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Ceceri, Kathy Start a Mini Makerspace for Kids Literature- Creative Writing,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
You don't have to be an engineer to bring hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math programs to your library, school, or at home. Kathy Ceceri, author of the best-selling activity books 'Robotics: Discover the Science and Education of the Future' and 'Paper Inventions,' will share low tech/no tech ideas to help get kids designing, building, and inventing! Find out about the best materials and tools to have on hand for different ages, abilities, and budgets, as well as where to find simple project ideas and resources for further exploration. Kathy has presented hundreds of fun hands-on learning programs for kids around the Northeast, and consulted with schools, libraries, and makerspaces on how to create great hands-on learning environments for all ages. Her articles and projects have appeared in Make Magazine, Wired, Disney's FamilyFun and About.com's Homeschooling page. She is co-producer of the Troy Mini Maker Faire and a popular speaker at Maker Faires across the country.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth Manga Madness Literature- Creative Writing,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
A great program to bring teens into your library! High-energy artist, MB Dolan, will lead participants through a fun-filled, intense workshop of Manga drawing. Several versions of the program are available: basics of faces and figures, emotions, action poses, character development, story planning and paneling, designing cover art. The participants can actually vote to decide which program we do! Several funny anecdotes are shared, as MB illustrates the do's and don'ts of manga drawing.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth Let's Get Graphic Literature- Creative Writing,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
This program can be held as a one-day workshop or mulitple-session residency. I teache the beginning skills needed to create and develop a graphic novel or short story. Drawing skills, story telling skills, creative writing and visual story boarding are taught. Age 12 and up mandatory for this program. A great way to get teens and especially teen boys to visit your library!
$201- $350
Ceceri, Kathy Fabric and Fiber Inventions Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Kathy Ceceri's newest book Fabric and Fiber Inventions introduces tweens, teens, and adult beginners to the basics of sewing and fiber arts. Learn to create wearables, playthings, and decorative items using traditional techniques, or explore electronic circuits and sensors with simple e-textile projects. Every participant will get to make a project to take home. Choose from several projects for differents ages and abilities! For ages 10 and up: Create Stuffed Sock Creatures (Learn-to-Sew or No-Sew versions available); Make Weavings on Your Own Cardboard Loom; Construct Tube Knitters and Make Versatile I-cord (Wooden and Cardboard versions available); Print Simple Silkscreen Wall Hangings or T-Shirts. For ages 12 and up: Sew light-up felt keychains or stuffies using DIY sensors and components; Weave personal audio speakers from yarn and conductive fiber
$351- $500
Field, Barb Balloon Art! Performing Arts- Clowning,
Visual Arts- Other
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. BJ will encourage the participants to have fun while they use their own creative ideas to design unique balloon sculptures. She will show them how to prepare the balloons and a few different ways to twist them. Then they will need to think and plan ahead. This involves a little bit of painless, hands-on deliberating about dividing and fractions … how much balloon do I have left to twist how many legs??? Although some participants may want to learn how to make a standard balloon dog, BJ prefers to encourage them be creative on their own and see what they can design. We can also add on a brief BALLOON MAGIC SHOW or just perform the show with no hands-on twisting by the audience. THIS PROGRAM IS BEST SUITED FOR SECOND GRADE TO ADULTS. www.bjandcompany.com 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Mankita, Jay Build A Better Rube Goldberg Machine Workshop - Build A Better World 2017! Media- Other,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Artist/Educator Jay Mankita guides and inspires kids to construct delightfully complicated contraptions that accomplish simple tasks. Jay supplies dominos, popsicle sticks, magnets, rubber bands, string, balls, marbles, etc…, set up includes Jay’s basic table and floor-based templates as well as some pre-constructed machines for kids to study and play with, with plenty of opportunities for making, and learning from, their own mistakes. Goofy fun, and real engineering, with a bit of Rube Goldberg history thrown into the mix.
$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy DIY Electronic Music and Programming for Teens Music,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Teens will explore the science behind recorded music, electronic music, and computer-generated music with projects from the book Musical Inventions by author/educator Kathy Ceceri. Options include: Build a Paper Record Player -- Teens will discover the history of recorded music and make a simple turntable that plays vinyl LPs to take home. DIY Audio Speakers and Mics -- Teens will learn about electrical circuits as they build simple working speakers and microphones to take home. Electronic Music Board with Makey Makey and Scratch (computers required)-- Teens will learn about circuits and coding when they work in teams to build and program a musical surface you can play with your hands or a toy car or robot. Kathy Ceceri is the author of over a dozen books of hands-on learning projects for kids. Her titles include Paper Inventions, Fabric Inventions, Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future, Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure, and Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture.
$351- $500
Hunt, Kathryn Apparel Repair Soiree Life Skills- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts,
Visual Arts- Other
The button fell off. The sleeves are too long. The hem came undone. Learn basic techniques to repair common issues. Attendees bring in projects in progress or in need of attention. Designer brings basic supplies and tools to mend apparel. Exchange tips and ideas for projects that fix or reinvent items you may already own. Suggested Grades: 5 & up Duration: 1-hour Cost: $200 Keywords: Fashion, Wardrobe, Style, Sewing
$101- $200
Dolan, Mary Beth Digging into a story Literature- Creative Writing,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Learn how to visually tell a story by digging into the visual, audio and sensory aspects of an event. See my program graphic novels or cartooning for more info. Can be done in one visit of 1.5 to 2 hours or as a two part visit o 1.5 to 2 hours each visit. Ages 8 and up! Fun for adults and kids.
$351- $500
Calamari, Helen Art Workshops Visual Arts- Painting,
Visual Arts- Other
Learn about art and artists in a fun creative and age appropriate setting. The first part of the lesson is devoted to an interactive story about an artist or period in art through the use of puppets,handmade props and backdrops, and feltboard. Children then create works of art in the style of the art presented, using high quality materials. The curriculum is original and written by two certified teachers with backgrounds in art history, elementary education, and special education.
$201- $350
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