Marionette Carving Workshop On Puppet Making, Woodcarving And Manipulation In Prague, Czech Republic

If you want to build some puppets of your own, visit our Stuff For Kids Area for some great downloads to work on at home. Write, create: Collaborations with Performance Arts and Design for the Stage students on experimental and speculative performance projects; and development of a major puppetry production which will tour nationally and possibly internationally. Always check to make sure your dimmer, extension cord, and light can handle the wattage of your bulb. Using puppets involves communicating with others, which helps to develop social interaction skills and build confidence.

Our little shadow puppet theater was made from an empty cardboard box with the bottom cut out, and replaced with two sheets of white tissue paper held in place with packaging tape. Teachers at one of Chris Lawrence’s workshops, making brown paper bag puppets ready to use in their classrooms. Our cardboard table top theater is 4 years old, but it is still in use, especially when friends come over. This is the typical kind of puppet show presented in the open air all over Europe and also found in China.

Camp in the backyard, build snowmen in the winter and tree houses in the summer, have treasure hunts with maps and real pirate chests… At some point I would always add, And we will have a home theatre!” The picture of the March sisters would loom brightly in my mind at that moment. The virtue of the hand puppet is its agility and quickness; the limitation is small size and ineffective arm gestures. With a utility knife, remove one of the flaps (if the box is rectangular, remove one of the wider flaps), to create the opening for the theatre. I figured out a way to make the lettering from duct tape, too – which is pretty dang exciting for future projects.

David Currell will explain all that and show you how to make the puppets and stage and most importantly, lighting. If you’re using a box that’s printed on the outside, you can always get your child to paint it first, or you can wrap a strip of paper around the outside and secure it with tape. Several light fixtures (called an instruments in the theater) have been used in shadow puppetry. Pull one length through the hole on one side of the box, and knot so that it catches on the inside of the box.

On all years of this course students will develop projects for performance both within and outside Central, and work closely with professional practitioners and internationally recognised puppetry and visual theatre companies, who are all experts in their fields. The theatre was operated in the years 1913 – 35, and it was just this stage where the puppets of Spejbl and Hurvínek appeared for the first time. It is just a black sock cut open at the toe with a cardboard mouth glued into opening. The skin is well rubbed and soaked in a solution containing bran to remove its oil properties and to make it softer.

This app has 77 tuitional video lessons all relating to building the perfect puppet theatre – from a table top version to a portable version. As well as being an enjoyable activity involving play, puppet theaters offer children ways to express ideas and feelings, sometimes including difficult emotions. This sock puppet is easier to make than the full mouth sock puppet above, but the mouth doesn’t have as much movement so it is harder to make it look like it is talking, and doesn’t show quite as much emotion as the full-mouth puppets. Any of these can make great shadow lights, depending on what effect fits with your show.

The socket of the rod is carefully placed so that the puppet will balance properly. This form of puppet has limited application, and is used mainly in pre-schools or kindergartens for storytelling with young children. Cardboard scenery can be painted and inserted through slits in the sides of a theater. Creating and using a puppet theater makes use of problem solving skills, and stimulates the imagination.

In the traditional English Punch -and- Judy puppet shows, for instance, no one minds when Punch throws the Baby out of the window or beats Judy until she is dead; everyone knows that it is not real and laughs at things that would horrify if they were enacted by human actors. Shadow figures need not be limited to two dimensions; rounded figures may also be used effectively.


Use a black marker or paints to write the name of your puppet theatre across the top in fancy theatre writing. A shadow puppet is a cut-out figure held between a source of light and a translucent screen. Once you have this project down you can use the same design to create a rocket ship and a barn! Remember, it is the edges of the puppet shape the audience notices most, so spend extra time making sure they are clean and even. Puppets can move in one direction only (without backing up) and passing another puppet involves a very tricky change of hands backstage.

Artists and educator Zara Goodfellow is the Norwich Puppet Theatre workshop co-ordinator who designs and delivers the Theatre’s activity programme for children, schools and community groups. The divisions between human actors and puppet actors are becoming increasingly blurred; if, in the past, many puppets tried to look and act like humans, today many human actors are trying to look and act like puppets. Making props and scenery encourages the imaginative and creative use of a wide range of materials.

Set up your box theater on a table or chair and position your lamp behind the box. Indeed, when a man hides himself within any external frame or mask, the result may be called a puppet. You can also use found objects for puppet shapes, but these tend to give very fuzzy edges since they are usually much thicker than posterboard. We added that to the front and added black duct tape around the sides to help reinforce the box and made it sturdy. As a puppet is moved away from contact with the screen it grows fuzzy then fades out.

A pull string puppet is a puppet consisting of a cloth body where in the puppeteer puts his/her arm into a slot in the back and pulls rings on strings that do certain movements such as waving the arms or moving the mouth. Cut a rectangle in it, stretch some parchment paper across the opening, and you will get a shadow theatre. Animal skin is used in the making of the puppets, especially that of the camel.

Most of the traditional puppet folk heroes of Europe are hand puppets; the booth is fairly easily portable, and the entire show can be presented by one person. Alternatively a finger puppet could be a cone of paper, or two pieces of felt sized to fit around a finger and sewn or glued together. All the ideas in these articles are workable to create a shadow puppet show, but please remember that no one person can try everything.

To support the illusion, it’s nice to design your set so the background is smaller than the foreground, then scale the puppets to fit. For her Turkey Hill Theatre, Martha uses an 18-by-18-inch cardboard box; adjust the dimensions to your desired size. Many of the puppet theatres in Poland today also present plays acted by actors in masks; the Bread and Puppet Theatre in the United States is another example of the same tendency.

We’re making puppets, as you can see up top there, by printing some of Logan’s favorite characters and affixing them to cardboard, with a chopstick handle. In European history the marionette represents the most advanced type of puppet; it is capable of imitating almost every human or animal gesture. Reassemble the box by following the crease lines and taping it all back together.

The black light puppet is a form of puppetry where the puppets are operated on a stage lit only with ultraviolet lighting , which hides the puppeteer and accentuates the colours of the puppets, which are normally designed using colours that respond to UV light by glowing brightly. Although few new plays adapted for the toy theatre were issued after the middle of the 19th century, a handful of publishers kept the old stock in print until the 20th century. Usually shadow puppeteers want an even intensity of light over the whole screen.

A table top puppet is a puppet usually operated by rod or direct contact from behind, on a surface similar to a table top (hence the name). To add other features stuff the sock puppet with scrap material to make the puppet firm. PuppetSoup have collaborated with and represented major organisations including the NHS, the RSPB, Connecting Care for Children and The Arts Council of Wales in addition to working with other theatre companies, schools, communities and individuals. Clearly, puppetry is being recognized not merely as a particular form of dramatic craft but as one manifestation of total theatre.

A rod puppet is controlled by the puppeteer moving the metal rods attached to the hands of the puppet (or any other limbs) and by turning the central rod secured to the head. My knots are never tight enough the first time so I usually put one or more knots between my first knot and the cardboard to tighten things up. I finish the knot with a drop of white glue and it’s done.