MAKE Paper Constructions and Connections

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Vacation Program

  • Monday, October 3, 2016
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 7 to 10
  • By Kiran Zaman, Program Developer

You live at a remarkable time. Touch a button – you can create and communicate. But consider the richer challenges of not-long-ago…Start with a blank piece of paper. You still need tools and "apps" and a "network". But they are not built into the paper.

Discover properties that are built into paper.

~ Use tissue paper to contour, color, and texture a dragon inspired by Josh Funk's Dear Dragon, a sweet tale of penpals and misunderstanding.
~ Use the absorbancy of coffee filters to separate the chemistry of paints into their component colors. Construct flowers or alien creatures from each of these unique chroma prints.
~ Use the closed surface of card stock to float inks into the exotic patterns of marbling in a safe, simple adaptation of the technique developed in Turkey 5 centuries ago.
~ Use paper that holds sharp folds to construct two styles of envelopes.

Then, use your personally designed cards to write notes to a grandparent or distant friend. Use a stamp to send it (yes, we will pay for a messenger to deliver it.) Expect that your friend will send you a note back expressed in their own hand.


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