South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Arts Directory

Gina Bean

SCAD ID - #103

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Certified Teaching Artist

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  • Theatre
  • Visual Art
  • Literature

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Geographical Availability

  • Upstate
  • Midlands
  • PeeDee
  • Low Country


As an artist, Gina derives so much joy from various forms of sculpture, and any work that provokes thought and imagination.She works primarily with lightweight materials, such as paper in all its forms, and recycled materials whenever possible.She loves creating odd characters and creepy creatures, anything with personality.Puppetry opens up a world of fascinating options.
In her classes, students take inspiration from world culture puppetry arts, and create original characters. They make connections to academic content, tell their own stories, and perform with much less inhibition as they can choose to hide behind the puppets and scenery. In her classes "weird" is okay, original thought is celebrated, and "messing up" artistically is not a fear.Process is emphasized over product.Students learn technique, build skills, retain content.
Each workshop is tailored for each group of teachers and students. Teachers provide the academic focus - standards, content, and objectives, and these inform the puppet and theater styles that are integrated. A workshop may include design, creation of age-appropriate characters, theater games, story-telling, or performance on any scale, from classroom skits in small groups, to school-wide productions, through individual and team work. Please see examples on her website.

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