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Moving Objects: Simple Automata and Mechanical Toys

6:00PM - 9:00PM
Mar 14 - Apr 18
1.50 CEUs

Bronwen Densmore Manager, Visible Futures Lab, School of Visual Arts

Moving parts can add an important dimension to fine arts, design projects, puppets, toys, and more. How basic mechanical concepts can be used to create objects that move will be the focus of this course. We will look at the ways that artists and craftspeople have incorporated movement into their work, and students will experiment with simple mechanisms (cams, gears, ratchets) to plan and build movable sculpture. Experimentation with different building techniques is emphasized, and students will design, prototype and build their own pieces. Sessions are held in the Visible Futures Lab, a state-of-the-art digital fabrication and rapid prototyping facility.
NOTE: The lab fee includes in-class demo materials, safety equipment, and access to tools and workstations. Additional materials must be purchased by the student. Use of some digital fabrication machines may incur additional fees.


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