Digital Workshops for Educators | Ages 12-21+ | online
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Puppet Building 101: Jointed Rod Puppet

Participants will build a working, jointed Bunraku (Japanese rod) style puppet from recycled newspaper, masking tape, and craft sticks! Based on the human figure and human proportions, puppets can be transformed into just about any character.  The extended workshop (90 minutes) offers participants an opportunity to bring their puppets to life through manipulation exercises and scripted scenes.  

Level: Beginner/Intermediate: Ages 13-18 and adults

Program Length: 60-90 minutes (60 minutes for puppet building ONLY; 90 minutes for puppet building + manipulation & scene work)

Jeffrey Zwartjes
Digital Learning Artist-In-Residence
Jeffrey Zwartjes
Jeffrey C. Zwartjes is an Atlanta-based theater artist/illustrator/puppeteer from San Antonio, TX; B.F.A., Illustration from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Created & built the sets for the 2005 “puppet-noir” film The Lady From Sockholm, installed an underwater-themed playscape for the Alliance’s Theatre for the Very Young (Blub, Blub, 2015), most recently set designed at Kennesaw State U (Peter & the Starcatcher). Also a freelance illustrator & comic artist; illustrated over a dozen educators’ resource titles for Mar*Co Products & the children’s book “Irene the Elephant” by Geri Guadagno (New City Press).