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IAP 2012 Activities by Category

Crafts, Hobbies, and Do-It-Yourself

Advanced Knitting
Alyssa Mensch
Wed Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 05-06:30pm, w20-425

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: none

Advanced knitting taught by Alyssa Mensch at the SAA.
Contact: Alyssa Mensch, w20-429, x3-4004, acmensch@mit.edu
Sponsor: Student Art Association

Asian Bookbinding with Belle Kuo
Sam Magee
Tue Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, 07-09:00pm, w20-427, see arts.mit.edu/saa

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 11-Jan-2012
Limited to 10 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: see arts.mit.edu/saa
Fee: 60.00 for instruction and materials, see arts.mit.edu/saa for more det

Asian books differ from Western books in looks, paper types, binding techniques, and usage. In this course, you will make books in rice and mulberry papers using traditional techniques, such as stab binding (more known as Japanese binding) and Japanese accordion binding. You will also use techniques to modify or embellish otherwise Western books to give them an attractive Asian look. Please bring your own X-Acto knife or Olfa type cutter. If you would like to give a personal look to your books, you could bring your own Asian decorative paper and embellishments (Japanese paper is easily available), but it is not required. Any questions, I will be happy to answer.
Web: http://arts.mit.edu/saa
Contact: Sam Magee, w20-429, x3-4004, sammagee@mit.edu
Sponsor: Student Art Association

Book Collecting as a Hobby: Embracing this Gentle Madness
Patrick Olson, Patrick Ford, Stephen Skuce
Fri Jan 27, 10-11:30am, 14N-118

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 25-Jan-2012
Limited to 30 participants.
Single session event

Have you ever wondered what makes a book collectable? Or what the words “first edition” really mean? In this hour and a half, we’ll answer all the questions you have (and never had) about book collecting. Come learn about the methods, resources, and terms collectors are using today. We’ll have a selection of MIT’s rare books on hand for viewing, including some with their own fascinating histories of private ownership. Whether you’re a veteran bibliophile, an aspiring collector, or just plain curious, you’re sure to come away from this event informed and inspired.

Please register at: http://libraries.mit.edu/sites/events/.
Contact: Patrick Olson, 14N-118, x5-4467, polson@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries

Build Your Own Electric Guitar
John Armstong Harvard School of Public Health
Tue Jan 10, 06-08:00pm, W20 PDR#3
Thu Jan 12, Tue Jan 17, 09-11:00am, W31-031 Hobby Shop
Tue Jan 17, 06-08:00pm, W20 PDR#3
Thu Jan 19, 09-11:00am, W31-031 Hobby Shop

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Signup by: 16-Dec-2011
Limited to 5 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: MIT student and Hobby Shop membership
Fee: 350.00 for Guitar Parts and materials

Students in the class will build their own solid-body, bolt-on neck electric guitar or bass using a system of router templates that are easy to use and give high-quality results. The types of instruments available include Stratocaster and Telecaster-style guitars and a Precision-style bass. The process begins with a required meeting with the instructor in December to select instrument type, body and fretboard wood. When class commences in January, students will transform a prepared body blank into a completed body, ready to accept a pre-made neck and other quality components. In December, students must be prepared to provide a check, payable to the Hobby Shop, for the total amount of their instrument. All materials, parts, and supplies except for strings are included in the cost (Stratocaster-style guitar, $375; Telecaster style guitar, $350; Precision-style bass, $325). No prior skills are needed for this class. 3 hours shop time each week besides class will be needed to complete the instrument. REGISTRATION ON A FIRST PAID BASIS
Contact: Hayami Arakawa, W31-031, x3-4343, kenstone@mit.edu
Sponsor: Hobby Shop

Busy Bag Swap for kids 2.5-4 years
Samra Salman
Mon Jan 23, 12-01:00pm

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 16-Dec-2011
Limited to 25 participants.
Single session event

The winter is fast approaching. Want to keep your kids busy while you do something important like cooking or maybe watching a movie? Then this is the right opportunity for you. Join the "Busy Bag Swap". All you have to do is make a busy bag. A Busy Bag is a ziplock bag filled with a fun and educational activity for the younger kids from 2.5 years to 4 years. We are currently looking for 20-25 participants who will choose one activity and make 20-25 bags of their one activity to exchange. This swap is focused on activities that are developmentally appropriate for preschool kids (2.5 yrs to 4 yrs). After the swap each participant will have 20-25 busy bags for their little ones. Get lots of ideas by simply googling: “Busy Bag ideas". Email Samra to let her know you are interested and you will receive a detailed email regarding the instructions and the rules, time, and loction of the Busy Bag swap. The swap will take place on January 23.
Contact: Samra Salman, Samcool.salman@gmail.com
Sponsor: SpousesandPartners@mit

Creative Fabric Workshop
Angela Chang, Yolita Nugent, Shireen Damghani
Fri Jan 13, 01-04:00pm, tba at the media lab, Intro Fabric & Participants
Thu Jan 19, 01-04:00pm, tba at the media lab, Project advice and checkpoint
Thu Jan 26, 01-04:00pm, tba at the media lab, Studio Project Presentations

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 11-Jan-2012
Limited to 15 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Fee: 5.00 for Purchase of materials for making patterns and projects

Spend some time this winter experimenting with fabric, plushies and surface design in a three day workshop led by seasoned guides. In this workshop you will play with the basics of sewing, patterning and surface design to create unique textures, manipulated surfaces and objects of your choosing.

Come with an idea for a project, and we'll start making it at the first class. Continue 2nd class
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/creativefabricworkshop/
Contact: Angela Chang, E15-468A, x2-5674, anjchang@mit.edu
Sponsor: Media Arts & Sciences

Creativity: It's All In Your Head
Ruth Levitsky, Toastmasters@MIT, Cherylle Garnes, Ariela Marshall, Gustavo Garcia Barragan, Janet Johnson, David Marshall
Sat Jan 28, 09:30am-12:30pm, E51-145

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Limited to 50 participants.
Single session event

Everyone is born with a creative spark. However, in North America most people stop being creative by the third grade. In this interactive team presentation you will learn tips, techniques and games to sharpen, enhance and spark your creativity in all areas of your life. These tips and techniques are connected to the seven intelligences of Dr. Howard Gardner. Expect to learn something new and have fun while doing it.

The Creativity Integrators were Toastmasters who branched out into this field in 2003. They come from all walks of life.

To help us plan for handouts, please sign up at
http://tinyurl.com/creativeones. Anyone is welcome to attend whether they register or not, though.
Web: http://tinyurl.com/creativeones
Contact: Ruth Levitsky, E52-252, x3-3399, levitsky@mit.edu, CreativityIntegrators@hotmail.com
Sponsor: Toastmasters@MIT
Cosponsor: Economics

Fixit Clinic XVIII
Edward Moriarty, Peter Mui
Sat Jan 28, 12-03:00pm, 4-402

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

WHAT: Fixit Clinic XVIII
WHERE: Edgerton Center (Room 4-402), MIT, Cambridge MA http://web.mit.edu/edgerton/
HOW: Bring: 1) your broken or non-working thing (carry-in only: no oversize items)
2) any tools you already own that might be helpful (e.g. phillips head screwdriver)
3) a digital camera to document the disassembly and what we find inside
4) boxes, bags and/or small containers to organize (and carry away) parts.
COST: Free!
WHY: To make friends, learn how things work, and have fun!

"Like" Fixit Clinic on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FixitClinic
Join the Fixit Clinic Group Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_126683834064718

Want to help as a fixer / troubleshooter guide at this event? Other questions? Email Peter Mui
Contact: Edward Moriarty, 4-411, x2-3857, mory@mit.edu
Sponsor: Edgerton Center

Guitar Pedal Building
Ben Schreck, Nathan Monroe
Tue Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, 08:15-10:15pm, W20 PDR #3 (W20-303)

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 10 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Fee: 50.00 for purchasing pedal components

Learn how to build a distortion pedal! No previous music or electronics experience necessary, but some soldering experience would definitely come in handy. We will be teaching you how to build a clone of the Proco-Rat distortion pedal, including machining and designing the enclosure, working from the schematic and using a breadboard to test the design, soldering components onto a printed circuit board, and fastening everything to the case. We will also teach you the basic physics behind the design of the pedal, and why it distorts the instrument's tone.

There will be a wait-list if more than 10 people sign up.
Contact: Ben Schreck, bschreck@mit.edu
Sponsor: Live Music Connection

Home Repair Basics: Basic Residential Wiring
John Ledbury, Greg DeVincent
Wed Jan 25, 09:30am-12:00pm, Building 32-072

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 20 participants.
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Learn how to rewire a lamp, install an electrical outlet, and get a better understanding of household wiring from MIT electrians.
Contact: Melody Craven, mcraven@mit.edu
Sponsor: Department of Facilities

Home Repair Basics: Household Plumbing
Dan Gustafson
Wed Jan 18, 01-03:30pm, Building E19-127

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 20 participants.
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Come learn the secrets of quick repairs to faucets and toilets, and how to clear a drain from one of MIT’s finest plumbers.
Contact: Melody Craven, x2-2407, mcraven@plant.mit.edu
Sponsor: Department of Facilities

How to Spot a Good Deal at a Yard Sale or an Antique Store
Lanny Gregg Antiques Dealer, Maggie Sullivan
Sun Jan 15, 03-05:00pm, 5-134

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 50 participants.
Single session event
Fee: 10.00 for class fee

Lanny Gregg has been a professional Antiques Dealer for over 30 years.

He will show you how to spot a good deal. Each student can bring in one item to class for Lanny to look at so they can talk about their find. Lanny will bring a group of his own items to show & tell you about the special markings, etc. on each piece.

A handout with a list of antique books, webpage links, etc. will be provided.

Contact: Lanny Gregg, calcustom3@aol.com
Sponsor: Mechanical Engineering

Introduction to Knitting
Ayse Gursoy
Tue Jan 17, 02-05:00pm, E15-320
Wed Jan 18, Thu Jan 19, Fri Jan 20, 03-05:00pm, E15-320

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Start a hat and keep warm in January! The basic knitting stitches will be taught during the mandatory first session (Tuesday January 17). The other three sessions are completely optional; I will be available to help. If you already knit, feel free to join us (but please bring your own materials). Materials will be provided for the first 15 people to sign up by Dec 31.
Contact: Ayse Gursoy, agursoy@MIT.EDU
Sponsor: Comparative Media Studies

Make Your Own Decorative Paste Paper
Nancy Schrock, Rebecca Caswell
Tue Jan 10, Wed Jan 11, 10am-12:00pm, 14-0513

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 03-Jan-2012
Limited to 12 participants.
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session
Prereq: manual dexterity or equivalent

Learn the centuries-old technique of making decorative papers with paste, paint, and paper in the MIT Libraries' Wunsch Conservation Laboratory. Paste papers are made by covering a dampened sheet of paper with a mixture of paste and colored pigment and then working the surface with a variety of tools to create patterns. Originally used by bookbinders for covering material and endpapers, paste papers today are used for notecards, collage, scrapbooking, giftwrapping, and other paper arts.

Participants will learn about the history of paste paper, see a demonstration and examples, and have an opportunity to try their hand at the craft. Each participant will make 2 or more sheets of paste paper, which will be dried overnight in the Lab and then mailed. All materials will be provided.

Directions to the Wunsch Conservation Lab: http://libraries.mit.edu/preservation/aboutus.html

No walk-ins allowed. Please contact us if you find you cannot attend, as there is likely to be a waiting list.
Web: http://info-libraries.mit.edu/events/
Contact: Andrew Haggarty (register at link above), 14-0513, 253-5282, ahaggart@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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