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Maker in Residencies | August

In August we are offering two Maker in Residence opportunities starting the same week. Jacob Olmedo will return to us August 5th-13th and Ross Klettke will return for a Game development workshop running the month of August. Taking this opportunity to work along side professional maker's is invaluable.RSVP for the artist in residence workshops below and share this email with other families in the public. View our website or Facebook page for updates and drop in opportunities.

Maker in Residence:Jacob Olmedo 

A designer and artist who focuses on sustainability and the future of fashion through textiles and garments. He was awarded the Designer of the Year; Future Textiles Award in 2017 from Parson School of Fashion, the Role Models Competition from the Healthy Materials Lab, and was a finalist for the International Dorothy Waxman Talking Textile Award for his work integrating fashion and plant life. Jacob practices in-depth research, experimental material development, user testing, and garment construction. All as a part of his continuing design work And The World Will Be As One. And The World Will Be As One showcases an array of important relationships we as humans have with our clothing and our natural world.  Jacob Olmedo is a 2013 graduate of Étude High School (IDEAS Academy) and a 2013 recipient of the Ruth DeYoung Kohler Scholarship for Artistic Excellence.

Monday | August 6th | Growing and Making | 12:00pm-4:00pm |RSVP
Tuesday | August 7th | From Old to New | 9:00am-12:00pm |RSVP
Wednesday | August 8th | Growing and Making | 9:00am-12:00pm |RSVP
Thursday | August 9th | From Old to New | 9:00am-12:00pm |RSVP
Friday | August 10th | From Old to New | 12:00pm-4:00pm |RSVP

From Old to New | Ages 10+ without and adult
Making, Prototyping, and Documentation
4 hour workshop
In this workshop students work in teams sculpting new garments of already existing ones. By taking apart of clothes and through sculpting the students will discover new shapes and forms in clothing while also be fitting their new garments on a fit model— to see their new creations in action.
This workshop shows students that old can be new. That value of our belongings is important. Textile waste is one of the biggest problems in the fashion industry, I hope to encourage students to think differently about all materials in their making.

Growing and Making | Ages 10+ without and adult
Collaborative Making, and growing of textiles.
4 hour workshop
As Olmedo creates three new pieces to showcase for a small gathering in NYC, he invites the community to come help make, grow, and maintain the small pieces for the show. This is hand sewing, learning about Olmedo's textile and laying seeds and watering.

Maker-in-Residence: Ross Klettke | Professional Animator


Ross Klettke will return to facilitate a four week long Game Development workshop. Inviting you to create your first video game! Over 4 weeks, we'll learn the basics of game development with Unity -- a powerful, flexible, and free(!) tool used widely in the industry. We'll practice game design, art, animation, and sound (and a bit of programming if there's interest) looking towards bringing your ideas to life. The games themselves will definitely be able to run on Mac and PC.  Held at Étude High School on the following days August 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th and 30th from 1:00pm-4:00pm. This workshop is 4 weeks long to complete your very own digital game design. This free program is open to all Sheboygan area students ages 14-18. Please note that this is a 4 week session with limited space; we are hoping each participant can commit to attending both sessions during all four weeks. RSVP is required.

For questions please contact Rachel Meyer at rmeyer@etudegroup.org.

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February 19, 2017
by: Tim Pasche, Program Director

Maker Corps Opportunity | 2.28.17

Maker Corps Member applications for high school students are now available:

  • Electronically : To complete an electronic application, use the link to create a copy of the Google Document. Edit the Google Document with your personal information and responses to the application questions. Download it as a PDF. Email your completed application as an attached PDF to tpasche@etudegroup.org, subject “MAKER Break Maker Corps Application”
  • Paper : To complete a paper application, use the link to download and print the application. Complete the application. Mail or deliver to: 

    Tim Pasche
    MAKER Break | Program Director
    IDEAS Academy
    830 Virginia Avenue
    Sheboygan, WI 53081

    DEADLINE for applications is February, 28th at 4:00pm.

Job Descriptions:

Maker Corps Staff Member

($10/hour at 100 hours: 2 Positions)

As a Maker Corps Staff Member, it is expected that you act as collaborator and assistant to the Program Director and Maker Residents to provide a Makerspace experience for the youth in the City of Sheboygan.  This entails running workshops, maintaining tools, materials management, and even small group instruction.  It is expected that staff members collaborate with students volunteers to manage Open Maker Studio and Instructional workshops at IDEAS Academy, John Michael Kohler Arts Center ARTery, and other future MAKER Pop-up events and locations.  Maker Corps Staff Members will help facilitate Pop-up making opportunities throughout the City of Sheboygan.  A varied art form background is preferred to ensure adaptability to just about any MAKER situation.


Maker Corps Volunteer Member

(10-100 Volunteer hours: At least 5 Positions)

As a Maker Corps Volunteers, it is expected that students act as mentors for other young makers in the City of Sheboygan.  Maker Corps Volunteers will be able to help facilitate workshops and model skills of making for others throughout the summer in Open Maker Studios, Instructional Workshops, and Pop-up Maker moments.  Student Maker Corps Volunteers can be from any background of making.  There are three types of roles

  • Full Time Volunteer: (100+ Hours)
    A full commitment would mean that a volunteer is willing to put in time in all aspects of the program, including training and the development of their own workshop to share their favorite kind of making with others.

  • Part Time Volunteer:(20+ Hours)
    A smaller commitment might be to work with the program director or staff to develop one workshop and offer it during just one or two weeks during the summer.

  • Specific Role Volunteer: (30+ hours)
    Another kind of commitment would be role specific, for example if someone who is willing to attend open makerspaces to show participants how to record music, use a 3D printer, take professional photographs, or even setup a Minecraft server.


Any high school students who take on paid or volunteer roles are gaining unique skills, strong mentorship, and a leadership opportunities.  Students will be able to use this experience on college/career résumés and gain letters of recommendation from potential Makers-in-Residence and Program Directors.


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