Inspired by the Museum’s Collections, Visitors are Encouraged to Become Makers

September 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

 

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Since its founding more than a century ago, the Newark Museum has been an institution of art, science and industry. These principles, guided by the philosophies of self-guided, hands-on and interactive learning have come together, once again, in the newly expanded MakerSPACE at the Newark Museum.

The facility inspires visitors to be artful, scientific and industrious in order to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the objects on view in the Museum’s galleries.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged and guided in the making of art that is inspired by explorations of the Museum’s collections and by their own interests. By using low-cost everyday tools and materials — as well as state-of-the-art technology — participants can develop innovative designs and solutions for creative problems, scientific inquiries and design challenges.

MakerSPACE invites users to both play and discover. Equipment and supplies range from everyday castoffs, such as cardboard and plastic, to traditional art materials such as silk screens, pottery wheels and sewing machines, as well as the newest technology, including 3D-modeling software and printers and laser cutters. By utilizing rapid fabrication equipment and recyclables, visitors have the freedom to experiment, fail and try again. While the high-tech tools in the MakerSPACE are accessible, they are not essential for creating innovative designs and engaging works of art.

The artifacts in the science collections and the works of art in the Museum’s historic and cultural collections provide a unique environment and serve as inspiration for today’s makers. We invite visitors to explore and understand how things were traditionally made—and challenge them to find new ways to transform materials.

Museum educators facilitate the experience and guide makers through the creative process, leaving ample room for experimentation, concrete experiences, critical reflection and refinement of concepts and techniques. This maker-led process helps visitors connect more deeply with the Museum’s collections and cultivates critical observational skills, which will, hopefully, enable them to view the objects in the galleries with a greater understanding of the tools and techniques used, as well as the historical, political and social contexts in which the works were made.

Ryan Reedell, MakerSPACE Manager and producer of the Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire, held annually at the Museum. He is also a maker.

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