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JANUARY - 2015
IN THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER

RICHARD HANNA - two new workshops
KIMBERLEY HOWE - NEW WORKSHOP FOR AGES 9-15
NIGHT OF SHORTS DEADLINE COMING UP - FEBRUARY 1ST
• Casteliers - 10th Anniversary - March 4-8

Gifts

RICHARD HANNA - two new workshops
KIMBERLEY HOWE - NEW AFTER SCHOOL WORKSHOP FOR AGES 9-11
ALEXANDER MERGOLD: Tabletop Puppet Workshop

CALLS FOR ARTISTS - PUPPET ALLSORTS

PUPPET ALLSORTS SEASON LAUNCH
PUPPET MONGERS - WORKSHOPS
CASTELIERS - 10TH ANNIVERSARY! MARCH, 2015

Girovago e Rondella Family Theater
• NUKU THEATRE
TROUBLE THEATRE

now in the window
This wonderful marionette arrived here from North Bay. The puppeteer evidently performed in the 50's & 60's in Ontario. If you recognize this marionette or think you know something about it please let me know.

RICHARD HANNA IS COMING BACK!

Felted Puppet from Introductory Workshop
by student
Example Ventriloquist Puppet
by Richard Hanna

RICHARD HANNA will be reprising his
Introduction to Felting Puppets workshop on
Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 10:00am-6:00pm
and introducing a completely new workshop: Needle Felting Ventriloquist Puppets

on Sunday, February 8, 2015

Classes are small - sign up soon
click here for more details

CHECK

FOR MORE PHOTOS

NEW AFTER-SCHOOL WORKSHOP FOR PEOPLE 9-15!

 

OPEN DOOR DESIGNS IS PLEASED TO OFFER THE FIRST WORKSHOP FOR YOUNGER PUPPET-MAKERS.

LEARN TO MAKE A FABULOUS MUPPET-STYLE PUPPET WITH KIMBERLEY HOWE see more

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

MAKE A MUPPETY PUPPET IN FOUR TWO-HOUR SESSIONS


In this Fur and Foam Workshop, Kim teaches how to use simple templates to construct professional fur and foam puppets. Puppet construction emphasizes character creation, teaching the students to consider how the colour, shape, and location of features such as eyes, noses, mouths, teeth, ears, and hair make a puppet what it is.

Building skills acquired include how to work with upholstery foam, how to stitch using both a sewing machine (assisted use) and specific hand stitches, and how to create various mouth plates. Students are also taught basic puppeteering techniques including character animation and creating a voice.

Each puppeteer will receive a personalized puppet certificate upon completion.

Workshop
Make a Muppet-Style Puppet

DATES & TIMES:

 

February 2015
Wednesdays
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 2015
4:30-6:30 pm

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8

AGE GROUP: People 9 -14
COST: 150 + HST
(this includes all materials)

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below.

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

Click Here To Download the Workshop Description
or
Click Here to Download Registration Form click here

NOTE: PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM ONLINE, PRINT/SAVE (you cannot save the PDF directly online) AND RETURN VIA EMAIL.

email or call (416) 531-1290

DEADLINE COMING UP FAST - FEB 1ST!!!
APPLY SOON! MORE INFO: PUPPETALLSORTS.COM

 

Casteliers' 10th Anniversary!
March 4-8, 2015, Montreal
CHECK OUT THE LINE UP HERE - festival.casteliers.ca

STAY TUNED FOR MORE

 

 

 

Open Door's retail store is well stocked with our own puppets and puppet theatres, Diabolo Puppets, Folkmanis, AM Creatures, Three Bags Full and of course, a wide selection of gently used, vintage and antique.
Visit us soon!

Now available online or save shipping charges and pick up in our retail store

Small selection of Pelham Marionettes collected by Bronson Smith.

click here to go to the store

If you have a group of 4 people we can organize workshops to suit your schedule.
ARTIST
WORKSHOP
DATES & TIMES
COST
FOR 9-14
After School
     
Make a
Muppet-style Puppet
Wednesdays
February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2015
4:30-6:30 pm
 
$150 + HST
(materials included)
FOR 15 AND UP
     

4 classes, Sundays
February 8, 22, March 1,8 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm

$300 + HST
(materials included)

4 classes, Sundays
March 15, 22, 29,April 12, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm

$300 + HST
(materials included)

SPECIAL - 4 DAYS
DURING MARCH BREAK

4 classes, Sundays
March 17-20, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm

$300 + HST
(materials included)

1 day
TBA
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100 + HST
(materials included)
INTRODUCTION TO NEEDLE FELTING PUPPETS Saturday, February 7th, 2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

110 + HST
(this includes all materials plus a needle to take home)

NEEDLE FELTING VENTRILOQUIST PUPPETS Sunday, February 8th, 2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$130+ HST
(
20% discount if you have taken the Introduction to Needle Felting Puppets Course)
(this includes all materials)

To see more photos of past workshops visit

ALEXANDER MERGOLD WORKSHOPS

Tabletop Workshop Description

In this workshop participants, over four days, will construct a tabletop puppet using polymer and air-dry clays. As in the marionette workshop, concepts of three-dimensional sculptural form and the fundamentals of painting will be taught in order to bring each character to life. Puppet dressing and basic manipulation will also be covered.

Tabletop Puppet Building Workshop
DATE & TIME:

4 classes, Sundays
February 8, 22, March 1,8 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

(If you have a group of 4-8 people we can organize workshops to suit your schedule.)

LOCATION: Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8
AGE GROUP: People 12 and older
COST: $300 + HST(this includes all materials)

Click Here To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here to Download Registration Form click here

email or call (416) 531-1290

NOTE: PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM ONLINE, PRINT/SAVE (you cannot save the PDF directly online) AND RETURN VIA EMAIL.

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

Marionette Workshop Description

In this workshop participants, over four days, will construct their own marionette using polymer and air-dry clays. Concepts of three-dimensional sculptural form will be taught in making of the head and hands and feet and fundamental principles of painting will be introduced in order to bring each character to life. Each participant will also learn how to string and dress their puppet and basic marionette manipulation will also be covered.


Marionette Building Workshop
DATE & TIME:

4 classes, Sundays
March 15, 22, 29, April 12, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm

(If you have a group of 4-8 people we can organize workshops to suit your schedule.
)

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8

AGE GROUP: People 12 and older
COST: $300 + HST(this includes all materials)

To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here
to Download Registration Form click here

NOTE: PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM ONLINE, PRINT/SAVE (you cannot save the PDF directly online) AND RETURN VIA EMAIL.

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

WORKSHOP
TECHNIQUES OF FOAM & FUR PUPPET BUILDING

In this workshop participants, over four days, will construct a "muppet" style hand puppet of their own design using techniques of foam carving and covering with fabric such as fur or fleece. Concepts of three-dimensional sculptural form will be taught in creating the form; stitching techniques for hiding seams in a variety of coverings; modelling and painting features such as noses, eyes, etc.

foamandfurslideshow

SPECIAL
4 DAYS DURING MARCH BREAK

Techniques of Foam & Fur Workshop
DATE & TIME:

4 classes, Sundays
March 17-20, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8

AGE GROUP: People over the age of 12
COST: $300 + HST(this includes all materials)

To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here
to Download Registration Form click here

NOTE: PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM ONLINE, PRINT/SAVE (you cannot save the PDF directly online) AND RETURN VIA EMAIL.

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below


Workshop Description
This one-day workshop will introduce participants to one of the traditional craft methods of mold making, which has been used for centuries to produce marionettes, hand puppets, masks etc. This valuable technology should be in every puppet builder's portfolio.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to take their own sculpted form, make a mold and lay it up with papier-mâché. Because of drying times participants will learn the assembly process, finishing and painting on a pre-molded form prepared by Alexander.

Papier Mâché Mold Making Workshop
DATE & TIME:

TBA
10:00am - 6:00pm

LOCATION: Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8
AGE GROUP: People 12 and older
COST: $100 + HST (this includes all materials)

Click Here To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here to Download Registration Form click here

email or call (416) 531-1290

NOTE: PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM ONLINE, PRINT/SAVE (you cannot save the PDF directly online) AND RETURN VIA EMAIL.

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

SEASON LAUNCH
SUNDAY,
JANUARY 25, 2015; 2:00-5:00PM - CASA MADEIRA, 1621 DUPONT ST
Three Performers; make a puppet; kiss a puppet; and more....PLUS groovy door prizes!
 
APPLEFUN PUPPETRY - Robin Hood and the Dragon
PUPPET WHAT WHAT
Gets up to no good...
Rafifkana Dhafathi Padmonojati
THE DEVA RUCI
 
If you are in Quebec, check out the upcoming shows with Olivia Faye Lathuillière and Cirque Orphelin
more info: www.sagesfous.com
PUPPET WORKSHOPS AT PUPPET MONGERS
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Girovago e Rondella Family Theater
TEATRO BUS -GIROVAGO E RONDELLA
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The Estonian State Puppet Theatre - Tallinn

The Estonian State Puppet Theatre was founded in 1952 as the first theatre for children in Estonia. For decades it worked under the leadership of its founder Ferdinand Veike. The theatre building is located in the Old Town of Tallinn and has four halls: Main Hall (620 seats), Small Hall (200 seats), Oval Hall (80 seats) and Middle Hall (50 seats). Since 2007 the theatre has also been performing in Köismäe Tower, a unique venue located in the Tallinn city wall that dates back to the 14th century.Since 2000 the Managing Director has been Meelis Pai, since 2011 the Artistic Director of the theatre is Vahur Keller. The theatre which started with puppeteers hidden behind the screen, has become a rapidly developing theatre that is open to various experiments. The repertoire consists of plays aimed mostly for children and families, combining puppetry and drama elements, masks, shadows etc, but the last half-decade has witnessed a growth in musical productions and various experimental projects. Also, the theatre has set the goal of consistently staging puppet performances for adults and youth.

MORE INFO: www.nuku.ee/english

TROUBLE PUPPET THEATRE
Austin Texas USA
Trouble Puppet Theater Company (TPT) was founded in Austin in 2004 by Connor Hopkins. For several years the company performed rowdy, farcical, and political booth shows and parade puppetry at festivals and nontraditional venues.
More info: www.troublepuppet.com


IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OPPORTUNITIES, PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE'LL POST THEM.

DEADLINE COMING UP FAST - FEB 1ST!!!
APPLY SOON! MORE INFO: PUPPETALLSORTS.COM

 

4Cats Arts Studio
1615 Dupont St.
Toronto ON
M6P 3S8

1571 Dupont st (in the old Laundrama)
Visit Soon! Thanks

Carlos and Sandra Flores

BASEMENT STUDIO
AVAILABLE
FOR RENT

The basement studio is now finished and available for rent
for small meetings and events. A beautiful clean new space, there is approximately 350 sq ft of floor space. 2 tables, 12 chairs, microwave, kettle, coffeemaker, fridge and bathroom.

Rates:
$15/hr - 8 hour minimum
$20/hr by the hour.

more info: info@opendoordesigns.ca , (416) 531-1290

Perth Dupont Community Garden
Started just as a garden with individual plots in 2005 by the City Councillor Adam Giambrone, it has been transformed into a thriving Community Garden, and is now a center for Urban Agriculture. With ethnic and lifestyle diversity, our garden is a place to grow food, flowers, friendships, and personal social and leadership skills. READ MORE
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Material Donations Needed
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE
AT EVANGELINE


Donations may be dropped off at Open Door Designs or email Nancy Davis Halifax for more information.


RED WAGON COLLECTIVE: DONATIONS NEEDED:
fabric, wool, embroidery floss, needles, crochet hooks, old sweaters

RED WAGON COLLECTIVE was formed in 2006 in response to our desire to deepen our artistic, collaborative, and community-engaged practices through residency projects that would enable us to develop both intensive and extensive relationships in the Junction - a rapidly changing neighbourhood in Toronto's west end. We share a desire to work collaboratively with artists and non-artists to create work that inspires new conversations; softens boundaries between groups separated by age, culture, ability, and economic status; promotes the presence of art in everyday life and contributes to increasing public engagement in community development. The work we create with communities is used in producing exhibitions, public installations, and celebratory performance events.We are currently working within the walls of the Evangeline Shelter.

Image Foundry specializes in edition printing, custom art reproduction projects, and high-end photo-retouching work.

1581 Dupont Street,
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 3S5

Contact:
www.imagefoundry.ca
phone: 416-477-5652

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