Friday, September 18, 2009

October maskmaking class with Laurie

Learn techniques for creating elaborate masks in paper mache over a sculpted clay base. Make a fabulous mask for Halloween or as a work of art. Laurie will give an overview and demonstrate the process and facilitate each student's creation of an original mask.
This class meets on three consecutive Wednesdays in October:
Oct. 14th- 6:00- 9:00
October 21st- 6:00- 8:00 pm
October 28th- 6:00- 8:00 pm

Class fee is $98. Includes all materials

Please call 2047434 to register or e-mail Laurie:

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Recent puppet sightings!

Keep your eyes open...You might see our big puppets out there in Madison when you least expect it! Here are photos from a stroll through the east side and the Atwood Summerfest. See a few photos here from Ride the Drive.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Procession of the Species 2009!

Thanks to all who participated in our first Procession of the Species!
It was a smashing success!
The day started out rainy and gloomy, and we thought we might be rained out- but thank goodness the weather cleared just in time.
We had many friends new and old come to our tent and make or finish masks for the parade. The giant puppets of Darwin, the deer, the sun, the flatworm, bear and the owl all looked so beautiful, especially when surrounded by so many other creatures. Drummers provided a cadence for us to process to. Attendance was estimated at around 300 at peak- wow!
Thanks to everyone for being a part of this event. Next year will be bigger and better. Please stay in touch throughout the year and get involved in next year's Procession of the Species.

If you would like a tee shirt and didn't get one- we still have some left. Please contact us.

If you have photos or videos to share- I want to start a flickr pool (label- MadProcession/ or Procession of the Species Madison) Please contact me if you have photos and video- I am still compiling footage. I want to hold a post- event get together to watch footage and plan for next year- I will be posting details soon.

New Photos on flickr!:


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Procession NEWS FLASH!

Procession of the Species is Sunday June 21st. in Olbrich Park!

Puppet making activity will be at Olbrich Park from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. Bring unpainted props to finish or make a quick mask or hat to wear in the parade. Look for our tent near the music stage.

Recycled, hand printed tee shirts with the "Procession of the Species" logo will be available for a donation ( $5 or more) Also hand printed posters ($2 or more donation)

At 6 pm our procession will begin at our tent and spiral around the park, ending in a circle around the bonfire.

We will present a very short skit- the presentation of a 200th birthday cake to Charles Darwin with a few surprises....

Music, picnicking and celebration will continue until the bonfire at dusk.

You may want to bring the following:
bug spray
food and drink for picnicking
any supplies needed for last minute puppet making

We can use a few extra hands to operate the big backpack puppets. It's fun and easy! E-mail or stop by our tent to get more instructions.

All are welcome to dress as an animal our plant and join the parade- tell your friends!...

RAIN DATE- in the event of bad weather canceling the procession, we will regroup and participate in the Willy st. Fair parade in September.

Hope to see you all there- This will be Madison's first annual "Procession of the Species"!

Laurie's cell # : 770 8374

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Weekend workshop photos...

Kids with awesome masks...
The great horned owl gets a trial run...lookout mice
The dragon being decorated...
The deer up to it's final height...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Last workshop next weekend- June 13 and 14

Come to Hawthorne Park - 200 block of Division st. on Saturday and Sunday for a final blast of puppet finishing. We will have paint and brushes and extras to paint and finish the props for the parade. Bring along any colorful latex or acrylic paint you want to use or share.

Laurie and Ted will be finishing Darwin and the deer and giving technical assistance with painting and rigging your masks and puppets.

Please remember that our storage is extremely limited here, so prepare to store your own props unless you have made prior arrangements with us.

Free Ice Cream!

Saturday June 13th 9:00 am- noon and 4:00pm to 9:00 pm
Sunday June 14th 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Call Laurie and Ted for more information
Darwin has been paper mache'd (7 layers). Back of head and ears added. Needs paint and beard and hair!
Almost done! One more eyebrow and some hairstyling. His hair and beard are made from mops.
Laurie wearing the sun. We'll finish decorating him this weekend. He needs hands and a few more costume details.
Come help paint the owl this weekend!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

the latest!...

Hi all,
Projects are really in motion now as we get closer to the day of the Procession. Here are some photos from our last workshop at the Goodman Center:
Shaping the clay for for a portrait puppet of Charles Darwin...
Making a giraffe head for a stiltwalker...

Cutting cardboard for a giant sunflower...