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Workshops (Calgary): CAMP’s 20/21 Puppet Fabrication Workshops

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Workshops (Calgary): CAMP’s 20/21 Puppet Fabrication Workshops

Image of carved puppet hands and carved puppet faces. Information about two upcoming workshops.

Announcing CAMPs 20/21 Workshops in Puppet Fabrication Skills


Woodcarving with Peter Balkwill

December 14-16-18 2020
$300 Per Person + GST & Fees

This workshop is an introduction to the skills and techniques of wooden puppet fabrication – with an emphasis on carving with power tools, (dremels and die-grinders). Led by CAMP’s Education Director, Peter Balkwill, students will get a hands-on opportunity to explore the approaches of how to manipulate shape into wood using various carving bits, saws and sandpaper.

This manner of carving, made famous by the artistic styles of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, can be used to create unique puppet forms and bodies for all types of puppet performance styles. The workshop includes investigation on various design directions on how you would advance the work into an entire puppet (working toward joints and rigging), although the primary focus of this workshop will be in shape study and carving.

Foam Puppet Fabrication with Ali DeRegt

March 20-21 2021
$100 Per Person + GST & Fees (Until December 31st)
$125 Per Person + GST & Fees (Starting January 1st)
*Presented as part of the Festival of Animated Objects

Workshop participants will learn how to build a puppet head out of foam. They will make an initial sculpture from clay, draft a pattern from that sculpture, and build a version out of sheets of foam.

About the Artist
Ali DeRegt is a multidisciplinary theatre artist from Calgary, Alberta focused on devising, puppetry, and clown. She is currently recovering from completing an MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Recent collaborations include Quest Theatre (Calgary), The Green Fools (Calgary), Mudfoot Theatre (Calgary) and Theatre Deli (London). She is also one of the co-founders of Pape & Taper Productions, a puppet theatre company focused on devising new work.

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