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Puppetry Arts Introduction: Make a Paper Puppet

Luis Tentindo, Creative Explorer and Interdisciplinary Teacher

Puppetry Arts Introduction: Make a Paper Puppet

Luis Tentindo, Creative Explorer and Interdisciplinary Teacher

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4 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 Part 1

    • 3. Lesson 1 Part 2

    • 4. Lesson 2

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About This Class


In this introductory puppetry class you’ll learn how to make your very own paper puppet from start to finish. There are many forms of puppetry that span history and cultures. The more well-known forms include marionettes (or puppets controlled by strings) hand and rod puppets, hand and finger puppets and the list goes on and on.

In this EASY, FUN, and FAST class I will teach you how to a simple paper puppet that you can bring your own style and character to. We will basically be making a paper doll with joints make of tape and / or zip ties. Essentially, I teach you how to make a paper doll!. This is the first skill that will help to introduce you to an extended array of skills and techniques that are a bit more complex and involved.

I’ve created this course to share something that I love and am passionate about, PUPPETRY ARTS. This introduction will help you to open the door and begin an adventure that you can share with friends, family, and students of all ages. Oh, and by the way, the puppetry arts are not just for kids! There is a growing movement of talented, smart, and sophisticated artists who are using this form to create performances of all kinds.

This is my first Skillshare class and it’s meant to provide you with the first building block or an art form that I believe you will enjoy and can share.

A special surprise awaits you end of the class!

The first person to complete the class and project by April 7 will receive either a mini poster that I have designed or an small / unique drawing or painting.  Your gift will be sent to you within 2 weeks of completion!


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Luis Tentindo

Creative Explorer and Interdisciplinary Teacher


Hello Everyone! My name is Luis Tentindo and I am a creative explorer, teaching artist and all around inquisitive being who sees creative wandering as a meaningful pathway in life. I have been a professional visual and performing artist for most all of my adult life and I am passionate about sharing my experience and expertise with others. I have travelled the world as both a professional dancer and puppeteer and I have taught in many contexts with different kinds of students. I am also passionate about engaging with socially vulnerable persons to share the healing power and interest of hands-on creative practice. I'm lookin forward to meet you and teach you all I can and to learn from you as well. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message!

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1. Introduction: My name is Luis Stand window and welcome to this introductory puppet class in this class. You'll learn to make a simple paper puppet, and you'll also learn to make a second puppet made out of some other recycled materials. So by the end of the class you'll have to simple puppets, one made out of paper and one made out of recycled material, and the joints will be made out of tape and you'll be able to decorate the second puppet in any way that you want. 2. Lesson 1 Part 1: okay to make the two different puppets way will be using a certain length, and we'll get it. Get into the measurements in a moment, Kraft Baker or some kind of brown paper recycled paper. As you can see, this has been mended in some places, but we'll get into the length the piece of paper, but it's basically a long that will be working with to make the first first puppet. And in the 2nd 1 in this case, I had an old tarp that was ripping. So I went ahead and cut a section of the tarp, a long section of the tarp, which is very close in size to the paper, and we'll be using that so you can use another piece of paper. You can use several brown paper bags that, yeah, you know, taped together. You can somehow look for recycled material that you have on hand, but in general, what you want to think about is that it should not be thin. It should be something that is pretty thick and won't rip easily. And the tarp is a great example of that. In this case, this is a, uh, brown paper. Is, was packaging material supplies that came to the house. So I remember to recycle that for this project, and it's a little bit then, but it's not very, very as you can see, it is so I will get into the measurements of these pieces of paper, and then we'll start to go ahead and begin. Now we have two things to do. One of them is to scrunch the paper so that it becomes very pliable. So the paper, you know, I've already worked on this a little bit and you can see the difference. But we want every single inch of the paper needs to be scrunched very, very well. Opening could see that and you know, after doing this for a little while, it's a good workout for your hands and your forearms, but you can see what we want to have a sort of leather like texture. It also helps to make it pliable and easy to work with. But before we do that, what I like to do is you go through the paper and do some mending with some tape. It doesn't matter what color you use, and if there are no tears, then find you don't need to do this. But the paper that I was working with had some tears, and you can see that I already did some with tape. I used this light color tape, and also later I use blue tape. 3. Lesson 1 Part 2: Okay. Time to make the puppet body. So 13 foot long piece of paper way. Want to have it? Pulled it in half with the end matching up ways to do that, but matching up to end here. See that point? And this is where it all starts. So this is the midway point of the paper, And then about the size of your fist you have This is your face is your head. And then this is the neck joint. You can see we've got the two sides of the paper going off in each direction shoulder, arms and all the rest of the body, shoulder arms, all the rest of the body. So right now I'm going to simply secure the neck joint with the tape. This is important. Um, don't be too skimpy with the tape if you if you just get let's say a small piece of tape and you're trying to save tape, which is understandable. But if it's too small and you don't do a good job and it doesn't go around and you just you're not gonna have a good a good hold, right. So you want to make sure that you get a long enough piece of tape, and this is very important. You know, Tip is to really pull pull firmly. I'm really pulling firmly and bringing it tightly around wherever you're making the joint. So that it holds very well. This just broke. But, hey, why not? Just have a little more security go around and we can say that we have something that will become our little paper head, the head of our paper puppets. Okay, moving on, then you move down. And I'm estimating that the shoulder joint is going to be right about here, right shoulder joint. And this is all just kind of marking and estimating. Next, I'm gonna kind of yes, that the the elbow joint will be there. You can see right here. Maybe I'll just go ahead and put a little bit of mark on those so that I could be consistent. So that is an approximate elbow joint. This is what I think will be shoulder next shoulder elbow. Nearly one, the risk slash hands. I think that will be nice right there. Okay. And do you remember? What we do is that's the arms and legs and also the torso. They are double the paper to give it that stability. So we're folding at where the hand risk will be, would be holding back in on the arm, going back towards the neck. So then now we have the beginnings of half of the torso in the middle right here. This is half of what the torso will be, and then we have got her head shoulder moving down to the elbow area. Now it's time to clean this up. The first thing that I'm going to do is to secure this beginning of the torso to where the neck is. So right, right there here. And then I'll go down the arm, shoulder and arm and then secure down. So that's what's next. You could see it started to take shape, so I just took care of around the shoulder. Now around the elbow, a little bit down that becomes our elbow. And as I move along making the puppet, what I want to do is to begin to bend the joints in the way that a human beings body moves . So here, as you can see from the neck, we moved down and we've got this curved kind of trained or folded in to the paper puppet. And then we move down the arm and our arm folds in this way and we want this to fold is well, so now that we have the direction, we also want to get the full begin to train. So this is determined as the elbow joint. And then So I'm just going to, you know, make sure that that's a nice fold and just really work with my hands and make the fold and then open it out a little bit. You can see that's starting to become something. You see the elbow and then I'll put a little piece of tape here to represent the hand and then, you know, like with the elbow doing a little bit of kind of a paper massage for the wrist and so that they'll be movement jeras well, making sense. We got the beginning. Now what? We're going to 4. Lesson 2: Now that you've made your second puppet, it's time to do two things. Make a mask for it or some kind of face. However, you want to do that to somehow personalize and stylized the puppet. I just have this assortment of recycled materials that I've collected over the last few days, but even if you have just one or two things that draw your attention that you have laying around, that's fantastic. So this next period of time I won't be saying anything. It's going to be more of a jam session, you know? Let the camera run and you'll see and you'll see what happens. This is a great time to put on some music that you really like. And if you are so inclined, maybe even put aside your phone or turn it off for a few minutes so that you can really lay yourself dive in and immerse yourself into this This process where you you personalize the second puppet. - Okay , - big congratulations. You have done it. You've made two puppets and I hope that you enjoyed it even half assed Muchas, I have been sharing this material with you. So what? I'd like you to do now is to take a look at both of your puppet side by side. Or if you decided to make one puppet, just check out the pump, the puppet that you have made and see what stands out for you. Maybe it's something about something that you learned or particularly enjoyed in the process thing else, something that you would do differently. Something that you really like, that you did. So just take note of those things. And if you're looking at your puppet side by side, taking a look at what stands out for you, you can consider this by way of contrast or similarities between the two puppets and how they're made, how they look, how they feel their weight and all of that kind of good stuff. See how they're just, you know, bending in the tape just has this really nice quality of buoyancy and flexibility and just imagine how cool it is. Three people bringing to life now to wrap everything up. For now, let's talk about your class project. What I'd like you to do is to please take pictures of your puppet where you first of all name your puppet then, so That's number one. You name your puppet. You can name both of them. Then what we want to do is to take a picture. And with this you'll want to strike a pose. And really think about where is the puppet looking? So, you know, make create a nice composition. Whether it's your holding the puppet by you know yourself maybe you have a friend or two to help you. Or maybe you oppose it with something to hold it up. So take a nice picture where the focus is really wonderful. So you're naming your puppet. Share the name of your puppet, strike a pose and take a picture and share. And I'd also like to invite you to share on Instagram at hashtag Figure Theatre Academy. All one word and thank you so much for coming along on this. Right? Hope you enjoyed it, - huh ?