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Puppet Theater Summer Camp!


Puppet Theater Summer Camp:  Ages 8-13

by ArtCamp504

ArtCamp504 offers week long art workshops taught by professional teaching artists and culminate in a Friday performance or gallery walk for family and friends. Workshops are held at Art Klub. High School & College students may apply to volunteer through our Teacher-Guide Program.

Each day has a morning art workshop, afternoon art workshop, and outdoor activities. Thanks to our partners at New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours, we are bringing the campers to Stallings Recreation Center twice a week to swim. 

ADDRESS: Art Klub - 1941 Arts St, New Orleans

HOURS: 9am - 3pm, Aftercare 3-5pm

COST: $225/week. Includes material fee and snack. Campers must bring own lunch. Aftercare: $15 drop in, $60/weekly.


Explore the many elements of Puppet Theater – including script development, engineering movement, functional sculptural techniques, visual communication, set & prop construction, and more. Campers work in groups of 3-5 to either create their own story or re-imagine a story they already know. Campers learn a variety of techniques for making stick puppets, marionettes, hand puppets and full-body puppets. They will work with craft foam, acrylic paint, fabric, sequence, cardboard and a variety of other materials to fabricate their idea. At the end of the week, each group will perform a puppet show for family and friends.

Lead Teacher: Ryan S Ballard is a professional artist, an experienced educator, and an avid adventure traveler and guide.  His background includes over a decade of experience teaching art to both children and adults, leading workshops, organizing community arts projects, and producing public events including concerts, festivals and parades. Ryan’s art has received critical acclaim and have been featured in publications including Art in America and the New York Times.  His work can be found in galleries, museums, and private collections throughout the world.  He has public art installations in several cities throughout the US including New Orleans and Denver. His professional video production work includes TV commercials, a series of Public Service Announcements for PBS featuring his puppets, several short films and music videos. His educational background includes a BFA with an emphasis in Sculpture from the University of Central Missouri, a MA in Education from the University of Colorado, and teaching licenses in both Louisiana and Colorado in the Talented Visual Arts, Video Production/Editing, and Special Education.  Ryan also holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.