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FELT-A-CON: A day of activities celebrating the art of puppeteering

The first FELT-A-CON, a day of activities celebrating the art of puppeteering, will be held Saturday, October 10, at Theatre Off Jackson.

FELT-A-CON is a day for networking, education, fun, and outreach. We welcome both professionals and enthusiasts, and puppeteers of all skill levels, from beginners to legends.

Pricing:
$55 before October 1st
$65 after October 1st
$70 walk-up registration (day of show)

Register herehttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2220383

Your Registration Fee includes:
– 3 workshops
– lunch
– a FELT-A-THON 2015 commemorative button
– and 1 admission to the October 10th performance of Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Organized by Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson (MANOS – The Hands of Felt), Chad Allers (Crash Boom Puppets) and Annett Mateo (Seattle Children’s Theatre; Drunk Puppet Night), FELT-A-CON is produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson and Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Presenters scheduled to appear:
Christopher Comte
Gavin Cummins
Puppeteers of America Pacific NW Regional Director Elly Leaverton
Rachel Jackson
Annett Mateo

Schedule:
10am – Noon: Workshop 1
Noon – 1pm: LUNCH
1:15 – 3:15pm: Workshop 2
3:30 – 5:30pm: Workshop 3
~ Dinner Break ~
8pm: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Vol. 10

Scheduled workshop topics (more details soon):
Punch & Judy basics
Shadow puppet construction
History of Shadow Puppets
Business Basics for Artists
Let’s Talk About Your Puppet
Puppeteer HiveMind

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September Puppet Classes

This September, Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom offer you three easy ways to dip your toes into the wild, weird world of puppets:

What:

BEGINNING STAGE PUPPETEERING
September 12th, 1-3pm

“FINDING YOUR PUPPET’S VOICE”
September 19th, 1-3:30pm

BASIC PUPPET BUILDING – ANIMALS
September 26th, 10am-5:30pm

Where:

Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230
815 Seattle Blvd South
Seattle, WA 98134

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up
*Class sizes limited to 8

Registration links:
Beginning Stage Puppeteering: http://bpt.me/1984970
“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice”: http://bpt.me/1984972
Basic Puppet Building – Animals: http://bpt.me/1984966

Beginning Stage Puppeteering
Saturday, September 12
1-3pm
Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Seattle-based puppeteer Rachel Jackson will teach you how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with your audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills.

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice”
Saturday, September 19
1-3:30pm
Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

You know how to make your puppet talk, but what does she sound like?
You can make him move, but where is he going? And how does he get there?

In this fun, intermediate puppeteering class, you’ll learn the basics of characterization – voice, physicality and emotion – and how to apply them to your puppet. You’ll get tons of tips for making character choices and see what a big impact they can have on your puppet’s performance. *Beginning Puppetry class or equivalent puppet experience required.

Basic Puppet Building – Animals
Saturday, September 26
10am – 5:30pm
Cost: $175

Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this beginning class. Spend your day immersed in the hands-on experience of basic puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Your teacher will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn…or any animal your imagination can devise.

About Your Instructors:
Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to The FELT-A-THON, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam. www.VoxFabuli.com

Seattle-based puppeteer Chad Allers has been building puppets since 2010, when he won Project Puppet’s annual contest with the second puppet he ever built. He makes puppet videos through his company, Crash Boom Puppets, including a series where he teaches people how to go about creating their own puppet productions. Locally, he has built puppets for live performances of Nunsense and The Pillowman. http://www.crashboom.net

Spring Saturday Puppet Classes

This May, Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom offer you three easy ways to spend your Saturdays dipping your toes into the wild, weird world of puppets:

What: Basic Puppet Building – Animals 

Saturday, May 9

10am – 5:30pm

Beginning Stage Puppeteering 

Saturday, May 16

1-3pm

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice” 

Saturday, May 23

1-3pm

Where: Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230

815 Seattle Blvd South

Seattle, WA 98134

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up

*Class sizes limited to 8

Registration links: 

Basic Puppet Building – Animals: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1433804

Beginning Stage Puppeteering: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1433799

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice”: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1433877

Basic Puppet Building – Animals 

Saturday, May 9

10am – 5:30pm

Cost: $175

Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this beginning class. Spend your day immersed in the hands-on experience of basic puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Seattle-based puppeteer Chad Allers will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn…or any animal your imagination can devise.

Beginning Stage Puppeteering 

Saturday, May 16

1-3pm

Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Seattle-based puppeteer Rachel Jackson will teach you how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with your audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills.

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice” 

Saturday, May 23

1-3pm

Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

You know how to make your puppet talk, but what does she sound like?

You can make him move, but where is he going? And how does he get there?

In this fun, intermediate puppeteering class, you’ll learn the basics of characterization – voice, physicality and emotion – and how to apply them to your puppet. You’ll get tons of tips for making character choices and see what a big impact they can have on your puppet’s performance. *Beginning Puppetry class or equivalent puppet experience required.

About Your Instructors:

Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to The FELT-A-THON, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam. www.VoxFabuli.com

Seattle-based puppeteer Chad Allers has been building puppets since 2010, when he won Project Puppet’s annual contest with the second puppet he ever built. He makes puppet videos through his company, Crash Boom Puppets, including a series where he teaches people how to go about creating their own puppet productions. Locally, he has built puppets for live performances of Nunsense and The Pillowman.http://www.crashboom.net

Vox Fabuli Announces Fall Puppet Classes

Vox Fabuli Announces Fall Puppet Classes

What:  Basic Puppet Building – Animals 

Saturday, Sept 6th or

Saturdays, Sept 27th – Oct 11th

Beginning Stage Puppeteering 

Sundays, Sept 28th – Oct 12th

1-4pm

Cost:  $160 per class

Where:  Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230

815 Seattle Blvd South

Seattle, WA 98134

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up

*Class sizes limited to 8

Registration links

Basic Puppet Building: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/829227
Beginning Stage Puppeteering: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/829296

Vox Fabuli Puppets introduces a brand new puppet building class as part of their Fall 2014 class line-up. “‘When are you going to teach us how to make puppets?’ is a question I get asked fairly often,” said Vox Fabuli owner Rachel Jackson. “It was a matter of creating a pattern that was appropriate for a class. This summer I finally got time to sit down and do that.”

Basic Puppet Building – Animals

~ 1-Day Class: Saturday, September 6th from 10am-5pm

~ 3-Week Class: Saturdays, Sept 27 – Oct 11 from 11am-1pm

Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this basic class. Dip your toe into the wide, weird waters of puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Instructor Rachel Jackson will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn.

Beginning Stage Puppeteering

Sundays, Sept 28 – Oct 121-4pm

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Students learn the fundamentals of Muppet-style puppeteering through a combo of easy exercises, wicked challenges and practical scene work. Over the 3 weeks, you’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. Working in the realm of visible puppeteering, we’ll explore both arm-and-rod and live hand puppets.

No puppet experience required.

~ Please dress comfortably and be ready to move.

About Vox Fabuli Puppets: 

Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to “Team of Heroes: No More Heroes”, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”.

www.VoxFabuli.com

Upcoming Workshops by Brian Kooser at Gallery One Visual Arts Center

Papier and Pints
Free Workshop
August 16, 6-9pm

A fun and free workshop for all ages with artist Brian Kooser will give artists a chance to get their hands gooey, while familiarizing themselves with clay as a positive mold and papier mache as a fine arts form. Collaborative sculpting and casting will be emphasized. Materials and beverages(for all ages) are included. This workshop is made possible by a grants from The Ellensburg Arts Commission.

 

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Giant Puppets, Masks and Sculpture
with Brian Kooser
$140 + $30 material fee
August 25 & 26, 9am – 4pm

This workshop with will be a hands-on exploration of techniques for creating large, lightweight, three-dimensional elements such as giant puppet heads, masks or sculpture. Artist Brian Kooser will draw on his 20 years of Celebration Art experience to demonstrate how to create inexpensive armatures, sculpt clay and cast from a positive mold using advanced papier mache skills learned from a Czechoslovakian puppet master. Projects begun in this workshop can be brought to fruition at the Buskers in the Burg open workshops beginning August 26 at a downtown storefront. Plug in and get an early start for the Arts Parade in September, or learn new inexpensive methods for creating your own imagery. Brian Kooser was awarded a Birkin Owart Arts and Humanities Grant which has made him available for the Parade Workshops.
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Gallery One Visual Arts Center is dedicated to the creation, exhibition, and appreciation of visual arts in central Washington. It is located at 408 North Pearl, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Beginning Puppetry with Rachel Jackson

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage
puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation.
We’ll focus on how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with the
audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets
plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on
your skills.No puppet experience required.
Classes recommended for ages 15 and up.

Beginning Puppetry
1-3pm, Saturday May 26th
Cost: $30 pre-reg/$35 day-of

at Tin Can Studio
(in the old Rainier Brewery)
3130 Airport Way South

More info: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/248425

Rachel Jackson has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since
2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The
Seattle Times. Recent credits include Team of Heroes: Behind Closed
Doors,Whedonesque Burlesque and MANOS – The Hands of Felt. She also
appears regularly at cabarets Spin the Bottle and Fussy Cloud Puppet
Slam.

Reminder: Workshop/Meeting Sunday June 26, 2011

Please join us for a special workshop by Clay Martin, followed by a meeting of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, on Sunday, June 26 from 2 to 5pm at Seattle University’s Vachon Gallery.

The Vachon Gallery at Seattle University is located on the north end of campus in the Fine Arts Building, which backs up to Madison Street just east of Broadway.  Seattle University is located at 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, between Madison and Jefferson.

The workshop:

Clay Martin, who has been a puppeteer for more years than he cares to admit, will present a demonstration of the art of hand puppetry combined with a true history and authentic account of how he came to be enmeshed in this sordid lifestyle.  A highly entertaining cautionary tale for the whole Family!

Clay Martin puppets

As part of the presentation, Clay will share his RAG BALLET, a piece about how to make your own puppet from a bandanna and a rubber band and do your own show.  Everyone is encouraged to bring your own bandannas, in order to follow along.  Clay will have a bag of the right sized rubber bands.

The meeting:

Following the workshop, members will be voting on the newly revised bylaws.

Everyone is also encouraged to bring along their own hand puppets (from shows, collections, or made-especially-for-the-meeting) for sharing or a little impromptu puppeteering during the meeting.

 

Hope to see you there!