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Papier Mâché Workshop


Kelly Kirkham Papier Mâché Workshop
at Open Door Designs

Kelly Kirkham is a puppet maker and puppeteer, illustrator and artist in Toronto, Ontario. She has been a puppet maker since 2001, when, after not being able to find a particular sort of old fashioned hand puppet, decided to make one herself. Her line of papier mache hand puppets with soft cloth bodies soon grew to include finger puppets, rod puppets and marionettes. Most of her puppets are animals, with particular favourites being rabbits, foxes and gazelles.

Kelly has found that her travels to Florence, Italy, through the Ontario College of Art and Designs Florence Program, were particularly influential in her later foray into puppetry. She has also found much inspiration and support here in Toronto’s growing puppet community. Kelly is an active member of the Toronto based puppet company Unraku, and enjoys both performing and building puppets with them. Previously operating under the name Kirkham Puppets, she has brought together her puppets, illustration and art under the name Run Rabbit Run.

To visit Kelly's website, click here.

10:00am - 4:00pm
TIME: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (half-hour lunch break)
LOCATION: Open Door Designs, 1597 Dupont Street, Toronto ON M6P 3S8
AGE GROUP: Adults (Children over the age of 12)
COST: $150 + HST(this includes all materials and one pre-prepared puppet head)

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email or call (416) 531-1290

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Through the use of common materials, participants will learn how to create their very own papier mâché hand puppet. Participants will first learn how to design and construct a puppet's head from papier-mâché for comfort and durability. Then, choosing from a selection of premade puppet heads supplied by artist Kelly Kirkham, you will learn how to paint, dress and embellish your chosen puppet in a beautiful and expressive way. Each participant leaves the workshop with two puppets, one to be finished at home and one completed by the end of the day.

To see a slideshow of the latest workshop in January 2010 click here

MARCH 2009

"I loved the workshop. I thought it was really useful and practical. I loved that I was able to make something that I'll be able to use in my work with children. The workshop was a ideal length - we had enough time to complete our projects but also went home good and tired. There was ample opportunity to ask questions and get practical advice from Kelly."

"The workshop was wonderful. Very relaxed, yet informative at the same time. The time just flew by! "