Crazy Hair and Snakes

Some photos of puppets created by students at Friends Community School in College Park, Maryland:

There were no socks, so this student created the same shape with folded fabric and gave him a jingle bell hat!

There were no socks, so this student created the same shape with folded fabric and gave him a jingle bell hat!

Crazy hair added to a cork with electrical wire legs makes a fun character.

Crazy hair added to a cork with electrical wire legs makes a fun character.

This student gave her marionette VERY long strings so her tall father could hold it!

This student gave her marionette VERY long strings so her tall father could hold it!

 

Looking Ahead at 2013

Cabinet for the KISMET set

Cabinet for the KISMET set

We have so many exciting projects and events coming up that I’m not even going to try to list them in one post. Instead, I’m going to focus on the two largest: The Amazing and Marvelous Cabinets of Kismet and our upcoming workshops at several D. C. public and charter schools.

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Friends Community School in College Park for a workshop in creating puppets from recycled materials later this week. Later in the spring we will be offering the same workshop, along with the opportunity to write and perform a show with their newly-created puppets, to students at Inspired Teaching Public Charter School and School Within a School at Logan Annex. These workshops will give us the opportunity to share our love of puppetry with several different age groups and encourage students to express themselves creatively through art.

Our work on The Amazing and Marvelous Cabinets of Kismet is continuing at a break-neck pace! Each week we are creating new puppet characters, as well as meeting with designers and our production team to talk about the environment and storyboard of the show. In January, we are looking forward to holding auditions for our puppeteers–we hope to add even more people who are passionate about puppetry and storytelling to our team. Check this page often for more updates and photos of our work!

Recycled Puppets Gallery

Back in June, we had the opportunity to run a workshop at Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, teaching third graders to make puppets out of recycled materials. The entire grade level participated and had a great time experimenting with fabric, cardboard, plastic and feathers. Here are some of the masterpieces they created.

A family created out of an old glove.

Cutting and gluing a face.

A penguin made from egg cartons and fabric.

So many materials and colors to choose from!

This student created a Miss Pom-Pom with a bow.

A very cool frog!

This was a very original design–a monster made from a bag, with little monsters that can be animated through the glove!