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December 27, 2013 - December 30, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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Bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and more. Every day includes ice sculpting with Bill Bywater and a screening of Bag It The Movie with the nonprofit environmental group Skraptacular. Some activities require an additional fee; see below for details. ReMake the Holidays is presented by Astoria Federal Savings.

Each day of ReMake the Holidays focuses on a different theme:

December 27: Wire It – Featuring circuitry-based projects

  • Hack an electronic toy with DiYAbility – Learn how to up-cycle electronics for a variety of purposes, including making them more accessible for someone with a special physical need. noon & 2 pm. Sessions run 1 1/2 hours long. Recommended for ages 8 and older (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). $15 per project ($12 members). Limited to 10 projects per session. Buy tickets online: noon session; 2 pm session. Presales end December 26 at noon or until all slots are filled. Any remaining spots will be sold onsite, on a first-come, first-sold basis on day of event.
  • LED Paper Lanterns – Turn recycled paper and cards into lanterns with LEDs. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Skraptacular Mobiles – Recycle wire into Calder-like mobiles. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • LED Orbz – Reinvent the lightbulb. Noon – 4 pm. Recommended for ages 8 and older (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). $5 per project ($3 for members). Limited capacity. Buy tickets online. Presales end December 26 at noon, or until all slots are filled. Any remaining spots will be sold onsite, on a first-come, first-sold basis on day of event.
  • Recycled Paper Snowflakes – Create your own unique snowflake using recycled materials. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting by Bill Bywater – Watch as professional ice sculptor Bill Bywater sculpts icy creations out of chunks of ice. Noon – 2 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting Demonstration – Sculptor Bill Bywater explains some of the tools and techniques he uses to create beautiful ice sculptures.  2 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting Apprenticeships with Bill Bywater – Join professional ice sculptor, Bill Bywater, for a one-on-one session to learn and test out some of the tools and techniques he uses to create his sculptures. Participants should bring gloves or mittens. 10-minute individual sessions available at 3, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30 & 3:40 pm. $5 per project ($3 members). Recommended for ages 8 and older (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.) Limited to one project per session; 5 projects total. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on day of program.
  • Activating Origami – Work with staff from Invent-abling to learn how to fold an origami shape and add a simple circuit to make it move and light up. Noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15 & 3 pm. $12 per project ($10 members). Recommended for ages 5 and older. (Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.) Limited to 10 projects per session. Buy tickets online: noon session, 12:45 pm session, 1:30 pm session, 2:15 pm session & 3 pm session. Presales end December 26 at noon, or until all slots are filled. Any remaining spots will be sold onsite, on a first-come, first-sold basis on day of event.
  • Screening of Bag It – In the touching and funny film Bag It, “everyman” Jeb Berrier embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. 3:15 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.

December 28: Build It – Featuring 3D design, building and architecture, and 3D printing

  • Paper Building Challenge – Use recycled newspaper to join our building challenge. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Skraptacular City – Work with the folks from Skraptacular to build the next city or skyscraper using recycled materials. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Gingerbread House Workshop – Make your own gingerbread house under the guidance of GingerBread Lane creator Jon Lovitch. Participants will receive a kit with pieces, icing and candy. Space is limited to 50 participants; limit of two houses per family/group. On-site sign-ups will begin at noon on December 28. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 2 – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Build it with Maker Space – Learn a variety of free and inexpensive building techniques with Maker Space staff. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Recycled Paper Snowflakes – Create your own unique snowflake using recycled materials. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting by Bill Bywater – Watch as professional ice sculptor Bill Bywater sculpts icy creations out of chunks of ice. Noon – 2 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting Demonstration – Sculptor Bill Bywater explains some of the tools and techniques he uses to create beautiful ice sculptures.  2 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting Apprenticeships with Bill Bywater – Join professional ice sculptor, Bill Bywater, for a one-on-one session to learn and test out some of the tools and techniques he uses to create his sculptures. Participants should bring gloves or mittens. 10-minute individual sessions available at 3, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30 & 3:40 pm. $5 per project ($3 members). Recommended for ages 8 and older (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.) Limited to one project per session; 5 projects total. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on day of program.
  • Screening of Bag It – In the touching and funny film Bag It, “everyman” Jeb Berrier embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. 3:15 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.

December 29: Animate It – Featuring the moving image and animation

  • Animation Screenings –Sit back and watch a 15-minute selection of old cartoons, curated by Tom Stathes, and learn how film strips and old projectors work. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Animated GIF Photobooth – Experience a new portrait technique with this animated photobooth. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Mappathon Projections – Learn how to repurpose animations into 3D sculptures with the folks from Mappathon. Noon – 4 pm.  Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Hand-Held Animation with Unplug Kids – Upcycle used DVD cases into animation travel kits and learn about Thaumatropes and other forms of animation. noon – 4 pm. Limited supplies available. $5 per project ($3 for members). Buy tickets online. Presales end December 28 at noon, or until all slots are filled. Any remaining spots will be sold on a first-come, first-sold basis on day of event.
  • Recycled Paper Snowflakes – Create your own unique snowflake using recycled materials. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting by Bill Bywater – Watch as professional ice sculptor Bill Bywater sculpts icy creations out of chunks of ice. Noon – 2 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting Demonstration – Sculptor Bill Bywater explains some of the tools and techniques he uses to create beautiful ice sculptures. 2 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting Apprenticeships with Bill Bywater – Join professional ice sculptor, Bill Bywater, for a one-on-one session to learn and test out some of the tools and techniques he uses to create his sculptures. Participants should bring gloves or mittens. 10-minute individual sessions available at 3, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30 & 3:40 pm. $5 per project ($3 members). Recommended for ages 8 and older (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.) Limited to one project per session; 5 projects total. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on day of program.
  • Screening of Bag It – In the touching and funny film Bag It, “everyman” Jeb Berrier embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. 3:15 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.

December 30: Wear It – Featuring sewing and wearable projects

  • The Art of ‘Trashion’ with Skraptacular– Make garments and accessories from recycled materials. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Button-Making – Make a personalized button or pendant from recycled materials. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Beginner Sewing Sessions – Learn the basics of the sewing machine and some simple stitches with Kevin L. Harper. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Participants under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Noon & 12:45 pm. Each session is 30 minutes long. Limited to 10 participants per session. $5 per project ($3 members). Buy tickets online: noon session, 12:45 pm session. Presales end December 29 at noon, or until all slots are filled. Any remaining spots will be sold onsite, on a first-come, first-sold basis on day of event.
  • ReMake Your Case – Learn to sew with Kevin L. Harper and use zippers to create a new case for your phone, tablet or laptop. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Participants under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 1:30, 2:15 & 3 pm. Each session is 30 minutes long. Limited to 10 participants per session. $5 per project ($3 members). Buy tickets online: 1:30 pm session, 2:15 pm session, 3 pm session. Presales end December 29 at noon, or until all slots are filled. Any remaining spots will be sold onsite, on a first-come, first-sold basis on day of event.
  • Electronic Textiles with Deren Guler of Invent-abling – Learn about e-textiles and how to use fabric to build a switch. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • E-Textiles – If you want to add some extra sense into your fashion, check out Invent-abling Textiles’ table. You’ll learn how to add lights, heat activated color, and much more to your next fabric-based project. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Upcycle your Garment – Use textile paint and stencils to remake your garments or accessories. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Style Time – Get your hair and makeup done by professional stylists and sign up to walk down the Trashion Show runway. 1 – 3 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Trashion Show Runway – Show off your new look on the Trashion Show Runway. 3:45 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Recycled Paper Snowflakes – Create your own unique snowflake using recycled materials. Noon – 4 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting by Bill Bywater – Watch as professional ice sculptor Bill Bywater sculpts icy creations out of chunks of ice. Noon – 2 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting Demonstration – Sculptor Bill Bywater explains some of the tools and techniques he uses to create beautiful ice sculptures. 2 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.
  • Ice Sculpting Apprenticeships with Bill Bywater – Join professional ice sculptor, Bill Bywater, for a one-on-one session to learn and test out some of the tools and techniques he uses to create his sculptures. Participants should bring gloves or mittens. 10-minute individual sessions available at 3, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30 & 3:40 pm. $5 per project ($3 members). Recommended for ages 8 and older (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.) Limited to one project per session; 5 projects total. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on day of program.
  • Screening of Bag It – In the touching and funny film Bag It, “everyman” Jeb Berrier embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. 3:15 pm. Free with NYSCI admission.


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