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Wednesdays in the Workshop explore gaming, virtual reality, podcasting, bookbinding, sewing, animation, drones and more

January 18, 2018

The VCU Libraries Innovative Media department invites the VCU community to spring semester of  Wednesdays in the Workshop. The equipment and spaces in the Workshop are free and open to all members of the VCU academic community. Stop by each Wednesday for hands-on demonstrations of the proper usage of resources, services and workspaces. All Wednesdays in The Workshop run from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and are held in The Workshop in the lower level of Cabell Library unless otherwise noted.

The series is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, please contact VCU Libraries Innovative Media at (804) 827-3594 at least two days prior to the event.


Jan. 24

Introduction to Game Design
In preparation for VCU’s Global Game Jam, learn about different game engines and the diverse skills needed to make games
Jan. 31 Rapid Prototyping for Product Design
Learn techniques to quickly and accurately fabricate a model of your design using 3D modeling and printing
Feb. 7 Sewing Machine 101: For the Total Beginner 
Your complete introduction to the sewing machine and how it works
Feb. 14 Experience Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality
Tired of this reality? Play around with headsets that take you to immersive new worlds
Feb. 21

DIY Bookbinding Techniques for Zines
Master several non-adhesive bookbinding techniques that are perfect for crafting simple zines
Feb. 28 Zine Show and Swap
Bring your own zines to show and trade or just come to see what other people are making. Featuring zines from local makers and the library’s special collections
March 14 Hand-drawn Animation
Learn how to draw animations frame by frame using flipbooks and smartphone apps
March 21 Making Music with Ableton
Learn how to make and master sounds in Ableton, a professional audio software used for music creation and performance
March 28
(in Room 303)
Drones 101: Flying and Photography Tips
A chance to fly The Workshop’s drones! You’ll also learn best practices for pilots and photographers using drones
April 4 Basic Leatherworking and Armorsmithing
Practice beginner leather working techniques while learning about the armed history of physical facsimile. Leather scraps for practice will be supplied.  
April 11 Podcasting I: Planning and Production
Everything you need to know to plan and begin producing a well-rounded audio broadcast. First of two sessions - attend one or both
April 18 Podcasting II: Editing and Sharing
How to edit and publish your podcast so that it sounds excellent and reaches more people. Second of two sessions - attend one or both
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