Friday, May 1, 2015

Puppet Making at the John C. Campbell Folk School 2015 Edition!

2015 marks my third year teaching puppet making at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. I love teaching at the Folk School because it gives me an opportunity to share the knowledge and techniques that I have been using and developing as a puppet builder with people who may have never tried to create a puppet character. This year, 6 exceedingly talented students, covering a broad age range, created 6 very dynamic characters. Over the course of 5 days, my class worked very hard learning the fundamentals of foam rubber and fleece puppet construction. Gradually, as the week went on, these wonderful characters began to emerge. 

"Susie Mae" in progress by Mary Jo Campbell
Lacey working on "Aunt Flo."
Zachary and his dinosaur expert!
Pam working on Carey the hockey player.
Jeff working on "Bad Ass"

My alien creation!
Details mean lots of hand stitching.

He didn't get the message about running with scissors.

Jan Davidson with son, Sam, who's inside this lovely parade puppet for the May Day Parade

Nannette Davidson with her parade puppet creation.

Looking forward to teaching this class again in 2016! For more information, visit: