Barely Related: Learn how to make Muppets at Maker Camp

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Anthony John Agnello
August 15th, 2014
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Barely Related: Learn how to make Muppets at Maker Camp

Do you understand what we're talking about? We're talking about people learning the craft of Fraggle construction. Muppet building. David Bowie army creation. Skeksis manipulation. We're talking about birthing a Sweetums, a Bert, an Ernie, a Yoda, and we're talking about doing it live.

This week in BEARly Related (wocka wocka wocka), let's turn away from the madness of Gamescom '14 and cast our eyes on those people creating other things in the world at large. MAKE Magazine and Google's Maker Camp is a summer program that runs for six weeks and invites anyone over 13-years-old (or younger kids accompanied by a parent) to hop online via Google+ and learn how to create a variety of things, ranging from sculpture to computer programs to simple machines. Friday brings the 2014 Maker Camp to a close with a bang: Today's lesson comes from Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

Starting at 2PM EST, Sesame Street builder Julie Zobel, animatronics specialist John Criswell (who made these), and LA Creature Shop designer Peter Brooke (who made those) will join Creature Shop Challenge winner Robert Bennet for a presentation on the ins and outs of puppet creation. How to make their eyes, their limbs, their fur, and everything else that makes them magic come to life. Want to get in on the action? Participate over on Google+, and talk to people that hang out with Kermit the Frog FOR REAL.

Join us in a quick break from a video game con week and marvel at how things like how to make the costumes in the good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

[Images: Disney]
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