Education: Embarc Chicago at CIADC

Last week, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center was happy to welcome a group of 11th graders from Sullivan High School with Embarc Chicago for an experiential learning journey that encompassed our Casting, Metal, and Woodworking departments. Embarc is a three-year program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income High School students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success.

CIADC instructors Micki LeMieux (Casting & Molding), Erik Newman (Woodworking), and Matthew Runfola (Metalworking) designed a 3-hour program, rotating students through each shop learning more about design, material, and process while creating components to assemble into a personal sculpture.

In the casting department, students created plaster casts of their fingers, using alginate molds.

In woodworking, they cut and sanded clear pine wooden base, using bandsaw and scroll saw.

And in the metalshop, students cut and folded a steel platform, using power shear, throatless shear, and magnetic sheet metal brake.

CIADC hands-on, experiential learning: learning shop skills directly applicable to creating objects, but also learning transferrable skill sets such as creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and empowerment. Our thanks to Ellen Muench of Embarc Chicago for choosing CIADC as a journey destination!

Teen programming (12-15): 5-week Summer classes, 1-week Summer Camps. Ages 16+ enrolled in adult programming with consent.

Education: Spring Five-Week Classes Start May 1

Learn something new, receive the STUC pre-requisite to work in a new Department during Open Studio Access, and save 5–10% on your class!

Adult classes
Intro to Casting
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Intro to Metal Fabrication
Tuesdays 9am-12pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Intro to SketchUp for the Object Maker
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Intro to Electronics and Microcontrollers For The Built Object
Wednesdays 7pm-10pm

Intro to Woodworking
Mondays 7pm-10pm,
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Teen classes
Casting for Teens: Ages 15-17
Wednesdays 4pm-6pm

Metalworking & Forging for Teens: Ages 12-14
Mondays 4pm-6pm

Metalworking & Forging for Teens: Ages 15-17
Wednesdays 4pm-6pm

Woodworking for Teens: Ages 12-14
Mondays 4pm-6pm

Woodworking for Teens: Ages 15-17
Wednesdays 4pm-6pm

Rogers Park Art: Alejandro Acierto at Roman Susan

This spring, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center is offering new instruction in our Integrated Technology & Design Department for the final five-week run of spring term: Intro to SketchUp for the Object Maker and Intro to Electronics and Microcontrollers For The Built Object. The latter course will be led by Alejandro Acierto, a local artist, musician and educator. This month, Alejandro has a solo exhibit in Rogers Park utilizing some of the techniques he will be teaching at CIADC.

In the small storefront exhibit space at 1224 West Loyola Avenue, Alejandro as created an installation with a responsive, inflatable sculpture. The work Corporeal displacement (Roman Susan) is composed of an Arduino, custom software, a CO2 sensor, a silo breather bag, and an air pump. The sensor reads the oxygen level of the room, and based on the amount of CO2 present in the environment, the sculpture receives varying inputs of new air to animate the body of the work. When the CO2 levels are low, the work is expansive and large, like the image below.

The exhibit includes two other works by Alejandro, all with a focus on breath – the exhibit Breathing Room is on exhibit through April 27 at Roman Susan Art Foundation – a little less than a mile northeast of CIADC.

Check out this active application of tech in our neighborhood, and consider joining Alejandro to learn more about these techniques on Wednesday nights beginning May 3rd.

Education: CIADC Helps Chicago Teens Build Birdhouses, Learn Woodworking Skills

In late March, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center teamed up with CIADC Member Cathy Taylor and her After School Matters classes to teach basic woodworking skills and help bridge classroom subjects with experiential learning.

The students – teenagers from three different Chicago schools – had been learning about various bird habitats. Cathy selected three unique birdhouses, designed to attract a variety of bird types from wrens and nuthatches, to barn swallows and robins, kestrels and owls. CIADC prepped the wood in-house and joined the ASM classes at Gallery 37 for the final assembly. Each class was able to take three birdhouses back to their school for installation!

Our well-placed gratitude to Erik Newman, Sarah Lu, Doug Rhodus, Donna Hapac, and Vic Nelson for their help with the project. And a special thanks to Cathy Taylor for involving CIADC in this rewarding program!

Education: The First Term of Teen Courses at CIADC

Our winter season marked the first term of youth education at Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center with the completion of two consecutive five-week classes for 12 to 14 year olds in the Metalworking and Fabrication Department.

In the first class, students undertook the classic folded box exercise (shearing, bending, drilling, and riveting sheet metal) and created a forged coat hook (shearing, forging, tapering, and bending bar stock, with a wax finish). In the second five weeks, students made a candle sconce (plasma cutting, grinding, bending, and riveting sheet metal) and created a welded sculpture (shearing, bending, MIG welding, sandblasting sheet metal and finishing with a lacquer coating).

We're looking forward to ongoing and expanding involvement with young makers at CIADC – Teen Education options are open now for spring term, and for week-long summer camps!

Spring Classes

Summer Camps

Education: Full Spring 2017 Registration Listings

Sign up now to join any of our four departments. 5-week and 10-week classes beginning March 27, with educational programming for ages 12 and older:

Casting & Molding

Fabricated Metalworking & Forging

Integrated Technology & Design

Woodworking

Teen Education

Spring Open House and Cc Exhibition Opening

Join us this Saturday from 1 to 3 PM for our Spring Open House and our next exhibit opening!

Cc is a showcase of duplicates – and near duplicates. See the new works, tour the facilities and workshops, and join us to celebrate the onset of spring! Works by Brian Blankstein, Susan Curry, Danielle Euer, Tricia Fox, Natalie Kling, Peter Mikalajunas, and John Saliba.

Image: Foxes by Tricia Fox – ciadc.org/community-upcoming-exhibits

Call for Volunteers

“Volunteer (#rtweek2012)” by Ron Mader is licensed under CC BY 2.0

CIADC is looking for volunteers to help with planning and day-of activities for our annual fundraiser. We're looking for help with the following:

  • co-chair event
  • event planning
  • soliciting sponsorship and item donations
  • neighborhood poster and postcard distribution
  • physical pickup up of donated items (drinks, food, supplies, auction items, etc.)
  • pre-event space transformation - Metal shop to party room (physical work)
  • decorating event space
  • working the night-of activities
  • post-event clean-up (night-of)
  • post-event space transformation - party room back to Metal shop

To volunteer, please email Janet Austin, event co-chair, at janetaustin@mac.com and let us know what tasks you are interested in helping with. Thank you!

Exhibitions: Call for Design Entries

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99/1 will feature speculative designs for new public artworks. What is your ideal public work, where would it be in the city of Chicago, and why?

For 99/1 CIADC seeks 2D plans for new works designed outside the restrictions that have determined public art in Chicago to date – no budgets, no limits for location or function, just free reign for creative design.

CIADC Members and Students interested in taking part in this exhibit should send your public art design images to socialmedia@ciadc.org or speak to Nathan Smith at the front desk. Each submission should include an image of a proposed artwork, a location/site within the city of Chicago that the work was designed for, and a personal statement about the design.

To participate, please be in touch by Sunday, May 21 or fill out the form online at ciadc.org/open-call-for-entry. The exhibit will open on Saturday, June 3 and will be on display through Sunday, August 13.

Exhibitions: Submissions for Next Membership Exhibit Close Monday, February 13

All CIADC member interested in participating in the upcoming exhibit Cc – be sure to send in your entry by the end of the day on Monday!

Cc will be a showcase of duplicates – and near duplicates. Entries may include series, editions, models, maquettes, and product lines. We are seeking personal projects that have been realized with the resources atCIADC incorporating metal, wood, casting, molding, or technological processes. 

CIADC Members interested in taking part in this exhibit should send a description of your duplicate project(s) with images to socialmedia@ciadc.org or speak to Nathan Smith, Sandra Stone, or Danielle Euer at the front desk!

To participate, please be in touch by Monday, February 13

  • Works will be selected by Monday, February 20
  • Drop-off will take place Monday, February 27 through Sunday, March 5
  • The exhibit will open on Saturday, March 11
  • Cc will be on display through Sunday, May 21

Chicago Call for Art: 50 x 50 Neighborhood Arts Projects

The city of Chicago will be investing in public art in all 50 wards in 2017, with a public call for artists now available: 50 x 50 Neighborhood Arts Projects.

This is a great opportunity for industrials artists and sculptors to leave their mark on the city – deadline for initial applications is February 24, 2017 – apply and create new works at CIADC!

Winter Open House and Survey Exhibition Opening

Join us this Saturday from 1-3 PM for our seasonal open house – tour our facilities and workshops as we celebrate a selection of new works in the Survey exhibition developed over the past year by Janet Austin, Stephan Bossert, David Curry, Donna Hapac, Victor Nelson, Julia Paloma, and Jeffrey Visotsky.



Image above: Stephen Bossert, Eleven Roses, Sheet metal and bar stock, 2016.

Education: Winter Instruction Modules

Now that the term is in its second week, there's still a variety of one- and two-session education modules to join. Check out the options below, and drop in for a night and learn something new!

Instruction Modules

 

CMSA at CIADC in 2017

Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center is pleased to announce that CIADC will be collaborating with after school clubs at Chicago Math and Science Academy in Rogers Park in Spring 2017.

CIADC will be creating project-specific instruction for CMSA drama and art clubs to realize 3D objects in the Woodworking Department and the Casting and Molding Department. We're looking forward to partnering with this excellent neighborhood school to create new works together next year!

Final Call For Entries | SURVEY

This weekend is the last chance for members to send in submissions for the next Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center exhibition – send us your best from the last year!

SURVEY

As the seasons change, we look back at the body of work created throughout this year at Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center. Our next exhibit will present a selection of new works developed at CIADC in the past year.

We are seeking personal projects that have been realized with the resources at CIADC incorporating metal, wood, casting, molding, and technological processes.

CIADC Members interested in taking part in this exhibit should send a description of your 2016 project(s) with images to socialmedia@ciadc.org or speak to Nathan Smith, Sandra Stone, or Danielle Euer at the front desk!         

To participate, please be in touch by Saturday, December 10, 2016

  • Works will be selected by Thursday, December 15
  • Drop-off will take place during the first week of Winter Term: Monday, January 2 through Sunday, January 8
  • The exhibit will open on Saturday, January 21, 2017

Give a Creative Gift this Holiday Season!

3 ways to save on CIADC programming this Holiday Season:

1. Refer a Friend 10% Discount

Bring a Friend to a CIADC Core Class and both of you receive 10% Back! Our thanks for helping us grow the CIADC community

Please Note: At least one of you must be NEW to CIADC (not have taken a 1/2-term or full-term Core Class previously), and have yet to register for Class

To receive the refund, you need to:

  • Both individually register for your Core Class; You do NOT have to be in the same Class to receive the discount

  • Email us at info@ciadc.org with your and your friend's names and both registration Order Numbers

After we receive the email, we will refund 10% of the tuition to you and your friend. One discount per person per term; BOTH registrations and the email must be received before the start of the Class

See our Department Class offerings here

2. 10% Off New -or- Renewed CIADC Membership

Purchase a 12-month rolling Membership now through December 31, 2016 at nearly $20 off! Membership valid for 12-months from purchase date, or current Membership expiration date, whichever is later. Members receive programming discounts and Membership helps support our organization

Use discount code Member10 at checkout to start or continue receiving Membership perks

See more about Member perks and purchasing a Membership here

3. Discounted Tuition on NEW Department Classes For Members

We want to make it a bit easier for Members to take a Core Class in a NEW DepartmentMeet the STUC prerequisite and/or Learn a new material and process to incorporate into your creative practice

Receive 5% Back on a single Core Class you register for in a Department you have yet to take a Core Class in

Receive 10% Back on that NEW Department Class if you also register for another Core Classes (in any Department) for the term

Please Note: Offer valid to current CIADC Members only. A NEW Department Core Class is a 1/2-term to full-term Class in a Department you have yet to complete a Core Class in

To receive the refund, you need to:

  • register for your NEW Department Core Class (and other Core Class, if applicable)

  • Email us at info@ciadc.org with your name and registration Order Number

After we receive the email, we will refund either 5% or 10% of NEW Department Core Class tuition to you. One discount per person per term; Registration and the email must be received before the start of the Class

See our Department Class offerings here