Your life is already artful, waiting, just waiting, to make it art.
Toni Morrison

Author

hands-on components

 

Puppets: A Beautiful Fantasy

Explore the art of puppetry through storytelling, puppet building and performance.

Rotating activities in the exhibit include:

  • Developing characters for a puppet show and writing a script
  • Engineering puppets using a variety of tools and techniques
  • Exploring how costumes can tell a story
  • Performing a show at one of our puppet theaters
  • Exploring puppets from around the world

Puppets: A Beautiful Fantasy is inspired by the Children’s Museum’s Margo Lovelace Collection and the rich puppet history of Pittsburgh and the world.

the art

  • more light by Dick Esterle
  • Puppets from the Margo Lovelace Collection
  • Photos from the Curtis Theater Collection, Archives and Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

tips for before and after your visit

Get dirty.

Being fully involved in your art making may get messy. We have smocks to protect your clothes and sinks to wash up when you’re done.

Focus on the process.

The learning and fun is in making the art. What tools did you use? How could you use them differently? Art is a language. What are you trying to say?

Try new things.

Think of new ways to explore your favorite art activities. Mix colors, use new tools or materials and add a design or pattern into your piece.

Being fully involved in your art making may get messy. We have smocks to protect your clothes and sinks to wash up when you’re done.

The learning and fun is in making the art. What tools did you use? How could you use them differently? Art is a language. What are you trying to say?

Think of new ways to explore your favorite art activities. Mix colors, use new tools or materials and add a design or pattern into your piece.

design matters

The design of the Studio incorporates many sustainable features, including:

  • Original wood and terrazzo floor
  • Natural light
  • Historic stained glass windows