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We welcome youth & teens at BARN! We’re especially excited about the lineup of summer 2019 youth classes. Here’s a list, in chronological order.
Middle schoolers: come on over to BARN after school on early release days for our Maker Monday sessions! We're kicking off the series this fall with a Sewing Lab. You'll start by getting oriented to the BARN Fiber Studio and then you can let your imagination run wild! BARN will provide basic fabric and ideas such as pencil pouches, purses, and bags, but you are also welcome to bring your own fabric and patterns to stitch up what you dream up! We'll provide some guidance, but this session is designed for self-directed exploration and creative experimentation. Sign up with friends or on your own and bring along your favorite Spotify playlist!. Snacks and drinks provided.
Materials: Studio supplies and donated materials are included in this process. If you want to work on your own special project, you will need to bring your own fabric and pattern.
Skill Level: All sewing levels are welcome.
Ages: Current 7th and 8th graders
Facilitators: Catherine Camp and Fran Fuller
Questions? Email: email@example.com
Girls Who Code is an organization founded with a single mission: To close the gender gap in technology. Computer coding is relevant to all sorts of interests, not just computer science.
BARN is hosting a Girls Who Code club once again for the 2019-20 school year for girls in grades 6-12. The club will meet every Thursday afternoon (except school holidays) from September 26 through March 5th, from 3:45 - 5pm. Girls will be guided through a progression of coding skills throughout the year.
Prior to signing up for these sessions you are welcome to join us on Thursday, September 19th from 4-5pm for an optional drop-in information session at BARN. Meet our facilitators, learn about the curriculum, and ask any questions you may have about the program.
Rebecca Graham was our club facilitator last year. She is a full-time senior engineer working in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. She began coding in college where she earned a BS in Computer Science and a BA in History from the University of Mary Washington. She lives on the island with her husband, 6-year old son, 3 cats, and 2 dogs. She loves glitter, cartoons, yoga, rock climbing, and creating things with technology.
Rebecca will be joined by Alex McKeon, a BARN member who has always found time in her life for creating. She has had a wide variety of professional experiences including work as an expedition leader, yoga instructor, personal chef, snowboard instructor, and nanny. She lives on the island with her husband and toddler and believes that working with young women is one of the most fulfilling uses of her time.
To learn more about Girls Who Code, see: https://girlswhocode.com/
From the Girls Who Code organization: "Girls Who Code's mission is to create gender parity within technology by providing a unique educational experience for young women to learn computer science. Interested participants who self-identify as female are welcome to apply to our programs."
It's Fall, so our woods are full of wild mushrooms, hundreds of species. A few of them are choice edibles -- chanterelles, porcinis, cauliflowers, lobsters. But how do you find them, and how do you know for sure what you're collecting?
This class is an introduction to finding, identifying and safely consuming local wild mushrooms. It will start with a Wednesday evening discussion, "How To Look at A Mushroom," and continue with a Saturday foray in promising habitat less than two hours away. We are sure to find mushrooms, but there is no guarantee they will be edibles.
Come build your own state-of-the-art electromechanical ferry tracking apparatus: FerryClock; a self-setting analog wall clock with additional dials and lights to indicate the real-time position, heading, and docking status of the two Bainbridge-Seattle ferryboats. It should prove ferry useful in your own home. Additional routes coming soon…
From a kit, we will assemble, wire and solder the gadgets. At home, you will ‘launch’ your FerryClock by connecting it to your wireless network (internet). The kit includes everything you’ll need: laser-cut parts, motors, lights, wires, hardware, microcontroller, USB cable, ‘atomic’ clock mechanism, hands, battery, and literature.
How It Works:
A proprietary algorithm (conceived by a member of the BIHS robotics team) running in the ‘cloud’ continually compares the up-to-the-minute (every 15s) latitude/longitude (GPS) location of a real ferryboat (via the WSF API) against a reference path to generate a precise sailing progress value. A small, Arduino-compatible microcontroller within FerryClock connects to the FERRY TEMPO server over WiFi to receive fresh data, controlling the lights and motors accordingly.
Update: We will be adding more sessions of this class so be sure to add yourself to the waitlist and we will let you know when it is scheduled.
Instructor Bio: Matt Carrig is a multi-disciplinary designer. To read more about Ferries Over Winslow, click here.
Wooden spoons can be completely utilitarian — or real works of art. In this class, you will learn to make the more challenging, artful kind. You'll be well prepared if you later want to make purely utilitarian spoons on your own.
Spoon carving involves grain changes, curves and hollowing — all techniques that are useful in many kinds of carving projects. The instructor will explain a variety of tools you might want to use and how to use them safely. You will also learn how to hold or secure the wood safely and the steps involved in carving spoons efficiently. You will work from prepared basswood blanks.
Instructor: As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.
Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.
No experience necessary. We will be on hand to help as needed.
Start a project, finish a project, or just play with wood and see what happens. We will have some extra wood available or bring in your own.
Middle Schoolers: Join us for after-school Maker Mondays at BARN this fall! This six-week program will be held in our Kitchen Arts Studio with our illustrious teaching chef Marcela Sandoval.
Pastry is a science as well as an art form that requires time and patience. This series will explore techniques to produce pastry perfection. Each session will allow students to grow and develop skills as well as learn the importance of cleanliness and washing as they work.
Session 1 - Custards and Cremes
Learn to make fillings for your favorite pastry.
Session 2- Pies and Tarts
Rolling the perfect dough takes practice. We will learn a simple and delicious recipe and take home an apple galette.
Session 3 – Meringue
From Eaten Mess to Macaroons, this class will focus on the art of the perfectly whipped meringue. Learn to use a pastry bag to form perfect treats.
Session 4 - Cupcakes and Butter Cream Frosting
Session 5 - Gingerbread Cookies
Just in time for the holidays! We'll put our technical skills to the test to produce and decorate the perfect holiday cookie.
Session 6 - Pâte à Choux
Pâte à Choux is a very different kind of dough which is used from churros to eclairs. Our final class is a culmination of all we have learned. More piping techniques as well as fillings to produce sweet eclair treats.
Everything is made in the BARN Kitchen from scratch.
Age Level: Youth Class for grades 7 & 8.
Marcela Sandoval is a classically trained Chef and has years of cooking abroad and instructing kids of all ages.
Jasmine Fischbach, class assistant: "My favorite thing to cook is salmon and succotash which I learned to make at BARN's Farm to Table class in 2018. I'm an 8th grader, a BARN Kitchen Volunteer and student of many BARN classes. I'm involved in Scouts and on the BI Swim Team."
No pre-registration is required, although all students will need to sign in upon arrival and out upon departure.
Questions: contact Jess Henderson at BARN at 206-842-4475 x221 or email: JessH@bainbridgebarn.org
Teen Nights are generously funded by a grant from Bainbridge Community Foundation.
BARN members wishing to participate in this event must be a member for a minimum of 3 months (must join by August 31st) to participate. You can contact Carla Mackey at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application which will be available Monday, October 21.
Come build your own state-of-the-art electro-mechanical ferry tracking apparatus: FerryClock; a self-setting analog wall clock with additional dials and lights to indicate the real-time position, heading, and docking status of the two Bainbridge-Seattle ferryboats. It should prove ferry useful in your own home. Additional routes coming soon…
Instructor Bio: Matt Carrig is a multi-disciplinary designer. To read more about Ferries Over Winslow, click here.
Get a good foundation in carving techniques, including push, stop and draw cuts. In this three-session class, you will learn the basics of safe handling and use of carving knives the first night, then go on to learn how to deal with changes in wood grain, hollowing techniques, and other concepts as you make a spoon and carve a figure during second and third sessions.
This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Each time BARN schedules this class, the carving projects are new.
The class consists of three half-day sessions.
What Students Need to Bring to Class
(Instructions from Barbara Ramsey):
Instructor Bio: Barbara Ramsey is a fabric artist who sews original abstract art works using traditional quilting techniques. Employing her own designs, she pieces together fabric shapes with a sewing machine and by hand. Her main materials are commercially printed fabric as well as fabric she has dyed and manipulated herself.
Her work expresses her fascination with light, color, texture, materials, and process. She love the ritual of taking fabric of one color and changing it into another color with dye or bleach. She is completely absorbed by the simple acts of washing, rinsing, drying, sewing, and ironing as she pull scores of separate colors together into a single piece. Like many traditional quilters, She is devoted to precise construction. She differ from many traditional quilters in that she design and cut fabric in an effort to distort geometry. She works to create irregularity, using various shapes to impel the viewer’s eye to roam over the entire surface of the quilt, seeking the harmonies in the middle of contrast. She create her work in order to disappear into its making.
Barbara loves to teach quilting and helping other quilt artists as they move from traditional designs to more free-form creations. She feel energized as she watches her students learn to improvise with shape and line, create more surprising color combinations, and gain the confidence required to do original work.
Tapestry is one of the oldest forms of weaving, blending art and design with the practical need of adding warmth to chilly stone castles. Today's tapestry weavers focus on art and design to create a wide variety of fiber masterpieces.
In this class, students will learn the fundamental first steps in how to weave tapestry. It will cover weaving techniques, including warping, tensioning, and basic tapestry skills.
The class will also include how to most effectively design a tapestry and complete a cartoon, color-blending, and other color effects to enhance the design.
The class will be taught on hand-held small frame looms.
Instructor Bio: BARN is fortunate to have Nancy Klos Smith, a Portland-based fiber artist, painter and designer, teach this class. She has taught in many regional workshops, exhibits her work in galleries and shows, and has been commissioned to weave tapestries for organizations and individuals. Her tapestries are pictorial, and are described as organic and sensual. She emphasizes design elements in her teaching, particularly the key role color and color blending plays.
Be a Maker for a Day!
Check out our 10 studios, participate in making crafts or generally check out BARN! It's free, and open to all ages.
More information will be posted later in October 2019.
For more information contact: info@BainbridgeBARN.org