Visit-Workshop: Theater of Shadows

1st october 2019 – 30th june 2020

Addressed to: Primary education

Duration: 2 hours (1 hour the workshop, 1 hour the guided tour)

Groups: maximum of 50 students

Schedule: Wednesday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Shadow theater is based on the projection of figures in front of an illuminated background. They constitute one of the first attempts to reproduce movement on a screen, and in this sense they can be conceived as a remote antecedent of cinema.

Shadow theater has its antecedents in Chinese shadows. The Chinese shadow theater was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2011.

During the workshop we will talk about what shadow theater is, theaters and the shadow. Next, students will be divided into groups, each group will think, debate, and develop a short script to tell a story. They will decide the number of characters or elements in that story and make simple silhouettes made of cardboard to create those characters or objects. Finally, each group will present their story to their classmates in front of an illuminated background.


– Explore and learn about various materials and instruments and acquire specific codes and techniques of different artistic languages ​​to use them for expressive and communicative purposes, promoting the acquisition of aesthetic values ​​and developing sensitivity.

– Enhance creativity and develop plastic skills.

– Work on vocabulary and language through representation.

– Develop a feeling of confidence in one’s own possibility of artistic creation, fostering curiosity, interest and perseverance, understanding and respecting the creation of others and learning to express and accept constructive criticism and opinions.

– Begin to develop abstract thinking.

– Develop emotional education.

– Relate to other people by participating in group activities with flexibility and responsibility, promoting dialogue, collaboration and communication.

Activity subsidized by the Government of the Principality of Asturias