Peggy's Puppet Workshops

Since the late 1980's, puppeteers Mike and Peggy Artelle have designed and instructed original puppet workshops for kids, teens and adults. These fun and creative workshops can be adapted all year round to suit a variety of themes. Today, Peggy continues to offer these workshops with assistance from puppeteer Donna Bourgeault. The selection of Artelle Puppets workshop projects is provided below.

For each workshop we provide:

  • Two puppeteers as instructors to show the step-by-step puppet making process
  • All the supplies and materials for each specific craft project

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Shadow Puppets

Students use Bristol board and a pattern to create their own articulated shadow puppet character. Tissue paper is used to add coloured accents to the puppets. A shadow puppet screen is set up to allow students to try out their creations. This program begins with a short demonstration and discussion to explain what shadow puppets are. We provide all the supplies and materials for this workshop, which can be customized to match a variety of themes such as seasonal characters, Greek Mythology, and more!

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Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Age: 8 years and up (Fun for adults too!)

Group Size: 15 students per workshop, minimum 10 students

This workshop can be customized for festivals or large groups.

Language: Workshop is offered in English

Location: This workshop is suitable for schools, libraries, and community centres.

Fee: $395 per workshop
We also offer flat fee rates for festivals or groups and discounts for multiple bookings.
An additional travel fee may be required based on the distance to the workshop location.

To book a puppet workshop: Please contact Peggy Artelle at: Peggy "at" artellepuppets.ca

Here are Mike and Peggy Artelle performing a short shadow puppet play outdoors at the Lumiere Festival in 2011 and 2012. Pictures are courtesy of the festival:

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Mike Artelle (in front) and Peggy Artelle performing a shadow puppet scene, 2012.

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Peggy Artelle with the camel shadow puppet in 2011. (Mike is behind the screen holding up the puppet)

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Peggy Artelle with the "Custard the Clown" shadow puppet in 2011.




Milk Carton Puppets

Students use a 1-litre milk carton to make their own mouth puppet character. We provide the milk cartons along with Bristol board, construction paper, glue and other materials. Patterns of hands, feet and other shapes are also provided during construction.

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Duration: 2 hours

Age: 8 and up

Group Size: 15 students per workshop, minimum 10 students

Language: Workshop is offered in English

Location: This workshop is suitable for schools, libraries, and community centres.

Fee: $395 per workshop
We also offer flat fee rates for festivals or groups and discounts for multiple bookings.
An additional travel fee may be required based on the distance to the workshop location.

To book a puppet workshop: Please contact Peggy Artelle at: Peggy "at" artellepuppets.ca




"Big Mouth" Mouth Puppets

Students will use Bristol board and fabric to create their own talking mouth puppet character. Through the selection of colours, fabric, pattern shapes, and craft accessories students can make their own original creation. We provide all the supplies and materials for this workshop.

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Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Age: 8 years and up (Fun for adults too!)

Group Size: 15 students per workshop, minimum 10 students

Language: Workshop is offered in English

Location: This workshop is suitable for schools, libraries, and community centres.

Fee: $395 per workshop
We also offer flat fee rates for festivals or groups and discounts for multiple bookings.
An additional travel fee may be required based on the distance to the workshop location.

To book a puppet workshop: Please contact Peggy Artelle at: Peggy "at" artellepuppets.ca

A variety of themes are available for the Big Mouth workshop:

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Halloween Big Mouth Puppets

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Christmas Big Mouth Puppets

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Medieval Big Mouth Puppets

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Egyptian Big Mouth Puppets

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Dinosaur Big Mouth Puppets





"Puffoons" Rod Puppets

Students use a wooden spoon and colourful fabric to create their own rod puppet character. An introduction to hand sewing is taught as part of this workshop. We provide all the supplies and materials.

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Duration: 2 Hours

Age: 8 years and up (Fun for adults too!)

Group Size: 15 students per workshop, minimum 10 students

Language: Workshop is offered in English

Location: This workshop is suitable for schools, libraries, and community centres.

Fee: $395 per workshop
We also offer flat fee rates for festivals or groups and discounts for multiple bookings.
An additional travel fee may be required based on the distance to the workshop location.

To book a puppet workshop: Please contact Peggy Artelle at: Peggy "at" artellepuppets.ca

A variety of themes are available for the Puffoons workshop:
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Halloween Puffoons

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Christmas Puffoons





"Puffle Bugs" Glove Puppets

Students use gloves and colourful fabric to create their own bug puppet character. An introduction to hand sewing is taught as part of this workshop. We provide all the supplies and materials.

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Duration: 2 hours

Age: 8 years and up

Group Size: 15 students per workshop, minimum 10 students

Language: Workshop is offered in English

Location: This workshop is suitable for schools, libraries, and community centres.

Fee: $395 per workshop
We also offer flat fee rates for festivals or groups and discounts for multiple bookings.
An additional travel fee may be required based on the distance to the workshop location.

To book a puppet workshop: Please contact Peggy Artelle at: Peggy "at" artellepuppets.ca





"Tissue Heads" Rod Puppets

Students use newspaper, tissue paper, glue, fabric and a wooden spoon to create their own rod puppet character. Part of the fun is in the "scrunching" of the paper to shape the head. An introduction to basic hand sewing is included in the workshop. A variety of themes can be applied to this workshop. We provide all the supplies and materials.

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Duration: 2 hours

Age: 8 years and up (Fun for adults too!)

Group Size: 15 students per workshop, minimum 10 students

Language: Workshop is offered in English

Location: This workshop is suitable for schools, libraries, and community centres.

Fee: $395 per workshop
We also offer flat fee rates for festivals or groups and discounts for multiple bookings.
An additional travel fee may be required based on the distance to the workshop location.

To book a puppet workshop: Please contact Peggy Artelle at: Peggy "at" artellepuppets.ca





"Scrunchy Heads" Rod Puppets

Students will sculpt heads, features and hands from "scrunched" paper. A finish is created using a "brushed" papier mache method along with coloured tissue paper. Shoulder supports, fabric arms, accents and rods are added to complete an original puppet character. A theatre will be available for puppet performances.

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Duration: 3 hours

Age: 12 years and up (Fun for adults too!)

Group Size: 15 students per workshop, minimum 10 students

Language: Workshop is offered in English

Location: This workshop is suitable for schools, libraries and community centres.

Fee: $395 per workshop
We also offer flat fee rates for festivals or groups and discounts for multiple bookings.
An additional travel fee may be required based on the distance to the workshop location.

To book a puppet workshop: Please contact Peggy Artelle at: Peggy "at" artellepuppets.ca





"Animal Craft" Rod Puppets

Students use a variety of craft materials to create a simple animal puppet. Colourful plastic balls, pattern shapes, pre-cut fabric bodies, bits of raffia, and fun accessories make up these quick to assemble crafty creatures. Perfect for parent and child activity, or for setting up walk-through stations that take less than an hour.

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Duration: To be discussed

Age: Parent and child activity

Group Size: To be discussed

Language: Workshop is offered in English

Location: This workshop is suitable for festivals, schools, libraries and community centres.

Fee: Based on number of participants expected and time frame.

To book a puppet workshop: Please contact Peggy Artelle at: Peggy "at" artellepuppets.ca