Summer Sessions

Brinn Labs will be hosting a Summer Sessions series for Students age 13 and up during the months of July and August.

The sessions will consist of hands-on learning experiences that emphasize practical maker skills and STEAM education, summer session themes include stop-motion animation, 3D design and printing, rough and finish carpentry, learn to solder and more. All half-day sessions are $45; five sessions for $200. (Register using links to Eventbrite below.)

Wildcard Wednesdays

Wednesday sessions are devoted to specific maker skills, with demonstrations, instruction and projects, so you can practice what you have learned – that’s where the wildcard comes in!

Wildcard Wednesdays will take place from 1 pm to 4 pm. A tentative schedule is listed below.

July 11 – Fabrication Tools and Shop Safety
Learn how to use a variety of fabrication tools found in a typical workshop, and how to be safe when working in a shop.

July 18 – Rough Carpentry/Framing
Have you ever wondered how a house or garage is built? It all starts with framing! Join us to learn the basics of building out a frame.

July 25 – Soldering and Circuit Boards
How do electronics work? We’ll explore some simple circuits and learn to solder wires and components together, as well as cover how circuit boards work and how to make your own.

August 1 – Stop Motion Animation
Learn about different animation techniques and then create your own digital stop-motion animations using our equipment.

August 8 – 3D Modeling
BlockSCAD is an easy-to-use interface for OpenSCAD, a 3D modeling program that allows you to create solid models suitable for 3D printing.

August 15 – Introduction to Arduino
The Arduino microcontroller can be used to create fun electronics projects, or prototype potential products. We’ll learn the basics of wiring and coding an Arduino and get things blinking in no time!

August 22 – Design Prototyping
Where do you start when you want to bring your ideas to life? With prototyping! We’ll introduce the skills needed to design a prototype.

Eventbrite - Wildcard Wednesdays


Thursday Crafternoons

Thursday sessions are devoted to creativity, with a short lesson on a topic, demonstrations and instruction, and time to work on hands-on projects.

All Brinn Labs summer sessions will be facilitated by staff or guest makers – designers, fabricators and teaching artists – who have extensive experience in fields including graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, home construction, printing, photography, interactive media and more.

Thursday Crafternoons will take place from 1 pm to 4 pm. A tentative schedule is listed below.

July 12 – Shibori
Shibori is an ancient Japanese art form, but one that you might describe as tie dye. Students should bring one to two t-shirts or white cotton shirts and we will provide the rest.

July 19 – Polymer Thumb Pots and Beads
Hand-built pottery techniques – pinching, figure-making and beading – using fast-drying polymer clay.

July 26 – Wire Sculptures
Use our equipment, tools and materials to make a mobile or sculpture.

August 2 – Cyanotype Printing
An old-fashioned photography method for contemporary art. Bring in some photo negatives, dried leaves, or anything that will cast a shadow.

August 9 – Casting with Concrete
Use casting techniques and found objects for mold making. Dress for a mess and bring containers, bottles, flower pots, etc.

August 16 – Mono prints
Mono prints are a fast and fun way to enter the world of printmaking. We will supply different objects, textures, leaves for you experiment with. By the end of the class all participants will receive a portfolio to assemble all their artwork.

August 23 – Silk Screening
Use our vinyl cutter, software and other equipment and supplies to create a design that you can print on fabric, paper or cardboard.

Eventbrite - Thursday Crafternoons