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Classes 

 A portion of all sales support student scholarships!
Also check out Mercurio's Curios: Artist Giftshop!

 

Welcome to the The Puppetry Institute online store! 


- Classes fit for every age and skill-level!
- Learn VAPA and STEAM skills through creative fun! 
- Learn with us in-person or order an online kit!

Drop-by Family Fun!

Whether you're a local or just visiting the Santa Cruz seaside for a day -
join us for a creative class! Drop by for a single class 60-90 minutes long,
and leave with an amazing one-of-a-kind art piece you create in our workshop!

Drop-by classes are perfect for a family day out!

Make an appointment with us!
Monday- Saturday, 10 Am -4 Pm

Family
Workshops!

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Call for appointment: (831) 601 9822 

Drop-by Family Engagement Experience - 60 minute class
$60 for up to 4 people! +$20 per each additional student


 

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!

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Drop-by Make-A-Muppet Experience - 90 minute class
$100 per student

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!

Drop by to select a base color muppet, and decorate at our accessory and glue-gun table!

Drop-by Cricut Design Experience - 90 minute class
$150 per student

Create a 12x12 custom decal sticker sheet, a T-shirt iron-on, shadow or finger puppets,
or a  custom mug or water bottle! Our class includes professional instruction to create your own digital design that will then be applied to any of the above projects! Print high-quality vynal stickers, custom T-shirt iron-ons and so much more!

 

Drop-by for an hour and a half, leave with something one of a kind!

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For Beginner Artists

Projects for artists aged 4+!

Join us in person or request a kit delivered to your door!

 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!

 

Buy as a kit:
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ncludes: Physical paper kit, blank sock puppet, online printable coloring templates,

& online videos. 
VAPA & STEAM curriculum.
Requires: Scissors, school glue, crayons & adult supervision!

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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!

Buy as a kit:

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

VAPA & STEAM curriculum.
Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!

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Make-A-Muppet - $100
(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!

Buy as a kit:

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

VAPA & STEAM curriculum.
Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!

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Stitchy the monster pal - $80

(recommend for age 6+)

In this class we'll learn about how to make your own stuffed creature doll. "Stitchy" is an adorable little whatchamacallit that you can customize to your liking with just a few added steps. You'll also learn some basic sewing skills such as pattern making and hand sewing, so you can create more creatures for Stitchy to befriend!

Buy as a kit:

Includes: Physical kit  & online videos. VAPA & STEAM curriculum.

Requires: Scissors, glue-gun & adult supervision!

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Puppetry Projects

Bring anything you imagine to life with classes customized for your vision!

Puppets From Scratch - $500+
(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 instruction and materials based on YOUR idea, and help you make it a reality!

 

$500+ for fleece puppets, $560+ for faux fur creatures.

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Tabletop Puppets - $450+
(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.

Learn skills in design, character/story development, sculpting, and costuming.

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Lifelike Shoulder Dragon- $550+
(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!