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60 Sackett St
Brooklyn, NY, 11231
United States

(718) 855-7600

Beam Center, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization, powers youth development and hands-on learning with creation, collaboration and educator professional development. Our programs and curricula in technology, imagination and craft connect with formal academic objectives and support student pathways to career and higher education.

Weekends at Beam Center

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Insight Into ______! Free Sunday Workshops for students in grades 6 and up

Where middle and high schoolers can investigate, dive deep, make and learn.

Insight Into _______! workshops meet on Sundays from 11am - 3pm, at Beam Center, 60 Sackett St in Brooklyn. The workshops are free with advance registration. Students can sign up for one or more at a time, but each workshop has limited capacity, so please only register for workshops that your child will definitely be able to attend. 

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Video Story telling

Sundays, February 28, March 6, March 13, and March 20, 11am - 3pm

No workshops March 27, Easter!

Jeff Wood

In this workshop, we’ll concentrate on developing characters to explore live video story telling techniques. Students will first focus on fabricating puppets to experiment with transforming characters into physical form. Jeff will introduce and show examples of several storytelling forms pulled from traditional and pop culture, and discuss how they can influence our performance.  Students will become familiar with live video equipment and adept at its use. Students will use fog machines, props, sound and music to layer and produce a memorable performance.

Jeff is an interdisciplinary artist and educator in NY.  He's a co-founder of performance collective Piehole, with whom he makes "moments of unexpected beauty and…gratifying weirdness," so says the New York Times. When not leading kids in collaborative projects with odd combinations of hi- and lo-tech artistic tools, he works as a freelance video and projection designer at such venues as 3LD, BAM Harvey, Lightbox, HERE Arts Center, a former boy scout cabin at BEAM Camp, and an alley in Downtown Brooklyn.  He received his MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performance and Interactive Media Arts program, and has trained in physical theater and mask with Pig Iron Theater Company. He plays drums in the garage rock band Lame Drivers.

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PrintMaking

Sundays, April 3, April 10, April 17, and May 1, 11am - 3pm

No workshops April 24, for Spring Break!

Tim Fite

In simple terms, printmaking is a way of squishing a picture from one surface onto another (usually from a printing plate onto paper). In this workshop, students will explore relief printing, monoprinting, and digital printing techniques to create a series of self portraits that show one face with many emotions. 

Called a “cultural gadfly” by the New York Times and “ferally original” by the New Yorker, Tim spends the bulk of his time cranking out genre-bending pieces of art and music.  In addition to recent gallery exhibitions at Gallery Tom Blaess and The Beam Center of Brooklyn, Fite has toured the country and the world with the likes of Bonaparte, Phiharmonie Zuidnederland, Man Man, My Brightest Diamond, Les Claypool, Ben Kweller, Azure Ray, and more.  

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Patterns & Sewing

Sundays, May 8, May 15, May 22, and June 5, 11am - 3pm

No workshops May 29, for Memorial Day!

Lizzie Hurst

An introductory sewing course with focus on pattern-making, anatomy and personal narrative. Design yourself a one-piece "suit" that takes you through an exploration of the human form in fabric, to create something that’s fun to wear and feels good. Incorporate elements of form, function, and personal iconography into your suit that embellish, tell a story about, or showcase the parts of your body that you love or that make you unique. Skills: using patterns, sewing simple outfit, applique and embroidery

Lizzie is a maker and do-er living in New York City via Scotland via Minneapolis. She manages an artist-built affordable studio space in Brooklyn called Splinters and Logs and tries to meet most of her material needs through the home-made. She loves to design her own costumes, make never-before tasted ice cream flavors, and is currently learning how to build a house. She sings alto with the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on the streets of New York City and is learning how to use her voice better, to achieve a greater outcome. She loves to garden, and tries to apply the 12 principles of permaculture to many areas of her life. She has an MFA from the University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh College of Art.

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