Small Art Adventures


Small Art Adventures: Puppet Adventures with Tom Buckland

Small Art Adventures | 5-7 years
Puppet Adventures with Tom Buckland

Saturday > 10 – 11:30am or 1:30 – 3pm

23 February – 30 March

This small art adventure will be an introduction to major principles and techniques of puppetry, exploring ways in which puppets can be brought to life that will have children brainstorming, creating, making and performing. Children will create a wide range of puppets; puppets with things to do, people to meet and wonderful stories to tell. Puppetry is a rich, fertile sphere of communication, visual stimulation, excitement, provocation, fantasy and fun that combines problem-solving skills, technology and construction principles.

About Tom Buckland >

Tom Buckland

Tom Buckland is an Australian-based sculptor who graduated from the ANU School of Art & Design with honours in 2015. Tom makes experimental and interactive work with a strong focus on re-use and recycling.


Week 1 (23 Feb)
We will start off with a quick introduction to puppets of all sorts and make some simple and colourful finger puppets.

Week 2 (2 Mar)
For our second week, we’ll construct some wonderfully expressive and charming sock puppets.

Week 3 (9 Mar)
With recycled materials, glue and loads of imagination, we will construct an animated talking head puppet.

Week 4 (16 Mar)
We will continue on from last week and decorate our talking trash puppet.

Week 5 (23 Mar)
We’ll construct a simple walking and talking marionette puppet from recycled materials that dances and moves with strings.

Week 6 (30 Mar)
In our final week, we’ll decorate and finish last week’s marionette with some paint, fabric and cardboard. With a little bit of practice, you will be able to make this little puppet walk, skip and dance into a world of your imagination.

Cost >


All materials will be provided.

Enrolment >

Please indicate your class time preference (10am or 1:30pm) by selecting one of the start dates below. Should you find that your chosen class is full, please add yourself to the waiting list on Eventbrite and you will be contacted if a place becomes available.

More info >

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.