This course is designed for experienced students who want to learn how to make a wooden marionette with excellent technology. It teaches how to make the joints for the puppet - at the end, you will have puppet pieces ready for carving.
Following live presentations on Zoom over the course of two months, students will meet once a week and get detailed instructions on the process of building a marionette on strings and a marionette on a wire.
Students will first turn their basic sketch of their puppet into a technical drawing, understanding proportions and learning to meaasure and draw all joints.
Then they will learn all of the steps towards preparing the puppet for carving: cutting blocks of wood based on the dimensions on the drawing, cutting all joints, drilling holes for metal hooks and leather connections, making the wire for a wire marionette, transfering the shape of the design onto the wooden blocks, and finally cutting them on a bandsaw or with a handsaw.
We will also teach how to make controllers for a marionette on a wire or on strings.
At the end of the workshop, students will have a puppet that is ready to carve and a complete understanding of the construction of a marionette.
There will be small group and individual consultations before and after classes.
We recommend this course for students with experience with building a wooden marionette or extensive building experience. Students must be comfortable working on their own.
It is good if students have access to a drill press and bandsaw but not essential.
Mirek Trejtnar's sculptures capture the spirit of Czech puppetry in a very original way, and his puppets have the nobility of sculpture within them. His work represents the Czech Republic in a unique way, merging the traditions of puppetry with a contemporary and very humorous vision.
Nina Malikova, former president of UNIMA-CZ