Explore principles of puppet design while learning how to create puppets from needle felted wool. Make either a rod puppet or hand puppet of your choice, and learn a variety of construction techniques. Wool is light-weight, great for all seasons (the hand puppets actually let your hand breathe and not get clammy), and is a renewable source. And, sheep like getting haircuts! Beginner or advanced, there is always something more to explore with wool.
Additional materials fee: $10
Since 1983, Pam Corcoran has brought stories to life with her original hand-made puppets. Traditional stories with a whimsical twist, The Adventures of August and June, (a series on healthful habits), and a series based on Jolly the Jester from The Queen of Hearts have toured libraries, schools, festivals, museums, and theaters.
As a workshop presenter, she has served as Artist in Residence for Very Special Arts for over 25 years, as well as presenting puppetry workshops in schools for ages K-12. She has presented her needle felting workshop at PuppetFest MidWest, Owl Glass Puppetry Center, St. Joseph School in Fort Atkinson, WI, National Puppeteers of America festivals, and more.
She began needle felting with un-spun wool around 2000, and now, 19 years later, is still discovering ways to use this marvelous, renewable resource. (The backyard woolies need to be shorn every Spring – that is quite a bit of wool!)