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Object Performance and Other Workshops

Paper Puppets Workshop with Felicia Cooper

Using paper, tape, and scissors, create fun and funky characters! Recommended for ages 4+.

Materials needed: paper, tape, scissors, markers, crayons, pencils

Originally streamed on Facebook on 3/25/20.

Anything Can be a Puppet! Object Performance Exploration! with Felicia Cooper

Use household objects to explore movement, expression, and storytelling! We’ll discover movement patterns and gesture, working towards character development. Recommended for ages: 6+.

Materials needed: anything around you (check in with a grown up if it doesn’t belong to you)

Originally streamed on Facebook on 4/10/20.

Paper Fortune Teller Puppets with Elise Vanase, Parts 1 and 2

Do you remember making paper fortune tellers in school? Come see how this classic game can be turned into a puppet! Recommended for ages 7+.

Materials needed: paper (preferably thicker); paint or markers; scissors; hot glue (best option, but glue stick or tape will also work)

Originally streamed on Facebook on 5/13/20.

Ping-Pong Ball Puppet Workshop with Elise Vanase, Parts 1 and 2

Hand puppetry doesn’t have to be complicated! In the first part of this series, learn how to make an effective hand puppet using just a ping-pong ball (or other available object) on your finger. We will also explore methods of personalizing this puppet! Hold on to what you created because in the second session of this series, we will explore performance techniques for these puppets using fun exercises! Recommended for ages 5+ (with adult supervision when using the X-Acto knife).

Materials needed: ping-pong ball (if you don’t have a ping-pong ball, you can sculpt a head using newspaper and masking tape!); X-Acto knife; things to decorate (such as permanent markers, paint, googly eyes, paper, yarn, etc.)

Originally streamed on Facebook on 5/20/20 and 5/22/20.

Wrist Puppet Workshop with Elise Vanase

Come turn your hand into a walking puppet with just a few simple materials! Recommended for ages 4+.

Materials needed: old sock, scissors, hot glue or tape, cereal box cardboard, markers, yarn (optional), pipe cleaners (optional)

Originally streamed on Facebook on 6/3/20.

Cardboard Party! with Felicia Cooper

Join UConn Puppet Arts graduate student Felicia Cooper to learn methods of attachment, ways of folding, scoring, and slicing that can be used in a variety of ways! This will be an exploration of material and techniques, and we’ll build a simple puppet from a cereal box! Recommended for ages 8+.

Materials needed: cardboard, hot glue, tape, utility blade, scissors, water, and markers Felicia is leading this workshop with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Originally streamed on Facebook on 6/24/2020.

Clothespin Puppets with Elise Vanasse

Did you used to pretend that your clothespins could speak? Well, come turn them into talking puppets with us! Recommended for ages 4+. Materials needed: cereal box cardboard, hot glue, paint/markers, pipe cleaners, yarn, clothespins #VoicesOfTheVenues #ArtsAtUConn

Originally streamed on our Facebook Live on 6/17/2020.

Trash Monster Puppet Workshop with Elise Vanasse

Come make a gnarly talking monster that looks like it came straight out of the garbage can (in a cool way)! Recommended for ages 8+. Materials needed: two small cardboard boxes (granola bar boxes work well), newspaper, garbage bag, hot glue, masking tape, paint/markers, clean trash that can be used for decoration (plastic bags, bottles, cans, wrappers, etc!)

Originally streamed on Facebook on 6/26/2020.