Brooklyn’s 3rd Ward is offering a couple of in-depth classes and free workshops that may be of particular interest to the Make community. Readers of Make are invited to enroll in the classes at 3rd Ward’s reduced member rate. Sign up via the special paypal links or call 718.715.4961 and mention this post!
Sound Sculpture – Mondays Feb 9, 16, 23, March 2, 7-10pm During this four-week class students will learn the basics of electronics with an emphasis on sensors and sound while at the same time collaboratively developing a massive sound installation in the 3rd Ward gallery. The course will culminate in a full-blown opening for the installation which will remain on display until the end of March.
How to Make Crappy Stuff Awesome – Wednesdays Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 Learn the basic concepts for creating furniture and other useful objects out of recycled and found materials for little or no investment. Students will have access to a full wood shop, a wide range of power tools, a spray booth, and a sewing machine. One part furniture rehab and one part design, this class will focus on the techniques needed to turn crappy stuff into something you love.
Plus, a series of free workshops focusing on audio and video technology:
Processing Introduction - Monday February 2nd, 7-9pm Processing is an open source programming language and software environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions. In this intro we’ll discover the basics of Processing and how easy it is to start coding, then move on to more advanced topics to give you an idea what possibilities are in store.
Circuit Bending - Friday February 6th, 7-9pm Learn the basics of what electronic circuits are made of and how they are put together, then how to twist the intended use of that circuit to make wild, loud, and utterly unintended sounds! Free to watch, or a $20 materials fee gets you a 37-key electric piano and parts. A performance of bent instruments will close the evening.
Contact Mic Building - Friday February 13th, 7-9pm Learn how to build your own high-quality contact mics for all your close-up recording needs. Contact mics record surface vibrations, meaning they can pick minute sounds like ice melting and hard-drives spinning. Free to watch, or a $20 materials fee gets you supplies to build two contact mics. A performance utilizing the special properties of these mics will conclude the workshop.
VDMX Tutorial - Monday February 16th, 7-10pm VDMX is a revolutionary environment which enables you to construct a custom video processing pipeline as well as an interface to control it. This workshop is ideal for any visualists who are looking to expand their horizons by creating the custom realtime video processing applications of their dreams.
3rd Ward 195 Morgan Ave. Brooklyn, NY