Typically Puppet Pop-Ups happen monthly (and sometimes more) at different locations throughout Calgary and with a different theme each time. We make puppets and do some dramatic sharing. The workshop actively promotes all family members—youngsters and elders alike—in creating art and drama together. Please note that children and teens must participate with an adult.
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However in this ‘season of social distancing’ we’ve been sharing our favourite DIY puppet projects
Hover over the slide image below for a few tips on how to make the puppet.
DIY Dog-ish puppet
This puppet is made out of paper, fluff and a black pompom. It’s sort of dog-ish, which reminds me of Peter Reynolds wonderful book “Ish”. Sometimes puppets take over their own making and it’s best not to worry too much about it. After all, a puppet is just a symbol of an idea. https://www.peterhreynolds.com/
DIY Scarf Marionette
Toilet paper tubes are precious too! They make a great head for this simple scarf marionette which is inspired by legendary puppeteer Albrecht Roser. There are more instructions from my friends here: http://www.magicalmoonshine.org/scarfpuppet.htm
DIY Spoon Puppet
Wooden spoons, forks, ladles, potato mashers – no utensil is safe! I love this puppet of Joseph’s Mom on a bad hair day! Note even her pearl necklace. It’s a copy of a puppet made by a young boy from a big family. Made so he could have her companionship while she was so busy. If you’re missing your community, in this time of distancing, make puppets of everyone! (Wink-wink – you get to decide what they say to each other!)
DIY Tintamarre puppet
Is it a little quiet around the house? How about a puppet that makes its own noise? Take any container, fill it with anything and decorate! Now you can have your own Tintamarre! A very loud Acadian tradition. Check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintamarre
DIY Pulp Paper Bear
Do you know that cheap construction paper that’s lingering in the back of the cupboard? Or old artsy projects? It would be great for some pulp paper mask – body puppets.
Puppets from objects can inspire lots of fun when you act out their characters. Exactly what would a pepper shaker want to say? What could it think about the people at the dining room table? Does it enjoy its job? Would it rather be a different condiment? What would happen if it was allergic to pepper? No object will be safe in your house once you start puppetizing them!
DIY Nature Puppet
Get some fresh air and sunshine! Enjoy your walk and look out for interesting twigs, sticks, maybe a pinecone (BUT please don’t break them off the trees) Turn your natural treasure into a puppet with a bit of paint, some feathers, chenille stems and other natural items. Decide on a character and tell its story. Check out the whimsical puppets of Basil Milovsoroff
DIY Eyeball Glove Puppet
Lost a glove this winter? Give the remaining glove a job! Hot glue on some ping-pong ball eyes or big pompoms, add some hair and maybe a nose. And then you’re ready to talk! (Hint – stretch the glove with a cardboard insert when you glue on the eyes so they are spaced nicely together)
This month we had a special partnership with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Make an animal mask-body puppet with pre-scored cardboard templates, a bit of paint, markers and décor materials. Choreograph some moves and dance the Carnival of the Animals! No need to be a dancer or a puppeteer! Everybody welcome. Best for age 6+.
On Family Day we gathered families to celebrate Year of the Rat with a FREE puppet Pop Up to make a Rat Stuffie puppet. Chinese snacks and lots of fun.
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To begin the new year we made this goofy elephant puppet after watching Wendy tell the story of “The Blind Men and The Elephant”. We also wondered what we’d do if we met an elephant! Dancing?
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We were at Market Collective making delightful clothes-peg mouth moving winter animals designed by Sara McNeil.
Ignoring all holiday themes we made Platypus Puppets and challenged ourselves to perform a sentence with as many ‘p’s ‘ as possible. We also marked “Giving Tuesday” and registration was by donation.
Platypus on Video
Excited to be at the Pride Festival again even though it was wet and rainy as it was! We made colourful paper folded dragons and unicorns designed by Sara McNeil
Cost when Puppet Pop-Ups are by registration:
Family/Group 4-6 people $35
Calgary Fee Assistance participants with valid ID $3 per person
Drop by Pop-Ups are free!
Many thanks to Youth Central for providing volunteer help at our Puppet Pop Ups
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