Make A Foam Puppet Building Workshop at April 06 Guild meeting

Date: Sat., April 06        Time: 1-5 pm “Make A Foam Puppet” Workshop & Felting Demo, then 5-7ish for Guild meeting, Potluck & Social

Location: The Veterans Memorial Hall of Benicia, 1150 1st. Street, Benicia, CA 94510.

This Puppet Guild meeting will feature an excellent Make a Foam Puppet Building workshop with Guild Board member Lynnette Pinto. Usually, a foam puppet takes days to make. This one can be done in an afternoon! It’s an outstanding way for beginners to learn some of the techniques involved with working in foam, and some interesting tips that the experienced builder will find useful. The head and hands are foam, not covered by fabric. It’s somewhat similar to Ralph Chesse’s “Spongees: Puppets from Polyfoam.” This puppet moves well and is very expressive. The photo below of a baby humanoid puppet, will give you an idea of the completed puppet, but you can adapt this pattern for person, animal, alien or anything that strikes your fancy.

Cost: The workshop instruction is free to observers, but if you are building the puppet, we ask that you help cover the material expenses with $10 donation. However you can also do “pay what you can.” No Guild member will be turned away for lack of donation. All foam, glue and materials necessary to build the structure, are included in the materials fee. (Doesn’t include costuming). This puppet wears baby-sized clothing which can be found at second hand stores or take your puppet home and fashion your own. (The coloring on the foam is airbrushed, which may not happen in this workshop)

There are only 20 kits for this workshop, so this will fill up quickly. However, observers are welcome and can sign up under observer. Also, a couple of people can building 1 puppet kit together. If so, one person should sign up as a participant and the other person as an observer. 

How do I sign up for the Great Workshop? Guild members have until Wed. 03/27 to sign up for this workshop before it’s available to non-Guild members. Go to Sign Up Genius, or contact Lee Armstrong, or call her at Images In Motion 707 996-9474.

Registration will open to non-Guild members on Thursday 03/28. If you aren’t a Guild member the cost is $25 for registration & puppet building kit. Not a Guild member or haven’t renewed? Join Today, Then you can sign up immediately and it’s only a $10 donation for the puppet building kit.

Please bring: scissors for cutting foam, a fine tipped felt marker

But wait, there’s more! From 4:30-5, Guild Board member Judy Roberto will be giving a “Felting for Puppets” demo.

So the schedule is…

1-4:30              Foam Building Workshop with Lynnette Pinto

4:30-5              Felting for Puppets Demo with Judy Roberto

5-5:30              Guild meeting

5:30-7ish         Guild Potluck & Social

Note to SFBAPG MEMBERS: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the April 06 Crankie Workshop could not take place this day and in its place is the Guild meeting with Foam Workshop. We sincerely apologize to those who have arranged or rearranged their schedules for this event. We will be rescheduling it for a date in the Fall of this year.