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MAKEnight, April 4

MAKEnight is an amazing event held at the Museum.  It is an after-hours event that lets adults (and only adults) play and explore in the Museum.  The event has been a huge success over the past couple of months.  We decided to make this latest MAKEnight a little bit different from the others. Typically, we only have attendees explore and create in MAKESHOP and STUDIO.  This time, we opened the entire first floor of t
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Guest puppet makers

  A couple of weeks ago, we were visited by artists Zach Dorn and Murphi Cook. Zach and Murphi are two local artists. Zach was even a participant in the Museum’s Tough Art program two years ago.  This particular Saturday had the two of them making shadow puppets with our visitors.  They had a very simple set up with a small screen, some lights, paper, and metal wire.  Visitors were encouraged to play with
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CD Spin Art

Here is a great example of a visitor taking an existing exhibit piece and making it so much more fun.  This visitor turned our circuit blocks into an art project.  We were exploring the different circuit blocks and when we got to the block that contains an old CD drive I was asked if we had any CDs to test on it.  It just so happens that we have a bunch of old or ruined CD’s in one of our storage cabinets.  I g
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Light Painting Results

We have finally gone beyond the prototyping stage of Light Painting.  Rebecca explained a lot about the process in this blog post.  I have had some more time to set up the workshop side of MAKESHOP to better facilitate light painting with our visitors.  The exploration of this technique is really fun.  I have had kids and adults of all ages try light painting and they have all enjoyed it.  You can get some pretty fun
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A plethora of projects…

Augustine and his sister were already hard at work in a corner of the MAKESHOP when I came back from break.  They were working on two intricate projects: a wooden truck and a tadpole.  These two projects were brought to my attention because Augustine wanted to cut a piece of scrap wood to a certain size.  I helped him with this task and talked to his sister about her fabric tadpole. It was then that I noticed several
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DIY Activity – Paint Chip Pixelization Tutorial

One of my favorite displays at last weekend’s Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire was the Paint Chip Pixelization. This project will show you how to take a traditional piece of art, like Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers… … into a modernized, pixelized version like this! Interested in making your own?  Follow these easy instructions! 1) Download and Install GIMP! (Image editing software available for free
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