Creating a Wooden Marionette

July 22 - July 26


This is a 5-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

Creating a Wooden Marionette

Creating a Wooden Marionette

The art of puppetry enables people to tell stories and foster self-expression through the creation of an inanimate object that comes to life through our manipulations. In this workshop participants will explore the process of making a 10-string wooden rod marionette. During this week long class each person will design and create their marionette from scratch.

The workshop will include the initial technical drawing of the character, the carving of the marionette using basswood, building of tongue and groove knee and elbow joints, and the assembly of all parts. After the creation of the marionette, we will string each puppet and begin to understand the importance of gravity, weight, and manipulation in relation to bringing your marionette to life. At the end of the course everyone will have an original working marionette and an introduction to the elements of creating a wooden marionette.

This workshop is not about carving, it is about breathing life into a piece of wood.

My approach to teaching is to provide students with the foundational knowledge on the process being taught so that they can explore their own creativity through the technique without being hemmed in by the technical aspects. I am interested in allowing space for experimentation and dialogue within each class. Art cannot be created entirely through technique and my aim is to create a space where method can be applied to one’s desire to explore personal storytelling through the art of the marionette.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $33
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: None required

Price: $888

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Ken Flett is a Nova Scotia based artist and teacher. Hailing from Vancouver Island, Ken spent his formative years on the Island. Ken’s connection to Victoria has always been strongly tied to his artwork. Ken was represented by the Fran Willis Gallery and taught workshops at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts and the Victoria College of Art. Ken’s artwork can be found in the University of Victoria Legacy Art Collection and the Camosun College Art Collection.

Click here to read more about KEN FLETT

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Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. Please register BEFORE MAY 31 to avoid cancellations.

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MISSA Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy

All requests for course withdrawals and/or accommodation cancellations must be made through MISSA’s online form. Requests made in person or by phone, text or email will not be accepted.

Refunds and credits are subject to the course withdrawal and accommodation cancellation deadlines and fees outlined below. Please note, no refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Arts Program.

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Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Forms received on or before May 3, 2024 – Pre-paid tuition and material fees will be refunded. A $50 administrative fee applies for each course withdrawal. Material fees will be refunded in full.

Forms received on or before June 14, 2024 – A credit will be issued for pre-paid tuition, less a $50 administration fee per course withdrawal. Pre-paid material fees are not eligible for refund.

Forms received after June 14, 2024 – Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for refund or credit of tuition and material fees.

Tuition credits are issued in the form of a code to be used for registration in future MISSA workshops and/or for on-campus accommodations. Credit codes may be transferred to another person. MISSA credit codes have no cash value and cannot be refunded.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2024 program is completely cancelled (due to COVID restrictions or any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

Accommodation Cancellation Deadlines
On-campus accommodations may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the first day of MISSA and pre-paid accommodation fees will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee. Accommodation cancellations made after the deadline are not eligible for refund.

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If you must withdraw from a course and/or cancel your accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, you may request a refund on the basis of hardship and/or compassionate grounds. All requests must be made in writing using the online form. Approval of such requests may only be made by the MISSA Board of Directors and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.