Courses at the VFL

Visible Futures Lab Spring Courses 2017

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Material Wanders: Prototyping With Fibers and Conductive Materials

Session 1 VLC-2578-A
Sunday 9:00AM – 12:00PM Jan 22 – Feb 26
132 West 21st Street
1.50 CEUs, 6 Sessions

Session 2 VLC-2578-B
Sunday 9:00AM – 12:00PM Mar 19 – Apr 30
132 West 21st Street
1.50 CEUs, 7 Sessions

In this course students will explore a wide range of fibers and conductive materials through a combination of digital fabrication and traditional techniques. It will begin with a basic understanding of textile making (weaving, embroidery, sewing, spinning) and how to incorporate fibers into designs and artwork. The second half of the course will focus on soft circuitry and conductive materials. Students will explore the basics of screen printing to apply flat circuits on paper and textiles, and learn how to connect conductive materials to microcontrollers. By the end of the course, students will have a library of materials and techniques for wiring soft circuits. Sessions are held in the Visible Futures Lab, a state-of-the-art digital fabrication and rapid prototyping facility. Prerequisite: A working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

Anne-Marie Lavigne, Visible Futures Lab, School of Visual Arts; Anne-Marie is an alumni from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) of NYU Tisch School of Arts where she researched soft circuitry and materials. She was awarded the Ruth Schirson Levin Fellowship for the 2014-2015 artist in residency program at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. She received the 2016 Artist Legacy Grant by the Women’s Studio Workshop. Her creative process is supported by the Canadian and Quebec Councils for the the Arts. She is currently a Spaceworks Gowanus Grantee. 

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Moving Objects: Simple Automata and Mechanical Toys

Session 1 VLC-2713-A
Tuesday Jan 24 – Feb 28
Hours: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
6 sessions; 1.5 CEUs
$300, lab fee $150

Session 2 VLC-2713-B
Tuesday Mar 14 – Apr 18
Hours: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
6 sessions; 1.5 CEUs
$300, lab fee $150

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.

Bronwen Densmore, Manager, Visible Futures Lab, School of Visual Arts; Bronwen Densmore is an artist, fabricator and researcher with an interest in the history of technology and design. She has worked as a puppet and prop designer for film and television. She is also an organizing member of the Public Lab, a DIY environmental technology non-profit.

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Prototyping: Hands-On-Fabrication

VLC-2568-A
Saturday Jan 21 – Feb 25
Hours: 9:00am – Noon
6 sessions; 1.5 CEUs
$300, lab fee $150

Prototyping is an invaluable asset to realize our artistic visions and test design concepts. The focus of this course is hands-on making. Through guided workshops students will learn traditional woodworking techniques, building jigs for bending plywood and making forms for vacuum forming. Sessions will be held in the Visible Futures Lab, a state-of-the-art rapid prototyping facility.
NOTE: The lab fee includes in-class demo materials, safety equipment, tools and access to equipment and workstations. All other materials must be purchased by the student.

Tak Cheung, Manager, Visible Futures Lab, School of Visual Arts; designer, fabricator, Executive Director of Nerdy Derby Inc. BFA, Parsons School of Design; MPS, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University. Professional Experience: Rogers Marvel Architects/TRUCK Product Architecture; Fabrica, Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Publications: Metropolis, Core 77, Wired, DESIGNING THE TAXI: A Project of the Design Trust for Public Space
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Prototyping: Digital Fabrication Tools

VLC-2569-A
Saturday, Mar 18 – Apr 29
Hours: 9:00am – Noon
6 sessions; 1.5 CEUs
$300, lab fee $150

Prototyping is an invaluable asset to realize our artistic visions and test design concepts. The focus of this course is to explore a wide range of digital fabrication processes. Through guided workshops, students will design projects to laser cut, CNC mill and vinyl cut. Adobe Illustrator will be the primary program used to generate artwork files. Sessions will be held in the Visible Futures Lab, a state-of-the-art rapid prototyping facility.
PREREQUISITE: A working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.
NOTE: The lab fee includes in-class demo materials, safety equipment, tools and access to equipment and workstations. Use of laser cutters, CNC router, and other digital fabrication machines may incur additional fees. All other materials must be purchased by the student.

Tak Cheung, Manager, Visible Futures Lab, School of Visual Arts; designer, fabricator, Executive Director of Nerdy Derby Inc. BFA, Parsons School of Design; MPS, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University. Professional Experience: Rogers Marvel Architects/TRUCK Product Architecture; Fabrica, Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Publications: Metropolis, Core 77, Wired, DESIGNING THE TAXI: A Project of the Design Trust for Public Space

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Rhino Software Intensive for Beginners

Session 1 VLC-2551-A
Friday, Jan 27 – Mar 03
Hours: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
6 sessions, 1.5 CEUs
$300

Session 2 VLC-2551-B
Friday, Mar 17 – Apr 21
Hours: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
6 sessions, 1.5 CEUs
$300

Rhino is a cutting-edge software program that is used in architecture and engineering, as well as product and jewelry design industries for 3D modeling objects using NURBS surfaces. Rhino provides all the tools needed to accurately model and document your designs for CAD drawings, renderings, laser cutting, 3D printing, prototyping, CNC milling, and other manufacturing processes. This course will introduce and explore many of the common tools used in Rhino, with an emphasis on best practices. Through a series of lectures and tutorials, students will gain a firm command of these fundamental tools and be able to translate their ideas into computer models, physical prototypes and products.
NOTE: Students are required to provide their own laptops with McNeel’s Rhino software installed. Free demo versions for the duration of the course are available for both Mac and PC platforms.

John Heida, Director, Visible Futures Lab, School of Visual Arts.  John graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Microbiology before attending California College of the Arts architecture program and Columbia’s GSAPP where he honed his craft in architecture, furniture design, and digital fabrication. He has since worked as an architectural, product, and furniture designer on a variety of complex and high profile projects, including the PS1 Young Architects Competition (Summer Warm-Up), a home in Tiburon, CA made from fiber reinforced plastic, and a bronze sculpture with LED components in Trafalgar Square, London. Prior to John’s appointment as Director, he served as the Visible Future Lab’s Digital Fabrication Specialist.

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