JULY Workshops

For the past ten years, DesignPhiladelphia has produced a picture of the talent, diversity, and opportunities available in this great city. But, those opportunites are available all year long, just check out this schedule of July workshops handpicked by our DP team from some of the busiest coworking spaces in Philadelphia. 

And, be sure to click through to their websites as this is only a small selection of what each organization has to offer to members and non-members alike.

Department of Making + Doing

DM+D is a collaborative effort of four dynamic Philadelphia-based organizations. Bringing together expertise in design, fabrication, electronics, and art, DM+D encourages learning through doing. Visit DM+D here.

The Hacktory

The Hacktory provides classes and events that build our mission to inspire and empower people to use technology for their own personal expression. We want to reinforce the idea that our world is malleable – the devices and spaces we interact with everyday can be re-purposed and modified to better meet our needs and to create new experiences. Click here to learn more.

Made

Made aims to foster the start-up designer, dressmaker, or home sewer for a career path into entrepreneurial fashion. Through a hands-on teaching approach, students learn high fashion sewing skills and techniques that will match their creative vision. Started in 2012 by Designer, Rachel Ford, Made strives to provide a comfortable and fun environment for students to bring their creative goals to realization. Read more about Made here.

NextFab

NextFab’s mission is to foster innovation and manufacturing as key elements of our nation’s identity and economy, through providing broad-based awareness of, competence with, and access to Next-generation digital design and Fabrication technologies and services. Learn more about NextFab here.

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym is a community based workshop space that operates like a gym membership. A monthly membership grants members access to a wood shop, metal shop, and a mold making and casting area. We also offer classes in various processes from welding and woodworking to bookbinding and needle felting...and everything in between! More info about PSG here on their website.

Philadelphia Woodworks

Located at 4901 Umbria Street in Manayunk, Philadelphia Woodworks is a Members Woodshop where every skill level is welcome, from the novice or hobbyist to woodworking experts. A state-of-the-art, professional grade woodshop, Philadelphia Woodworks offers the ideal shop to have fun and build the project of your dreams. Staffed by experts woodworkers for teaching, guidance and safety, members can practice their skills or learn new ones! With a variety of membership options, classes, tools, materials, lumber and storage space, Woodworking can fit into anyone's schedule. Click here for more details.

HACKING THE GENDER GAP
TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014 | 7PM – 9:30PM
FACILITATED BY THE HACTORY AT DM+D  | more info here

Hacking the Gender Gap is an interactive workshop in which we explore the gender ratio in tech fields, unpack the associations our culture has created between gender and technical ability, and share experiences of gender and technology.

MACHINE SEWING BASICS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014 | 3PM – 5PM
AT NEXTFAB | more info here

This beginner class will cover the basics of operating the Brother Innov-ís 2800D as a utility-stitch sewing machine. We will first go over machine parts and setting up the machine for sewing: winding the bobbin, threading the top thread, attaching the presser foot and needle, and navigating the LCD screen. Then we will go over types of fabric, needles, thread, and stitches, and when to use them. Students will practice sewing and make a tote bag using fabric they bring in or scrap fabric provided by NextFab.

SIMPLE, STRONG JOINTS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014 | 6:30PM – 9:30PM
AT PHILADELPHIA WOODWORKS | more info here

This course provides students with the understanding and practice of creating simple, strong and beautiful joint! Students will learn hands-on about the pocket, butt, biscuit, rabbit, dowel and finger joints in just 3 hours! The joints covered in this course have a wide variety of applications in woodworking and basic furniture construction. Students will learn these joinery techniques through class discussion, observation, and hands-on practice and have hand-made samples of each joint to take home!

INTRODUCTION TO 3D PRINTING
TUESDAY JULY 7, 2014 6PM – 7:30PM
AT NEXT FAB | more info here

This lecture-style class will introduce attendees to the world of 3D printing. We will explain the general concept of additive manufacturing and how it is different from subtractive manufacturing. We will then dive into the details of the processes offered at NextFab [multi-jet modeling (MJM), 3D inkjet, fused deposition modeling (FDM)] and mention some others.

INTRO TO PROCESSING
TUESDAYS: 7-8, 7-15, 7-22 | 6:30PM – 9PM
​FACILITATED BY THE HACTORY AT DM+D | more info here

This class is a beginner-friendly guide to Processing, the open-source programming language for visual artists, based on the Java language. No previous experience is required. We’ll review the basics, provide thorough training, hands-on exercise and build our own graphical programs in no time.

TAXIDERMY DREAMCATCHER WORKSHOP WITH BETH BEVERLY
SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014 AT 12PM – 4PM
AT THE PHILADELPHIA SCULPTURE GYM | more info here

Learn how to make a dreamcatcher from scratch while incorporating some basic taxidermy technique with assorted elements of raw natural materials into your design.  Humanely sourced skins of birds, fur from rabbit, squirrel and deer, along with a plethora of fabric and charm embellishments will be provided. Examples of varying sizes and states of completion with be provided for inspiration. No previous experience necessary.


INTRODUCTORY SEWING WITH PROFESSOR STEPHEN SMITH
5 SESSIONS, WITH THREE SECTIONS BEGINNING 7-12, 7-13, AND 7-15
AT MADE | more info here

Perfect for those who are completely new to sewing or those looking to get back into the swing of things, this six week course covers everything you need to know to start stitching anything from garments to accessories... and beyond! In addition to a detailed knowledge of sewing machine operation, students will graduate the course with a portfolio of seam finishes, hems and zipper installation techniques.


FABRIC STUDIES/TEXTILES WITH INSTRUCTOR KARA MORASCO
6 SESSIONS, WITH ONE SECTION BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, JULY 16
AT MADE | more info here

Never struggle with choosing the right fabric again. In this class students will learn how to decipher and identify fabric by content and weave. Building on that, students will then learn the proper application of each fabric for all of their future projects.

CREATE YOUR OWN GAME CONTROLLERS
SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014 | 1PM – 4PM
BY THE HACTORY AT DM+D | more info here

In this workshop, participants will get introductory instruction and support to design their own simple video games using Scratch, a children's computer programming language developed at MIT. In the first half, we’ll review Scratch and the kinds of games one can make, including more traditional arcade games like Pong but also all kinds of experimental or original game creations. We’ll cover Scratch basics, create a program together, and quickly get started working on our own game concepts. For the rest of the workshop, students will work alone or in groups to create their own games and then build controllers with the Makey Makey, a pre-programmed arduino device that can turn almost anything into a button, like a banana, a glove, or a glass of water.

ALUMINUM CASTING WITH INSTRUCTOR GUSTAVO ACTIS
SATURDAY, JULY 26, 12PM – 6PM
AT THE PHILADELPHIA SCULPTURE GYM | more info here

The aluminum casting workshop is a 6-hour workshop where you will learn how to make a simple 2 part Greensand mold of a pattern and then how to cast the piece in aluminum. Each participant does the entire process from start to finish and will have a finished piece to take home with them at the end of class. No prior experience is necessary.

A FULL WOODSHOP INTRODUCTION FOR WOMEN
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JULY 26 AND 27, 2014 10:30AM – 5:30PM
AT PHILADELPHIA WOODWORKS | more info here

Whoever says that woodshops are just for guys has never been to Philadelphia Woodworks!  We run classes just for women!  Come enjoy a full introduction to a professional-grade woodshop with our resident woodworking experts.  Using our lathes, jointer, tablesaw, planer, router tables and sanders you will create gorgeous hardwood cheese boards and an exotic wood handled hors d’oeuvres set.  Come and have fun in this full shop exploration in a women-only environment!  Perfect for some mother-daughter bonding or just some time with the girls.

BAD WEBSITE JAM: HOW TO MAKE A VINTAGE 1966-STYLE WEBSITE
WEDNESDAY JULY 30, 2014 | 7PM – 9PM
BY THE HACTORY AT DM+D | more info here

In this 1-session workshop and jam we'll review the early web and the era of geocities homepages before blogs and web 2.0. We’ll share cringe-inducing personal websites that may include clip art, under construction signs, and pleas to “sign my online guestbook.”
If you don’t know how to create a website, you’ll even learn the basics of what goes into creating a simple webpage.

 

PSG Summer Specials!

JUNE/JULY/AUGUST
FULL TIME MEMBERSHIP $120/month (normally $225/month)
* RECENT GRADUATE & CURRENT STUDENT DISCOUNT $100/month

FULL TIME MEMBERSHIP $350 for 3 months (saves $225)
* RECENT GRADUATE & CURRENT STUDENT DISCOUNT $275 for 3 months

Click here for more info on the PSG Summer Specials and to read more about their packed schedule of classes.

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