How to Learn Puppetry

by Colby Stream
A marionette is just one kind of puppet.

A marionette is just one kind of puppet.

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Puppets, often thought of as children's toys, permeate all areas of culture. For example, puppets are used both in Japanese tradition to re-enact myths and as comedy instruments in ventriloquism. Learning puppetry takes time and focused effort. How you learn the art of puppetry depends upon your station in life. Some approaches may require you to relocate to another town. Others allows you to research and learn from the comfort of your home.

Step 1

Study the different types of puppets used throughout history. For example, "Big Bird" is a large puppet used on "Sesame Street." Black light puppets use ultraviolet light to give the puppets a three-dimensional effect and the "Kambali" is a type of puppet used in India.

Step 2

Attend a college or university that offers puppetry courses. Some schools, such as the Toronto School of Puppetry, focus on the art specifically. Others, such as the University of Hawaii, offer degrees in the art.

Step 3

Practice making your own puppets and stages. Try not to replicate what you've seen before. Create new puppets and stages.

Step 4

Practice often with your puppets and stages to breed creativity. As you practice, you'll become better at handling your puppets and develop new skits to perform.

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