Sparks & Makeshift Workshops
Inspired by the “Makerspace” movement that has spread into museums, across the country, our Sparks and Makeshift workshops support learning in an informal, play-focused environment that cultivates an interest in science, technology and design using new technologies and basic tools. These spaces offer scheduled activities where visitors can discover their inner-engineer with no limits except your curiosity and creativity. Sparks is designed to inspire families with younger children while Makeshift is for more in-depth exploration.
Join us for facilitated workshops on select weekends of the month:
Sparks Saturday Workshops
All programs run from 12-1:30pm OR 2-3:30pm.
December 14: Fun with Screen printing Screen Printing or serigraphy is a complex process that we just made a whole lot easier we will be exploring the mechanics of screen printing and create our own work of art (caution we will be getting messy).
January 4: Photographic Exploration We will explore the mechanics behind film camera. Participants will build a camera obscura - please bring a Shoebox if possible.
January 11: Shadow Art We will explore why shadows are created and create dynamic works of shadow art.
January 18: Exploring Weather Conditions by Painting How can different weather conditions be depicted in painting? We will explore and create using art and weather as our inspiration.
January 25: Cool Crystals Join us as we explore the art of crystals. We will look at crystals in the museums collection from a scientific and artistic perspective. Participants will create a unique work of SciArt to take home!
February 1: Recycled Glass Join us as we examine the physical properties of glass and make unique fused glass creations.
February 8: Sew Amazing We will use our studio as a make-it space to create using textiles. We will look at the museum's textile collection for inspiration, and students will design and construct using the museums sewing machines.
February 15: Geometry Art This interdisciplinary workshop will focus on shapes in art. Using M.C. Esher as our inspiration, we will explore tessellation and repetition in this fun math art workshop.
Makeshift Weekend Workshops
All programs run from 2-3pm.
January 18 & 19: Mini Robot Ever want your own robot? Take time out to discover some of the robots at the Buffalo Museum of Science! Lego Mindstorm units will be available for participants to use, along with other basic robotic systems. Each participant will also be able to create their own paper robot to bring home.
February 8 & 9: Material Science Part of making anything is using the right materials. The Makeshift space offers demonstrations and activities that are a perfect introduction to the world of design and engineering. Come get your hands wet in our Ooblek, explore the Nanoscale side of materials, and more in this Material Science workshop.
February 22 & 23: Make Your Week Let your artistic side go crazy! Participants can design a custom wood engraving, and watch as our laser engraver “prints” your design.
Makeshift Open Hours