A colourful wolf-like puppet against a black background

About Puppet Making Camp (CSC136)

Learn all about the art of making puppets, from shadows puppets to marionettes in this fun three-day camp with professional creature-maker Tom Ellis.

What you will learn on this course?

On this three-day course children are immersed in the wonderful world of puppets and puppet making. They will begin with designing their puppet characters and learn how to transform those ideas into physical 3D puppets, including intricate shadow puppets and marionettes.

The course is taught by professional creature and puppet maker Tom Ellis who will introduce the children to his work and talk about what inspires him, he will bring along his own puppets for the children to explore.

The children will gain new skills in learning how to design their puppet character, imagine their characters story and how they will look, and then transform their ideas in to moving 3D art forms.

They will have the opportunity to work with lots of exciting art materials and gain an understanding of creating artwork through different methods such as drawing, painting and sculpture. This is a fun workshop designed to allow free thinking and imagination.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years. It is open to all ability levels and does not require any previous experience. We provide a learning support worker and all our staff are DBS checked. Parents are not expected to accompany children on the course.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. A parent or carer may attend to assist the child if required; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to consider key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

Do you need to bring anything?

All course material and equipment are provided. Children are welcome to bring their own foraged items, trinkets, or treasures for their creatures.

Children should dress appropriately as some visual art workshops can get a bit messy.

Please note that lunch is not provided. Children will need to bring their own lunch to eat on a supervised one-hour break.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course?

Tom Ellis

Dates and times

  • May – May