Workshops

We can bring hands-on learning to your school, library, or community center.  Here are details about several workshops we offer.  We also offer the following:

  • Make and Take workshops, appropriate for festivals or events
  • Workshops teaching simple marionette making
  • Workshops for adults, including classes that teachers can take for re-certification or graduate credit.

Historical Puppet Tour

Learn about puppets and local history, all at the same time! With audience members acting as volunteer puppeteers, Eulenspiegel will replay historical episodes in each of the following buildings in West Liberty’s Heritage Campus: the depot, barn, one-room schoolhouse, and Highway 6 cabin, with each building featuring a different style of puppetry.

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Age group: 8 through adult
Curriculum Connections:
  • History
  • Art
  • Drama

Historical Puppet Tour

Underwater Shadow Puppets

Each participant makes a shadow puppet of an underwater creature. The puppeteers show participants how to make a simple tabletop shadow stage out of corrugated cardboard. The session ends with an impromptu performance.  This is a great way to learn a skill that children as well as adults can adapt to their own usage!

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Underwater Shadow Puppets

Classroom Puppet Potpourri

Puppeteer Monica Leo demonstrates several styles of puppets with short, entertaining vignettes and gives the students ideas for puppet shows of their own. Some students are selected to try working some of the puppets or helping with sound effects while the others form the all important audience.

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Classroom Puppet Potpourri

Czech Style Hand Puppets

Make a classic hand puppet in the Czech tradition. These puppets have round, folk art style heads with charming faces and and no-sew bodies. Learn how lifelike their movements are, too!

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Czech Style Hand Puppets

Making and Using Hand Puppets

The Eulenspiegel Puppeteers will take you through the process of making a traditional hand puppet with a hard head and fabric body. You will make a head of newspaper and plaster bandages, using a process the puppeteers have used in numerous classrooms for over 25 years. You'll paint the face and make a mobile, no-sew body.

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Age group: 4-94

Making and Using Hand Puppets

Making Rod Puppets

Make a humorous, silly or serious rod puppet character. Rod puppets have heads mounted on dowel rods and arms manipulated with rods. You'll make the head with a process similar to papier mache, paint it, and make a body out of cloth. You'll leave with a rod puppet of your own creation and lots of ideas!

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Making Rod Puppets

Developing and Performing a Story With Shadow Puppets

Participate in the ancient, magical art of shadow puppetry! You'll learn how to make beautiful, mobile, well-articulated puppets out of cardboard, colored acetate, and other things that cast interesting shadows, such as lace and feathers. You'll make characters for a specific story, usually a folk tale, with your classmates, rehearse it and perform it for an audience.

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Developing and Performing a Story With Shadow Puppets
Puppetry in the Classroom or Library
Music Workshop

Mexican Children's Songs and Games

Puppeteer/Musician Eli Portugal plays guitar and drums and sings Mexican children’s songs as puppeteer Monica Leo leads the group in movements and puppetry hi-jinks that illustrate the words to the songs.  Featured puppets include a skeleton marionette that breaks apart and comes together again!  This workshop is vailable in conjunction with the performance STORIES AND CUENTOS.

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Mexican Children's Songs and Games

Make and Take Workshops

We offer a series of workshops in which participants can make a simple puppet and take it with them:

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Age group: Old enough to cut, draw, color, and use glue!

Make and Take Workshops
Eulenspiegel Puppets

Hiring information

Contact us:

(319)-627-2487
monica@puppetspuppets.com
319 N. Calhoun St.
West Liberty, IA