PixelLab - creative computers [Mini-Makers Club]

So you like computers? Well aside from playing games which is we really love to do and lets face it games are cooooool...computers can also be used for other stuff like Art too ;)

We thought you might like to come along to our new 'Pixel Lab' - a weekly after school type club for girls and boys interested in the creative use of computers.

The Wellington Makerspace will supply the Laptops and a space to chill out and learn together - all you have to do is pick a topic and we'll all work together on creating something cool each time we meet. This could be as simple as a single web posting/blog entry or as complex as a Custom T-shirt design or music video, it's all up to what you and your group decides on the night! Also any work you create can be posted on labpixel.tumblr.com to show off to the World [in a safe way] - and on your own created website*.


Club nights are built around four important elements -m we think they'll be lots to do and learn!
Exploring
Remixing
Creating
Sharing

For starters here's some cool stuff we might want to get our teeth into, topics like this:
Video Art
Game Making
Interactive Art
3D design
Graphic Design
Web Design
Clothing Design
Electronics
Electronic Music


...And the best bit is we have an inspiring an all round nice guy who wants to help us do this cool stuff, His name is Alan Proctor-Thomson.


Alan is an artist and teacher and has been a Digital Media Specialist in schools for 10 Years here in Wellington and also in the UK. He currently teaches as a Digital Media Facilitator at Brooklyn School and St Francis de Sales in Island Bay.

* Only first names or pseudonyms [that means fake name] will be used when posting on the net. No photos or addresses will be posted. Club members will need to have an email address they can access during class and this will be given to parents as a safety requirement. We'll be using the email to register on the occasional website and upload work etc and any work we create will be released under a "Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike License" - which basically means we'll be sharing with everyone in the World and that means anyone can remix or reuse your work -which, if you think about it would be soooo cool and could make you famous! They can use your stuff but they can't make any money out of it - and that goes for us to :)

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  • Zebedee

    Dam! Missed the frist lesson!!! Can i still come next thursday?

    March 22, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Of course. It would be good to see you. You could help again.

      March 25, 2013

  • Alan P.

    The Website has the video of the bouncing balls, and a link to Pivot. Some of the other versions of Pivot online have adware in them. http://thepixellab.tumblr.com/­

    March 16, 2013

    • Carmen D.

      Thanks for that Alan! We downloaded Pivot almost as soon as we got home. Ian has been working on it, and extending the things that he learned in class. I was wondering if it would be possible for you to post things on the website that the kids go on to do after class? That way they could share their extended efforts with the class community. I know that Ian would love that.

      March 16, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Sure we can sort something out for next week. But for now you can send it to me and I'll put it up. [masked]

      1 · March 16, 2013

  • Victoria Q.

    5 out of 5 stars says Felix: I think it was AWESOME. I really loved it.

    March 14, 2013

  • Aleks

    James says it was quite awesome! Thank you Alan.

    March 14, 2013

  • Carmen D.

    Carmen: Hey Ian, what did you think of PixelLab? You seemed real comfortable working with Alan."
    Ian: It was great! I like that the people [Alan, Lee, Steven] are nice, and friendly, and don't get impatient.

    March 14, 2013

  • Carmen D.

    Hi guys, are we still go for tomorrow, or are you planning a change of time/day?

    March 10, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Could the 4 year old just watch or maybe watch a movie on a laptop? And just pay the one $20 for Ian?

      March 11, 2013

    • Carmen D.

      That works for us! Thanks Alan. We'll see you this week on Thursday then.

      March 11, 2013

  • Victoria Q.

    Yes for Felix

    March 11, 2013

  • Victoria Q.

    Felix (8) is really sad that he won't be able to make it. He is busy with something else from[masked] on Mondays. If you decide to have another session on Thursdays let us know because it sounds really great.

    March 6, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Hi Victoria, I have changed it to Thursday. I hope thats good for you.

      March 11, 2013

    • Victoria Q.

      That's fantastic. Felix will be there this Thursday 14th March.

      March 11, 2013

  • Alan P.

    CHANGED TO THURSDAYS!
    3.45 - 5.45pm

    2 · March 11, 2013

  • Victoria Q.

    I would certainly be interested in a Thursday computer club if you decide to run one on that day but I suggest you go ahead with Monday for those who can make it and see how it goes, then you can decide about days based on demand. You might also want to think about whether you have it as a sessional or term based activity, there are advantages to both.
    3.30 is a great start time for us because we live locally but I recognize that 4.00 suits some people more. It depends if a definite start time is needed - turning up late might not be an issue.

    March 7, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Hi, I have changed it to Thursday and I will keep the first half hour flexible for those coming late.

      March 11, 2013

  • Aleks

    Hi there, we have an 8 year old son and would like to bring him tomorrow but we are not sure what level of computer literacy is required for this course. He plays lots on iPad (Minecraft etc.) but uses PC mostly for touch typing and writing stories. Would this course be suitable for him? Many thanks.

    March 10, 2013

    • Aleks

      Yes, we can come on Thursday. Many thanks for your reply.

      March 11, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Cool, I will see you all on Thursday.

      March 11, 2013

  • Carmen D.

    (ps We could do Thursdays instead of Mondays, if need be)

    March 6, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Could you do a Wednesday?

      March 6, 2013

    • Carmen D.

      The other MiniMakers classes run on Wednesdays, usually 6pm - 8pm ish, and we do those.

      March 7, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Hello all. This first week we will be jumping straight into animation. Learning about the basic methods used to animate and then creating a few. Which will be shared on our website here: http://thepixellab.tumblr.com/­

    March 5, 2013

  • Carmen D.

    Ian (8), plus 1 supporting parent (Matt or Carmen)

    March 5, 2013

    • Carmen D.

      Obviously, we've managed to work it out! :)

      March 5, 2013

    • Carmen D.

      We've signed up for the first few, and provided Ian enjoys it (and he's very excited!), we'd like to continue weekly. Should I book them each individually, or can you just put us on the list? :)

      March 5, 2013

  • Carmen D.

    This looks FANTASTIC, and I think that Ian would love this, but.... that time just doesn't work for our family. Wish it was in the evenings like the Wednesday classes. :(

    March 5, 2013

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