On this informative and fun one day course you will use sewing, gluing, painting and sculpting techniques to transform a soft toy into a puppet with a moving mouth.
You will carry out necessary surgery on the toy to turn it into a puppet, make a simple moving mouth mechanism and understand the theory behind it before integrating it into the toy and finishing the puppet. Finally the tutor will demonstrate the puppetry techniques required to get your puppet talking … singing … shouting … breathing … and encourage you to have a go.
You will learn how to:
Transform a soft toy into a fantastic puppet
Make an effective talking puppet
Make your puppet talk convincingly
Make a simple moving mouth mechanism
Integrate the opening mouth into the toy
Learn basic puppetry techniques for talking mouth puppets
You will leave with:
A ready to work talking puppet
Knowledge of techniques transferable to ongoing puppetry projects
Confidence in puppetry techniques for talking puppets
This course is part of our 50th anniversary celebrations – learn a traditional skill with a selection of 50 special one-day courses inspired by original 1970s subjects or focusing on heritage crafts.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Isobel Smith lives and works in East Sussex, UK. She completed her MA in Sculpture/Performance at the Royal College of Art in 2017. She has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, and performed at the Tate Modern and Performance Festivals in the UK and abroad. Her practice crosses sculpture, performance and moving image.