We invite you to join our free mini-course

“Introduction to Puppet Mastery with Bernd Ogrodnik”

Are you interested in learning to create wooden puppets?

Do you want to learn to carve or to advance your skills in carving?

This is your opportunity to spend some quality time with one of Puppetry’s most prolific designers and performers in the intimate setting of his workshop sanctuary.

Bernd will share his personal approach to puppetry and why he promotes the art of the wooden puppet. Participants will receive concrete instructions on how to get started and keep honing their craft.

You will also learn the making of a “kitchen table workbench” using only some very basic and easily available tools and materials. This will enable even the complete novice to start creating wooden puppets, while the more advanced participants will gain further valuable insights from Bernd’s illustrious career spanning over 35 years.

You do not need any tools and materials for this webinar, but please have your pen and pencil ready, because there will be so much information coming your way that you want to write down.

This 2-hour mini-course serves also as an introduction session to the upcoming Puppet Mastery Foundation Course “The Art of the Wooden Puppet”.

After the initial presentation, Bernd will take the time to answer all your questions.

There is no date for the next course yet. If you sign up for the waiting list, we will send you a message and you will have the opportunity to register as soon as possible.

You do not need any tools and materials for this webinar, but please have your pen and pencil ready, because there will be so much information coming your way that you want to write down.

This 2-hour mini-course serves also as an introduction session to the upcoming Puppet Mastery Foundation Course “The Art of the Wooden Puppet”.

After the initial presentation, Bernd will take the time to answer all your questions.

There is no date for the next course yet. If you sign up for the waiting list, we will send you a message and you will have the opportunity to register as soon as possible.

What former participants of the course say:

“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

“A great course, for both beginners and advanced, Bernd gives you such a positive and beautiful view of the world of puppetry. I was getting acquainted with puppetry for the first time and I learned a lot in this course.”

Hrefna Aradóttir

“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

“Besides being an experienced craftsman and puppet builder/puppeteer, Bernd is a great person and a dedicated teacher to the subject and his students. You never want to miss class.”

Monika, Social Worker

“This course is an absolute must to start and learn about puppetry. Both for absolute beginners and experienced carvers.”

Mariella, Costume designer and Teacher

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

Carol Douglas, Teacher

Meet Your Instructor:

Since I was a young boy I have been building and performing with puppets and I have worked as a professional puppeteer for 35 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 who leaves his respective audiences spellbound and inspired.

There are no shortcuts 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. I will 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.

If you have any questions concerning this course offer, please send me an email at info@worldsofpuppets.com and I will answer as quickly as possible.

Meet Your Instructor:

Since I was a young boy I have been building and performing with puppets and I have worked as a professional puppeteer for 35 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 who leaves his respective audiences spellbound and inspired.

There are no shortcuts 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. I will 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.

If you have any questions concerning this course offer, please send me an email at info@worldsofpuppets.com and I will answer as quickly as possible.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the webinar 

The way of the puppet has challenged me to no end, it has allowed me to travel to all corners of the world and brought me more experiences, joy, and heartful riches anyone could ever wish for. I hope you will choose to travel with me for a while in discovering the joy of PUPPET MASTERY.

Sincerely, Bernd Ogrodnik

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the webinar 

The way of the puppet has challenged me to no end, it has allowed me to travel to all corners of the world and brought me more experiences, joy, and heartful riches anyone could ever wish for. I hope you will choose to travel with me for a while in discovering the joy of PUPPET MASTERY.

Sincerely, Bernd Ogrodnik