Dead Puppet Society

Puppet Construction

This workshop focuses on various sculptural and mechanical techniques for the creation of puppet characters using simple prototyping materials. Students will learn about character design, the importance of the biomechanics of the puppet, the function and fabrication of different joint and hinge types, and experience the value of maintaining aesthetic unity when selecting materials. Either alone or in small groups, they will then design and realise their own puppet character. As with the manipulation workshops these techniques are applicable to a number of puppet forms including but not limited to TABLETOP PUPPETRY and SHADOW PUPPETRY.

Time 60-90 minutes
Suitability Primary and Secondary
Curriculum Connections Drama - Visual Theatre and Contemporary Puppetry, working with Skills of Drama such as applying stagecraft and the Dramatic Elements of movement, symbol and role.


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