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We just finished the Christmas season with a Santa’s Village set up in our studio at 168 Armistice Blvd. in Pawtucket, RI. Guests were welcomed in to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and they could take as many photos as they wanted with their own cameras, cellphones, or tablets. We had games and crafts for the children to play and do in out studio space! It was great to see scared children become very friendly with Santa after he played a game of Knock-Hockey with them! We had great publicity and made WPRI’s The Rhode Show three times the week of Christmas. On the 23rd and 24th, they ran the article about theSanta’s Workshop, and then on Christmas morning they ran an interview with Santa an dMrs. Claus after retiring for their flight around the world!!
February saw us face painting at the R.I.Spring Flower and Garden Show!! Four days of long lines and lots of kids!! We painted over 450 faces!!
We are looking forward this Spring to offering our MAP OF THE UNITED STATES project. When I was doing arts workshops for the Providence Recreation Department at the George West Playground, I made a cardboard template. of a map of the United States 18′ X 32′. The children nd I made the map on th playground, and we did another one at the Washington Park Community Center. I told this story to Andrea Distill,a reacher at the Carl Lauro School in Providence where I was volunteering as a reader through he SAG Foundation, and she suggested I do it again. So, I made a new map template from, plywood,a and we painted one on the playground behind the school. If you would like one of your playground, recreation center, or library, just contact us.
Here is a;hot of a puppy;et that I call a PUFFIT!! I invented this puppet when the Puppet Workshop was asked by the Executive Director off the RI State Council on the Arts too design a puppet which could be made on the streets of Providence. We started with cardboard tube from th bolts of cloth. Over time, I evolved a piece of foam rubber to insert into the tube to hold the head on the index finger. In 1977, I received a patent for this puppet (No.4,010,570). From that year until the closing of The Puppet Workshop made over 25,000 of these puppets with children, adults, special needs adults and children, teachers, and librarians. This year, i decided that this puppet could change the way puppets are used in educational and therapeutic situations. It offers a puppet which can be made easily and somewhat quickly, and when the participant decides the name,, age, and othe details about the puppet AFTER they complete it, a whole world of creativity is discovers. The puppet then becomes the source to create biographies family trees, personality traits, stories, plays, and possibly even short novels! So, I have these puppet ears and bodies for SALE!! They are $1.50 for a head and body, You can order them through our email firstname.lastname@example.org.