Certificate Puppetry Training New Series Starting Summer 2011Posted by Suzanne, on September 1st, 2010

Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts

15th Certificate Training Group Begins Summer 2011

photos from the different sessions:

story apron lap puppetry, and color and light puppetry scene from Sweet Porridge

Here is a picture of a Mother Rod Puppet and her baby….a big part of the therapeutic session.  Nothing makes a child feel safer than a Mother!

In the third session we work with fairy tales and folk tales and the art of the marionette.  Here is a scene from Snow White and Rose Red!

Dear Puppetry Friends,

The NEW FORMAT one-year part time certificate training consists of 3 sessions over one year.  The 2011 dates are almost in place.

July 29 – August 10  2011

April – 5 days 2012 (this will be close to Easter break time TBA)

July/August 2012

2011 Location: Boulder, CO

The 3 focus themes are:

  1. Pedagogical puppetry – primarily early childhood with a look at grade school and high school
  2. Therapeutic puppetry – Transformation and the four virtues of puppetry, the 12 senses – focus on the Mother rod puppet and color and light shadow puppetry.
  3. Artistic/performance in puppet theater– concentrating on archetypes of movement and gesture in the healing art of the marionettes and fairy tales.

The three themes weave together throughout the concentrated one-year course.  It has the healing possibilities at the forefront.   The artistic is a fundamental part of it being meaningful.

This is a serious intensive training working with the inner transformative archetypal elements that are our guides in the awakening of the ensoulment process in puppetry.  How do we begin to truly enliven the puppet with gesture, soul warmth, and true movement?

This course welcomes those ready to work inwardly and outwardly with joy, enthusiasm, and will.  There is a full year commitment. The process of unfolding the artistic and therapeutic ability is a time process and requires practicing the skills from each intensive during the year in between our meetings.  Each participant designs a puppet project for each focus that is suited to their life situation and interests.  It allows for a practice and deepening of each session’s focus.  When participants do this, the steps forward in depth of skill and healing quality is profound.  We have individual reviews at the end of each session.

Part one focus: Pedagogical

We will explore the fundamentals of enlivening simple puppets with artistry and healing qualities.  There is an early childhood focus, working with many types of puppets and presentation approaches most suitable for this age.  We will work on storytelling voice, music and puppetry, puppet making, movement, gesture, staging.  We will explore presenting puppet plays with finger puppets, wool roving and felt table puppets, storytelling with hand-made felted storyscapes, small rod puppets, and the story apron.  Stories, poems, and songs suitable for this age will be looked at, as well as the wisdom of the nursery rhyme. We will look at ways to expand puppet work into the grades and high school

Part two focus: Therapeutic Puppetry

In this focus we will be going deeper into the understanding of the therapeutic aspects of the human being through the wisdom of the four poles of humanness, the four virtues of puppetry, the 12 senses and more, and how this can guide us and inspire the exploration of our therapeutic puppetry.  We will focus on the Mother Rod Puppet – the heart puppet, as well as review all puppet types in a therapeutic light.  We will explore the therapeutic fundamentals of color and light puppetry through practical exercises to give us insight and inspiration for developing our understanding of color and healing.

Part three focus: Artistic/Performance

We will work on the performance and artistic process from beginning to end, focusing on the fairy tales and the marionette.  We will work deeply with the archetypes, which enliven the marionettes with meaning – physical activities, age, character, soul moods, temperaments etc.  These guide us in the process of ensouling the puppets in a healthy way.  We will work with storytelling, story ritual, staging, color, music, simple lighting.  We will dye silk in a multicolor method and make a 5-string marionette for an all age audience.

Visioning the directions to take your puppetry, expanding goals and possibilities, and the practical business aspects of puppetry such as creating flyers, brochures, proposal writing, grant sources, etc. is worked with throughout the training.

Please contact Suzanne at suzanne@junipertreepuppets.com for application and payment information and options.