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The Science of Creepy 

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Join us for a weekend of exploring the science of the creepy. Use household materials to make fake blood or prosthetic wounds, learn how geometry and perspective are used in set design, and explore video and lighting effects.

Prizes will be handed out for those who come in costume.

Don’t have a costume? Make one with recycled materials.

All activities are free with NYSCI admission.

Saturday, October 26

Activities:
Fake Blood (12 – 4 pm)
Make and take your own vial of fake blood.

DIY Prosthetic Wounds (12 pm – 4pm)
Construct your own prosthetic wounds (with a chocolate-y recipe that’s scary and delicious).

Spooky Buddies (12- 4 pm)
Join Maker Space to learn the basics of hand sewing with everyday materials in this Halloween-themed version the popular sewing activity, Little Buddies.

Spooky Sounds (12 – 4 pm)
Create instruments to make spooky sounds using familiar materials and electronics in Design Lab.

Costume Creations (12 – 4 pm)
In this drop-in workshop, create a costume using an array of tools and fun materials at your disposal.

Dowels and Cobwebs (12 – 4 pm)
Build spooky sculptures you can stand inside with dowels and rubber bands.

Demonstrations and Installations:

Air Cannon (12 – 4 pm), Design Lab, Lower Level
Watch as Explainers create vortexes using fog and an air cannon in Design Lab.

Tapetum Lucidum, A Live-painting Demonstration (12 – 4 pm), Design Lab, Lower Level
Painted theatrical backdrops have been used for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest forms of “special effects”. They are still an important part of today’s sets in theater, and film. These large-scale paintings are created by theatrical scenic artists who specialize in painting and sculpting sets and props. Artist Shana Siegel will be demonstrating how these paintings are made, live-painting a 12’ x 9’ night landscape on velvet from start to finish. Spooky painted lighting effects will ensue.

Halloween Phases (3:30 pm), Lower Level Demonstration Area
Learn about the phases of matter (with a Halloween twist!) from the NYSCI Explainers

“Roommates” (All day), Best viewed through the windows in the Walter O. Lecroy Gallery, located on the Upper Level
Meet the Roommates, theatrical set pieces that depict two large fictional creatures based on the real-life symbiotic relationship of the goby fish and pistol shrimp. This temporary site-specific art installation, created by scenic artist, Shana Siegel, will live on NYSCI’s roof to introduce the trade of scenic art to museum visitors.

Sunday, October 27

Activities:
DIY Prosthetic Wounds (12 pm – 4pm)
Construct your own prosthetic wounds (with a chocolate-y recipe that’s scary and delicious).

Spooky Buddies (12- 4 pm)
Join Maker Space to learn the basics of hand sewing with every day materials in this Halloween-themed version the popular sewing activity, Little Buddies.

Spooky Sounds (12 – 4 pm)
Create instruments to make spooky sounds using familiar materials and electronics in Design Lab.

Costume Creations (12 – 4 pm)
In this drop-in workshop, create a costume using an array of tools and fun materials at your disposal.

Dowels and Cobwebs (12 – 4 pm)
Build spooky sculptures you can stand inside with dowels and rubber bands.

Demonstrations and Installations:

Air Cannon (12 – 4 pm), Design Lab, Lower Level
Watch as Explainers create vortexes using fog and an air cannon in Design Lab.

Tapetum Lucidum, A Live-painting Demonstration (12 – 4 pm), Design Lab, Lower Level
Painted theatrical backdrops have been used for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest forms of “special effects”. They are still an important part of today’s sets in theater, and film. These large-scale paintings are created by theatrical scenic artists who specialize in painting and sculpting sets and props. Artist Shana Siegel will be demonstrating how these paintings are made, live-painting a 12’ x 9’ night landscape on velvet from start to finish. Spooky painted lighting effects will ensue.

Halloween Phases (3:30 pm), Lower Level Demonstration Area
Learn about the phases of matter (with a Halloween twist!) from the NYSCI Explainers

“Roommates” (All day), Best viewed through the windows in the Walter O. Lecroy Gallery, located on the Upper Level
Meet the Roommates, theatrical set pieces that depict two large fictional creatures based on the real-life symbiotic relationship of the goby fish and pistol shrimp. This temporary site-specific art installation, created by scenic artist, Shana Siegel, will live on NYSCI’s roof to introduce the trade of scenic art to museum visitors.

About Shana Siegel:
Shana Siegel Graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004. Since then, she has been working as a theatrical scenic artist on theatrical productions, film and television alongside cultivating her fine art practice. Shana gravitated towards the trade of scenic art because it involves constant experimentation with new materials and techniques. She applies this wealth of technical knowledge to her fine art practice and has become interested in triggering curiosity in the viewer about how things are made. Shana was an artist in residence at the Wassaic Project in 2013 and at the Brooklyn Arts Space in 2016. She has participated in a myriad of salon shows and has painted several public murals around New York City. Shana works and lives in Brooklyn.

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