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Introduction to Puppet Making


Introduction to Puppet Making SC01IPMW21

Course Overview

Experience the art of puppet making; be guided through the process of crafting your own wooden marionette character in a hands-on workshop for first-time puppeteers. A marionette is a puppet that is manipulated from above. They are suspended on a wire extending up from the head, as well as being suspended on strings.

This six-week workshop is an introduction to puppet creation and participants will design and carve a simple marionette from wood. Students will experience interactive demonstrations on the construction.

principles of puppetry design as well as, intriguing insights into the history of marionettes and the wonderful world of puppets and puppetry techniques.

Topics include:

  • The stages of designing a marionette
  • Proportions and dimensions
  • Balance
  • Making the Patterns from the Drawings
  • Preparing the Wood and the Wood Blocks for Carving
  • Carving the Wood for the Marionette
  • Connecting the components of the puppet/marionette
  • Stringing the puppet/marionette
  • Performing with a marionette

Students will need to wear safe, closed-toe footwear (no sandals or thongs) and bring a sketch/notebook, pen and pencils.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

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1. Full Fee

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

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