Puppet Building 101: Jointed Rod Puppet


 8th - 12th; adults

MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS: Not to exceed one class size (25-ish)

COST: $175 (60 minutes); $225 (for 90 minutes)

PROGRAM LENGTH: 60-90 minutes (60 minutes for puppet building ONLY; 90 minutes for puppet building + manipulation & scene work)


How to Book

Discount & Cancellation Policies


Participants will build a working, jointed Bunraku (Japanese rod) style puppet from recycled newspaper, masking tape, and craft sticks! Based on the human figure and human proportions, puppets can be transformed into just about any character.  The extended workshop (90 minutes) offers participants an opportunity to bring their puppets to life through manipulation exercises and scripted scenes.  Though participants will each build their own individual puppet, teamwork is required during manipulation.  Traditional Bunraku puppets, pictures, and video clips enhance the content. This workshop is ideal for team building and for anyone 14 years + who wants to learn how to build a real, working puppet.

Programming sponsored in part by:

How to Book
  • Call 404.881.5117 or email distancelearning@puppet.org to check for availability.
  • Download the Program Request Form, fill out, and email back to us.
  • We will send confirmation via email. No booking is confirmed until we send confirmation (usually within 24 hours) via email.
Discount & Cancellation Policies

Discount Policy:

  • BULK BOOKING DISCOUNT: Book 9 programs and the 10th is FREE. Applies to Hands-On Curriculum Based Programs ONLY.
  • Bulk booking discounts do not apply to teacher workshops, demos, or live puppet shows/performances.

Cancellation Policy:

  • We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. We do require a reschedule, however.
  • The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice. That includes NO SHOWS.
  • Program topics can be changed up to one week in advance provided the teacher has time to prep the new puppet for the topic change.
  • Foreign language programs require a 2 week cancellation notice. Call with questions.