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Foam & Fabric Patterning with guest artist Steve Troop, April 14th, 2019 11am-4pm

Foam & Fabric Patterning with guest artist Steve Troop, April 14th, 2019 11am-4pm

Regular price $50.00 Sale

Sometimes you meet a puppet builder & you think, "wow, I wish I could do that thing as well as that person!" Steve Troop is one of those people, and patterning is one of those things! He's brilliant at what he does & I'm really happy to have him as a guest-teacher at Puppet Pie! (Scroll down to see all of his credits!)

WHAT: Learn the secrets of creating your own patterns with guest puppet builder, Steve Troop! Create foam and fabric patterns from scratch as you follow along, learning to modify simple shapes into any style or shape you can imagine. You’ll also learn how to create truly symmetrical patterns that you can use over and over again. You’ll never have to rely in other people’s patterns again! Steve will also cover ways to make a better mouth plate and how to create better, more durable puppets on a budget.  That's like a two-fer!

WHEN: Sunday, April 14th, 2019 11:00am-4:00pm (with a 1-hour break for lunch from 1-2pm)

WHERE: Puppet Pie Studio, 1301 Grand Avenue, Studio 4, Phoenix, AZ 85007. The entrance is on the south side of the building (on McKinley), to the left of the heart mural.  (You can also find a map and photo of the entrance through the menu navigation at the top of this page: Contact > Visit.) Doors open 15-20 minutes prior to the workshop.

SKILLS REQUIRED:  Sitting for up to 4 hours (with an hour break at the 2-hour mark); excellent fine motor skills; use of a hot glue gun; tracing; measuring with a variety of tools; using an X-Acto blade; and cutting various materials with scissors

WHO: This workshop is designed for teens (ages 13+) and adults who are capable of safely achieving the skills listed above. This is for the beginning-to-intermediate puppet-builder who would like to improve upon their budding skills.

ABOOUT THE GUEST ARTIST: Steve Troop has worked as an animator, cartoonist, puppet designer and builder for over twenty years. He’s the creator of the Melonpool — one of the first online comic strips (predating the word “webcomic”). He has worked as an illustrator and storyboard artist for both television and movies and designed and built puppets for Nike, American Greetings, Glee, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Teen Titans, Go! and The Big Bang Theory, among others. Recently, he co-wrote and built puppets for the off-off-Broadways show Alien v.s Musical and currently lives in Northridge, CA with his dog Tilly, who looks like an alien.

Extra Details: One purchase is required for each person in attendance. If a participant requires assistance/special accommodations, please bring an assistant (example: an adult friend, parent, caregiver, or guardian) at no extra charge. Please contact us if you intend to utilize, or have any questions about this policy.

You do need to be in the Phoenix area for the workshop. If you don't live in the area (i.e. you have a billing address that is outside of the Phoenix, Arizona area) and you do plan to attend, please contact me to let me know you'll be attending, otherwise I'll politely cancel the sale for you (as I just simply can't ship Steve to you, as much as I wish I could).