May 31, 2016

New series of free Pop-Up Studios at MakerSpace for summer/fall 2016 at UAB

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makerspaceThe second series of Pop-Up Studios, designed for small groups and including mold making, embroidery, Japanese paper marbling, drawing, casting, relief, sketching, charcoal, markers and more, is set for this summer and fall at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The UAB MakerSpace, in collaboration with the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History, presents the Pop-Up Studios. The Pop-Up Studios are temporary, interactive art studios with a mission to broaden community awareness and access to the arts. Past pop-ups hosted by the department include silk-screen printing with visiting artist Mike Tabie. The Department of Art and Art History hosts studios throughout the year to provide the community an opportunity to engage with visiting artists, faculty and students from the department who will conduct demonstrations allowing participants to explore their own creativity. The studios are free and open to the public, and no experience is necessary. 

Molly Wasko, chair and professor of the UAB Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, is a faculty adviser for the UAB MakerSpace. 

“I believe our primary responsibility is to help a generation of students explore their creative potential through new and innovative learning experiences,” Wasko said. “Pop-ups enable discovery and hands-on learning with students from across all disciplines.”

Rubber Molds: Wednesday, June 8

Rubber molds are a great way to replicate objects in a variety of materials, such as wax, plaster and resin. Students will gain knowledge of various products and applications during the hands-on experience of creating a rubber mold. Participants should bring several small objects to choose from, as some items may be more complex than others. The five-person class will also explore options on how to utilize the rubber mold. Hosted by Heather Holmes, DAAH studio technician, the studio is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Hulsey Center for the Arts, Room 120, 950 13th St. South. Free. Register online. Contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-6267 or online at www.uab.edu/cas/art.

Collage + Embroidery: Saturday, June 11 

Participants will explore a painterly approach to embroidery. They will learn basic embroidery stitches along with collage techniques to create mixed-media embroidery artwork. No experience required. All materials provided. Hosted by Rachel Ejem, BFA, this 10-person class will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Sterne Library MakerSpace, 917 13th St. South. Free. Register online. Contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-6267 or online at www.uab.edu/cas/art.

Suminagashi Paper Marbling: Friday, June 17

The Suminagashi technique originated in Japan more than 800 years ago; it is the process of marbling plain paper to transform it into something vibrant and colorful. No experience required. All materials provided. Hosted by Jacob Phillips, BFA candidate, this 10-person class is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Sterne Library MakerSpace, 917 13th St. South. Free. Register online. Contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-6267 or online at www.uab.edu/cas/art.

makerspace 2Drawing in a Container/Through Limitations: Tuesday, June 21

Lines and marks on surfaces are ways of confronting and constructing ideas just as they constitute ways of expressing them. Participants will be encouraged to view drawing as a practice that crosses disciplines, as a dynamic and embodied meditation. This pop-up will explore a variety of drawing, cognitive psychology, and book arts tools and methods that can be incorporated into a vital component of participant’s own creative practice. Come have fun and explore independent and collaborative drawing experiments and exercises, and the potential and flexibility of drawing as a tool for learning and content in book arts. No experience required. All materials provided. Hosted by Assistant Professor Doug Baulos, this 15-person class will take place from 1-5 p.m. in the Sterne Library MakerSpace, 917 13th St. South. Free. Register online. Contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-6267 or online at www.uab.edu/cas/art.

Silver Cuttlebone Casting: Thursday, Sept. 1

Learn the basics of silver casting through a primitive method using the bone of a cuttlefish. Students will gain knowledge about creating a two-part mold and simple casting techniques. Class will begin with an overview of the process, then time to create and carve designs (think roughly the size of a thumb for scale). Upon completion, the cuttlebones will be assembled and ready for casting. Participants will leave with their own small silver pendant or sculpture. This studio is a great introduction to working with precious metals. Hosted by Heather Holmes, DAAH studio technician, this seven-person class is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Hulsey Center for the Arts, Room 120, 950 13th St. South. Free. Register online. Contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-6267 or online at www.uab.edu/cas/art.

Wood and Acrylic Pen Turning: Friday, Sept. 23, Oct. 21 and Nov. 11

Participants will learn traditional processes and techniques of creating an acrylic or wooden fountain pen from pouring blanks to turning, sanding and finishing. Participants are encouraged to register for two of the three workshops. Hosted by Assistant Professor Stacey Holloway, this eight-person class is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on three Fridays this fall. Register online for Sept. 23, Oct. 21 and Nov. 11, in the Hulsey Center for the Arts, Room 120, 950 13th St. South. Free. Contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-6267 or online at www.uab.edu/cas/art.

Charcoal: Aggressive and Expressive Mark Making: Friday, Sept. 16

Students will quickly develop and explore a vocabulary of mark making using additive and subtractive techniques. Students will then be encouraged to create a drawing using those marks they find visually dynamic and beautiful as the springboard to a finished drawing. No experience required. All materials provided. Hosted by Professor Gary Chapman, this 14-person class is set for 1-3 p.m. in the Hill Student Center Performance Area, located to the immediate left from the front door on University Boulevard. Register online. Contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-6267 or online at www.uab.edu/cas/art.

makerspace 3Sketchbook Prompts: Thursday, Sept. 22

Participants will learn techniques for sparking innovation and creativity through sketchbook prompts and processes. No experience required. All materials provided. Hosted by Associate Professor Lauren Lake, this 12-person class is set for 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Sterne Library MakerSpace, 917 13th St. South. Free. Register online. Contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-6267 or online at www.uab.edu/cas/art.

What a Relief: Saturday, Oct. 8

Participants will be introduced to basic relief printing techniques including linoleum and woodblock as well as hand-printed techniques without the printing press. No experience required. All materials provided. Hosted by Associate Professor Derek Cracco, this 12-person class is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the UAB Humanities Building, Room 111, 900 13th St. South. Free. Register online. Contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-6267 or online at www.uab.edu/cas/art.

Marker Workshop: Friday, Nov. 4

This hands-on workshop reviews marker blending and layering techniques for use in both graphic illustration and realistic rendering. Information about the different types of markers and grounds will also be given. All materials provided. Hosted by Annabelle Decamillis, BFA candidate, this 14-person class is set for noon-2 p.m. in the Sterne Library MakerSpace, 917 13th St. South. Free.Register online. Contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-6267 or online at www.uab.edu/cas/art.