[NOTE: This workshop takes place over two sessions. The first session takes place from 1pm – 4pm on Saturday, April 28; the second session takes place from 1pm – 4pm on Saturday, May 5th.]
In this fun, hands-on 2-day workshop participants make a small felt stuffed monster with LED eyes that light up when you squeeze its tummy. Participants will learn the basics of electronics, along with sewing and soldering techniques. No previous experience with electronics or sewing is required. This workshop is fun for all ages and suitable for children aged 9 and up, although younger children are welcome if they are able to sit and focus on a craft project for 3 hours and if they are accompanied by a parent. This workshop was made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council.
About the Instructor
Dr. Alison Colman’s first venture into new media and digital art was as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University. She continued on this path as a freelance computer animator and graduate student at The Ohio State University, where she received her MA and Ph.D. Most of her coursework was through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design at The Ohio State University, where she developed a strong interest in 3D animation, digital art, cyberculture studies, art criticism, and education. She has published scholarly articles on digital art and theory in journals such as Visual Arts Research, Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, written artist reviews for the Tate Gallery Online and Furtherfield.com, and has lectured on digital art and art criticism nationally and internationally. Her work has also been screened at Siggraph, the Parsons School of Art and Design, and the Big Muddy Film Festival.
After teaching in the School of Art at Ohio University, Athens from 2002-2007, Dr. Colman founded the Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts, where she has served as its founding director up to the present. Under her direction, the Fuse Factory has served hundreds of new media and sound artists and experimental electronic musicians from around the U.S. and Ohio, along with thousands of people around central Ohio, through its performances, exhibitions, and workshops.