliens, and an adult to help you.

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Week 6: Strange Planet Set Design

You’ve been making all sorts of astronaut and alien puppets in previous weeks. Now it’s time to give them a planet to explore. Join Hazel to experiment with different materials and create your own alien landscape as a stage for your space adventures.

You will need: cardboard, sellotape, scissors, any craft materials you have to spare (such as egg boxes, sticks, glitter, foil) and an adult to help you.

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Week 7: Cosmic Creature Space Puppets

In this week’s workshop, use your imagination to create unique creatures that might live on a distant planet. Do they fly, swim or stomp?

Follow along as Hazel shows you how to transform your creature into a rod puppet and use clever tricks to give it movement.

You will need: sellotape, scissors, sticks, card, glue, a pen, any craft materials you have to decorate with, and an adult to help you.

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Week 8: Alien Masks

In this week’s workshop, Hazel guides you through how to make an alien mask. Use different colours, materials and textures to make yours truly unique ready to dress up — and maybe even put on a performance for family and friends.

You will need: card, a pen, scissors, string or a stick, glue, sellotape, any craft materials you have to decorate with, and an adult to help you.

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Week 9: Finger Puppets

Follow along as Hazel crafts kooky alien finger puppets to create your own space adventures, using simple craft materials. You will need: card, felt tips, scissors, some blu-tack or plasticine, and an adult to help you.

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Week 10: Paper Plate Shooting Star

Follow along with Hazel as she shows you how to make a cosmic, colour-changing shooting star out of super simple spinning paper plates. Experiment with different colours and sparkly patterns.

You will need: two paper plates, paint, pencil, blu-tack, split pins, scissors, a ruler and an adult to help you.

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Week 11: Paper Plate Alien Puppet

After enjoying Hazel’s weekly intergalactic animations, grab your craft supplies and join her to create your own googly-eyed talking alien puppet. You will need: two paper plates or sheets of card, a paint brush, paint, glue, any extra craft supplies you have to hand and an adult to help you.

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Week 12: Rod Puppet Alien

Join Hazel to make a wiggly-armed alien puppet, using sticks and string to give it lots of expression and personality. Make it dance, laugh and move in all kinds of ways. You will need: card, scissors, felt tips or paint, sellotape or glue, a needle and thread, a stick, any extra stickers or craft supplies you have to decorate with, and an adult to help you.

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Week 13: Art-Bot

In the final workshop of this term, follow along with Hazel and build your very own roving art-bot. That’s right, a robot that has the the ability create all kinds of unique patterns and works of art by moving around and exploring the page. You will need: paper, scissors, tapes, tin foil or paint, felt tips, a toilet roll tube, and an adult to help you.

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