WORKSHOPS

SMALL MARIONETTE WORKSHOP

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PAVEL TRUHLÁŘ
COURSES FOR GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS

We organize classes in our puppet studio in the old part of Prague, a city with a strong puppet tradition still alive.

Under the guidance of experienced puppet makers, our pupils make a wooden puppet starting from ready-made turned components.
We offer a collection of 20 puppets for the participants to choose from as a starting point. This collection was especially designed for the purpose, but of course, anyone can just create and compose his own character, if one prefers not to work according to a model.

At the end of the course everyone will have an original marionette plus an insight into puppet making.

See the instruction video - step by step how to built our small wooden marionette

The workshop is designed for young and old, for amateurs of puppet art, for children, for their parents, for those who want to rediscover their long lost creative soul, or just want to take a step back from everyday computers, cinemas or videogames.
Although we recommend the workshop for children above age six, younger children have attended our workshops successfully in the presence of their mother or father.
Special technical skills are not required.

Time schedule of the workshop:
The course takes about 3 to 4 hours depending on the number of participants

Reservation:
We kindly ask to make a reservation at least two working days in advance.

Number of participants:
maximum 13 for one workshop
Whether there are more participants in the group, we would ask you to book it at least one week ahead.

Price: 1 person /  CZK 2300
Price includes a short word on puppet tradition and relevant production techniques. Of course all materials needed to finish and assemble the puppet are included and all necessary tools will be at your disposition under the professional guidance of our tutors. During the workshop we provide a little refreshment and a small snack.

Special offer - DIY Marionette Kit:

For all of you who cannot spend the time in our puppet studio and join creative courses to achieve a fabulous marionette we have produced a simple DIY kit.
The full range of characters and the packaging can be viewed here on our website. The kit includes ready - made linden wood components, instruction, fitting accessories. 
Just pick one and have fun!
Offer of entire DIY collection you will find in our shop and also in our studio.

Offer for schools:

We provide one-shot morning classes for schools either in our studio in Vinohrady or in school´s location.
Would you like to create along with your students marionettes regarding to your own art design and get to know how to manipulate and play with them?
Contact us!
It would be our pleasure to show you a magic world of puppets.
Beside one-shot morning classes we also cooperate with schools on long term projects in terms of their afternoon activities for their students - as such,  preparation of the puppet performances, which contains not just puppet and theatre making, but also get up a play. We would be more than happy to give you other expletory information, just contact us.

Even like this may your puppet look like! Have a look and come to join the puppet workshop!

MARIONETTE CARVING WORKSHOP - 3 Days

In course of this workshop, each participant will – under Pavel´s supervision and with his assistance – carve out the head of their own wooden marionette. The body itself will be prefabricated in our workshop and ready to use for your coming marionette. Depending upon the student´s skill whether there is some time left then our pupil can carve also the hands. Final unpainted marionette might be dressed up with a simple costume or enhanced with accessories.

Production of a marionette head, carved from the linden wood.
Workshop takes 3 days
Students will work from 10 am to 6 pm, having 1 hour lunch break

Maximum number of students: 4

 

  • 1st Day
  • Preparation of visual design (technical drawing)
  • Machine material preparation
  • Start on carving the marionette head

2nd Day

  • Head puppet completion
  • Start on carving a marionette hands (depends on the time)

3rd Day

  • Finishing hands
  • Marionette assembly (with ready prepared body) and completion
  • Puppetry lesson

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Workshop fee:

12.000 CZK per person

Every participant will obtain a certificate of successful completion of a course.
The price of the workshop includes a ticket for Don Giovanni performance at the National Marionette Theatre plus a tour of a private historical marionette collection. Both events will be arranged according to student´s time options.

Language:

The workshop is taught in English

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MARIONETTE CARVING WORKSHOP - 5 Days

In course of this workshop, each participant will – under Pavel´s supervision and with his assistance – carve out the head, hands and feet of their own wooden marionette, attach those pieces to the body  and dress the marionette up in its costume. The body and the costume will be prefabricated in our workshop according to your specific requirements.

Workshop Schedule:

Production of a 40 -50 cm marionette with or without textile costume (accessories) - head, hands and feet carved from the linden wood.
Workshop takes 5 days
Students will work from 10 am to 6 pm, having 1 hour lunch break

Maximum number of students: 4

1st Day

  • Preparation of visual design (technical drawing)
  • Machine material preparation
  • Start on carving the marionette head

2nd Day

  • Head puppet completion
  • Body preparation

3rd Day

  • Start on carving a marionette hands and legs

 4th Day

  • Finishing hands and legs
  • Marionette painting

5th Day

  • Marionette assembly
  • Technique of stringing puppet
  • Marionette completion
  • Puppetry lesson

Workshop fee: 18.000 CZK per person

Every participant will obtain a certificate of successful completion of a course.
The price of the workshop includes a ticket for Don Giovanni performance at the National Marionette Theatre plus a tour of a private historical marionette collection.

Both events will be arranged according to student´s time options.

MARIONETTE CARVING WORKSHOP - 7 Days

In course of this workshop, each participant will – under Pavel´s supervision and with his assistance – carve out, paint, assemble and hang his own wooden marionette and will learn how to manipulate it.

Workshop Schedule:

Production of a 40 -50 cm marionette carved entirely from linden wood Workshop takes 7 days Students will work from 10 am to 6 pm, having 1 hour lunch break Maximum number of students: 4 1st Day
  • Introduction
  • Preparation of visual design (technical drawing)
  • Doctrine of sharpening chisels
2nd Day
  • Machine material preparation
  • Start on carving the marionette head
3rd Day
  • Head puppet completion
 4th Day
  • Start on carving a marionette body
 5th Day
  • Start on carving a marionette hands and legs
 6th Day
  • Marionette painting
7th Day
  • Marionette assembly
  • Marionette controller production
  • Technique of stringing puppet
  • Marionette completion
  • Puppetry lesson

Workshop fee: 20.000  CZK per person

IMG_0314Every participant will obtain a certificate of successful completion of a course. The price of the workshop includes a ticket for Don Giovanni performance at the National Marionette Theatre plus a tour of a private historical marionette collection. Both events will be arranged according to student´s time options.

WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS

Would you like to create along with your students marionettes regarding to your own art design or a play and get to know how to manipulate and play with them?

We provide workshops for schools either in our studio in Vinohrady or in school´s location.


We offer

  • one-shot morning classes
  • long term marionette projects

We will string the puppet in the proper way to achieve the best marionette movement, we will learn how to manipulate the puppet, together we will look for a puppet motion expression of basic human emotions and last but not least we will get participants ready to step out and perform with the marionette in the theater and outdoors.

This is an our idea, the way how we see the workshop done, but whether you would like to have it in slightly different way, just tell us , we can work it out. We are creative, open to anything.

Contact us! It would be our pleasure to show you a magic world of puppets.

We offer

  • one-shot morning classes
  • long term marionette projects
       

ONE-SHOT MORNING CLASSES

creation of wooden small marionette, size 30cm in 4 hours. More information please view here Small-Marionette-Workshop/

LONG TERM MARIONETTE PROJECT

Cooperation with schools on long term projects in terms of their afternoon activities for their students – as such puppet making, puppet manipulation, putting up a play together, rehearsing and finally showing the performance to the audience – parents and school friends. We will be happy to discuss you individual needs and create the marionette workshop that would be appropiate, educational and fun for everyone! We would be more than happy to give you other expletory information, just contact us.  

We recommend join the workshop with your own idea, design or character of the puppet which you would like to make.

Language:

The workshops are taught in English

After completion of the workshop our former student will know which material to choose and how to prepare it for marionette production, making visual design and technical drawing, how to take care of the chisels, woodcarving technique, how properly attach strings to a puppet and sure finally get to know how to manipulate marionette.

What else do you get? Additional rich experience and an advice in the field of puppetry.