Art of Marionette Hand Carving - 7day course

7 day Hand carving course under the leadership of experienced art carver and puppeteer Martin Růžička. Maximum people in the workshop is limited to 3. The dates of the course are set individually according to your requirements. Read the details below for more information.


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We teach you how to operate the marionette and we also show you the tips and tricks that make us all laugh!

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  • Material: Wood
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The last one was serious fun so looking forward to the next one :-)
Petr

Only 3 of you will learn under the supervision of Martin how to carve
, paint, assemble and control marionette according to your design. The workshop takes place at Martin’s atelier close to Prague Castle.

 

EXPLORING PRAGUE

Me and my friends from Prague’s puppet community will show you our beautiful city and its magic. We will steer my boat close to nature (there is one free day on the course) as well as try the very best beers!!

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. 

Hope to see you here in Prague!

Petr Puppeteer

 

A short videos from workshops

Sound of Wood



Marionette done by Alexis



Super Reader Marionette done by Kate



FAQ

Where is this course?

This workshop takes place in Prague at Martin’s workroom close to Prague Castle.

How long will it take?

It takes 6 days plus 1 day off in the middle of the course to relax a bit and to explore the city...

How many people are on the course?

There are maximum 3 people in the workshop

Is there an apartment close to the course?

The accommodation is situated above Czech Marionettes workshop and gallery at old Prague 2 minutes from Charles Bridge, next to the national theatre.

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Detailed Schedule:

First two or three days you’ll be working (hand carving) your marionette.

Around the fourth day, you’ll be painting the almost finished masterpiece of your own.

Next two days you’ll learn how to assemble your marionette, how to put it on strings and you’ll be working on the final touch-ups.

Daily scheduling:

We will start every morning at 9 am and finish at 6 pm. During the day we have a lunch break.

We can also prepare plenty of side activities for you! Prague itself is a magical city and we’d love to take you for a night walk through the town. To have some fun, there is an opportunity to experience a boat trip, enjoy some live music and you can also visit our showroom full of wonderful puppets!

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Short interview with Martin about hand carving...

Petr: So what is so amazing about carving a figurine?

Martin: Hard to describe... I think it is first about feeling the wood itself. Wood has its own aromal, weight, grain. And then about the response, you get from the wood.

Petr: Response?

Martin: Yes. Once you learn how to hand carve you feel that wood gives you possibilities of where and how deep you can go with a chisel. That’s why no figurine is the same.

Petr: You are talking about that old truth which all sculptors have repeated through the ages,  that there is shape already hidden inside and the sculptor is just taking it out of the mass. Right?

Martin: I mean it is not magic or something like that. Wood has simply some structure inside which gives you ways of how you can work with it. It's nice to let yourself improvise and change your ideas as they develop in your creation during the process of carving.

Petr: Ok. And what else is so nice about carving for you?

Martin: Besides the smell which I like a lot is the fact that something is forming in your hands. You think about it and it gives you new and fresh impulses to look at it again and again.

Petr: I know what you are talking about. I personally love the sound of wood while carving. Anyway, thank you for the quick interview.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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