Puppetry Arts Institute

+1-816-833-9777 pai@att.net

Puppet Painting

Make a piece of Kansas City history AND a puppet.

The PAI offers vinyl puppet painting workshops using remnant stock from the Hazelle Puppet Co. which closed in the early 1980’s. After selecting a vinyl puppet head, you will paint the head with special vinyl adhering paint, select a costume and have a lesson on performing with your puppet on our stage. Currently, there are approximately 24 Hazelle designed styles to choose from, including both hand and sleeve styles.

  • Reservations preferred and required for groups of 4 or more.
  • Minimum age 5 years (short skinny fingers can’t hold up the puppet heads or work the hands)
  • $8.00 per puppet through December 31, 2021.  After January 1, 2022, the cost is $10 per puppet. 
  • Workshops take 45-90 minutes (depending on the number of painters and/or PAI staff) and age of the painters (teens take longer).
  • No workshops are started after 2:30 pm.