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Weston Art and Innovation Center's spring lineup

The Weston Art and Innovation Center (WAIC) will be offering a number of workshops, classes and events this spring before taking a break from programming to focus on getting the Old Library ready for occupancy. Construction began on the building on Feb. 9 and is scheduled to be complete in about a year.

The first spring course, offered on March 10 at Weston Library, is a Tabletop Studio Photography workshop taught by WAIC photographer and Advisory Board member Nicole Mordecai. Participants will not only learn to use an indoor setup appropriate for photographing small items such as jewelry, pottery, flowers, small artwork and still life arrangements, but will also go home with a complete portable tabletop studio setup including a softbox, studio lights and a tabletop tripod. This workshop includes studio time for participants to photograph their own items with help from the instructor. By the end of this class, students will be able to create lovely images for their social media feeds, websites, artist portfolios, or eBay and Etsy shops. Additionally they will see how they can use the photos as the basis for greeting cards, photo gifts or wall art. All types of cameras from DSLRs to smartphones are welcome.

Also starting on March 21 is a six-session class to Learn to Design a 3D-Printed Solar Car. The Art and Innovation Center programming committee collaborated with a technology teaching organization called Tinker & Create to come up with the concept for this course intended for students 14 and older. Students will not only learn a set of technical skills including 3D modeling and 3D printing, but they will also learn the process of designing and building a working prototype. Students will test their prototype cars in a set of races and other challenges posed by the instructor, Doug Tepe from Tinker & Create.

Those less technically inclined might enjoy the Flower Arranging workshop on April 7 taught by Weston locals Jessica Pohl and Trish Scozzafava, owners of A Natural Arrangement. The focus will be on the basics of floral arranging straight from the garden. There will be demos, instruction and the opportunity to create your own designs.

The following week, on April 14, printmaker John Thompson, also on the WAIC Advisory Board, will be teaching a Monoprint Workshop in his studio in the Lincoln Arts Building on Moody Street in Waltham. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the immediacy and flexibility of the process of printing monoprints, a unique print created when ink or paint is applied to a surface such as metal, plastic or glass and is then transferred to paper, either by rubbing or with a printing press.

Toward the end of the spring, two of our most popular events will be recurring. On April 28 at the Weston Spring Fling, mural artist Ben Jundanian will be returning for the third year in a row to work with children on creating another dynamic Collaborative Mural. On May 5, the WAIC and the Weston Recreation Department will jointly sponsor another free Bicycle Repair Clinic where you can learn to get your family’s bikes in good working order in time for the summer biking season.

Finally, the WAIC’s popular Open Mic Nights will continue on their every other month schedule. The next two events are coming up on March 21 and May 23. Thanks to a generous grant from the Weston Cultural Council, Open Mic Nights will continue to have a professional sound crew. Singers, musicians, storytellers, comedians and poets of all ages are welcome to participate in these evenings hosted by Weston local Brenda Asis. Her goal is to foster creativity and build a community where participants have an opportunity to try out new material in a supportive and open environment.

For more information on any of these programs email info@westonaic.org, follow us on Facebook, or click here.

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