Create an Illuminated Wonderbox

Evening workshop for adults and teens at Tam Makers – Fall 2016

Create a magical wonderbox with art and technology!

In this 3-part workshop for adults and teens, you will build a beautiful wooden box, then bring it to life with with animation, lights and sounds.

You will learn to design your box, assemble it with basic tools, decorate it with art materials, and animate it with electronics.

This hands-on activity lets you make your own interactive art, working with other students in our new makerspace. If you have already taken our Arduino, laser cutting or other maker courses, you can also use those tools to create your interactive experience.

You will develop a range of maker skills, from design to electronics, woodworking and creative expression.

We will meet for 3 weeks, from October 26 to November 9, on Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 9pm, in our new makerspace at Tam High School. Multimedia innovator Fabrice Florin will teach this course, with members of Tam Makers, our maker art community.

This 3-part course costs $150. Basic materials are included, such as wood, art supplies, lights and basic electronic parts (a $30 value). If you wish to use an Arduino board to make your box interactive, you will need to buy it yourself, but we can tell you what to buy. You can take your creation home with you at the end of the course.

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Learn more about this course:

Who is it for?

This program is aimed at adults and teens, ages 13 and up. No experience necessary!

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When is it?

This weekly class will run for 3 weeks, from October 26 to November 9, 2016, 2016, every Wednesday between 6pm and 9pm.

Where is it?

This program will take place in the wood shop at Tam High:

Tamalpais High School
Woodshop (Room 416)
700 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(see map.)

What will we learn?

You will create your own interactive art, in a playful way that makes learning more fun. Working collaboratively, you will make lights blink, sounds play and things move — bringing your wonderbox to life with art and electronics.

This unique combination of art and technology will help you develop a range of new skills:

  • Science, technology, engineering and math skills;
  • Electronics, circuits, lights, motors and soldering;
  • Art and creative expression skills.

What tools and materials will we use?

You will have access to these tools:

  • Electronics tools
  • Light wood fabrication tools
  • Small woodturning tools

If you have already taken our Arduino, laser cutting or other Tam Makers courses, you can use those tools as well (you would need to bring your own Arduino if you want to use one in your wonderbox).

You can also use one of our Windows computers, which include different software tools for makers (e.g.: Adobe Illustrator, Arduino, Sketchup, etc.), as well as a variety of soldering and other maker tools.

Materials are included (a $30 value). You can take your creation home with you at the end of the course.

Who is teaching this?

This maker course will be led by Fabrice Florin, with the help of other Tam Makers members.

Fabrice is a multimedia innovator who creates unique experiences to inform and engage communities through digital and physical media. He has led the development of many pioneering products in education, news and entertainment, working with innovators such as Apple, Macromedia and Wikipedia. He is a lead designer for the ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine, a poetic oracle — and helped create many of its art wonderboxes. Fabrice has taught maker art and multimedia at all grade levels in the Bay Area. Learn more at fabriceflorin.com .

How much does it cost?

This course is $150 per student, for 3 classes of 3 hours each.

Materials are included, such as wood, art supplies, lights and basic electronic parts (a $30 value). You can take your creation home with you at the end of the course.

How can I sign up?

Sign up here on the Tam High District’s Community Education site.

Classes require a minimum of 6 participants and are limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

How can I learn more?

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