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2020: MARIONETTE PUPPET MAKING – Beasts of the Air! – Online

Venue: Online

Dates: This online workshop ran for three days from Monday 26th October 2020 until Wednesday 28th October 2020.

Workshop Information

Course Outline

Beasts of the Air!

Design, make and operate your own flying marionette!

Successful applicants will receive their own puppet making kit in the post. Your kit will contain a puppet skeleton and pre-fabricated puppet control, sculpting materials and tools, paint, brushes and string. You will learn puppet design, sculpting and painting techniques, create your own unique creature and learn how to bring it to life.

Each day we will focus on a different element of puppet making:

  • Day 1 – Puppet design and maquette making
  • Day 2 – Sculpting and painting
  • Day 3 – Stringing and operating


This online workshop will be led by puppeteer and Creative Dimension Trust tutor Siân Kidd, and is suitable for beginners – although the kit is adaptable to suit your confidence level. This course would suit students who wish to learn the process of designing, making and operating a marionette or string puppet.



Students must report for group teaching at 10am. Following the first session, students will go offline to create their own work. The afternoon session will include private one-to-one sessions, a show and tell, and a briefing for the following day.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range of transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: Marionette Puppet Making, Model Making, Sculpture, Animation, Films and Product Design. (to name a few)


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 14 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 8 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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