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July 1, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

Announcing MAKER BREAK: A Summer Makerspace Program

We are excited to announce a free summer makerspace program developed by IDEAS Academy and The ARTery of The John Michael Kohler Arts Center. MAKER BREAK is a series of summer workshops and sessions that explore a wide range of making practices and activities. Participants can explore everything from circuitry and mic building at IDEAS Academy to knotsmanship and screenprinting in The ARTery.

There are workshops for students 6 – 12 years old as well as sessions for students 12 and older. In addition to specific workshop programming, there are weekly open sessions for making and creating. These programs are open to all interested individuals within the stated age ranges. Please share these opportunities with others! The full schedule is below. Please note that some of these programs do require pre-registration.

Workshop Details

CIRCUIT BENDING WORKSHOP
IDEAS Academy
7/20 and 8/4, 1:00-4:00
ages 12+

Explore the sonic possibilities locked inside the simplest of electronic circuits. Through this workshop, students will learn the art of circuit bending, rewiring used children’s toys and other sound-making devices to create totally new, one-of-a-kind instruments. Basic skills will be covered in every workshop, but students are encouraged to return to build more advanced skills, hone their craft, and help others as well.

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CONTACT MIC BUILDING WORKSHOP
IDEAS Academy
7/7 and 7/27, 1:00-4:00
ages 12+

Through this workshop, students will learn how to build their own contact mics, a simple tool that allows performers to amplify any acoustic (and some non-acoustic) instruments. Afterwards, students will have the opportunity to explore the sonic capabilities of this new tool, experimenting with both traditional and non-traditional instrumentation. For those students returning multiple times, there will be opportunities to invent new instruments to be used in conjunction with these devices.

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PRINTMAKING / PUPPET BUILDING WORKSHOP
The ARTery
7/23, 1:00-4:00
ages 6-12, 12+

Dennis McNett, known for his detailed relief and silkscreen prints, has produced an eclectic body of work including large-scale Viking ships and Nordic giants. Last year, McNett and hundreds of community participants collaborated to create a 24-foot serpent as the main character in the original tale of Lake Michigan titled "The Serpent of Sheboygan."

Register for the opportunity to learn how to make puppets, props, costumes, backdrops, and masks as we create more characters for this tall tale.

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SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP
The ARTery
7/21, 1:00-4:00
ages 12+
7/6, 8/3, 1:00-4:00
ages 6-12

In this workshop participants will learn the process of making screen prints and become familiar with all the equipment involved. We will learn about how to best create artwork for screen printing and the correct methods for creating screens, and printing. This workshop will share slight variations in screen creation between each date. Each share unique ways to create personal works.

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KNOTSMANSHIP WORKSHOP
The Artery
7/14 1:00-4:00
ages 6-12, 12+

Working with Arts Industry Artist Christy George. Participants will learn the craft of tying a rope ladders along with other useful knots and rope tying techniques.

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BLOCK CARVING WORKSHOP
The Artery
7/13 1:00-4:00
ages 12+

Learn about carving the large wood blocks for the extreme steamroller printing event at the Midsummer Festival of the Arts. Joseph Velasquez (WI), one of the founders of Drive-By Press, returns to the Arts Center in July for more collaborative printmaking.

To register contact aavery@jmkac.org

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OPEN STUDIO TIME
IDEAS and The ARTery
Tuesdays, 12:00-5:00p.m.
ages 6-12, 12+

Open time for students to swing by either IDEAS Academy or The ARTery at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and use the tools at either space to start, continue, or finish a self-directed project. Students are free to come and go as they please, dropping in once or twice for a few minutes or using the entire time all summer. Students will also be encouraged to crowd source help from other collaborators as they refine ideas and collectively generate new ones.

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PERFORMATIVE MAKING WORKSHOP
IDEAS Academy
Every Wednesday from 5:00-7:00, consistent weekly attendance is expected
ages 6-12, 12+

Applying the ethos of making and makerspaces to the performing arts, students will spend eight weeks collaboratively developing a brand new production to be performed at the Levitt Amp series on August 11th. This process will guide students through all aspects of the production, from writing and composition to staging and performing. Students of all artistic backgrounds and experiences are welcome: whether you are just starting out as a writer, actor, or director, or if you are an experienced dancer, visual artist, musician, or animator, we need your help to make this show come to life!

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SUMMER MAKER CONSORTIUM
IDEAS Academy
Every Thursday from 10:00-12:00, consistent weekly attendance is expected
ages 12+

A service learning opportunity for students hoping to give back to the community. The summer maker consortium will meet every Thursday with the goal of developing student led maker workshops for other students in the Sheboygan area. Students will draw on their own experiences and expertise, as well as the resources at The ARTery and IDEAS Academy, to design and implement at least two maker experiences for younger children in the area.

MAKER BREAK Schedule
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July 5 / Open Workshop
IDEAS Academy & The ARTery 12:00-5:00p.m.

July 6 / Screen Printing
The ARTery 1:00-4:00p.m.

July 6 / Performative Making
IDEAS Academy, 5:00-7:00

July 7 / Contact Mic
IDEAS Academy 1:00-4:00p.m.

July 12 / Open Workshop
IDEAS Academy & The ARTery 12:00-5:00p.m.

July 13 / Block Carving Workshop
The ARTery 1:00-4:00p.m.

July 13 / Performative Making
IDEAS Academy, 5:00-7:00

July 7 / Contact Mic
IDEAS Academy 1:00-4:00p.m.

July 19 / Open Workshop
IDEAS Academy & The ARTery 12:00-5:00p.m.

July 20 / Circuit Bending
IDEAS Academy 1:00-4:00p.m.

July 20 / Performative Making
IDEAS Academy, 5:00-7:00

July 26 / Open Workshop
IDEAS Academy & The ARTery 12:00-5:00p.m.

July 27 / Performative Making
IDEAS Academy, 5:00-7:00

August 2 / Open Workshop
IDEAS Academy & The ARTery 12:00-5:00p.m.

August 3 / Screen Printing
The ARTery 1:00-4:00p.m.

August 3 / Performative Making
IDEAS Academy, 5:00-7:00

August 4 / Circuit Bending
IDEAS Academy 1:00-4:00p.m.

August 9 / Open Workshop
IDEAS Academy & The ARTery 12:00-5:00p.m.

August 10 / Performative Making
IDEAS Academy, 5:00-7:00

August 11 / Maker Break Showcase
Levitt Amp @ JMKAC 5:30-8:30p.m.

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May 26, 2016
by: Zoe Farrell, Writing Apprentice for Étude Studios

Mosaic School Students Present Learning to The Public

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Zoe Farrell is a sophomore at IDEAS Academy and a writing apprentice for the Étude Studios. She took time from completing her own Exhibition of Learning (EOL) this week to share an article on the process students follow and some of their projects.

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May 26, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

Mosaic Student's EOL Takes on Autism and Bullying Through Songwriting

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Abigail, a middle school student at Mosaic, began her Exhibition of Learning (EOL) with an introduction to the project process and a 3-2-1 bridge. She asked those in attendance to share three short explanations for the creative process in all art forms; two questions they still held about the creative process in all art forms; and one analogy for the creative process in the art forms. This component was valuable in preparing the audience for her creative interpretation of the topic.

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April 30, 2016
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

Mosaic students visit colleges and workplaces

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All Mosaic School students sampled college and career choices April 27 when they toured local post-secondary schools and a community giant.

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April 21, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

The Étude Group's Maker Movement

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There is a lot of talk in education these days about “makerspaces.” It seems to be a new buzz word. The reality is that while it may be a new concept for some in the education community, it’s one of the foundations for The Étude Group. While the concepts of making and creating are not new for us, our role in sharing this concept at a greater level with the community is.

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April 1, 2016
by: Erica Brown

Information Night

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Help us share the great things that happen at The Mosaic School by inviting your friends and families to attend our Information Night on Thursday, April 21st from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 3402. This will be the final Information Night, so please join us!

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March 2, 2016
by: Erica Brown

The Mosaic School Final Shadow Day

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The Mosaic School is hosting a final Shadow Day on Thursday, March 17th.

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February 21, 2016
by: Erica Brown

Student Shadow Day

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*Student Shadow Day, February 25th, 2016 8:00 am-3:10 pm*

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February 1, 2016
by: Erica Brown

Information Night

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The Mosaic School is hosting an information night on Tuesday, February 9th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in room 3402. I.D.E.A.S. Academy staff will provide a brief overview of the curriculum, student guided tours will be available and the evening will close with a question and answer session. All community members are welcome.

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January 21, 2016
by: Janelle Bane

The Mosaic School's Winter Exhibitions of Learning

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Last week, Mosaic students participated in the Winter session of Exhibitions of Learning (EoLs). This is the chance for students to pick a topic from one of their academic classes and spend a semester conducting research and proposing a plan to interpret their findings through a medium of their choice.

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