We taught a workshop on how to make your own ‘art wonderbox’ at the Mill Valley Library on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Ten kids and their parents joined us — and this short video shows some of the interactive art they created together.
Each kid created their own Halloween Wonderbox, featuring a skull with bright red LED eyes, a spinning spiral and a talking spider, as shown in this video of our first prototype:
Our goal was to invite kids to create a cool experience with lights, motion and sounds, using simple electronic parts, as described here:
During this free two-hour workshop, we guided students with these written instructions, created collaboratively with our partner Tara Brown at Kithub:
Here is our photo album for this workshop on Flickr:
At the end of the workshop, we asked kids if they would like to this again, and the answer was a resounding yes! Parents also told us they really enjoyed the experience and would come back for future workshops, as well as recommend this program to their friends. Based on this early feedback, we believe workshops like these have strong educational potential, not only for teaching science and technology, but also for developing creative expression, critical thinking and collaborative skills across different age groups.
Instructors for this workshop were Fabrice Florin, Jean Bolte and Natalie Frederick, with support from Freddy Hahne and Howard Rheingold. We are all members of Pataphysical Studios, the art collective behind the ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine’, our poetic oracle.
Come visit our exhibit this month! We’re open every Saturday and Sunday in October, from 1 to 5pm, in the downstairs conference room of the Mill Valley Library. Learn more here: pataphysics.us/join-the-unveiling-of-the-slot-machine/
Special thanks to the Mill Valley Library and the Friends of the Library for making these workshops possible, especially Anji Brenner, Kristen Clark and Antonia Souza.