Virtual Student Workshop (Grades K-5): Puppets of New York

When: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 9:30am
Price: FREE. Registration required.
Three photographs of colorful Puppets: The Duke (inspired by Duke Ellington), Renaldo, a 10-year-old boy holding a white cane, and Cucarachita Martina and Ratoncito Pérez, two playful puppets made out of recycled materials.
Photographs by Brad Farwell, courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York

Sign up your class for a free, interactive student workshop celebrating the artform of puppetry and stories of community in New York City.  

Students will explore the many ways that New Yorkers have brought puppets to life on the screen, in plays, and on the streets in New York City! Students will see puppets of all shapes and sizes from the Puppets of New York exhibition and hear stories about how puppets are developed, manipulated, and used as tools for building connections and standing up for causes. Drawing inspiration from the rich and diverse traditions of puppetry in New York City, participants will follow along the live art-making demonstration and create their own puppets with just paper and pencil. 

Learn more about the Puppets of New York exhibition here

Students will join a live Zoom session led by Museum Educators; see below for more details. Individuals or classes are invited. Teachers interested in registering their classes can do so. 

 FREE. Advance registration required.  

Registration Details: Individuals or classes are invited to register. Teachers interested in registering a class of up to 35 students can do so. Multiple classes from the same school can register if there is a different teacher in charge of the registration for each class.  

How it Works:  Students will join other students in these live and interactive sessions led over Zoom by Museum Educators in a setting that balances active engagement and privacy.  Participants will see and discuss visuals from the Museum’s exhibitions and collections and connect the past to our present. 

Materials: For this program, students will need:

  • a sheet of paper
  • a pencil or pen
  • (optional) scissors
  • (optional) colored pencils or markers
  • any other drawing materials students like to use 


Security and Interaction: Sessions will be presented as webinars; students are able to submit questions, comments, and observations to the moderators and complete polls and other activities, but will not use cameras or mics and will not be visible on screen.   

Free.  Advance registration required.   

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Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.


Puppets of New York is made possible in part by Mrs. William T. Comfort, Cheryl Henson, Caroline A. Wamsler and DeWayne Phillips, the Lemberg Foundation, Inc., Kathy and Othon Prounis, and Eve Klein and Robert O. Owens. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

National Endowment for the Arts logo

The Museum gratefully acknowledges The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s support for exhibition curator Dr. Monxo López’s fellowship. Puppets of New York is his capstone project. 

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors. 

For more information about the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center, and additional funder credits, please click here

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