Puppet Making Workshop and Residency Visual Arts


Puppet Making Workshop and Residency

Type: Workshop|Residency
Art Form: Theater & Media Arts|Visual Arts|Early Childhood
Grade Level: PreK-12
Scheduling Request

In this hands-on workshop, students will work with Brad Shur of Paper Heart Puppets to envision, create, and build their own detailed, original puppets. Workshop sessions explore the history, traditions, and practices of puppet making and performance in cultures across the globe as students are guided through the steps of building their own puppet character from a wide variety of materials. 

Schools can choose from the following puppet types:

  • Paper Mouth Puppets
  • Shadow Puppets
  • Toy Theater
  • Marionettes (String Puppets)

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will develop visual art skills including spatial relations, shapes, and textures by experimenting through a constructivist approach with 2-and 3-dimensional materials.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the history, traditions, and practices of puppet making and performance from cultures across the globe.
  • Students will enhance their ability to set and achieve goals through teamwork and cooperation, feel and show empathy toward others, and develop self-confidence and resilience in trying new things with a growth mindset.
Length: 45-60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 25
Curriculum Connection: Character Education, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Language Arts

Minimum of 2 workshops per day

2 Workshops: $500

Additional or Post Performance Workshops: $200

Residency Workshops: $150-$350

What is a residency?

Materials Fee: $3-$5 per student

Travel: $100 per day

Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts


Planning fee based upon scope of residency.


Parking for one vehicle

Desk or table space for each participant

A teacher in the room to support artist and address student needs

More From Paper Heart Puppets

Available year-round for programs in western Massachusetts, central and eastern MA availability TBD, reach out to us for more info.