PuppetFest 2012 – 21st Annual Puppetry Festival

The Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah  offered its 2012  Annual Puppet Fest on Saturday April  21st!

This day long activity is a community service by the  guild  and  included hands on workshops for all levels of interest and ability. This included kids make-and-take projects and puppet shows available throughout the day. It was a chance to meet Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah members from all over the state, get inspired and learn more about this fun and wonderful multidisciplinary art form.   A guild follies performance was followed later that day by  SCERA’S own premier of “Pinocchio”.

Download the Festival Poster (PDF Document)

SOME OF THE WORKSHOPS AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

Shadow Puppets and More

The art of the shadow is more fascinating than you can imagine.  Here are a bunch of ways for making and using shadows.  Included are Susan’s latest ideas for making articulated shadow puppets in the classroom setting using spoons and straws as well as wires—with no drawing skills needed. $1 Donation for materials fee suggested.

Susan Neidert has been teaching puppetry workshops and emphasizing the storytelling potential of puppets for over 20 years. She has enjoyed working with all types of puppets and is also the director of the World of Puppetry Museum at the Fine Arts Center in Brigham City.  Come join the fun and take your own special shadow puppet home.

Video Puppetry (age 10+)

Want to improve your YouTube videos or vlog?  Curious how puppets can improve your educational videos? Do you just like to play with dolls and cameras? Learn video-specific puppetry techniques with an emphasis on Focus, Breath, Lip-synch, and character interaction.

Puppets provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.  Puppets from Sock Puppet workshop can be used.

$3 material fee. Class size: 25 max.

Tyler Morgan is President of the Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah, and has been a professional puppeteer for more than 11 yrs. He holds a Masters Degree in Puppetry and has taught workshops around the country.

Mask Puppetry (age 10+)

Is a mask a disguise or a whole other character?  Is it even a puppet?  Come and find out as we explore the mask and how it can be used on stage. Learn Mask Puppetry techniques with an emphasis on movement and character interactions.

Masks provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.

$5 material Fee. Class Size: 25 max.

Tyler Morgan is President of the Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah, and has been a professional puppeteer for more than 11 yrs. He holds a Masters Degree in Puppetry and has taught workshops around the country.

Wanna-Be Puppets (all ages)

Do you want a nice puppet but don’t have the time nor creative mind to make one?

Or maybe you are creative but want another source for puppet making.
How many stuffed animals do you have laying around the house doing nothing?

Turn them into puppets!

Learn how to turn stuffed animals into hand puppet, rod puppets, or marionettes. Bring your favorite stuffed animals or there will be some for sale at the class for $2. Material fee will be $1. I will supply the material & tools, you supply the fun! (OK–I will supply fun also!)

Lorie Hawley has been involved with the Utah Puppet Guild for nearly 20 yrs. She has done puppet shows for the local libraries and loves teaching puppet making classes. She loves the magic that puppetry brings to all.

Foam Ball Bird Marionette (all ages)

Come and make a simple bird marionette out of styrofoam balls & a nylon stocking. This cute little bird has great movement & is lots of fun to make. Material fee, or just buy a kit for $5.

Lorie Hawley has been involved with the Utah Puppet Guild for nearly 20 yrs. She has done puppet shows for the local libraries and loves teaching puppet making classes. She loves the magic that puppetry brings to all.

Sock Puppets–with pizzazz   (age 8+ hot glue guns will be used)

Only your imagination will limit your possibilities.  You will construct a sock puppet with a wide mouth and a funky, fun foam body.  You will come out of the class with a character ready for his/her/its own show.  Bring your best imagined possibilities and create a true work of art.  Use your new friend in a variety of your own shows.  Have him ready to star in the video workshop offered the last hour, or expand your possibilities and use him to… help give book reports, demonstrations, cub scouts, practice your ventriloquism, deliver your invitation to the next dance (or accept/decline such an invitation), entertain younger brothers or sisters, or even give it away (if you can stand to part with it) as that special gift for someone who seems to have everything.

$1 material fee
Class size limited to 16

Additional Workshops  include:

Puppet Play Workshop (with performance for the Follies)
Puppets for Kids
Controls and Mechanisms Demonstration (Advanced)
Latex Mold Demonstration (Advanced)

 

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