BALLARAT – SPRING
21st to 27th September 2020View Event
Tina has worked as a puppet maker, on set puppet doctor and writer for children’s theatre and television Bananas in Pyjamas, The Ferals, (ABC TV) Labyrinth (Jim Henson) and The Upside Down Show (Sesame Street/Nickelodeon Junior). For many years she worked for The Marionette Theatre of Australia, under the directorship of Richard Bradshaw.
Since 1992 Tina has taught puppet construction and manipulation at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She writes and illustrates picture books is a visiting author and artist in schools/libraries and designed and produced the best selling Black and White Baby Mobile for newborn babies.
In Puppet Making for Movers and Shakers we will each make a rod and hand puppet (Muppet style ie. a hand operates the puppet’s mouth and there is a rod to each puppet hand).
We will start with a brief history of puppetry and consider the different styles of operating puppets, referring to books/photos/websites as we go. We will also make a quick paper and cardboard puppet to learn the essential things to consider when making a puppet that moves well.
Your puppet can be as rudimentary or complex as you want with the possibility of adding finishing details yourself when the workshop is finished.
We will look at the advantages of different materials to make hands heads and bodies and I will demonstrate some ways to make simple mouth mechanisms and hand rods.
Some experience with cutting, gluing, using tools, drawing and sculpting may be an advantage but is not a necessity.