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"BEST DAY EVER" Experience
Steve's description of the PUPPETS-COOL! experience is as follows: "I would like young people and adults to understand that creativity doesn't come from an app, a kit or a box - it comes from understanding the process of creating original work. Be it a puppet or short animation, my workshops provide people of all ages with the tools to not only learn, but to go beyond the content of the programs In my in-class workshops, I frequently encounter kids in their early teens who have never built anything more creative than a LEGO kit. I often hear and listen for my favourite comment - 'this was the best day ever!' and then I know that the workshops were successful. I love to create my own projects - puppets, autamata, sculptures, etc. and have even made a "BEST DAY EVER" kinetic piece."
PUPPETS-COOL! is owned by Vujade Entertainment Inc. and is a small local, incorporated Canadian business.
At present, Steve personally runs all of our workshops. There are plans to expand in the near future and each instructor will be CPR-C trained and fully trained in the program's puppetry and animation methodology to provide the best experience possible.
PUPPETS-COOL! workshops are held primarily in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). However, we can and have accommodated workshops in other Southern Ontario locations including London, Kitchener / Waterloo, Barrie, Uxbridge, Port Perry, Hamilton, Ajax, Oshawa.
Please contact us about our availability for your location.
Steve, as the founder, has over 35 years experience working with film, animation, screen-writing and puppetry. He is a graduate from Sheridan College's animation program and had created and produced Freaky Stories on YTV which included both animation and puppets. He has worked on many other shows including Magic School Bus, Atomic Betty and Inspector Gadget.
PUPPETS-COOL! maintains its preferred vendor status at many Ontario school boards and through the Ontario Camp Association.
I booked Steve Schnier and his PUPPETS COOL! program for a week of puppetry workshops (10 classes) at my previous school, Roselawn P.S., this past January, 2015.
Steve brought a wealth of information, knowledge and excitement to the classroom. The puppets that his students created were unique, artistic, one-of-a-kind creations and were a great success with both students and staff.
Steve's wide and varied resume captured the attention of students and teachers alike. His real-world film and television adventures translated into clear concise lessons in the classroom.
I am very pleased with Steve's workshops and I look forward to having him in my classroom again in the future.
Carla J. Silver
Roméo Dallaire P.S.
I have dealt with Steve Schnier and his PUPPETS COOL! Workshops for three years, both as an educator and as a parent.
As a teacher, I can say that Steve is a seasoned professional who brings a wide range of knowledge to the classroom. He strives to provide a structured learning program, where his enthusiasm for the subject matter excites his students. His workshops are innovative and unique - and can be tailored to suit a group's specific needs, interests, and the curriculum expectations being covered in the unit.
As a parent, both of my children (boy and girl) have enjoyed Steve's workshops. They're funny, informative and he encourages the children to continue their inquiry of the subject once the workshop is completed. Steve sources high quality materials so that the end-product (puppets) last for years after the program.
SERT and Literacy Lead, Yorkhill E.S.
I have known Steve Schnier for approximately five years. I was the director at Crestwood Valley Day Camp where I hired Steve to run a puppet programme and then a cinema academy programme as well. He has been a huge 'hit' with campers, parents and staff.
I would highly recommend he become part of the OCA Preferred Vendor group as he has a wonderful programme that is rich with creativity and energy. It would be great for other camps to see what he does and ultimately experience his programmes.
I hope that is enough info on Steve and PUPPETS COOL. If you should need more information feel free to call me at your convenience.
Owner, Shendy's Swim School Inc.
We would love to speak to you to tell you more about our programs to provide the "Best Day Ever" experience for your school, camp or event. Our programs are scalable and we do our best to accommodate special requests.
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We offer programming in Toronto, York, Peel, Durham, Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth, London and Niagara regions. We are an approved vendor with a number of school boards and are a Community Resource Provider for Girl Guides of Canada.
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