Puppet Construction Workshop
Release Date: 3/29/2002. Expired: 4/13/2002
The Visual Arts Department at The Renaissance Center is offering a Puppet Construction Workshop April 13 for ages 12 to adult.
In this workshop, participants will develop, design and create their characters as they learn the basic techniques of puppet construction.
“It’s a blast,” said John Kohlburn, visual arts instructor. “It appeals to a wide variety of people. Kids and adults come in and they enjoy it. A lot of church groups use puppetry to teach their kids so we have church people coming in as well.”
Students will have their choice of making a rod puppet, marionette or hand puppet.
“Most of them will do the hand puppets,” Kohlburn said. “That seems to be the going trend.”
Kohlburn said the first part of the workshop focuses on character development.
“We’ll talk about things like occupations, what visually makes the person seem like a particular occupation: do they carry equipment, do they wear a uniform, things of that nature. Then there will be a sort of cartooning assignment when they will develop their character and then go from there.”
Supplies will be provided, Kohlburn said.
“It entails a lot of found objects, scraps of material, foam rubber, ping-pong balls for eyes, pom pom yarn, things like that.”
The Puppet Construction Workshop is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The cost is $35.
For more information call The Renaissance Center at (615)740-5600.
The Renaissance Center is located at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 minutes west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.
Visit the Visual Arts Workshops page for more about the workshops.
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