Putting the “Zing” Into Amazing Animal Puppets!
Free LIVE Training with
Barry Gordemer AND Melissa Nasby
Reserve your spot
-- it's Free!
Live and Free*:
Aug 29-Sept 1, 2022
from 11:00am-2pm EDT
(8-11am PT, 9-12pm MT, 10-1pm CT,
3-6pm GMT, 4-7pm BST)
About the course
Two award-winning artists team up to show you how to create animal puppets from character design, to construction, to coloring, texturing and costuming.
Barry Gordemer will teach you how to build a foam rubber animal head and body. Then he’ll demonstrate how to cover it seamlessly with fabric and create eyes that radiate with life.
Melissa Nasby will show you how to take your puppet to a whole other level. She will show you some finishing techniques that can be applied to puppets you already own! Then she will sculpt a whole new look for the puppet, giving you so many options for making the most out of your puppet character.
Take advantage of this unique collaboration of 2 artists with different styles, techniques and mediums. This is a masterclass like no other!
The course includes patterns and a complete list of supplies. You’ll also get herds of tips and tricks that will make your inner animal stampede with excitement!
About The Instructors
Barry Gordemer is an award-winning puppet maker and performer. He's been designing, building & bringing characters to life for film, video and ventriloquism for more than 30 years. His puppets have been seen on NBC, the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet network, TV commercials and educational videos. In 2000, Barry performed on the album "Dreamosauraus." It received a Grammy nomination for "Best Musical Album for Kids.” In his spare time, Barry is a veteran writer, producer and editor for NPR's award-winning news magazine, “Morning Edition.”
Canadian fibre artist, Melissa Nasby specializes in needle felted masks, textiles, puppets, wearable art and sculptures. Melissa’s passion is driven by the texture and versatility of wool and natural fibres. She is heavily influenced by fantasy and nature, creating one of a kind pieces that have a unique sense of organic whimsy.Notable achievements:2014 Honourable Mention from The Jim Henson Company2015 Recipient of The Marie Manson Memorial Art Award2015 People’s Choice Award Winner -Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts2015 Featured Artist & 2nd Place People’s Choice Award -Lake Country Artwalk EXHIBITIONS:2015-Salmon Arm Art Gallery- Life size grizzly bear sculpture2018-Lake Country Artwalk- Life size silverback gorilla2019-Salmon Arm Art Gallery- Life size blue heron sculpture