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Take Puppetry Classes

PUPPETRY CLASSES

What are they?

Much like the art form of mime, puppetry is an esteemed performance style that has many different codes and practices that have evolved over long periods of time. What this means for the student of puppetry is that you are bound to pick up many different skills from many different schools over the course of your lifetime of study. As a result of this you will have a very personalized and unique way of approaching your craft from the kinds of materials you use as puppets through to how you perform with them.

Such acting classes will often allow its students access to all areas of puppetry from designing puppets (sculpting, painting, costuming, the mechanics of the puppet) right through to learning how to move and communicate the puppet for performance.

These days puppetry takes many different forms and depending on your imagination there really is no limit to how you can apply these skills to any area of creative performance. You will find that a class like this will teach you a lot about design, movement and how we communicate as well as expanding how you look at performance as a whole.

For whom is it for and what are the benefits?

Puppetry classes are for all ages and all levels of experience. Most classes will begin to teach you skills that will enable you to turn any object into a puppet which will allow you to put an individual and unique spin on puppetry. Remember puppetry can be anything from a sock over your hand to a gigantic puppet that takes several people to operate. This means that, with the right research, you will be able to find a class that suits what you are looking for. Maybe you want to learn how to use your body more effectively, how to communicate more succinctly or want to try your hand at creating and designing your own characters- puppetry classes will help you build all of these skills and will broaden your horizons as a performing artist. When researching classes remember that there are a lot of schools and colleges that offer full-time courses that span over 2 or 3 years but these schools will sometimes offer short courses too, so it is always worth it to ask.

A useful link is http://www.unima-usa.org/
This will take you to the American chapter of the Union Internationale del la Marionette which has heaps of information on puppetry and puppetry classes in America. If you are from a country other than America you may find these useful;

http://www.unima.org.au/UNIMA Australia

http://pagesperso-orange.fr/unima/index.htm UNIMA Europe

Puppetry classes are just one type of the many different types of acting classes there are.

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