What would you like to create today?

The Puppetry Institute offers a variety of different classes & workshops - 
for ages 8 to 80+, tailored for every skill set!

Our online classes include online instructional videos, digital and physical supply kits,
and live online Q&A sessions with our instructors.

Online WORKHOPS @

THE INSTITUTE AT HOME

Happy summer, we hope you have been staying safe and creative during closures!
 We will be open for limited in-person classes by appointment, with heightened safety rules
Please see our Social Distance policy page for more information on these changes!
Please note that some in-person classes may be modified or unavailable at this time. 
Space is limited, so book ASAP!

 

OR... check out our online classes and get creative at home!

We are not currently open for public visitation, but we can offer tours by appointment.


 

+ Sock Puppetry for Beginners: Perfect for ages 4-8! Decorate a sock puppet!
+ Paper Puppetry for Beginners: Perfect for ages 4-8! Make 9 paper puppets!
+ Make-A-Muppet: Customize a pre-made muppet-style puppet!

+ Puppets from Scratch: Design a HQ custom puppet from YOUR imagination!

+ Tabletop Puppets: Puppets that dance to life with the flick of your fingers!
+ Sword-art; Online!: Create a safe and stylish cosplay sword-prop!
+ How To Make Your Dragon: Build a life-like pet dragon of your own!
 

... And more to come!

Workshop Class Index

Workshop Descriptions and  Prices

* Please note: shipping is not included in class prices, as shipping costs can
vary by location and size of your customized material kit. Contact us for a quote!

Sock Puppet Duo - $20*
(Recommended age: 4+)
 

A great introduction to puppets for wee-folk. Decorate a pair of new sock-puppet friends, name them, and give them a story!
 

Includes: Physical kit with two sock puppet blanks, decorative materials & online videos.


Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!

 Puppetry for beginners - $25*
(Recommended age: 4+)
 

Create 9 puppets in 6 different styles!
Make a paper-pocket family, a paper-bag super hero and nemesis, a paper plate theater, a paper plate big-mouth critter, a jointed dragon shadow puppet, and a sock puppet design!
 

Includes: Physical paper kit, blank sock puppet, online printable coloring templates, & online videos.


Requires: Scissors, school glue, crayons & adult supervision!

Make-A-Muppet - $80*
(Recommended age: 6+)
 

Take one of our beautiful hand-made blank muppets, add your own creative flair, then get a crash course in performance. What do you get? A colorful character that is positively uniquely you - inside and out!
 

Includes: Physical kit with puppet blank and decorative materials & online videos.


Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!

Puppets From Scratch - $400+*
(Recommended age: 8+)
 

Create a memorable character in your mind, and bring them into the world as a living, moving, 3D being! We will provide live online sessions and kits based on YOUR idea, and help you make it a reality! $400+ for fleece puppets, $500+ for faux fur creatures. Online lessons in performance included!
 

Includes: Customized physical supply kit tailored to fit your project's needs! Online videos, and live Q&A.


Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!

Tabletop Puppets - $350+*
(Recommended age: 12+)
 

Workshop participants will be constructing simple table top puppets! Students will learn easy construction techniques as well as instruction on how to bring them to life with the flick of a finger. As well as skills in design, character/story development, sculpting, and costuming.
 

Includes: Customized physical supply kit tailored to fit your project's needs! Online videos, and live Q&A.


Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!

Sword-Art; Online! - $300+*
(Recommended age: 12+)
 

Create a prop sword with light-up capability, safe to bring to cosplay events!

 

Create a custom sword based on historical designs, including the Aztec Macuahuitl, the Gurkha Kukuri, and the Japanese Wakizashi. Each weapon will have no more than three components, they’ll be simple to put together but complex and different enough to feel personal.

Includes: Physical supply kit, online videos, and live Q&A.


Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!

Coming Soon

Dr. Mecurio's
HOW TO MAKE YOUR DRAGON CLASS!
 - $450+*

(Recommended age: 12+)
 

Have you ever wanted your own pet dragon? Create a realistic dragon puppet that looks, feels, and moves like a living creature! Amaze onlookers with a living dragon riding on your shoulder - customized and built by you!

Includes: Physical supply kit, online videos, and live Q&A.


Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!

Dr. Mecurio's HOW TO

MAKE YOUR DRAGON JR!
- $250*

(recommend for age 8+)

This baby dragon will sit right on your glove, appearing to move in its own!

 

Includes: Supply kit, online videos and live Q&A

Digital Fantasy Monster Design  - $200*
(Recommended age: 12+)
 

Create four monster characters for your own fantasy or Sci-fi setting. Design characters that would fit in with monsters from popular games, comics and movies including "Pokemon", "Dungeons and Dragons", "Terraria" - or your own unique fantasy setting. Then bring them to life using digital painting and video-game pixel art techniques!
 

Includes: Online videos, and live Q&A.


Requires: Digital art software and hardware. Photoshop and a digital drawing tablet are recommended for this course, but not required. 

Fursuit Construction - $400+*
(Recommended age: 12+)
 

Fursuits are mascot-style animal costumes that blend cosplay and puppetry! Create a mask and tail based on your own furry character design to become your Fursona! Add a set of wearable paws for $500! 
 

Includes: Online videos, materials, and live Q&A.


Requires: Scissors, glue-gun, basic sewing kit and adult supervision

FACE PAINTING 101 - $225*

Learn the basics of the art form that will get you invited to all the best parties and events! Professional Makeup artist Star Hagen-Esquerra will show you the basic techniques and tricks of the trade. Students will learn 3 basic designs and take turns practicing what they've learned on family members.

 Includes: Face painting kit, online videos, and live Q&A 

Coming Soon

SHADOW PUPPETRY 101 - $250

(recommend for age 8+)

Learn the art of creating stories from light and shadow! This is one of the original forms of puppetry and dates back as far as recorded time. We will cover building a portable stage, basic shadow puppets, and storytelling, culminating with a performance.

 

Includes: supplies for build-at-home stage, shadow-puppet templates, online videos and live Q&A

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The Puppetry Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit project of Children Are Our Future.
Learn more at  - thechildrenareourfuture.org 

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