IN THE WINDOW AT OPEN DOOR DESIGNS
& Masks by Stanchester Eco Pirates
AT OPEN DOOR DESIGNS UNTIL END OF MAY
window display currently at Open Door Designs was a joint project
between artist Jennifer Chin from AFCY*
( Arts for Children and Youth ) and the Stanchester
Eco Pirates commandeered by
Catherine White, Captain of the infamous pirate
The window display is part of a circus theme puppet project.
A wooden mobile puppet theatre, was constructed, along with
an A Frame sign, with a chalk board front, to display the time
and date of the plays performed. The puppets represent various
circus characters, performers, and animals, but true to the
Eco Pirate mandate of RESPECT, animals performing in the circus
is a big NO NO, so the animals in their plays run the circus,
while the humans jump through hoops. The paper mache masks also
reflect the Eco Pirates respect for animals. Each Eco Pirate
made a mask of their own personal animal spirit.
Eco Pirates are an after school group of kids,
between the ages of 5 and 11, who get together weekly to do
arts and crafts, make puppets, perform plays, and plant organic
gardens, just to name a few things, that reflect the ideals
of the club. The Eco Pirate mandate begins with RESPECT. Eco
Pirates must respect themselves, others, and the environment.
They frequently partner up with other local groups on various
projects to make their community a better place to live in.
acknowledges the support of the City of Toronto
through the Drug Prevention Community Investment Program.
HISTORY & APPLICATIONS
Kates B.Des., D.T.A.T.I. graduated from the Ontario College
of Art and Design. With a graduate level Diploma in Art Therapy
as well, Naomi’s work and interests range from puppet
craft, her own puppet shows that are works-in-progress, and
adult and children’s art workshops. She also teaches
a course in Mask and Art therapy and presently works in the
community with senior adults and children as an art therapist.
more information about Naomi visit her website.
WITH NAOMI KATES
this workshop I will discuss puppetry and puppet craft as
a historical genre, puppet as performance object, and then
concentrate on its uses in education and therapy. I will
identify a few pieces with their makers, and will discuss
how they work as craft and how they function in societies
through performance and uses in education with some notes
about how puppets are used in politics, ministries and puppets
We’ll include information on Cranky boxes, the history
of Punch and Judy, scroll paintings, peepshows, play therapy,
the differences and similarities between doll play and puppet
play, a bit about puppet’s relationship to masks and
In the second section we will get into some real puppet
making techniques for the classroom. We will concentrate
on materials that can be made readily available and types
of puppets that work well in class settings and for different
age groups, focusing on elementary (below grade 8). It is
not necessary to have any particular skills in art; just
an avid interest and a need to apply it. N. Kates
MAY 15, 2011
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Door Designs, 1597 Dupont Street, Toronto
studio is now finished and available for rent
for small meetings and events. A beautiful clean new space,
there is approximately 350 sq ft of floor space. 2 tables, 12
chairs, microwave, kettle, coffeemaker, fridge and bathroom.
$15/hr - 8 hour minimum
$20/hr by the hour.
, (416) 531-1290
Clash and Elmo
May 6, 7:15 PM:
May 7, 7:15 PM:
May 8 4:30 PM:
Bell Lightbox 1
Elmo at Hot Docs
“When a puppet is good and true
and meaningful, it’s the soul of the puppeteer that you’re
– Martin P. Robinson, veteran Sesame Street puppeteer
This Sundance Special Jury Prize winner is
heart-warming and fun for the whole family. Being Elmo is the
inspiring story of how a shy nine-year-old Kevin Clash
pursued his dream of becoming a puppeteer on Sesame
Street. Raised in a low-income community, Clash’s
talents were evident in his homemade prototypes and the puppet
shows he staged for his mother’s daycare kids. But it
was after his first gig on a local children’s TV show
that he was truly on the path. Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes
access at Sesame Street, Being Elmo captures the magic created
by Jim Henson, and is a tribute to Henson’s legacy and
the community of puppeteers who’ve enchanted generations
of children around the world. - Karina Rotenstein
May 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
YOUNG SOPHIA: THE DUNDURN CASTLE DIARY
School Workshop Performances
610 York Blvd,
In conjunction with workshops at Dundurn Castle on Sophia's diary,
Studio Babette presents performances of their one-act, table top
play on the subject. These shows are not for the general public
but are for school bookings only. A study guide is included.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
LITTLE FAIRY TALES FOR LITTLE PEOPLE
Made in Dundas Outdoor Festival
Dundas Museum and Archives
139 Park Street West,
On the grounds of the historic Dundas Museum, this quaint festival
features musicians, soldiers and craftsmen of yore. Horse and
buggy rides are a favourite feature. Little Red Riding Hood and
The 3 Little Pigs puppet plays will also be presented.
am also pleased to say that we now have some provenance on these
wonderful Czech puppets were brought into the store. They are
in mint condition and we now know that they were made after
1948. They were purchased "as old" in the early 1950's.
from the Puppet
Museum in Chrudim in the Czech Republic wrote this about
puppets displayed in your slideshow are small marionettes
from a serial production for family theatres. They were manufactured
by Mr. Lubor Svorcik (*1911 - ?) from Pardubice, Czechoslovakia.
He obtained a licence for "a production of art puppets"
in 1948. He designed and produced the puppets himself, only
with a help of his wife until the early 1980´s."
26 puppets are about 10" tall and including the controller
24" tall. The owners would like to sell them. They are
available individually @ $35 ea or the set of 26 for $780. If
you would like to purchase them, please contact us at email@example.com
or call (416) 531-1290.
Preview of Three Fragments from John
Frame on Vimeo.
Golden from the International
Puppetry Museum in Altadena called last week and with his
usual spirited enthusiasm told me about a visit the museum had
from John Frame a sculptor and photographer (and now filmmaker)
who was interested in puppets.
be enchanted: visit
John Frame's website
|You can see more
images on youtube
also said they had a visit from Fransisco Sanz's granddaughter
Here is an excerpt from a ventriloquist Blog
I found written by Marcelo Melison: "There
was a famous spanish ventriloquist named Francisco Sanz. I knew
about him because in my research on ventriloquism history in Argentina
I found out that about one hundred years ago he visited the variety
stages of my country. In his time, he was the greatest, very famous
and popular, he even made some records with his different characters.
The thing is that last year his family donated some of his figures
to a puppet museum in Spain, and they were restoring them for
exhibition. Here are some photos of that process. Remember that
at that time, european ventriloquists were looking for “the
perfect dummy”, as realistic as possible. The heads are
more or less the standard type, but the body is really amazing…
Most of these figures were standing and walking ones, and the
incredible thing is the steel spring coil joining the upper torso
to the hip section, I’m assuming the figure was able to
move his shoulder section up and down, front and back… A
very interesting animation, don’t you think"
LANKA has a huge history of puppetry.
SOME VIDEO CLICK HERE
Dupont Community Garden
just as a garden with individual plots in 2005 by the City Councillor
Adam Giambrone, it has been transformed into a thriving Community
Garden, and is now a center for Urban Agriculture. With ethnic
and lifestyle diversity, our garden is a place to grow food, flowers,
friendships, and personal social and leadership skills. READ
June Harlowe Foods
1627 Dupont Street
(Between Dundas & Symington, south side)
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE
may be dropped off at Open Door Designs or email Nancy
Davis Halifax for more information.
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE: DONATIONS
fabric, wool, embroidery floss, needles, crochet hooks, old
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE was formed in 2006 in response to our desire
to deepen our artistic, collaborative, and community-engaged
practices through residency projects that would enable us to
develop both intensive and extensive relationships in the Junction
- a rapidly changing neighbourhood in Toronto's west end. We
share a desire to work collaboratively with artists and non-artists
to create work that inspires new conversations; softens boundaries
between groups separated by age, culture, ability, and economic
status; promotes the presence of art in everyday life and contributes
to increasing public engagement in community development. The
work we create with communities is used in producing exhibitions,
public installations, and celebratory performance events.We
are currently working within the walls of the Evangeline Shelter.
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