It's time! I'm finally going to teach a workshop that will allow you to build a professional quality, moving mouth, hand and rod puppet from almost-scratch (we will not be creating our own textiles as I'm not so great at sheep-farming). With an extremely limited class size, you'll get an incredible amount of individualized instruction, but most importantly, you'll be making your own amazing puppet!
WHAT: An all-inclusive 4-day workshop that introduces you to professional puppet building techniques. You'll have 20 hours of class time, high-quality materials, step-by-step instructions, and guidance to build your very own moving-mouth hand-and-rod puppet (following an original pattern created by Stacey Gordon).
You will learn: multiple hand sewing stitches and when to use them; how to sew both fleece and fur; how to make arm rods; all about mouth plates; how to create posable hands; gluing techniques; how to create and attach facial features; all skills required to complete a professional quality, moving-mouth, hand-and-rod style puppet.
You will go home with: A professional quality, half-bodied, rodded, articulated mouth, hand and rod puppet that you made yourself! Oh, and the fond memories of the laughter we shared together. I also foresee macaroons in your future.
**TOOLS REQUIRED**: Due to health reasons, students will be required to provide their own respirator and eye protection, suitable for chemical vapors. They can be found on Amazon or hardware stores. Be sure that they are suitable for chemical vapors.
WHEN: Saturday January 20th & 21st, Feb 3rd & 4th 1-6pm
WHERE: Puppet Pie Studio, 1301 Grand Avenue, Studio 4, Phoenix, AZ 85007. The entrance is on the south side of the building (on McKinley), to the left of the heart mural. (You can also find a map and photo of the entrance through the menu navigation at the top of this page: Contact > Visit.) Doors open 15-20 minutes prior to the workshop.
SKILLS REQUIRED (or taught): Sitting for up to 5 hours (with short breaks); excellent fine motor skills; use of a hot glue gun; use of small power tools, such as a Dremel or sewing machine; sewing by hand; tracing; measuring with a variety of tools; using an X-Acto blade; and allowing yourself the freedom and forgiveness to let your creation become what it becomes.
WHO: This workshop is designed for adults who are capable of safely achieving the skills listed above (with instruction). This is for the beginning puppet-builder who would like to make professional-quality puppets.
Extra Details: One purchase is required for each person in attendance.