BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Community Makerspace is mixing it up this summer with activities that abound in skills building and creative fun.
For six weeks from July 8 through August 15, these create-and-collaborate sessions will run the gamut from the technical to the whimsical with a different offering daily, Monday through Thursday. They will be held in the evening (see below for hours) at the Makerspace, located at Belmar Community Center/Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue.
“Our Summer Maker Program will focus on making DIY projects that are fun and exciting, teaching you skills that you can use again and again in the future,” said library assistant Luis Pulido, who manages the Makerspace for the Belmar Public Library.
“These programs are open to all residents of the Jersey Shore of all ages ... from the young (age 12 and older) to the young at heart,” Pulido said.
Here is a rundown of each program, including any costs or required supplies.
MONDAYS – MEC: Microcontrollers, Electronics and Coding (six-session program, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.)
In this course, participants will delve into the basics of programming a microcontroller to accomplish different tasks.
After learning the building blocks of coding, instructor Gregory Glezman will lead the class in assembling the electronics necessary for the coding to perform tasks, including the use of 3D printed parts, breadboards and wiring.
This six-week program will kick off on July 8 with an introduction to Arduino, an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software, and other basics.
In the following sessions on July 15, July 22, and July 29, participants will take on skills-building projects before deciding on a final project — from a selection of three options.They will then finish their final projects on August 5 and 12.
This is one continuous six-week program, requiring attendance at all sessions to complete the final project. Cost is $60 per person. Registration deadline is July 8 and can be made by clicking here.
TUESDAYS – Computer Audio Recording: Podcasts, Music and Vocals (three-session program, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)
This three-part class is designed for anyone who wants to record an original podcast, create or record live music, produce demos for songwriters, edit music, perform voiceover work — or just to learn and be creative.
Participants will learn the basics of computer recording from accomplished audio engineer, producer and musician Paul Ritchie. He will provide a “how-to” into setting up and operating an audio interface, microphones, MIDI keyboards, and the basics of editing, recording and mixing using GarageBand.
The first three-session offering will be held on July 9, July 16 and July 23 and will be repeated on July 30, August 6 and August 3. Cost is $30 per person. For more details on each session, click here. To register, click here.
WEDNESDAYS – Arts and Tech: Make Your Own Belmar Souvenir, Comic Book or Teacup Garden (one-session programs, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)
Get the creative juices flowing — with a high-tech touch — during these single-session courses. Cost is $10 per person for each workshop.
Make a Belmar Souvenir Scene (August 7)
Using the Makerspace’s 3D printers, participants will use paint, fabric and miniature accessories to design and assemble a miniature beach chair scene — complete with a Belmar logo’d mini-pillow, a small table, drink glass and your favorite animal.
Leading each workshop will be Belmar-based artist Louise Krasniewicz, who is widely known for her award-winning work in miniatures. It’s a specialty that she has discovered works hand-in-hand with 3D printing.
Adults must accompany children younger than 12. All materials will be supplied. Cost is $10 per person. To register, click here.
Make a Comic Book (July 31)
Springboarding off the popularity of movies based on the comics, this workshop will offer participants the opportunity to make a high-quality comic book using an easy-to-use computer program or hand-drawings made themselves.
They can feature themselves as superheroes or in some other adventure, by using action or Lego figures, dolls, clipart or photographs taken in class.
No experience is necessary, and all materials will be supplied Adults must accompany children younger than 12. Cost is $10 per person. To register, click here.
Make a Teacup Garden (July 24 and August 14)
In this imaginative workshop, participants will create a tiny fairy world with live miniature plants in a small dish or teacup.
The different styles of fairy gardens will be presented and the importance of scale and choosing the proper plants will be emphasized. All planting soils, stones, and miniature plants, as well as some miniature accessories and a small dish or teacup, will be provided.
Participants also can also bring their own small-scale miniatures, shells, furniture, and tiny accessories or their own teacup or fairy figurine.
No experience is necessary. Adults must accompany children younger than 12. Cost is $10 per person.To register, click here.
THURSDAYS – Summer Sewing DIY: A Patchwork of Projects (one- and two-session programs, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)
Fun and simple is the best way to describe these learn-to-sew projects with experienced seamstress Carol Robbins serving as instructor. Cost is $10 per person for single-session workshops and $20 for two-session workshops.
Make Your Own T-Shirt Quilt (July 25 and August1)
During this two-session workshop, participants will learn how to layout and begin creating a T-shirt quilt using their own T-shirts — a minimum of 12 shirts are needed to start.
Make a Sloth Plush Toy (August 8 and August 15)
In this two-session workshop, participants will layout and cut out the patterns during the first class and then assemble the pieces into a sloth plush during the second class. All materials and equipment will be provided.
About the Summer Maker Program
There is a class limit of 10 participants for every course, so early registration is encouraged and can be made by clicking here.
Belmar Public Library cards are not necessary to register for courses in the Summer Maker Program. It is open to all ages, but an adult must accompany each child younger than 12.
For more information on the Summer Maker Program or the Belmar Community Makerspace, email Pulido at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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