The current Bread & Salt artist in residence is Pandora Gastelum

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Imaginarium Puppet Workshop

All of us dream. We all have a story to tell. What is your story?

This summer puppeteer and storyteller Pandora Gastelum will be hosting a workshop series at Bread and Salt Gallery. This class is open to ages 10 and up. The only things you need to bring are your creativity and story you'd like to see represented in the form of a puppet. Participants will share their stories and will be guided through the fundamentals of character development and the construction of a puppet, from design through manipulation. These puppets can range in size from 14 inches to 14 feet! Maximun class size is 20 persons, so sign up promptly to reserve your place. Collaborations are encouraged and can have amazing results. Invite a friend or family member!

Classes will meet weekly

Thurs 5-8p

Sat 1-4p

Miss Gastelum will be available for make-up sessions should any prospective participants have scheduling conflicts

(Session One Jul 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th, Aug 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th* exhibition)

(Session Two Aug 16th, 18th,  23rd, 25th, 30th, Sept 1st, 6th, 8th* exhibition)

Workshop Outline


DAY ONE - Defining the Dream

All participants are invited to share their stories. This could be a piece of family history, a personal anecdote, a work of fiction, or a moment from a dream. Preparing a written version of the story may be helpful. A demonstration will be given of how these will manifest in physical objects. Talk-through and open discussion of what constitutes: " A Story, " A setting" i.e. neighborhood, work, school, the market, " A character."

DAY TWO - Daydreaming Into Design-

Participants will work out their designs in the form of sketches. What is the scale? What is the goal for the final " dream puppet"?

WEEKS TWO-FOUR - Skill share and construction

Using clay sculpture, armature building, paper, textile and paint, participants will be guided through a hands-on experience of constructing their dream puppet.

Forms are sculpted in clay, covered in cellophane, then covered in paper mache to create detailed forms such as faces. The skeleton of the form is then sculpted from wood and wire. The various parts are assembled according to the desired movement. Finally, the form is covered in fabric and paint and ready for exhibition.

Parade and pageantry

The dream puppets will be used to perform a pageant of the stories that inspired them and process in a parade around Bread and Salt Gallery on the night of the second Saturday exhibition. Participation in the pageant is encouraged but not mandatory. The dream puppets will be collected and put on view in the Bread and Salt Gallery, then returned to their creators after one week of public display.