Puppet workshops highlight artPARK youth programming

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Sawyer Farley, 4, helps Anne Cornell of the Pomerene Center for the Arts cut plastic pipe to help make a fish puppet during youth programming at the artPARK.
Sawyer Farley, 4, helps Anne Cornell of the Pomerene Center for the Arts cut plastic pipe to help make a fish puppet during youth programming at the artPARK.

COSHOCTON — The Pomerene Center for the Arts is holding youth workshops at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the artPARK on Main Street through July 20.

It's part of a series of classes for children with programming on other days at the Coshocton Public Library, Clary Gardens, Roscoe Village and Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. It ties into "Ocean of Possibilities," the theme of the library's summer reading program.

The Pomerene's segment is titled "If...Then" and asks children to wonder about different questions. For example, what would Coshocton be like if it was underwater to tie into the "Ocean of Possibilities" theme. Weekly workshops also include activities related to puppets. The recent session featured kids creating fish puppets to move in front of a water scene.

Children from The Waddling Pond Daycare in West Lafayette design large fish puppets as part of youth summer programming at the artPARK by the Pomerene Center for the Arts.
Children from The Waddling Pond Daycare in West Lafayette design large fish puppets as part of youth summer programming at the artPARK by the Pomerene Center for the Arts.

Stevens Puppets came in June 8 and 15 to help students create marionettes and perform a puppet show based on "The Wizard of Oz."

Anne Cornell, director of the Pomerene Center, said they were going to do puppets in 2020 when the summer series was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"They're just fun to do," she said of puppets.

Cost of the workshops are $1 with programming funded in part by the Charles E. and Dorothy S. Bechtol Fund of the Coshocton Foundation. Cornell said the donation helped with doing more, such as bringing in Stevens Puppets.

This article originally appeared on Coshocton Tribune: Puppet workshops highlight artPARK youth programming