Puppet Mastery Courses

Learn how to create wooden puppets in our online courses!

Puppet Mastery Courses

Learn how to create wooden puppets in our online courses!

What Others Say About Us

puppetry-journal

“A maneouver of sheer magic”
The Puppetry Journal

habitat-centre-india

“Creative genius, master craftsman, jewel from Iceland, puppeteer, marionettist – B.O. is a class apart and an Institution in himself.”
Habitat Centre, India

kultur-sommer

“Mr Ogrodnik is without any doubt among the best puppeteers in the World.”
5th Intern. Figurentheater Festival Haydau, Germany

morgunbladid

“True Theater magic that leaves no one untouched”
Morgunbladid, Iceland

philadelphia-inquirer

“One of Puppetry’s most impressive talents”
Philadelphia Inquirer, USA

museu-da-marioneta

“B. O. holds the audience in the palms of his hand, thanks to the freshness and truth that his work transmits, clean and concise.”
Museu da Marioneta, Lisbon, Portugal

Are you ready to learn how to carve and manipulate wooden puppets?

If you can relate to the questions above, the course “Puppet Mastery With Bernd Ogrodnik” is clearly made for you. This is your opportunity to spend some quality time with one of Puppetry’s most prolific designers and performers in the intimate setting of my workshop sanctuary. I will share my personal approach to puppetry and why I promote the art of the wooden puppet. Participants will receive concrete instructions on how to get started and keep honing their craft. Mastery is a long journey, there are no short-cuts, this workshop will offer you the strong base you need to undertake this journey.

Meet Your Instructor

I have been building and performing with puppets since I was a young child, and worked as a professional puppeteer for 34 years. You might know me from the famed Marionette movie epic “Strings”, seen my performances on our stage at the National Theater of Iceland or somewhere around the far corners of the world. But I am also a husband, father, grandfather, active black belt in Karate, passionate musician, scuba-diver, horse aficionado, and gardener. All this has a strong impact on my art and feeds my passion for life.

I have discovered the way of the puppet as my way of serving this world and making it a better place. The puppet can indeed be a powerful tool not only to entertain but also to educate, inspire, and heal. Yet like the musician has to faithfully practice his scales or the martial artist starts training with a white belt, the puppeteer must meticulously learn the many steps necessary to elevate his craft so that one day he becomes the fine artist which leaves his respective audiences spellbound and inspired.

There are no short cuts to mastery. I have taught in universities, theaters, and festivals all around the world and discovered that all too often students lack the basic building blocks needed to continuously and successfully grow on their journey. All too often even professional puppeteers perform with puppets that lack a deep understanding of their construction and functionality.

Over the years I have developed many highly functional techniques that I will share now in these online classes available for everyone. The puppet featured in this Foundation Course might seem simple to make and yet is stunningly effective in its appearance. I will also teach you in a fun and efficient way the basic skills and a deeper understanding necessary for your ongoing successful journey into puppetry.

I would be honored to accompany and guide you on this rewarding journey.

We love seeing our clients succeed:

We love seeing our clients succeed:

“This course is a wonderful introduction not only to carving but to the idea of true mastery. Clear, concise instruction by the knowledgeable, patient, and kind Bernd Ogrodnik.”

Ursula Marcum, Co-Artistic Director

“I really enjoyed the course. The learning experience is flawless. Bernd is a wonderful teacher with great knowledge and wisdom, who knows exactly how to bring the subject across. I will definitely be part of the next course. An experience that I don’t want to miss.”

Daniel Ruf, Graphic Designer and Puppeteer

“Wonderful experience. Learn something new and valuable in easy steps and stages and have fun doing it.”

Carol Douglas, Teacher

Your Plan for Learning the Art of Puppetry

1. Sign up

Get access to the course

2. Watch the course

The course guides you step by step

3. Achieve mastery

Create your own wooden puppets

About Bernd Ogrodnik


Bernd Ogrodnik has been a prominent figure in the world of puppetry since 1986. He is the artistic director and co-founder of “Worlds of Puppets” and serves as the Master Puppeteer for the National Theater of Iceland.

He has a track record of over 7000 live performances and has toured all over Europe, Canada, the USA, Africa, and Asia as a performer and lecturer at international (puppet-) theater festivals, universities, and conferences.

He has been performing, directing, and creating marionettes, puppets, and masks for various theaters and operas around the world, for collectors and museums, commercials, TV, and film.

He has been creating marionettes, puppets, and masks for stages around the world, and his work is frequently featured on TV and film.

Bernd has gained worldwide reputation also through his ground-breaking work as a designer and lead puppeteer for the groundbreaking marionette movie “Strings”.

He is the recipient of countless prizes and awards both in his home country Iceland and internationally.

Puppet Mastery Courses

Here’s How You Can Work With Me

Our Productions

Theater

Theater can offer us sobriety, a moment to breathe and contemplate, a chance to suspend our own distracted reality in order to look at life from a new perspective.

Movies

Focusing on Theater, Bernd returned to the movies in 2003, as the Puppet designer and lead Puppeteer for the epic Marionette-movie Strings. The techniques developed for, and the experience gained from these and other TV related projects have led to another ground braking adventure.

Television

Television can bring the wonderful world of puppets to a larger audience, which might otherwise never have a chance to be exposed to the art of Puppetry and Theater. Bernd Ogrodnik has created and operated Puppets for a variety of commercials, TV spots, and episodes.

Mission Statement

  • To preserve the lore and art of carved wooden puppets (marionettes & masks) by passing on traditional as well as modern advanced techniques of woodworking.
  • To convey a complex understanding of the correlation between choosing the most efficient and suitable styles and techniques, proper manipulation and successful character-building.
  • To strengthen the artistic authenticity of the students and instill them with knowledge and confidence to become innovative creators on their own.
  • To serve as an inspiration for a new generation of puppet makers and puppeteers.

Mastery is a journey, not a destination and I am dedicated to making this journey challenging and yet joyful. Our explorations shall not only leave participants full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the art of puppetry but enrich their lives way beyond the realms of the puppet.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant, inspired by Aristotele

Mission Statement

  • To preserve the lore and art of carved wooden puppets (marionettes & masks) by passing on traditional as well as modern advanced techniques of woodworking.
  • To convey a complex understanding of the correlation between choosing the most efficient and suitable styles and techniques, proper manipulation and successful character-building.
  • To strengthen the artistic authenticity of the students and instill them with knowledge and confidence to become innovative creators on their own.
  • To serve as an inspiration for a new generation of puppet makers and puppeteers.

Mastery is a journey, not a destination and I am dedicated to making this journey challenging and yet joyful. Our explorations shall not only leave participants full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the art of puppetry but enrich their lives way beyond the realms of the puppet.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant, inspired by Aristotele

Advanced Course

“Academy of the Wooden Figure”

 

After signing up, we send you a confirmation email to complete the registration. When registering, you will be added to the Worlds of Puppets mailing list and receive occasional emails with the latest news of the art of the wooden puppet. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time. Learn more about our privacy policy here.

Introduction to Puppet Mastery with Bernd Ogrodnik

Free Webinar on November 14, 2020 at 9 am EST/EDT (New York time, convert to your timezone here >)

 

After signing up, we send you a confirmation email to complete the registration. When registering, you will be added to the Worlds of Puppets mailing list and receive occasional emails with the latest news of the art of the wooden puppet. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time. Learn more about our privacy policy here.

Foundation Course

“The Art of the Wooden Puppet”

 

After signing up, we send you a confirmation email to complete the registration. When registering, you will be added to the Worlds of Puppets mailing list and receive occasional emails with the latest news of the art of the wooden puppet. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time. Learn more about our privacy policy here.

Introduction to Puppet Mastery with Bernd Ogrodnik

 

After signing up, we send you a confirmation email to complete the registration. When registering, you will be added to the Worlds of Puppets mailing list and receive occasional emails with the latest news of the art of the wooden puppet. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time. Learn more about our privacy policy here.

Introduction to Puppet Mastery with Bernd Ogrodnik

Free Mini-Course on June 24, 2021, at 12 PM EST/EDT
(5 PM London, 6 PM Central Europe, 12 PM Boston)

 

After signing up, we send you a confirmation email to complete the registration. When registering, you will be added to the Worlds of Puppets mailing list and receive occasional emails with the latest news of the art of the wooden puppet. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time. Learn more about our privacy policy here.

After signing up, we send you a confirmation email to complete the registration. When registering, you will be added to the Worlds of Puppets mailing list and receive occasional emails with the latest news of the art of the wooden puppet. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time. Learn more about our privacy policy here.