MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017 Activities by Category - Crafts, Hobbies, and Do-It-Yourself

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"Eye Eye" Workshop and Demo

Mauricio Cordero

Jan/12 Thu 06:00PM-08:00PM 8-119

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Fee: $10.00 for materials

Learn how to draw the eye and why you couldn’t do it before.

The eyes represent unique challenges to both the beginning and intermediate artist. By approaching drawing and observation through a different lens, we will overcome many of these obstacles. This course focuses on underlying structure and the process of observation, rather than relying on anatomical instruction. Learn how to translate the eye that you see onto paper using pencil and graphite.


This workshop will meet once and consists of:
Drawing demonstration with a step-by-step explanationDrawing tools and material demonstrationDrawing the hand from observationIndividual feedback from the instructor Activity leader & contact person: Mauricio Cordero

Date(s) and Time(s): Thursday January 12, from 6-8pm
Limited Enrollment: 15 participants $10 materials fee, online payment reserves a spot - http://mauriciocordero.com/instruction/#pay

Sponsor(s): SpousesandPartners@mit
Contact: Mauricio Cordero, mcordero@mit.edu


"Hands On" Workshop and Demo

Mauricio Cordero

Jan/26 Thu 06:00PM-08:00PM 4-145

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/25
Limited to 15 participants
Fee: $10.00 for materials fee

Learn how to draw the hand and why you couldn’t do it before.

The hands represent unique challenges to both the beginning and intermediate artist. By approaching drawing and observation through a different lens, we will overcome many of these obstacles. This course focuses on underlying structure and the process of observation, rather than relying on anatomical instruction. Learn how to translate the hand that you see onto paper using pencil and graphite.

This workshop will meet once and consists of:

    • Drawing demonstration with a step-by-step explanation
    • Drawing tools and material demonstration
    • Drawing the hand from observation
    • Individual feedback from the instructor

Online payment of the enrollment fee reserves a spot: http://mauriciocordero.com/instruction/#pay

 

Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Contact: Mauricio Cordero, mcordero@mit.edu


(FULL with WAITLIST) Small Batch Beer Brewing

Nicole Moody, TEEC Chair, Andrew Brose, Paul Mayencourt

Enrollment: Limited Number
Sign-up by 01/01
Limited to 14 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $20.00 for brewing supplies and ingredients

No longer taking signups at this time. 

Join us at the Thirsty Ear Pub for a four day course where we explore the intricacies of brewing beer and produce a batch of all grain beer ourselves. Broken up into four categories (boil, ferment, bottle and tap) the classes will focus on the production of a 5 gallon batch of a, as yet to be, selected ale. 

In addition to sparging grains and pitching yeast at the Thirsty Ear, we will interact with others in the micro brewing industry; guests from Slumbrew (to be confirmed) will be taking part in classes, and we have a planned trip to Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville. 

As we will be producing and sampling fermented drink, this is a 21+ class. Every participant is asked to contribute 20$ for class materials and will walk away with a few bottles of their own, personaly brewed beer at the end of the IAP course.

Classes will be as follows:

January 10 - Boil: mashing, sparging, brewing, cooling, pitching yeast (5pm - 9pm)

January 17 - Ferment: racking to secondary fermenter, visit to local micro brewery (5pm - 8pm)

January 24 - Bottle: santising, bottling beer, discussion with local brewers and beer varieties (5pm - 9pm) 

January 31 - Tap: taste a bottle of home brew, make some labels, share a pint (5pm - 8pm)

 

Contact: Nicole Moody, nmoody@mit.edu


Step 1: Boil

Jan/10 Tue 05:00PM-08:00PM Thirsty Ear Pub

Nicole Moody - TEEC Chair, Andrew Brose, Paul Mayencourt


Step 2: Ferment

Jan/17 Tue 05:00PM-08:00PM Thirsty Ear Pub, Will be travelling to local micro brewery

Nicole Moody - TEEC Chair, Andrew Brose, Paul Mayencourt


Step 3: Bottle

Jan/24 Tue 05:00PM-08:00PM Thirsty Ear Pub

Nicole Moody - TEEC Chair, Andrew Brose, Paul Mayencourt


Step 4: Tap

Jan/31 Tue 05:00PM-08:00PM Thirsty Ear Pub

Nicole Moody - TEEC Chair, Andrew Brose, Paul Mayencourt


Bad Ideas

Hadrian Merced, Banti Gheneti, Jakob Weisblat

Jan/20 Fri 01:00PM-01:00AM
Jan/21 Sat 11:00AM-01:00AM
Jan/22 Sun 10:00AM-10:00PM

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session
Prereq: None

A weekend-long celebration of awful events and projects. For more information, including times and locations for specific events, visit http://bad-ideas.mit.edu.

Contact: Bad Ideas Chairs, 62M 118, 254 589-2669, BAD-IDEAS-17@MIT.EDU


Bamboo Bicycle Frame Making Workshop

David Wang, Founder of Bamboo Bicycles Beijing

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/09
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: None!

Workshop Overview

In the workshop everyone will make four bamboo bicycle frames and participate in a discusison about how the experience of building a bicycle and the bamboo bicycle itself might be used in different contexts. 

The workshop is broken down into three super fun stages: 1) Prepare and design your frame, 2) build the frame, 3) install bike components and go for a ride!

Please note that we have a maximum of 12 people in the workshop, but will build only 4 frames in each workshop. So, it might be best to do this with a friend so you can share the frame!

Photos from the 2016 Class!

What is a bamboo bicycle?

A bamboo bicycle is just another bicycle. However, we believe it’s special because making a bamboo frame is an accessible and fun experience regardless of ones skill level. In addition to this bamboo frames are: 1) light (~1.7kg); 2) vibration dampening; and 3) simply beautiful. The first bamboo bicycles was made in the 1890s, and in the past 10 years more and more people have been exploring how to use this material to make unique and personalized bicycles.

About the instructor

The course instructor, David Wang, has taught over 400 people to make their own bamboo bicycles in 2-day workshops in Beijing (Bamboo Bicycles Beijing). After arriving at MIT as a student in Urban Studies and MIT Sloan, David is excited to work across the MIT community to explore the potential of bamboo bicycles as method for building community and empowering young people.

SIGN UP

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD International Design Center, Urban Studies and Planning
Contact: David Wang, 617 895-8280, DWANG8@MIT.EDU


Bamboo Bike Workshop!

Jan/17 Tue 09:00AM-05:00PM MIT IDC, wear clothes that can get dirty; bring music!
Jan/18 Wed 09:00AM-05:00PM MIT IDC, wear clothes that can get dirty; bring music!
Jan/19 Thu 09:00AM-01:00PM MIT IDC, wear clothes that can get dirty; bring music!
Jan/20 Fri 09:00AM-01:00PM MIT IDC, bring a helmet!

We will make 4 bamboo bike frames. It will consist of a two intensive build days, a detailing/personalization half day, and a half day to install components and RIDE!!!

 

David Wang - Founder of Bamboo Bicycles Beijing, Candy Yang - Assistant, Prima Li - Community Leader from Beijing


Beginning Oil Painting Workshop A

Nicole Tariverdian, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 16 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $105.00 for materials and firing fees.

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper

Over the course of 4 weeks students will learn the beginning processes of creating an oil painting. Skills such as selecting successful imagery for a the canvas, determining aspects of a strong composition, underpainting, creating strong color palettes, and the basics of color mixing will be covered.

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/10 Tue 05:30PM-08:00PM W20-425
Jan/17 Tue 05:30PM-08:00PM W20-425
Jan/24 Tue 05:30PM-08:00PM W20-425
Jan/31 Tue 05:30PM-08:00PM W20-425

Nicole Tariverdian - Technical Instructor


Beginning Oil Painting Workshop B

Nicole Tariverdian, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 16 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $105.00 for art supplies.

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper

Over the course of 4 weeks students will learn the beginning processes of creating an oil painting. Skills such as selecting successful imagery for a the canvas, determining aspects of a strong composition, underpainting, creating strong color palettes, and the basics of color mixing will be covered.

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/11 Wed 05:30PM-08:00PM W20-425
Jan/18 Wed 05:30PM-08:00PM W20-425
Jan/25 Wed 05:30PM-08:00PM W20-425
Feb/01 Wed 05:30PM-08:00PM W20-425

Nicole Tariverdian - Technical Instructor


Build your own multi-touch pad (learn laser-cutting, basic electronics, and computer vision in 2 afternoons)

Stefanie Mueller, Assistant Professor EECS / MechE

Enrollment: Maximum 24 Participants.
Sign-up by 01/16
Limited to 24 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: hardware: none, software: basic programming knowledge

Learn laser cutting, electronics breadboard prototyping, soldering, and computer vision in only two afternoons. In this hands-on IAP, we will build a multi-touch pad using the principles of FTIR (Frustrated Total Internal Reflection).

In the first session, we are going to build the hardware of your device. In the second session, we will add the software, i.e., the finger tracking and gesture recognition. All you need to bring is your laptop, we take care of the rest.

You can find more information (including an image of what you will build) here:

http://groups.csail.mit.edu/hcie/iap-multitouch-pad.html

This IAP is organized by the HCI Engineering Group (HCIE). We are a new group at MIT CSAIL (starting January 2017) and build interactive software and hardware systems with a focus on advancing personal fabrication technologies.

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Stefanie Mueller, 32-312, STEFANIE.MUELLER@MIT.EDU


Hardware: Laser cutting / Electronics

Jan/19 Thu 02:00PM-06:00PM 32-311, bring your laptop

In the first session, you will build the hardware for your multi-touch pad. First, you will laser cut an acrylic sheet and use a heat gun to bend it into shape. After that, you will solder the USB connector, the LEDs and add a switch for turning the LEDs on/off. We will provide you with basic knowledge in electronics and give an intro to Arduino. Finally, you will add a camera that we will use for tracking the fingers.


Gesture Recognition / Computer Vision

Jan/20 Fri 02:00PM-06:00PM 32-311, bring your laptop

In the second session, you will use computer vision to track finger gestures on your multi-touch pad using the attached camera. For this, we will give an intro to computer vision with OpenCV (color-space conversions, thresholding, blob detection). At the end, we will host a contest for the best example application with some unique prizes for the most creative solutions.


Build your own Skateboard or Longboard

Coby Unger, Associate Instructor

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/04
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: Hobby Shop term Membership
Fee: $85.00 for Deck materials

Over the course of this class we will use the CNC router, laser, vacuum bag and manually operated woodworking tools. No prior woodworking experience is necessary. We will first cover mold design in Fusion 360 and operation of the CNC router to cut a lamination mold for a total of two board designs chosen by the class participants. The vacuum bag is used to glue laminate thin veneer layers together and create the curved deck blank. 
The laser cutter will be used for to make a decorative wood veneer top or bottom of your design. 

Sponsor(s): Hobby Shop
Contact: Coby Unger, W31-031, 617 253 4343, cobyu@mit.edu


Build your own Skateboard or Long board

Jan/09 Mon 02:00PM-05:00PM W31-031
Jan/13 Fri 02:00PM-05:00PM W31-031
Jan/20 Fri 02:00PM-05:00PM W31-031
Jan/23 Mon 02:00PM-05:00PM W31-031
Jan/27 Fri 02:00PM-05:00PM W31-031
Jan/30 Mon 02:00PM-05:00PM W31-031
Feb/03 Fri 02:00PM-05:00PM W31-031


If you have any question, please email Coby at: cobyu@mit.edu

Coby Unger - Associate Instructor


Ceramica Botanica

Darrell Finnegan, Studio Manager, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for materials and firing fees.

In this intermediate to advanced mixed level course, nature is a wonderful source of inspiration. Both wheel thrown and hand-built vessels will be stretched, altered and manipulated in various ways with a nature theme. Exploring numerous surface techniques, we will transform your vessel into a functional form or sculptural object. Think large leaf platters, perhaps plump peach pitchers or over-sized sculptural pears. This workshop will involve both wheel work and handbuilding techniques.

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/10 Tue 04:00PM-06:30PM W20-431
Jan/17 Tue 04:00PM-06:30PM W20-431
Jan/24 Tue 04:00PM-06:30PM W20-431
Jan/31 Tue 04:00PM-06:30PM W20-431

Darrell Finnegan - Studio Manager, Technical Instructor


Collaborative Design and Creative Expression with Arduino MIcrocontrollers

Kyle Keane, Lecturer, Craig Carter, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Andrew Ringler, non-MIT lecturer, Mark Vrablic, MIT Student, EECS, Abhinav Gandhi, Visiting Student, EECS

Jan/09 Mon 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/10 Tue 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/11 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/12 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/13 Fri 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/17 Tue 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/18 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/19 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop
Jan/20 Fri 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-4101, bring laptop

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/07
Limited to 40 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: none

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/0MAINQbUz6E690EB2 for this 9-day hands-on workshop about collaboration, design, and electronics prototyping. No previous experience with computer programming or electronics is required. Beginning students will be taught everything they need to know and advanced students will be challenged to learn new skills. Participants will work in small teams to design and build electronics projects using open-source microprocessors. Team projects are completely open-ended and designed by participants, past projects have included: an internet-connected weather simulation station, a giant LED billboard, and a CNC drawing machine. Participants will complete three guided projects in order to learn the fundamentals and will then break into small teams to complete a one-day mini-project of their choosing. After the mini-project, participants will break into new teams that will each get $250 and four days to design, plan, and build a custom project of their choice. On the last day of the course, students will present their projects in public exhibition and have the chance to win a prize for crowd favorite. Participants will learn about microcontroller programming using Arduino, collaborative software development using GitHub, solderless electronics prototyping, electronic sensors, rapid prototyping, and small team management.

 

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration, Materials Science and Engineering
Contact: Kyle Keane, kkeane@mit.edu


Composite Forms

Darrell Finnegan, Studio Manager, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for materials and firing fees.

This four week workshop will focus composite forms;  forms created from the combining of two or more wheel thrown parts.  Learn the ‘how to’s’ of making a graceful compote or multi-sectioned vase.  Intermediate wheel skills are a prerequisite.

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/12 Thu 04:00PM-06:30PM W20-431
Jan/19 Thu 04:00PM-06:30PM W20-431
Jan/26 Thu 04:00PM-06:30PM W20-431
Feb/02 Thu 04:00PM-06:30PM W20-431

Darrell Finnegan - Studio Manager, Technical Instructor


Crossed Structure Binding

Ayako Letizia, Conservation Associate

Jan/11 Wed 10:00AM-12:00PM 14-0513 Wunsch Lab

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required

Learn a non-adhesive bookbinding style known as the “Crossed Structure binding.” In this hands-on workshop you will sew a book and cover it with handmade paper. Materials will be provided. We will have tools on hand to borrow for the duration of the class.

Please register here.

 

 

Sponsor(s): Libraries
Contact: Ayako Letizia, 14-0513, 617 253-5282, AYAKO@MIT.EDU


Crossed Structure Binding

Ayako Letizia, Conservation Associate

Jan/11 Wed 10:00AM-12:00PM 14-0513 Wunsch Lab

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required

Learn a non-adhesive bookbinding style known as the “Crossed Structure binding.” In this hands-on workshop you will sew a book and cover it with handmade paper. Materials will be provided. We will have tools on hand to borrow for the duration of the class.

Please register here

 

Contact: Ayako Letizia, 14-0513, 617 253-5282, AYAKO@MIT.EDU


Digital to Analog B&W Photography

Nicole Tariverdian, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 8 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for darkroom chemistry.

The intersection of the digital and analog photographic processes offers an interesting space for visual and conceptual investigation. During this 4 week workshop students will create analog photographs from digital imagery using several types of “non-traditional” negatives (such as transparency, and contact prints).

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

 

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/11 Wed 08:00PM-10:30PM W20-425
Jan/18 Wed 08:00PM-10:30PM W20-425
Jan/25 Wed 08:00PM-10:30PM W20-425
Feb/01 Wed 08:00PM-10:30PM W20-425

Nicole Tariverdian - Technical Instructor


DIY Medical Technology Construction Kits

Jose Gomez-Marquez, Little Devices Lab

Jan/10 Tue 09:30AM-03:30PM N52-373G

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required

Short Hand-on Seminar on DIY Medical Technology

Build medical device kits to empower patients and clinicians to make novel health devices.

What happens when everyone can make their own medical device? What are the drivers of how to democratize the basics of human health technology? The basics of DIY Medical Device Design and its implications are discussed in a series of hands-on activities and discussions to cover topics such as 

- (Re) fabrication of medical technology

- The pharmacies in our garages

- The EpiPen vs. The Nerf Gun and what we can do about it

- How mom's can design and make their own Zika tests

- The future of patient data if we make it ours

- A look at how a hospital makerspace operates

- The MakerNurse program

 

The disparities in affordable healthcare technology are a growing part of increasing healthcare costs globally. This course aims to teach affordable prototyping and design strategies for health technology and medicine that can be applied to improve patient care in a variety of settings: both low-income and high-income economies, at patients' homes and in hospitals. 

This one day seminar serves an an introduction to HST S.47 MakerLab, a two-week hands on sister course also offered during IAP.

For more information visit http://makerlab.mit.edu/ 

E-mail us: littledevices@mit.edu

 

Course Director(s):Lee GehrkeJose Gomez-MarquezAnna Young

 

Time: January 10th, 9:30am to 3pm

 

Location: N52-391

 

 

 

Sponsor(s): Institute for Medical Engineering & Science
Contact: Jose Gomez-Marquez, N52-373G, 617 674-7516, littledevices@mit.edu


EE Skills Workshop for Freshmen

Alex Sludds, 6-2 Student

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/06
Limited to 30 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: None

Construct an LED light array! Assuming no prior knowledge we will help you
wrap your head around circuit construction and signal processing. Learn how
to use breadboards, multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal
generators, op-amps, and leds.

Email asludds@mit.edu to reserve a space.

 

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Alex Sludds, asludds@mit.edu


Jan/23 Mon 12:00PM-02:30PM 38-501
Jan/24 Tue 12:00PM-02:30PM 38-501

Alex Sludds - 6-2 Student


Fabricating Electronic Tattoos (FULL with FULL WAITLIST!)

Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, PhD Student, MIT Media Lab, Andres Calvo, MS Student, MIT Media Lab

Jan/17 Tue 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-341, Bring laptop
Jan/18 Wed 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-341, Bring laptop
Jan/19 Thu 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-341, Bring laptop
Jan/20 Fri 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-341, Bring laptop

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/07
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

THIS CLASS IS FULL with a FULL WAITLIST. We are not taking any more sign-ups. Sorry!

Please sign up for the course here: https://goo.gl/forms/C0XFJ5vJ0CdWRosw2, and we will contact you if selected. This course introduces the fabrication process for creating electronic tattoos that are both aesthetic and functional. The course is broken down into three stages:


1) Learn the fabrication process by making an NFC tag tattoo

2)  Envision and design your own applications for electronic tattoos

3) Prototype and test your application


This course can help you envision the future of wearable devices and on-skin user interfaces through a hands-on approach. During the last day of the course, students will share their applications with the rest of the class.

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration
Contact: Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, E15-352, cindykao@mit.edu


Handset Printing at the Beaver Press Print Shop

Jeffrey Ravel, Professor and Head of History, Anne McCants, Professor of History and Director of Concourse

Jan/18 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM Barker Library, Signup; link below.
Jan/19 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM Barker Library, Signup; link below.
Jan/20 Fri 01:00PM-04:00PM Barker Library, Signup; link below.
Jan/25 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM Barker Library, Signup; link below.
Jan/26 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM Barker Library, Signup; link below.
Jan/27 Fri 01:00PM-04:00PM Barker Library, Signup; link below.
Feb/02 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM Barker Library, Signup; link below.

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session
Prereq: None

Have you ever wanted to set type the way Johannes Gutenberg and Benjamin Franklin did?  Print your own political pamphlets and broadsides?  Design greeting cards and announcements?  Now you can do these things and more at The Beaver Press Print Shop, MIT's own handset printing press, located in Barker Library.  The press was built in 21H.343 during Spring 2016; learn more here and here.  We will be holding open printing hours during the last two weeks of IAP.  Space is limited, so please sign up here.

Sponsor(s): Concourse, History
Contact: Jeffrey Ravel, E51-255C, 617 253-4451, RAVEL@MIT.EDU


Idle Idols: Small Ceramic Figures

Jason Pastorello, Technical Instructor, Student Art Association

Jan/09 Mon 09:00AM-12:00PM W20-431, Dress in comfortable clothes that can get dirty
Jan/11 Wed 09:00AM-12:00PM W20-431, Dress in comfortable clothes that can get dirty
Jan/18 Wed 09:00AM-12:00PM W20-431, Dress in comfortable clothes that can get dirty

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/05
Limited to 18 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: none

Construct a miniature of your favorite character or creature using a variety of hand-building techniques. This class is for the creative person, as you are only limited by your imagination!
 
Class one- A basic demonstration of hand building techniques will be presented at the beginning of the first class, as well as a discussion of the general nature and physical properties of clay.    
 
Class two-Discussion of the chemistry of glazing, underglazing and chemical washes and the way that each reacts with cone 6 clay bodies in the electric kiln.  Students will glaze their pieces.  If time permits, the instructor will give a wheel throwing demonstration and students will be allowed to experiment on the potter’s wheel.    
 
Class three-Finished pieces are taken out of the kilns and ready for group critique, after which they can be taken home.  If time permits, students will be allowed to continue to experiment on the wheel and with handbuilding on the tables.  

Email stacyp@mit.edu by Jan. 5 to sign up.

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration, Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy DeBartolo, stacyp@mit.edu


Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

Hiroko Matsuyama

Feb/03 Fri 02:00PM-03:30PM E40-496, Pye Conference Rm

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/11
Limited to 20 participants
Fee: $10.00 for Materials (due at time of registration)

Create your own flower arrangment with Hiroko Matsuyama, instructor from the Ohara school of Ikebana, in an IAP course on this ancient Japanese art.

Registration: to register, please contact Christine Pilcavage at csp18@mit.edu. Your registration is not complete unless you have paid your $10 registration fee. You will forfeit your registration if you do not pay by Wed. January 11th and your place will be given to the next person on the waiting list

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, MIT Japan Program
Contact: Christine Pilcavage, csp18@mit.edu


Interpreting a Still Life

Nicole Tariverdian, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 16 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $105.00 for art supplies.

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” Alberto Giacometti

Students will learn about drawing and painting from observation while focusing on making successful creative choices. During this workshop students will observe real objects, and learn to translate the physical world to the representational via drawing and painting. Precursory sketches and a final mixed media piece will be created. Students will look to Wayne ThiebaudGiorgio MorandiPaul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse for inspiration.

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/10 Tue 08:00PM-10:30PM W20-425
Jan/17 Tue 08:00PM-10:30PM W20-425
Jan/24 Tue 08:00PM-10:30PM W20-425
Jan/31 Tue 08:00PM-10:30PM W20-425

Nicole Tariverdian - Technical Instructor


Introduction to Gum Bichromate Printing

Thery Mislick, Studio Manager, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 8 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $135.00 for materials and darkroom chemistry.

Experience the joy of one of the earliest photographic printing processes while working from your own digital and/or analog images.   This  intensive workshop is designed to introduce students to the beautiful and versatile world of gum bichromate printing. Gum printing utilizes a contact negative and non-silver emulsion to produce delicate, painterly images that permit a high degree of artistic expression. The basic process is simple and fun. 

Class will cover all aspects of the gum process: paper preparation, negative preparation, and printing.  Students should bring three to five images or a selection of digital image files to the first class.

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/20 Fri 06:00PM-09:00PM W20-425
Jan/21 Sat 01:00PM-06:00PM W20-425
Jan/22 Sun 01:00PM-06:00PM W20-425
Jan/27 Fri 06:00PM-09:00PM W20-425
Jan/28 Sat 01:00PM-06:00PM W20-425
Jan/29 Sun 01:00PM-06:00PM W20-425

Thery Mislick - Studio Manager, Technical Instructor


Learn Massage1

John Bondlow

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/06
Limited to 16 participants
Attendance: no required to attend all sessions
Prereq: to sign up please visit mitrecsports.com
Fee: $48.00 for members, $104 nonmembers

This course combines various massage techniques, with a cursory view of anatomy & physiology, theory and application of therapeutic massage. As is the nature of massage, this course is experiential and the material will be presented in lecture-demonstration, discussion, and hands-on participation. Have fun and feel great learning something very useful for you and for others. Visit mitrecsports.com for more information

This class is not available for PE credit.

Sponsor(s): Athletics, Physical Education
Contact: Karissa Bollinger, karissab@mit.edu


IAP Learn Massage

Jan/12 Thu 05:30PM-07:30PM W59, bring twin sheets
Jan/19 Thu 05:30PM-07:30PM W59, bring twin sheets
Jan/26 Thu 05:30PM-07:30PM W59, bring twin sheets
Feb/02 Thu 05:30PM-07:30PM W59, bring twin sheets

John Bondlow


Learn to Build Your Own Videogame with the Unity Game Engine and Microsoft Kinect

Kyle Keane, Lecturer, Craig Carter, Professor in DMSE, Andrew Ringler, Research Affiliate, Mark Vrablic, MIT Student, EECS, Abhinav Gandhi, Visiting Student, EECS

Jan/09 Mon 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-3101, bring laptop
Jan/10 Tue 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-3101, bring laptop
Jan/11 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-3101, bring laptop
Jan/12 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-3101, bring laptop
Jan/13 Fri 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-3101, bring laptop
Jan/17 Tue 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-3101, bring laptop
Jan/18 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-3101, bring laptop
Jan/19 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-3101, bring laptop
Jan/20 Fri 01:00PM-04:00PM 13-3101, bring laptop

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/07
Limited to 40 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: None

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/3wEKy82KvxSp6ib32 for this 9-day hands-on workshop about designing, building, and publishing simple educational videogames. No previous experience with computer programming or videogame design is required. Beginning students will be taught everything they need to know, and advanced students will be challenged to learn new skills. Participants will work in small teams to design, build, and publish videogames that will be shared in a large public exhibition. Team projects are open-ended and designed by participants. Examples include: a collection of bouncing balls that can be sped up or slowed down using hand gestures, a virtual reality laboratory where kids can perform experiments, and crowdsourcing interface for describing scientific graphics for blind students. Participants will complete guided projects in order to learn the fundamentals and will then break into small teams to complete a one-day mini-project of their choosing. Participants will then break into new teams that will have four days to design, plan, and build a custom project of their choice. On the last day, students will present their projects in a public exhibition and have the chance to win a prize for “crowd favorite”. Participants will learn about videogame creation using the Unity game engine, collaborative software development using GitHub, gesture handling using the Microsoft Kinect, 3D digital object creation, videogame design, and small team management.

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration, Materials Science and Engineering
Contact: Kyle Keane, kkeane@mit.edu


Learning Science Through Cooking (FULL with FULL WAITLIST)

Dario Marrocchelli, non-MIT instructor

Jan/09 Mon 04:30PM-06:00PM Coffeehouse W20-308
Jan/10 Tue 04:30PM-06:00PM Coffeehouse W20-308
Jan/11 Wed 04:30PM-06:00PM Coffeehouse W20-308
Jan/12 Thu 04:30PM-06:00PM Coffeehouse W20-308
Jan/13 Fri 04:30PM-06:00PM Coffeehouse W20-308

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/05
Limited to 25 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: None

NO LONGER TAKING SIGN-UPs

Cooking is one of the most fascinating (and rewarding!) applications of science and engineering. Indeed, few people realize that even the easiest recipe requires a working knowledge of important scientific principles spanning the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and many more. The goal of this course is to show this connection between cooking and science. This course is designed to be a fun, hands-on experience in which students learn basic scientific principles by performing simple experiments with food. The first three lectures will cover ice-cream making, chocolate tasting, naked eggs and other fun activities. The instructor will draw connections between the concepts presented and his everyday scientific research in Materials Science. A tour of the Taza Chocolate factory is an optional encouraged activity to supplement the session on chocolate. 

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration
Contact: Dario Marrocchelli, dmarrocc@MIT.EDU


Letterlocking and Early Italian Archival Bindings

Jana Dambrogio, MIT Libraries Thomas F. Peterson Conservator

Jan/12 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM 14-0513 Wunsch Lab

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required

Come to the Wunsch Conservation Lab and use handmade paper, ink, wax, and seals to letterlock and bind books in three historically-accurate binding styles. Participants will learn how to paper engineer, build physical security, and add authentication enhancements into their documents in the medieval style.
The class will view original manuscripts based on archival storage systems of Italian legal and accounting documents from the 13th-17th-centuries and learn the difference between a filza, a gathered and tied binding, and a journal made with parchment tackets.

 

Please register here

Sponsor(s): Libraries
Contact: Jana Dambrogio, 14-0513, 617 452-4064, jld@mit.edu


Make your own journal: Mind-Hand-Heart

Ann Marie Willer, Preservation Librarian

Feb/02 Thu 03:00PM-04:30PM 14N-132

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 02/02
Limited to 10 participants
Prereq: ability to handle needle & thread

Exercise your mind and your hands by learning to assemble and sew your own journal, then get in touch with your heart through a journaling exercise.

Participants will stitch a colorful pamphlet booklet to use as a blank book for journaling. Information will be shared about different writing techniques, and time will be set aside for silent journaling.

All materials will be provided, but you can bring your favorite pen or pencil if you like.

REGISTER HERE: http://176.v1.libcal.com/event.php?id=1180155

Sponsor(s): Libraries
Contact: Ann Marie Willer, 14-0513, 617 253-5692, WILLER@MIT.EDU


Mighty Mugs A

Jason Pastorello, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for Materials and firing fees.

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the mug.  Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a mug fit for you, a family member or even a friend! If you drink coffee or tea and are interested in clay, this class is for you!

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/09 Mon 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431
Jan/23 Mon 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431
Jan/30 Mon 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431

There is one additional class meeting on February 6, 2017.

Jason Pastorello - Technical Instructor


Mighty Mugs B

Jason Pastorello, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for Materials and firing fees.

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the mug.  Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a mug fit for you, a family member or even a friend! If you drink coffee or tea and are interested in clay, this class is for you!

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/09 Mon 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/23 Mon 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/30 Mon 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431

There is one additional class meeting on February 6, 2017.

Jason Pastorello - Technical Instructor


Mighty Mugs C

Jason Pastorello, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for materials and firing fees.

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the mug.  Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a mug fit for you, a family member or even a friend! If you drink coffee or tea and are interested in clay, this class is for you!

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/13 Fri 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/20 Fri 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/27 Fri 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431
Feb/03 Fri 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431

Jason Pastorello - Technical Instructor


MIT Writers' Group

Steven Strang

Jan/09 Mon 12:00PM-01:00PM 66-148
Jan/23 Mon 12:00PM-01:00PM 66-148
Jan/30 Mon 12:00PM-01:00PM 66-148

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: none

Calling all creative writers! Want to write something creative but need some motivation or support or some thoughtful readers?  Join other MIT writers to get advice about your own writing, to be a reader of other writers' work, and/or to get inspiration to write something. Any type of creative writing is welcomed:  e.g., fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, memoirs, personal essays, plays, blog entries, book reviews. We help each other get started on a creative writing project, we help each other develop ideas and style, and we function as engaged and encouraging readers of each other's material.  The Group includes emerging and established writers. We meet every Monday from noon-1:00 p.m. Location TBA. Open to MIT undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, lecturers, staff, faculty, spouses and partners. Please note that this is not a class and not a group for technical writing or for thesis writing.

Please email <smstrang@mit.edu> to register.

Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Writing and Communication Center
Contact: Steven Strang, E18-233 B, 617 253-4459, SMSTRANG@MIT.EDU


Post-Apocalypse Fiber Arts

Jeanne Marie Wildman

Jan/28 Sat 12:00PM-04:00PM E51-095

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/27
Limited to 10 participants

Tales of apocalypse rivet our imagination. We wonder not only how survivors would recreate society, but also about day-to-day practical survival in a world of disrupted supply chains. This class taps into that vein of interest by teaching fiber techniques with upcycled or ordinary household materials as inputs and useful objects as outputs. The goal is the satisfaction of handcrafting practical things, rather than prepping for a real-life apocalypse (which, in fact, might be avoided with widespread commitment to simpler living).
 
Please pre-register so I can send you a link about project choices and garner suggestions for a post-civilization/dystopian soundtrack for our workshop.

Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Contact: Jeanne Marie Wildman, jwildman@mit.edu


Super Bowls A

Jason Pastorello, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for materials and firing fees.

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the bowl.  Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a bowl fit for you, a family member or even a friend!  If you like cereal, soups and salads and are interested in clay, this class is for you!

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/11 Wed 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431
Jan/18 Wed 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431
Jan/25 Wed 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431
Feb/01 Wed 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431

Jason Pastorello - Technical Instructor


Super Bowls B

Jason Pastorello, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for materials and firing fees.

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the bowl.  Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a bowl fit for you, a family member or even a friend!  If you like cereal, soups and salads and are interested in clay, this class is for you!

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/11 Wed 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/18 Wed 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/25 Wed 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431
Feb/01 Wed 07:30PM-10:00PM W20-431

Jason Pastorello - Technical Instructor


Super Bowls C

Jason Pastorello, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for materials and firing fees.

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the bowl.  Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a bowl fit for you, a family member or even a friend!  If you like cereal, soups and salads and are interested in clay, this class is for you!

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/13 Fri 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431
Jan/20 Fri 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431
Jan/27 Fri 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431
Feb/03 Fri 04:30PM-07:00PM W20-431

Jason Pastorello - Technical Instructor


Totally Teapots A

Darrell Finnegan, Studio Manager, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for materials and firing fees.

Oval, wavy, stretched or crazy, the teapot is a wonderful subject that will show us a balance between functionality and creativity. In this 4 week intermediate and advanced level IAP workshop we will explore unusual forming techniques and surprising surface treatments that take us beyond the “round”. Would you like one lump or two?

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/10 Tue 07:00PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/17 Tue 07:00PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/24 Tue 07:00PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/31 Tue 07:00PM-10:00PM W20-431

Darrell Finnegan - Studio Manager, Technical Instructor


Totally Teapots B

Darrell Finnegan, Studio Manager, Technical Instructor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $110.00 for materials and firing fees.

Oval, wavy, stretched or crazy, the teapot is a wonderful subject that will show us a balance between functionality and creativity. In this 4 week intermediate and advanced level IAP workshop we will explore unusual forming techniques and surprising surface treatments that take us beyond the “round”. Would you like one lump or two?

Register online at arts.mit.edu/saa

Sponsor(s): Student Art Association
Contact: Stacy Debartolo, E15-205A, 617 253-4003, STACYP@MIT.EDU


Jan/12 Thu 07:00PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/19 Thu 07:00PM-10:00PM W20-431
Jan/26 Thu 07:00PM-10:00PM W20-431
Feb/02 Thu 07:00PM-10:00PM W20-431

Darrell Finnegan - Studio Manager, Technical Instructor


Travel Journals

Kate Beattie, Preservation Associate

Jan/10 Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM 14-0513, Wunsch Lab

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 6 participants

Make a blank book to fill with mementos from all your travel adventures. Add a pen loop for your favorite pen to write thoughts of the day wherever you are. Today we’ll make the basic design.

Variations? Pockets can be included within; different styles of closures can be used - the sky’s the limit.

Materials provided including an MIT Libraries pen. Bring your favorite pen, if you’d like to use that instead.

Please register ahead of time.

 

 

Sponsor(s): Libraries
Contact: Katherine Beattie, 14-0513, 617 253-5282, KNB@MIT.EDU


Zine Workshop: Make Your Own Zine

Rhonda Kauffman, Bibliographic Metadata Associate, MIT Libraries

Jan/10 Tue 04:00PM-06:00PM 4-253, Bring writing/art/supplies

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/04
Limited to 25 participants

Zines (rhymes with “beans”) are independently- and often self-published, photocopied, cut and paste publications created for passion rather than profit. They have roots in 1950s sci-fi, punk rock, riot grrrl, and underground scenes. They are made for trading, communicating and sharing and cover any topic under the sun, including Dr. Who’s Authority Record, cats, social justice, cooking, parenting, and Morrissey.

In this workshop, we will explore the instructor's personal zine collection from the 1990s to today, and learn about the history of zines, their use in academic research, current trends in zine librarianship, the mechanics of making zines, and, of course, we’ll make a zine!

Attendees are encouraged to bring writings/art/craft supplies, etc. that can be used to create a zine. The instructor will provide supplies (paper, stamps, markers, stickers, old magazines, craft paper, pens, staplers, glue sticks).

Register herehttp://libcal.mit.edu/event/3004993

Sponsor(s): Libraries
Contact: Rhonda Kauffman, 14E-210, 617 253-0695, RHONDA@MIT.EDU