Marionette Carving Online Workshop


Marionette Carving online

5. June - Puppet design lecture

29. June - 11.July - Workshop

We will send you wooden puppet parts cut based on your design, and you will make a puppet with us. The course includes live lectures, pre-recorded videos, and a instructional manual.


Application Deadline: June 4


Description of workshop

This course is designed for students who want to learn the whole process of how to make a wooden marionette. It is divided into three parts:


Part 1: Design. On June 5, students will participate in an online lecture on puppet design with Mirek Trejtnar. They will then create a design, with consultaiton with Mirek, by June 8.


Part 2: Wood prepared in Prague based on your design and sent to you by UPS. All puppet parts and controller will be in this package.


Part 3: Making the puppet: From June 29-July 11, following live presentations, students will meet three times a week and get detailed instructions on these aspects of making the marionette: how to make joints, carve details of hands, face, legs, and body, assembling the puppet, how to connect strings, how to make and attach the controller.


Students will need a basic set of 5-6 chisels for this workshop. We will give you guidance on how to purchase when you apply.




Planned time for all remote lectures: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Central European Time (1 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Part 1- Design

June 5- Lecture, Puppet Design

June 6-7 Students work on designs on their own, individual consultations with Mirek Trejtnar

June 8 - design finalized

Part 2- Preparing wood

June 8-20 - Puppets in Prague cuts wood based on design and ships puppet parts and controller to students

Part 3- Making the puppet

June 29- Lecture: Introduction, tour of workshop, joints, basics of woodcarving, start carving head Homework: start shaping head

July 1 - Lecture: Woodcarving, carve features of face Homework: work on head features

July 3 - Lecture: Woodcarving, carve hands Homework: finish head, start on hands

July 6 - Lecture: Woodcarving, legs, body HomeHwork: finish hands, start on legs, body

July 8 - Lecture: Woodcarving, Assembly Homework: finish all carving, start assembly

July 10 - Lecture: Assembly, Strings, Controller, Painting Homework: finish assembly, painting (optional)

July 11 - Finish everything, summary


Who is the course designed for?

We recommend that students have experience with tools and some building experiece. Experience with woodcarving is not necessary, but it is an advantage, and students must be comfortable working on their own.


There will be maximum of 5 students.


Workshop fee

Puppets parts, Contoller: 4,500 Czech Crowns (approx 165 Euro / $175)

Tuition: 6,000 Czech Crowns (approx 220EUR / $235)


TOTAL: 10,500 Czech crowns (approx 390EUR / $400- find current exchange rates here).



Additional costs:

Price does NOT include postage (UPS), estimated price: 100 Euros/ $100 to USA

Students also must have a basic set of chisels, which we can help them order if they do not have them.


The workshop is taught in English.



Miroslav Trejtnar

Leader of workshop.

Miroslav Trejtnar graduated with high honours from the puppet design department of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. He has trained with Institut UNIMA in Charleville - Mezieres in France. In 1989 he started the KID Company, designing and producing wooden puppets, toys and sculptures. 

Mirek has taught hundreds of students at Puppets in Prague workshops. He has also taught for the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, St. Martin’s College of Design in London, New York University in Prague, Chapito Circus Academy in Lisbon, Portugal, and in Macao and Hong Kong.


Leah Gaffen

History, Organization

Leah Gaffen is an American who has lived in the Czech Republic for fifteen years.  She founded the Puppets in Prague workshops with Mirek Trejtnar, and has worked with him as a producer for the course since then.  She also runs Story Theatre, an award-winning children's theatre company based in Prague.

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