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Visual Art Video Workshop: Flap, Glide and Soar like a Pigeon 23 Oct - 31 Dec 2020

Design and make your own feathered friend with visual artist Duffy Mooney-Sheppard in this puppet-making video workshop for ages 5-12.

Birds flap, glide and soar. Some birds spend almost their whole lives on the wing and rarely come to land. Swifts sleep in the sky amongst the stars. Birds dive, twirl and hover. They might travel thousands of miles every year, migrating across the seas to completely different countries and climates.

In this puppet making workshop you will imagine a pair of wings and the places they might take you. What kind of bird would you be? Where would you go?

You will need:

  • Card - if you like you can print out the template below on your card, or draw your own!
  • Pencils and paper - these can be scraps of paper, card, old packaging and any materials you have to hand such as pencils, crayons, makers, paints
  • Scissors
  • Pritt stick or similar
  • Sellotape or masking tape
  • Crepe paper or tissue paper of different colours, cut into small squares (5cm)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Shiny things or something that sparkles

Print out your Puppet Template Here!

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Duffy Mooney Sheppard

About Duffy Mooney-Sheppard:

Duffy is a visual artist, arts program curator and workshop facilitator. A recent graduate of the MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Arts, she is drawn to the process of story-making as a way to explore ideas and share her curiosity about the natural world. With many years of experience working creatively with young people at The Ark and many other cultural institutions and schools, she has developed her facilitation methods which are based in playful observation, imagination and telling tall tales. This year, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, she founded Little Islands Art Club, an online art groups for children and adults. Find out more at:

Part of The Ark's 25th birthday season, sponsored by BDO.