Little Wing Puppets offers a range of workshops; from month-long residencies to one hour puppet making classes, we can design a program to suit your needs. We have extensive experience working with different age groups and can tailor the workshop to engage the students at any level. We offer professional development for educators, extension programs for high school students, extended residencies for primary schools or simple introductory workshops for preschool children, holiday centres, community centres or festivals. See below for some examples of previous residencies and contact us for more information.

Ringwood Heights Primary Artists-in-Schools Residency

Ringwood Heights Primary Artists-in-Schools Residency

"One Day There Were Three Giants" was a large scale puppetry work that was written, designed and made by the Grade 5/6 students of Ringwood Heights Primary as the culmination of a four week Artists in Schools Residency with Jenny Ellis. In collaboration with puppeteers Justine Warner and Jules Chapple, the whole school was involved in the creation of the performance. In twenty days the Grade 5/6 students created a shy giant Octopus, a melancholy giant catapillar, a narrator called Zip the fly and a giant named Urgle Grumpsalot who lived in a junk yard and dreamed of being a ballerina. It was a massive event involving 300 children that took place in different locations throughout the school. Artists-in-Schools is a Victorian State Government funded initative that provides opportunities for professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. Ringwood Heights raised extra money to fund the additional artists.

Willowmavin Primary Artists-in-schools residency

Willowmavin Primary Artists-in-schools residency

A month-long artistic residency undertaken by Jenny Ellis at a regional Victorian School. She guided the creation of a muppet-style musical with the grade 5/6 class. The children designed and made their own puppets from scratch. They also wrote songs and music, which wove through their stories, full of time travel, evil scientists, and singing rabbits. Grade six student Chelsea Wallmeyer said, “We have never done anything like this before!" Another Grade six student, Drew said "Somehow it has changed people's attitudes in a good way." The children performed to a room packed with proud mum's and dad's, brothers, sisters and other community members. As the local paper said "the Willowmavin Puppet Spectacular was a resounding success." Artists-in-Schools is a Victorian State Government funded initative that provides opportunities for professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools.

The Birds of Tennant Creek

The Birds of Tennant Creek

Written and Directed by Brisbane Playwrite, Shaun Charles "The Bird's of Tennant Creek" was a collaboration between The Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), Beyond Empathy, Barkly Arts and the young people of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. The performance blended contemporary hip hop music and dance with drama and puppetry. Jenny Ellis co-ordinated the making of shadow puppets, small emu handpuppets and a giant snake with the children of Tennant Creek Primary School.

Stand Up Puppets: Getting the Giggles

Stand Up Puppets: Getting the Giggles

A workshop series co-ordinated by Jenny Ellis at ArtPlay, a dedicated Art Centre for children run by the City of Melbourne. The project coincided with the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival, and involved improvisational comic Daniel Cordeaux (from the television show "Thank God you’re here"). Each child made their own muppet-style puppet character and learnt how to make this character come alive. They also were introduced to the skills of comedy improvisation and worked together as a group to produce a short comedy puppet film. This film was shown on the big screen at Federation Square as part of the 2010 Puppets @ Fed Square festival. Through a grant from the City of Melbourne this workshop was made available free to disadvantaged children.

Officer Primary Artists-in-Schools Residency

Officer Primary Artists-in-Schools Residency

A month-long residency at Officer Primary School as part of the Victorian Government's Artists-in-Schools program, directed by Jenny Ellis in collaboration with choreographer Justine Warner. A group of Year 5 students led the process, writing an original script, designing the puppets and making six large-scale puppets. The 150 students in school worked together to make the puppets and props and to perform the show "The Legend of the Landshark" outside on a beautiful summer's evening. The story was about a shark who mutated in a toxic waste spill, to grow legs and become a "Landshark." He meets a magical rainbow Narwhal who tells him that the pollution is coming from an evil glow-in-the-dark cookie factory, who has been draining the vital essense of a dragon to make their cookies glow. With the help of a tortise with lazer guns, the Landshark makes his way through the city to the factory, which is defended by a square-headed group of robots and a giant man-eating worm.

Sound Design by Braden

The Intergalatic Rescue Mission by Sunflash the Mace to the Planet Blurple

The Intergalatic Rescue Mission by Sunflash the Mace to the Planet Blurple

A large-scale puppet show created in just 5 days, directed by Jenny Ellis, in collaboration with choreographer Aleksandra Mirjana Crossan. The show was written, designed, made and performed by over 40 children, their parents and the broader community of Bruny Island, Tasmania. Sunflash the Mace, a badger, needed to rescue her friend, a guinea pig named Amy Bird who was captured by the lonely, friendless, alien Spike and taken to the Planet Blurple. Sunflash, with the help of Dooli Dooli, Nessy bird and other Blurplian aliens, found her way through the Purple Forest to a Labrynth, which was guarded by a banana ghost, and rescued Amy Bird.

Sound Design by Donovan John Szypura and Aleksandra Mirjana Crossan
Produced by Martina Kressig
Scenic Art by Caroline
Sound and Lights by Bob and Keith
This project was supported by Kingborough Council.

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Jenny Ellis is currently being mentored by Richard Bradshaw through JUMP, the Australia Council's national mentoring program for young and emerging artists. In Victoria, JUMP is being delivered through Melbourne Fringe. www.jumpmentoring.com.au