Creating Unique Hand Puppets (Morning Session)

The hand puppet is a very accessible form of puppetry.

Making and working a hand puppets is a rewarding way to develop the brain and the imagination by developing fine motor skills, language and emotional awareness skills.
Over 5 morning sessions, the group of young creatives will fabricate hand puppets around a theme that is generated by the group. On days 4 and 5, they will learn to operate their puppets culminating in a short performance.

Puppetry is a meeting point between the visual and the performing arts. The skills explored include thinking in 3 dimensions, working with papier mache, paint and fabric, learning character development and how to devise and rehearse for puppet theatre.


Course Info

Day One
Deciding theme, creating head shape, begin papier mache.

Day Two

Continue papier mache, embellish costume (basic fabric body provided)

Day Three

Paint head, attach hands and hair.

Day Four

Introduce each puppet to the group, discover the voice of the puppet and how the puppet moves, begin devising short performances.

Day Five

Rehearse toward giving a short performance for family and friends. Most importantly – have fun!

No experience required

Please bring the following on your first day of class:

  • Clothing that can get messy

Your class has an extra cost of $15 – this cost includes:

  • Paper – newspaper and white packing paper
  • PVA glue
  • Paint and paint brushes (needs good quality paint)
  • Other glues
  • Fabric for costume
  • Felt for hands
  • Hair and other adornments from Sydney Puppet Theatre stock
  • Sundries including containers, table covers
  • Use of sewing machines

Payment details provided on booking.

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Sue Wallace & Steve Coupe
Course Tutor

Sue Wallace & Steve Coupe

Sue Wallace and Steve Coupe from the Sydney Puppet Theatre have been devising and facilitating puppetry workshops for over 20 years.

They run workshops for children, teenagers and adults in Universities, schools, libraries and other centres.
Sue is also a member of the art collective Artists of the Round Yard which exhibits at Retford Park, the former hone of James Fairfax, now a National Trust Property.

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