Inspired by the artwork of renowned Swiss artist Jean Tinguely, participants will collaborate to create a kinetic metal “Sound Sculpture.” Tinguely created whimsical machine-like contraptions made from found metal objects he called “metamechanics.” Participants will plan, test and develop ideas to compose a work of art that is functional. When completed each piece will have a very unique metallic and mechanical “voice.”
The activity will require early engineering skills, problem solving, and creative critical thinking. Math skills including spatial reasoning, patterns, and awareness of shape will need to be utilized. In addition to these content areas, participants will create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems.
Try your hand at making a custom copper pendant with The Collaboratory. The Collaboratory is a creative and inspiring working art studio workshop and boutique in Mesa Arizona, offering hands on "Serious Fun" classes, workshops and events. Mediums include, industrial arts (metal, welding and plasma), glass fusing and mosaics, fashion, sewing & design and upcycling.
Cactus Brick AZ is an Adult LEGO user group which aims to inspire others with our builds and designs. Come view our fantastic cityscapes with train layouts and ask us about what we do!
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Creative Catalysts, founded in the belief that the arts are key to building community, participate in a vast array of engaging art community building projects in Mesa. At Southwest Maker Fest, come by for a visit and participate in creative beautification of a chain link fence in the festival area.
In this workshop participants will be able to create and embellish a simple travel journal using found materials (envelopes, scrap paper, etc.) and tell their stories- be they travel logs or the happenings of daily life- in a creative, sustainable and personal way. Instruction, creative prompts and art supplies will be provided.
Cheaper Than Therapy showcases Roy Tuttle’s unique labors of love- a heavily modified 1947 International truck and an original metal sculpture of a man on a motorcycle. Built from scrap salvaged from junkyards, craigslist, yard sales and farm yards, the truck is a true original, with details as minute as fingernails on the bike’s rider. The man can even be taken off the bike for any children who want to take pictures on this work of art.
Accessories by Annie will be making a return appearance for the Maker Fest with their Make & Take Buttons! Anyone may create their own small button for $1-$5, with different types of available buttons including pins, magnets or keychains. Premade crafts and art pieces will also be for sale at the booth, and if there is a lull in button making you can even catch a glimpse of maker Andrea Jonas demonstrating her metalwork!
Mach1 is the Phoenix Public Library’s own makerspace! Mach1 will be bringing LEGO Mindstorms, Code A Mouse, and Spheros that they use to teach their coding classes, as well as samples from the programs Mach1 runs in the makerspace.
Sam Goldinger is a high school student and a self-taught foil sculptor who has been engaging with the world of art since he was three years old. All of his sculptures are created from a single piece of aluminum foil, without any use of tearing, cutting or gluing; each sculpture takes Sam approximately ten to fifteen minutes to create. The figures widely range in size, from smaller creatures to giant squids, dragons and even dinosaurs! Sam has given demonstrations at the Arizona State Fair for the last three years in both the Fine Arts and Home Arts divisions, and has pieces on display at Archway Classical Academy Chandler as well as Chandler Preparatory Academy.
Young Maker Garrett Lee Haynie has been crafting glass lampwork beads for 3 years, and is selling his creations this year at the age of eleven for the Maker Fest. For every bead purchased, a bead will be donated to the Beads of Courage cancer patient program.
Local artist makes wind chimes and steam punk jewelry from found objects.
Cline Library opened the MakerLab in August 2016. It houses the first MakerBot Innovation Center in the west. They offer 20 3D printers, scanners, and design software. They also make available electronic prototyping kits for check-out. This MakerLab is open to the public.
Come see a mini-3D printer for demonstration, samples of 3D printed objects, and participate in a button-making activity, free raffle for a 3D printed object, circuit-based activity, and electronic prototyping kits exploration.
Mesa Arts Center Studio classes will be represented by their 4 major studios, featuring art demos and make & takes. Stop by throughout the day for demos from Ceramics and Glass studio representatives, and activities from Jewelry and Drawing/Painting studios. Find out more about all the arts education programs available at Mesa Arts Center, a sponsor of Southwest Maker Fest!
Locally hand made jewelry and small silver goods. The artist chooses natural stones, cuts them from rough, and forges the silver. At Saguaro Silver, you'll find mens/womens rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and lighter cases.
Artsy Smartsy has been changing lives of seniors through Art for over 8 years.
Every month Artsy Smartsy brings art lessons to seniors of all ages and abilities who reside in senior communities, the veterans homes, participate in day programs or community ed activities! Medical research shows that the regular participation of seniors in a challenging art program can not only reduce the needs for medications but can also build stronger self confidence, a sense of community and give seniors a purpose!
At Southwest Maker Fest Tina Ferguson, the owner, will share her motivations, research, experiences and amazing personal stories.
Please listen to the Artsy Smartsy story! soundcloud.com/aginginaz/art-and-aging-with-artsy-smartsy/s-H1XVo
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Discover the amazing world of facepainting! Stop by the Funky Faces by Steph exhibit to have facepainting done by this impressive artist or participate in the interactive display where you can paint yourself.
Eric Beascochea breathes life into materials that are often forgotten, creating unique and imaginative pieces from recycled items.With his work he aims to show what is possible when you approach the process of creation with an open mind and a willingness to work with anything you may find.