Afternoon Art Party:
Toy Theatre Making Workshop

$25 general / $20 members

Only 15 places available!

Afternoon Art Party

This series is designed to provide children with the chance to interact with IAC artists and performers, while taking part in the creative process. Activities and events will relate to the artistic programs we present, offering the chance for parents to expand the Irish Arts Center experience for their children. 

Toy Theatre Making Workshop with Sarah Burton Whicker

Sunday, September 27 | 11 am – 3 pm | Ages 7 – 10

New York based artist and puppet fabricator Sarah Burton Whicker will lead a crafty toy theatre class where kids’ imaginations will soar. In advance of our first-ever Rí Rá Children’s Festival of  Literature, students will build small table top stages inspired by Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince.” After time spent reading, learning puppetry techniques, designing characters and scenery, and assembling their own unique stages, Oscar Wilde’s story will premiere on each stage–all within the expressive and surreal possibilities of this vibrant style of puppetry.


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Sarah Burton Whicker was born in NC and now lives in NYC. She studied at Bennington college specializing in puppet fabrication. She has worked in Los Angeles building large scale foam puppets and costumes for clients like Mad TV, and Tenacious D. In New York she makes puppets and dioramas artists and institutions ranging from independent film makers and theatre artists to the American Museum of Natural History. She is a founding member of the gallery space and art collective Horse House and her drawings and comics can be seen at Printed Matter. In her own work she combines traditional methods of Eastern European marionette making with animation, illustration and doll making.


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