2016 Workshops!
Registration is required for any workshop so we can plan on the number of participants. All workshops will be held at the Whitted Building at 300 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough.

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2016 Workshops

Leadership Workshop

From Concept to Creation:

Costume and street size puppet-making for adults.

Sunday August 21, 2016

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Fee $5.00 per person (pay at the workshop)

Learn the skills and techniques to create lightweight giant puppets! Your new skills can then be used to help your group to create a giant puppet to join the Handmade Parade in October!

This leadership workshop is intended for artists, teachers and any creative individual willing to learn new skills and then share those skills with others to assist in creating giant puppets for the Hillsborough Handmade Parade.


After completing the Leadership Workshop, participants are encouraged to share their new skills with their friends, family, neighbors or social groups to create their own parade ensemble. Think about encouraging your students, class, team, or church group to work together with a theme and participate in the parade as a group.


As the leader of a group you can participate in the leadership puppet and mask making workshop, then use your new skills to help create your groups unique parade entry. Members of your group can then take the public workshops and come to open workshops to help refine the group’s ideas. You’ll be surprised at the creativity within yourself and your group!

Parade organizer's Mark Donley and Tinka Jordy will demonstrate working with cardboard, paper mache' and constructing lightweight giant puppets using reed, bamboo and fabric. You saw many of Mark's creations at previous years parades. Their  sense of costuming and making wild creations began with Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans in the late 70’s. As a hands on participant in Art Parade Krewes such as The Contemporary Art’s Centers Krewe of Clones, the Krewe of Kosmic Debris and the Pair-A-Dice Tumblers.

Mark participated in workshops hosted by Nana Projects at the Towson University Center for the Arts in Baltimore. There he was able to collaborate and learn new skills with other parade and theater organizers including Spiral Q Puppet Theater from Philadelphia, and Macnas from Galway, Ireland.  They  have also enjoyed working with Paperhand Puppets  of Saxapahaw, NC  and Robin Van Lear with Parade the Circle in Cleveland, Ohio.

Explore your creative potential! 


Bring your idea of  'Walk of the Wild Things' that you would like to create. We ask only that you commit to lead others with the knowledge you have gained so that they too can make a "Wild Thing" to march with in the Hillsborough Handmade Parade Saturday, October 15, 2016.


Learn the specific skills and techniques to lead your krewe in creating a magical parade ensemble with lightweight costumes and giant puppets.


Adults -14 years and older.

Handmade Parade All Age Workshops

I    Saturday September  10                                       1:00 - 3:00 pm


II   Sunday September 11 simple and quick puppets       1:00 - 3:00 pm

Fee $5.00 per participant (pay at the workshop)

Artists will demonstrate simple puppet and costume making techniques working with cardboard, paper mache' and constructing lightweight giant puppets using reed, bamboo and fabric.


Come to  these workshop  to learn about the parade, meet friends and work on on projects.


Remember... it takes time to create a good costume or construct a really cool puppet! Start today!


These are hands on workshops for all ages.  Tools and basic materials are available for free  and some materials at cost. Participants can bring their projects and materials. This is also an opportunity for those that haven't started a project to learn about the parade and join in helping to build and decorate an ongoing project.


Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Registration is required for either or both dates so we can plan on the number of participants.

Making Giant Dancing Heads with Jane Filer

Saturday October 1 and

Sunday October 2

12:30 to 3:30 pm

Fee $35.00 per person

Basic materials  and tools included

Save your cereal boxes for this one as we will be using that cardboard.


An extraordinary opportunity to work with fine artist Jane Filer as she leads adults in her techniques of creating her fantastic paper mache heads from the beginning through the final surface painting that will all come together on parade day to dance down the street! You can join the parade with a big head!

Mail a check for $35.00

payable to the

Hillsborugh Arts Council.

Hillsborough Arts Council

Attn: Handmade Parade Workshop

102 North Churton Street

Hillsborough NC 27278



Non refundable after August 14.