Do you want to improve your puppet building skills by using plastics but are intimidated by how to glue, cut, paint, or bend it? Plastics can expand your material options while making your builds more accurate but it can take a little knowledge to have success. In this workshop, I’ll give you the information and confidence you need to start using it. There are so many different ways to use plastics in puppetry, it is light, durable, and, stable. You can scratch build, vacuum form, sculpt, heat shrink, machine, glue, solvent bond, purchase shapes, and use mechanical fasteners. I’ll have a suitcase full of examples, demos, pictures, and more. Every student will go home with a handy set of samples of common types and all the info on where to get them and how to use them. Join me for 90 information packed minutes of plastic puppet production pandemonium!
Additional materials fee: $8.00
Paul Spirito is happiest when he’s making things.
Paul began his career as an industrial designer working in the toy industry. Working for a consulting firm, he was involved in all aspects of toy product development, brainstorming new ideas, model making, prototype development, design, and some manufacturing. As he approached 10 years in the toy industry, Paul felt the need for new challenges. He charted a new career course towards designing, building and performing puppetry which included an MFA in Puppetry from University of Connecticut.
Paul now works at UCONN managing the Puppet Arts Complex and guiding students through the process of designing, creating, and performing puppets for their projects and for Connecticut Repertory Theater. His profound love of machines and the parts that make them go; along with his obsession with the people of the industrial age are the driving forces behind much of his work. Paul attempts to push the art of puppetry forward by infusing traditional forms and techniques with 21st century materials and processes.
Paul pursues the art of craft in his spare time. He is a talented woodworker, blacksmith, and tinkerer. In his home shop/studio he hones an intentionally wide variety of skills, he interprets the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” as something to aspire to rather than to be avoided. He is inspired by the artists/scientists of the renaissance to have a wide and deep toolbox to reach into for any particular project.
Paul is the founder of the Hartford Art Sled Derby, an annual event where people come together to share art and experience the creativity and excitement of sliding down a snowy hill in an original creation – Art Sledding.