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Cardboard Puppet Building with Jesse Mooney-Bullock + Rosalind Bush at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Presented by Visionaries + Voices and Cincinnati Art Museum at Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati OH

Sep 24 2023
Cardboard Puppet Building with Jesse Mooney-Bullock + Rosalind Bush at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Make your own puppet show at SHOW OF HANDS Cardboard Puppet Building Workshop with Jesse Mooney-Bullock + Rosalind Bush at the Cincinnati Art Museum

You can learn to make different kinds of puppets in a 6 week workshop series September – October and bring your puppet show to life at the SHOW OF HANDS Puppet Festival!

Discover new tools and techniques for making 3-dimensional puppets with a versatile, abundant and free material – cardboard! Participants will learn how to craft head-shapes of creatures and people that can be turned into large puppets, masks, or Halloween costumes. Or you can choose something smaller to make a hand-held/rod puppet. Patterns will be provided for some puppets, and tips will be shared for free-sculpting anything imaginable. Led by professional puppetry artist Jesse Mooney-Bullock, director of MoonBull Studio, puppet designer and creator of award-winning theatrical puppets.

Age recommendation: 14 or older, or an adult to help for anyone younger (tools used require some strength and safety awareness)

Tools and materials will be provided.

As an artist of puppetry, Jesse Mooney-Bullock creates work that spans many disciplines. Sculpture, live performance, painting and design, engineering, writing and storytelling converge in this art-form. He revels in the entire process – from conceptualizing on paper to final performance before a live audience. His hand-held puppets operate in ways unique to their role and purpose in a production, recognizing that a puppet must move as well as it looks. Mooney-Bullock has developed his skills in inventive engineering along side his abilities in fine sculpture and wood-carving. It is this synthesis of form and function that continually captivates him in his artwork.

Rosalind Bush’s art making is steeped in classical antiquity. Finding inspirational imagery in various art books, she reappropriates well-established iconography across the fine art landscape. Rosalind is primarily concerned with studying the figure, often referencing the works of the Great Masters or photo portraits from National Geographic. Experienced with paper mache, markers, and other various media, the artist most recently works in acrylic or watercolor as she focuses on refining her new body of figurative paintings. Rosalind chooses to define areas of her subject with dark outlines, bringing attention to the foreground.  The eyes of her subject are sharp and often pupilless.  This exclusive style enhances the artist’s distinctive aesthetic in a way that is energetic and blunt. Rosalind debuted in the Cincinnati Art Museum in the 2023 exhibition Creating Connections: Self-Taught Artists in the Rosenthal Collection.


No cost and no sign up, simply choose the workshop you would like to participate in and meet us there!

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Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Parking: FREE. Bike Racks are available outside the Main Entrance of the Art Museum. Hook up to one of our Marcel Duchamp-inspired racks during your visit! Accessible Parking is available in our north parking lot, just past the main visitor parking lot and entrance. Wheelchair + Stroller Entry is available via our DeWitt Entrance, on the east side of the museum, near the accessible parking. Access to the Mary R. Schiff Library + Archives is available via our Castellini Foundation Entrance, just to the right of the main entrance on the west side of the building.

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