Puppetry in Practice
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Puppet Making

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Contact Dr. Tova Ackerman

718-951-4240
or
tovaa@aol.com

Skills Developed by this Program

Immersion in the Arts

English Language Learning

Cooperative Learning

Speaking and Performance Skills

The benefits of imagining, creating, and interacting with puppets are immeasurable. Whether made from socks, shadows, papier-mache sculptures or everyday recyclables, puppets are fun and open avenues to learning and emotional well-being. PiP offers a wide variety of puppet-making workshops and residencies, developing themes with school partners. Whether the puppets are small, medium or LARGE, our artists work with students and teachers to create puppets for the classroom, school or home. As children explore themes addressed in literature, social studies and school curriculum through puppet drama, they make connections between themselves and others through the creative experience.

In puppet making activities, students make key decisions to build puppets as they select materials to reflect character attributes and personalities. The medium of puppetry is particularly valuable to English Language Learners and Special Education students because children bypass the self-editing process in verbal expression and speak freely and confidently while giving voice to their puppet. Through this unique art form, students create, personify and perform.

Puppetry residencies include story-building and play-making with puppets. Together with PiP artists, children build puppets, create storyboards and scripts and stage classroom performances. Many puppetry workshops start with a puppet show by one of our artists and students then re-present with their own puppets and performances for peers, parents and teachers. Puppets range from the small, hand-held size, perfect for Toy Theater performances, to massive papier-mache pieces, great for outdoor parades and festivals! Similarly, puppets and stages can be used to make dynamic stop-motion animation films.

EXAMPLES OF PUPPETS INCLUDE:

Giant Parade Puppets

Giant Parade Puppets

Students work collaboratively to create larger-than-life sized puppets for spectacular parades or school decorations. Step by step, students design, paper mache, paint, costume, construct and puppeteer their giant creations!

 

Sock Puppets

Sock Puppets

Sock puppets are a fun and easy way to introduce puppetry to students. This is our most simple puppet making workshop but always a favorite. Sock puppets teach students the basics of puppetry, puppet-making and manipulation.
 

Styrofoam Ball Puppets

Styrofoam Ball Puppets

These table top puppets are perfect for classroom performances and Toy Theaters. Students adorn the puppets with googly eyes, hair, pipe cleaners and fabric to make their own character. The mouth is movable for students to give their creations a voice of their own. These puppets also work with stop-motion animation.

Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets

Fun and spectacular! Children create shadow puppets to illustrate fairy tales, myths and their own original stories. Create an instant show in the classroom for the whole class and learn about the history of shadow puppetry from around the world.

 

Mask Sculpture

Mask Sculpture

Exploring the art and history of masks from around the world, students create their own larger-than-life masks of animals, people, or characters out of papier-mache over recycled materials and cardboard. A great project for students to work in groups, they will enjoy the process of watching their creations take shape for decorations, performances or parades.

Envelope Puppets

Envelope Puppets

Inexpensive and fun! Transform a simple envelope into a whacky puppet using basic arts materials and creativity. This is a great way for parents and teachers to introduce children to puppetry and character development.
 

Foam Puppets

Foam Puppets

Students learn to make their own "Muppet" style foam puppets, learn how to manipulate them, and use them to perform. Create a character and watch it come to life. These puppets are great for puppet dramas where students act out scenarios about a variety of topics.

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