Individual 7-day course Hand Carving under the guidance of an experienced woodcarver and puppeteer Martin Růžička. Booking a date is necessary, sometimes it is necessary to arrange up to 3 months in advance. See the details below for more information.
We teach you how to operate the marionette and we also show you the tips and tricks that make us all laugh!
From the actual design through the drawing and realization, we get to the final puppet. During these seven days, a lot of great experiences and new people await you, and at the end of the course, you will take home your own wooden hand-carved puppet.
During the week you will learn the basics of woodcarving, painting, assembling, and controlling a puppet according to your design. The workshop is under the leadership of the artist Martin Růžička, who's been carving marionettes for over 25 years. The workshop takes place in Martin's studio near Prague Castle.
You don't need any tools, everything will be provided for you. Just wear comfortable clothing and bring some good mood along the way:-) The cost is for one person, however the capacity of the workshop is up to 3 people, so it is possible there will be a carving buddy with you.
We start every morning at 9:00 and finish at 18:00. We have a lunch break during the day.
For the first three days, you will carve the individual parts of which the puppet is composed. The fourth day is intended for finishing the surface and preparing for painting, or the first layer of painting. On the fifth day, you finish the painting and possibly paint the puppet. For the next two days, you will learn how to assemble the puppet and connect it correctly. If you have time, you will also learn tips and tricks on how to play your puppet to the maximum.
If accommodation in Prague is a problem for you, you can be a guest at home with one of the members of our team.
For the first three days, you will carve the individual parts of which the puppet is composed. The fourth day is intended for finishing the surface and preparing for painting, or the first layer of paint. On the fifth day, you finish the painting and possibly paint the puppet. For the next two days, you will learn how to assemble the puppet and connect it correctly. If there is time left, you will also learn tips and tricks on how to play your puppet to the maximum.
We will start every morning at 9 am and finish at 6 pm. During the day we have a lunch break.
This workshop takes place in Prague at Martin’s workroom close to Prague Castle.
It takes 6 days plus 1 day of a half working programm in the middle of the course to relax a bit and to explore the city...
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 aroma, weight, and grain. And then about the response, you get from the wood.
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 that all sculptors have repeated through the ages, that there is a 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.
Thank you for all your advice and help! Guys at Czech Marionettes are really masters of what they do. I have visited them in their studio and got my Skeleton there. Will buy more professional stuff there.
I was surprised by how easy and fun it is to operate. The controls and strings are straightforward, making it easy to create various dance movements. For its size, the puppet is very compact and can be comfortably carried in a small backpack. If you're looking for a simple yet entertaining and nice marionette, this marionette is a fantastic choice.
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