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Automata and puppetry

Aerial acrobat puppet by Wimbledon student

Duration: Ten days

Price: £680

Book with: Tom Wilkinson
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Unit 20 Kingsgate Workshops
110-114 Kingsgate Road
London
London
NW6 2JG

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About the Course

The course takes place over ten days, it is quite flexible in what you can make. It could be a puppet of your design, a simple automaton or do one of my projects, for example 'To breath life into an inanimate object with a hidden mechanism'. In this project you choose any small everyday object, such as a book and make it move - as if by magic. The way of producing the movement is up to you - it is wide ranging from the low-tech of motors and cams as in automata, to the high-tech of Arduinos and servos as used in animatronics.
With all the projects you will learn many practical skills such as metal and wood work, soldering, mold-making, papier mache, simple electro-mechanics and electronics. I teach at Wimbledon College of Art in puppetry, animatronics and automata - some of the work you can see here

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What's included in the price?

Use of tools, equipment and some materials


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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends