Kim Sandara will teach a two to three hour puppetry workshop on October 25th. Kim will introduce her work and discuss the crossover between puppetry and animation. Throughout the workshop Kim will guide attendees through the process of creating puppets and how to shoot your own stop motion video. This workshop is suitable for families, individuals, teens, and includes materials which can be picked up from VisArts before the week of the workshop.

Kim Sandara is a queer, Laotian/Vietnamese, artist based in Northern Virginia. In 2016, she graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, with a BFA in General Fine Arts. She has collaborated with the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ gift shop to create an event “Being” showcasing her work and guiding visitors to draw what they hear as she let a music playlist go on. At her Torpedo Factory summer 2019 Post-Grad Residency she created a stop motion animation about her parent’s immigration story intersecting her coming out story while also using the studio space as a shop to fund raise for local and national LGBTQ+ non profits empowering queer youth. In her 2020 Bresler Residency at VisArts, she has been focusing more on Lao identity work. She makes stream-of-consciousness paintings which interpret sounds into visuals and is working on a graphic novel on her coming out story. Her overall focus is to encourage empathy, wonder and self reflection.

To learn more about Kim and her work, visit her site.

If you have any questions regarding this workshop please contact the Exhibition Programming Coordinator, Megan Koeppel at [email protected]

Materials needed for the workshop:


Scissors or an exact0 knife

Thin wire or jewelry wire

Needle nose pliers

This online workshop will be hosted through the Zoom platform. Students will need to have a webcam and the ability to download zoom on their computer, phone, or tablet. After you register for the class, you will be sent an e-mail with the Zoom URL to log into the class the day before the workshop begins. Please provide a correct and viable e-mail address when registering as this is how you receive your link.

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