Thursday, 13 August 2015

Artelle Puppets had a fantabulous time !

The Puppets Up International Puppet Festival hosted annually by the picturesque town of Almonte, Ontario wrapped up another super year of puppetry entertainment and family fun this past the weekend, August 7, 8 & 9, 2015.

Artelle Puppets has been involved with the festival since it first began in 2005. In the past we have performed puppet shows, offered workshops, volunteered our services, as well as sold our puppets.

This year the Artelle Puppets booth was located in a sunny spot just off Main Street, and  happy customers bought a huge bunch of our hand-made puppets. During the festival we met a ton of super friendly people all enjoying the sites, sounds, and tastes, but mostly of course enjoying the many puppetry performances offered by top notch puppet theatre companies.  You can read more about these troupes at

At the Artelle booth, kids and parents also enjoyed performing mini shows for each other at our table-top stage, a popular attraction for puppeteers of all ages.  In the photo below,  the Mr. & Mrs. Snowman hand-puppets made by Peggy Artelle are helping a young lady to put on a show at our booth during the festival.

                                          Citizen Newspaper August 2015

"Puffoons" rod-puppets are another popular style of puppet sold at our booth. This 9-inch rod-puppet will be highlighted during an upcoming workshop on Saturday, August 22.   Check the information below to find out about our Two Challenging Workshops coming up in the next few weeks:

Two Challenging Workshops: Presented by-
Peggy Artelle of Artelle Puppets and Donna Bourgeault of Sunny Shenanigans

Workshops take place at: JB Arts 64 Mill St., Almonte, ON
Tel: 613-220-3005     Register online at
"Scrunchy Heads" Rod-Puppets 
Saturday, August 15   1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Ages 12 to Adult  Fee: $45 per student
Students sculpt heads, features & hands from paper. A finish is created using a "brushed" papier mache method along with coloured tissue paper. Shoulder supports, fabric arms, accents & rods are added to complete an original puppet character. A theatre will be available for puppet performances! All materials included. 

"Puffoons" Rod-Puppets
Saturday, August 22   1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.  Ages 8 to Adult     Fee: $35 per student
Students use a wooden spoon, colourful fabrics, beads, & craft accessories to create their own rod puppet character.   An introduction to hand sewing is taught as part of this workshop. A theatre will be available for puppet performances! All materials included.

For Workshop Series Contact:
 Peggy Artelle at: Peggy "at'  Visit:

or Donna at: donna "at" Visit:

Monday, 25 May 2015

New Puppet Making Workshops!

           Create amazing puppets
           Bring them along to the Puppets Up parade!
Join in the fun with puppeteers...                                    

 Peggy Artelle from Artelle Puppets  and
 Donna Bourgeault from Sunny Shenanigans 

Brighten your Saturday afternoons with this fun-filled series of puppet-making workshops that challenge and delight adults as well as kids. All materials will be supplied, just bring your creativity!

Workshops take place at: JB Arts 64 Mill St., Almonte, ON Tel.613-220-3005
                 For information or to register online visit:    

 Explore a style     Build a puppet     Step into the show

Choose a workshop from the list below - Create your own puppet character - Showcase your puppet in the mini theatre provided.



Workshop Series Includes:
Saturday, June 20    1:00-4:00p.m.

"Scrunchy Heads" Rod Puppets        12yrs - adult

Saturday, June 27     1:00-3:00p.m.
"PuffleBugs" Glove Puppets                  8yrs & up

Saturday, July 4         1:00-3:00p.m.
"Puffoons" Rod Puppets                        8yrs & up

Saturday, July 11       1:00-3:30p.m.
"Shadow Puppets" In Colour                 8yrs & up

Saturday, July 25        1:00-3:30p.m.
"Big Mouth" Mouth Puppets                  8yrs & up

Check for additional workshop dates to be posted soon!

Fees: "Scrunchy Heads" workshop is $45 per student. 
All other workshops are $35 per student.  Discounted Fee: $25 for each additional sibling.

Teams of one adult participating with one child are most welcome to register.

These workshops were developed by Artelle Puppets. To learn more please visit our website.

For Workshop Series Contact:
Peggy Artelle at:   peggy "at"     Visit:

or  Donna at:  donna "at" Visit:


 For information on the Puppets Up International Puppet Festival
 Visit:       Stop in at the Artelle Puppets booth during the festival!