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Fine Day to Make a Parade

Article Published: Feb. 2, 2012 | Modified: May. 20, 2012
Fine Day to Make a Parade

Last year’s Todd Liberty Parade featured Elkland Art Center’s massive ‘Water Goddess’ puppet. Starting this month, the center is hosting a series of parade workshops.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

The Elkland Arts Center invites creative minds to journey to historic Todd this spring.

But this isn’t your typical journey. Visitors may join experienced parade artists at the Elkland Art Center in making their very own parade trophy to take home, while sharing in the creation of Elkland’s new giant puppet inspired by air for the seventh annual Liberty Parade in 2012.

Parade explorations will begin on Friday evenings, with an abundance of inspirational images and discussion of parade culture and history from around the world. Hands-on studio creation ill begin on Saturday and continue through Sunday afternoon.

Workshop fees and registration cost $225 per weekend, including Friday evening dinner, lunches and snacks on Saturday and Sunday, and studio supplies, though an additional supply fee may apply to some workshops.

Participants may get a discount when registering for multiple weekends, e.g. $425 for two weekends, $600 for three weekends and $750 for four weekends. To register, contact the Elkland Art Center’s Martha Enzmann at (

Space is limited to six participants, so early registration is encouraged. A list of what to bring, directions and prospective lodging will be provided upon registration.

Workshop Dates & Topics

Feb. 24-26: Parade Puppets Part 1
Create a giant mask or begin the process of making a big head for a parade puppet. Participants will also begin to develop a parade puppet body. Participants may bring home their mask or return to the next session to complete the parade puppet.

March 30-April 1: Parade Puppets Part 2
Make backpack armature to support the head and body of a parade puppet and different techniques for creating the body fabric (stamping, painting, dyeing, batiking). Each participate will go home with a completed parade puppet if they attended Part 1, or (if they didn’t) some hand-processed fabric or shirt. Participants should bring their own fabric or shirt and backpack frame.

April 27-29: Elevated Elements
Create printed banners, streamers and other suspended articles for the higher elevations in a parade. Each person will bring home a banner or flag. This session includes an additional $10 supply fee.

May 18-20: Multiples
An important part of a parade is mass, taking up space visually. Mass can be accomplished with multiples of small elements, such as spinners, turbines and pinwheels.

For more information on Elkland Art Center, visit To register, contact Martha Enzmann at (

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