Puppet Workshop – creating characters with stories

This lesson is created by Sinead Cunningham who is an Arts facilitator.
As a practising Artist she creates an abundance of crafts, paintings and also makes music.
Her Art is ever evolving so to find out more follow her Facebook Page

Puppet Workshop

Puppetry is a great way of creating a story and literally building a character.
Firstly we discuss materials, the main materials being wire, paper and tape.
Then we draw up our puppet and write a short story about our character.
As we are making our puppet we are visualising and discussing the puppets character and the building of his /her story. They might sing, dance, be an astronaut or live on Mars!
To build the story we use the 3’P’s: Person, Problem and Place.
These element are the basic ingredients of our story. Our puppet is a blank canvas when constructed and we can decorate according to the story we have created.
Its so much fun we don’t even notice we are doing work or writing so much!

I really like this lesson because it appeals to both practical students and kinaesthetic ones – you make a puppet to tell a story and write around the making – a great way to get over the blank page but also there is a personal character for the puppet, a way to have real emotions in a physical way beyond the 2-D story! Dr. Naoisé