Brooklyn Public Library Skillshare
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library will host our third annual all-day skillshare, where different community members share their skills and interests with others in a day of learning and creativity.
You may remember our previous Skillshares—the first, in 2014, included workshops on WordPress, backstrap weaving, email encryption, origami and oral history recording. And the second one, in 2015, included workshops in zine-making, DJing, creating handmade plastic flowers and origami animals, secure web browsing and more.
Check out our great lineup for this year!
|Lab||Recording Studio||Room 2||Room 3||Room 5||Room 6||Room 7||Plaza|
|Block 1 *
Universal Makerspace: Book Art - John Huth (10:00am-12:00pm)
|ART SPACE/ Exploring Your Creativity - Ioannis Mavrikakis||Telling a Story: Campfires Not Required - Robert Weinstein||Weaving Is Fun - Ella Murray||Watercolor Workshop - Jing Si Feng||
Urban Gardening Demonstrations
Presented by GreenBridge of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
10:30 – 11 am The Dos and Don’ts of a Beautiful Tree Bed
12:30 – 1 pm Planting a DIY Sub-irrigated Window Box
1:30 – 2 pm
|Block 2 *
|Decorate Your Envelope Beyond Calligraphy - Jackie Carter||Creative Writing/Self Publishing - Nicola McDonald||Yarn Spinning - Victoria Manganiello (Textile Arts Center)||Improve Your Research Skills - Nomi Naeem|
|Block 3 *
|The Art of DJing: An Introduction with DJ Big Brooklyn - George Clyde||Who are you???: Genealogy Workshop - Phil Bond||Hair Braiding 101 with Raquel - Raquel Penzo||Build a Better Budget - Stephanie Genkin||Telling Your Story with Zines and Comics - Elvis Bakaitis|
|Block 4 *
|Jewelry Making - Alicia Goodwin||Origami Blossom - Lina Ding||Premiere vs. Final Cut - Alexander Kaluzhsky||Blackout Poetry - April Siqueiros||
Printmaking Workshop - Alex Chipkin and Rebecca Chipkin (2:30-4:45pm)
|Block 5 *
Fixing Session - Fixers Collective
|Intro to Recording Vocals in the Studio - Stephanie Elstro||Mapping and Visualizing Gentrification - Sina Zekavat||Knitting 101 - Emily Louick||The Art of Publication - Meghan Oliver (4:00-5:00pm)||Animated Comics with Photoshop - Kate Gavino|
Block 1 * 10:00-11:00AM:
Universal Makerspace: Book Art (10:00am-12:00pm) - John Huth
Books are imbued with the power of transformation. Books changed readers lives. But have you ever changed a book? Join us Saturday May 14th for a special session of the Universal Makerspace and learn how to make your old and slightly used books into works of art.
ART SPACE/ Exploring Your Creativity - Ioannis Mavrikakis
Explore and rediscover your own creativity through drawing.
· Learn approaches to access your spontaneity, draw inspiration from art history and find out how to tap into your inner child in order to help you keep creative!
· Discover how to build your own “Artist’s Corner” at home and keep up your everyday creativity in a way that can fit in your pocket
· Feel creative With just a pen and a piece of paper feel free and creative to challenge yourself in a thousand different ways !
ART S P A C E = Space for YOU !
Telling a Story: Campfires Not Required - Robert Weinstein
A Moth-Style storytelling class that explores the basics of creating and telling a 5-6 minute story. Participants will learn the elements and tools of a telling a story in front of other people and apply them to a tale based on their own experiences. Great for those who wish to teach, understand or participate in the growing number of Storytelling Shows popping up around the city.
Weaving is Fun - Ella Murray
The off the loom projects are simple, functional and creative. Using yarns, ribbons or fabrics to design your project. Embellish with beads, findings or feathers.
Watercolor Workshop - Jing Si Feng
Join us in this fun and exciting painting workshop, where you will try your hands on painting in watercolor! We will also explore other water-based mediums and create some mix media pieces.
Urban Gardening Demonstration: The Dos and Don’ts of a Beautiful Tree Bed (10:30-11:00am) - Presented by GreenBridge of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Join the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to learn about Urban Gardening and How to Maintain a Beautiful Tree Bed.
Block 2* 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM:
Decorate Your Envelope Beyond Calligraphy - Jackie Carter
At Love Jac, we believe in making envelopes fun so that your friend is immediately excited to open their mail. Come learn new techniques for turning an ordinary envelope into a work of art.
Creative Writing/Self Publishing - Nicola McDonald
Have you considered writing a book or going to school for publishing/creative writing? Have you written a book and want to know more about the world of publishing? This workshop is for you! The first half of the workshop will cover various writing techniques and their implementation, while the second half will be spent discussing the publishing industry and resources.
Yarn Spinning - Victoria Manganiello (Textile Arts Center)
Students will learn the basics of spinning and how to spin their own yarn, while discovering the step between shearing the sheep and yarn on a shelf.
Improve Your Research Skills - Nomi Naeem
Conducting research is a fundamental skill for everyone. Whether you’re browsing websites or using scholarly materials such as journal articles, you need to know how to formulate good searches, evaluate your sources and organize information.This workshop will go over the fundamentals of research, including effective online search techniques, the use of library material and proper citations. There will be time in class for research examples, so come with your queries!
Urban Gardening Demonstration: Planting a DIY Sub-irrigated Window Box (12:30-1:00pm) - Presented by GreenBridge of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Join the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to learn about Urban Gardening and How to plant your own sub-irrigated window box.
Block 3* 1:15-2:15 PM:
The Art of DJing: An Introduction with DJ Big Brooklyn - George Clyde
Come for a little history, stay for a live demo. Learn basic tips and techniques and then try your hand at scratching, mixing and beat matching.
Who are you???: Genealogy Workshop - Phil Bond
Start from yourself and work your way back, to discover your personal lineage. Learn how to build your family tree, how to search our databases and resources, and develop research techniques and strategies to document and preserve your personal story and family history.
Hair Braiding 101 with Raquel - Raquel Penzo
Summer in NY will have you wanting to shave your hair off. But fret not- learn some fun and easy braids—corn rows, French braids, and the coveted fishtail braid—to fashionably keep your locks off of your neck and allow your scalp to breathe. Please bring your own comb/brush.
Build a Better Budget - Stephanie Genkin
A sensible spending plan based on your income is the first step to getting a handle on your finances. It will help you identify areas in which you could save money without making painful cuts. This session will show you the best way to determine how much of your paycheck should go to monthly expenses, what you should be putting away for the future and how much you can actually spend on the fun stuff.
Telling Your Story - with Zines and Comics! - Elvis Bakaitis
Dive into the medium of comics with this fun, easygoing workshop. Anyone can make a comic, and we'll look at different ways folks have presented their ideas before. Zines are DIY, self-published booklets, and you don't need a lot of money to create them - just the will to express yourself.
Urban Gardening Demonstration: The Dos and Don’ts of a Beautiful Tree Bed (1:30-2:00pm) - Presented by GreenBridge of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Join the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to learn about Urban Gardening and How to Maintain a Beautiful Tree Bed.
Block 4* 2:30-3:30 PM:
Jewelry Making - Alicia Goodwin
Learn how to create a pair of earrings and findings in this class. We will start with a few pieces of wire to create fun jewelry that fits your style. No previous jewelry making experience necessary, but, if you do have jewelry making tools, please bring them along!
Origami Blossom - Lina Ding
Together we are going to decorate spring by making origami blossom.
Premiere vs. Final Cut - Alexander Kaluzhsky
A head to head comparison of Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X highlighting the pluses and minuses of both video editing programs.
Blackout Poetry - April Siqueiros
Ever want to write something but don't have the words? With blackout poetry all you need is newspaper and markers to get started. The idea is to blackout most of the words and keep a select few to transform a newspaper article into a short poem.
Printmaking Workshop (2:30-4:45pm) - Alex Chipkin and Becky Chipkin
Printmaking is a great way to distribute your artwork and ideas! Join the Proletarian Printing Press, a mobile art making collective, for a beginners printmaking workshop. We will get our hands dirty making linoleum block prints!
Block 5* 3:45-4:45 PM:
Fixing Session (3:45-5:45pm) - Fixers Collective
For our Fixing Sessions, people bring in their broken items and they participate fully in the repair process - they will be the ones to unscrew, pry open, glue together, etc.
Intro to Recording Vocals in the Studio - Stephanie Elstro
Wanting to record some fresh vocals but not sure how to start? Learn about the available audio equipment and how to set up for recording speaking or singing. Get hands on experience with the microphones and GarageBand, a great audio editing software for beginners. We will also cover all the procedures for reserving the studio so you get the most out of every session. Instructed by Stephanie, a librarian in the Info Commons and an amateur podcaster.
Mapping and Visualizing Gentrification - Sina Zekavat
What is gentrification? How does it look like? How can we document it visually? And why should we map it? While abstract numbers, reports and statistics are helpful to expose the damaging effects of gentrification process on low income communities of color, they also tend to distract us from the fact that, at the end of the day, gentrification is a highly tangible, physical and material force that aggressively transforms the physical fabric of low income neighborhoods. During this collective map making exercise, we will use simple and accessible online resources to develop new skills for documenting and visualizing the changes that take place during the gentrification process.
Knitting 101 - Emily Louick
Everyone can knit, I promise! This is an absolute beginner's class; you'll learn the lingo, how to pick yarn and some stitches: cast on, knit and bind off and, if time allows, the purl stitch! Students will receive their own set of needles, yarn and a scarf pattern and should leave feeling comfortable with these basic stitches and the ability to keep practicing at home!
The Art of Publication (4:00-5:00pm) - Meghan Oliver
To publish one's work is not a chore, but rather an art. To accomplish this takes a great deal of creativity, decisiveness and the ability to adapt to and embrace new possibilities. I will be sharing some most creative ways to see your work in print and will be noting the bumps and bruises along the way, but emphasizing the amazing end of the journey.
Animated Comics with Photoshop - Kate Gavino
With so many artists posting their comics and artwork online, how do you make yours stand out? Make them move! Kate Gavino teaches you how to turn your hand drawn comics into simple animated gifs using Photoshop. We’ll draw an image to be animated, scan it, then go over step-by-step how to turn it into a gif then post it online.
The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library consists of public meeting rooms, a training lab, and an open workspace, each equipped with resources to facilitate individual and group work, learning, and creativity.
All photos by Gregg Richards / Brooklyn Public Library