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The Mystic Marionette of the Marigny

The Mystic Marionette of the Marigny

Instructor: Michael de Meng

Palm and Tarot readers line the New Orleans sidewalks with visions of the future…well…perhaps.  To honor Big Easy soothsayers I thought we’d have a bit of fun using some puppetry.  In this class we will be creating marionettes that have moving arms that foretell forthcoming events.  The real inspiration for this class is the card reading automatons like “the Gypsy,” “Zoltar” and “Grandma’s Predictions.”  You plunk in a few coins and all of a sudden the arms start moving and the future is revealed.   Using old doll parts and various found objects students will create miniature-divining booths of our own.   What will your fortune be?  I see a trip to New Orleans in your future. 



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Studio and Material Fee

Student Supplies

Students should bring the following supplies:

 Student Supplies

  • A small cabinet, a frame, clock housing, cigar box or shadow box to stage your marionette
  • Various doll parts…especially heads and arms.  Remember that dolly parts have to fit into your housing.
  • Aves Apoxy Clay 1 lb or more  (best way to track this down is directly through the company:
  • Variety of other found objects that might be interesting additions to exterior of the head.  Items like watch parts, gears, old toys, typewriter parts….just about anything, really.  You want a variety of shapes and forms.
  • Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)
  • Wire a couple of different gauges
  • Button Thread from JoAnne’s Crafts of any upholstery shop
  • Bits of fabric or canvas if you decided to add curtains to the stage.
  • Basic Tools…pliers, scissors.
  • Dap Kwik Seal (white) or Molding Paste
  • Paints: Acrylic (Golden brand -preferably fluids – the tubes and jars will work too, the colors are the key)
    • Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
    • TitaniumWhite,
    • Carbon or Mars Black,
    • Pthalo Green blue shade,
    • Dioxazine Purple,
    • Quinacridone Crimson
    • Pthalo Blue
    • E600 Adhesive


Optional Supplies

  • Tools:  Heat gun, Dremel  with cut off wheel, Upholstery string
  • Optional Paints: Kroma Crackle, Van Dyke Brown, Anthraquinone Blue, Micaceous Iron Oxide




While we understand that circumstances can arise causing a change in your plans, we must adhere to a business policy. Because it is impossible for ArtVenture to favor one individual situation or circumstance over another, we must adhere to our policy in all situations and can make no exceptions to our cancellation policy.

  • 45 Days or More prior to a workshop: Full refund of tuition, less a $150.00 cancellation fee.
  • 44 Days or Less prior to a workshop: No refunds or credits for any reason.


Registration Fees:

ArtVenture provides an installment payment option to make it easier for those with financial constraints to participate in our programs. You have the option of paying for the program in full when you register, or paying in three deposit installments.  The first advance deposit for this program is $300.00, with the second installment due on or before September 1, 2012.  Final payment will be due on or before December 1, 2012.  The advance deposit fee secures your workshop space, and is applied to your entire ArtVenture registration fee. Payment for your fee/materials balance and any other optional meals will be charged to your credit card 45 days prior to workshop. Non-credit card payments will receive an invoice, which is due upon receipt.


Transfer Policy:

You may transfer your registration to another person at no charge.  Transfer request must be received at least 45 days prior to a program.  Registration fee and transfer charge reimbursements are solely between you and the recipient of your registration transfer.  You must notify Katherine Engen of the transfer.


Credit Card Transaction Reversal:
You intended to reserve this program with a deposit and registered in full instead.  You would like your credit card credited for the difference.  We at ArtVenture are willing to reverse your transaction. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee per reversal request.  Future installment payments will adhere to the above schedule. 

Optional Supplies