The course will begin with an introduction to various puppet forms set in the context of performance and with a special focus on modelling from recycled and found materials and using papier mache to strengthen, cover and build on this base. Students will have a chance to handle, photograph or draw puppet samples and do some basic design work for a glove or rod puppet or they can bring a design they have already prepared. The students will be brought through the process of creating a puppet through demonstrations and supervised independent work and will have an opportunity to learn also from each others’ work. At the end of the course they will have an understanding of Puppet creation from concept through design to fine finish and will have the means to complete a finished puppet.
Students are asked if possible to bring resource materials of the kind of character you would like to make - some design drawings, and/or photographs from different angles of their face. Although materials will be supplied students are welcome to bring children’s or toy clothes that would specifically suit their character, ditto marbles, beads etc for eyes, wools, rope, hair extensions for hair.
This course is suitable for makers at all skill levels
PARTICIPANTS ON THIS COURSE MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN PUPPET PERFORMANCE
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A 10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE ON THE PUPPET PERFORMANCE COURSE WHEN EITHER THE INTRODUCTION TO PUPPET MAKING OR THE INTRODUCTION TO FOAM PUPPET MAKING IS BOOKED ALONGSIDE THE PUPPET PERFORMANCE COURSE.