ParsonsMAKES Workshops

What is Parsons MAKES?

PARSONS MAKES! is a school-wide pilot program of workshops available to students across all Parsons schools and programs. The goal of these workshops, after taking the safety orientations, are to get you into the many Making Center shops and labs and actually MAKE something with the materials, methods, and equipment available to you! 

This Fall (21), we will start with a series of 5 Basic Workshops. In a 3 hour workshop (on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) you will complete the process of making something ‘basic’ using specific tools + equipment from our Shops/Labs as well as a step-by-step guide of what you just did as reference for future use in the Making Center! These Basic Workshops are a hands-on, exploratory space to learn the very basics of what our shops/labs are capable of making.

For this Fall, the attendance will be on the first-come-first-serve basis until the workshop is at capacity. If workshops are running back-to-back sessions, any student who did not get into the first session will have first chance at the next session.

Please fill out this brief form to let us know about your interest to attend!  

Workshop Schedule

Intro to Woodworking
Workshop Prerequisite(s) to attend Dates

Learn to measure, cut, and assemble a simple wooden box with a lid. You will get comfortable using the bandsaw, drill press, belt sander, drill gun, and combination square in the N2 shop.

Location: N2 General Shop, 66 5th Ave, 2nd Fl

Instructor: Abraham McNally

Completed online and hands-on components of Shop/Lab Safety Orientations:

  1. Making Center General Orientation
  2. N2 General Shop // Tier 1 wood orientation

What YOU need to bring with you:

  1. Computer or Tablet to receive and open Student Workshop Hand-Out
  2. Mechanical Pencil + Sketchbook
  3. Appropriate attire for working in the Wood Shop: Close-toed shoes/no heels, hair pulled back, no dangly or loose clothes.

Friday, Nov. 5th 2-5pm

Friday, Nov. 12th 2-5pm

Saturday, Nov. 20th 10am-1pm

 

Intro to Laser Cutting + Etching
Workshop Prerequisite(s) to attend Dates

Lasers! This workshop will consist of learning the basics of editing an Adobe Illustrator file for proper preparation to use the Universal Lasers at The Making Center. We will learn how to make a simple box with an image engraved on it. We will also cover how to operate the laser for multiple materials.

Location: Laser Lab, 25 East 13th St, 4th Fl

Instructor: Aaron De Lanty

Completed online and hands-on components of Shop/Lab Safety Orientations:

  1. Making Center General Orientation
  2. Laser Lab Orientation
  3. Basic understanding of Adobe illustrator

What YOU need to bring with you:

  1. Computer or Tablet with Adobe Illustrator installed
  2. USB drive
  3. A simple greyscale image on a USB Drive Example. car, portrait, cartoon – Images with variations in the shadows work better than harsh contrast for photorealism.

Sunday, Nov. 7th 12-3pm

Sunday, Nov. 14th 12-3pm

Sunday, Nov. 21st 12-3pm

Getting to Know the Domestic Sewing Machine
Workshop Prerequisite(s) to attend Dates

Learn to use the portable Singer domestic sewing machine and make a personalized drawstring bag! Practice threading the machine + bobbin, understand and apply the basics of stitches, and feel comfortable with the particulars of the machine’s basic functions and parts to sew what you want as well as problem-solve when it jams!

Location: Domestic Sewing Machines,
2 West 13th St, 2nd Fl

Instructor: Wennie Huang

Completed ONLINE components of Shop/Lab Safety Orientations:

  1. Making Center General Orientation
  2. Complete Online part of Orientation” **Please note, you will complete the Hands-On component of this Orientation at the Workshop

What YOU need to bring with you:

  1. Computer or Tablet to receive and open Student Workshop Hand-Out
  2. Scissors, Pencil, Ruler, Marker, Sketchbook, Tape
  3. Simple drawn image or logo or initials: print this out ahead of time or draw/trace during workshop (computer w/ illustrator if you want to trace from the screen)

Sunday, Nov. 14th 12-3pm

Sunday, Nov. 14th 3-6pm

Sunday, Nov. 21st 3:30-6:30pm

Intro to the Industrial Sewing Machine Workshop
Workshop Prerequisite(s) to attend Dates

Learn and practice using the Juki Industrial straight stitch sewing machine by making a durable, lined, canvas tote!

Location: Juki Industrial Machines
UC: 63rd Fifth Ave, Room: U406 or U428

Instructor: Micki Watanabe-Spiller

Completed ONLINE components of Shop/Lab Safety Orientations:

  1. Making Center General Orientation
  2. UC Sewing: General Orientation
  3. Online part of UC: Juki Industrial Plainstitch Orientation **Please note, you will complete the Hands-On component of this Orientation at the Workshop

What YOU need to bring with you:

  1. Computer or Tablet to receive and open Student Workshop Hand-Out
  2. Pencil, Ruler, Scissors (fabric)
  3. OPTIONAL: scraps/upcycled thicker materials such as leather, vinyl, denim with different prints

Saturday Nov 6th  9:30am-12:30pm

Saturday Nov 6th  1pm-4pm

Saturday Nov 13th 10am-1pm

Intro to Plaster Casting and Alginate Molds
Workshop Prerequisite(s) to attend Dates

This workshop offers basic instruction on the practical aspects of mold making and casting. Students are introduced to alginate and casting plaster. They will learn how to mix plaster properly and will be introduced to simple life casting techniques. Walk away with an exact plaster cast replica of your hand and arm or fingers!

Location:
2 West 13th St, Room: L503

Instructor: Carolyn Salas

Completed online and hands-on components of Shop/Lab Safety Orientations:

  1. Making Center General Orientation
  2. Wet Lab Orientation

What YOU need to bring with you:

  1. Computer or Tablet to receive and open Student Workshop Hand-Out
  2. Small container of Vaseline or petroleum jelly
  3. Recycled plastic/paper cups/yogurt containers
  4. Appropriate attire for working with plaster: close-toed shoes/no heels, hair pulled back, clothes that can get dirty.

Saturday Nov 6th 10am-12:30pm

Saturday Nov 13th 10am-1pm

Saturday Nov 20th 12pm-3pm

Intro to Woodworking
Workshop

Learn to measure, cut, and assemble a simple wooden box with a lid. You will get comfortable using the bandsaw, drill press, belt sander, drill gun, and combination square in the N2 shop.

Location: N2 General Shop, 66 5th Ave, 2nd Fl

Instructor: Abraham McNally

Prerequisite(s) to attend

Completed online and hands-on components of Shop/Lab Safety Orientations:

  1. Making Center General Orientation
  2. N2 General Shop // Tier 1 wood orientation

What YOU need to bring with you:

  1. Computer or Tablet to receive and open Student Workshop Hand-Out
  2. Mechanical Pencil + Sketchbook
  3. Appropriate attire for working in the Wood Shop: Close-toed shoes/no heels, hair pulled back, no dangly or loose clothes.
Dates

Friday, Nov. 5th 2-5pm

Friday, Nov. 12th 2-5pm

Saturday, Nov. 20th 10am-1pm

 

Intro to Laser Cutting + Etching
Workshop

Lasers! This workshop will consist of learning the basics of editing an Adobe Illustrator file for proper preparation to use the Universal Lasers at The Making Center. We will learn how to make a simple box with an image engraved on it. We will also cover how to operate the laser for multiple materials.

Location: Laser Lab, 25 East 13th St, 4th Fl

Instructor: Aaron De Lanty

Prerequisite(s) to attend

Completed online and hands-on components of Shop/Lab Safety Orientations:

  1. Making Center General Orientation
  2. Laser Lab Orientation
  3. Basic understanding of Adobe illustrator

What YOU need to bring with you:

  1. Computer or Tablet with Adobe Illustrator installed
  2. USB drive
  3. A simple greyscale image on a USB Drive Example. car, portrait, cartoon – Images with variations in the shadows work better than harsh contrast for photorealism.
Dates

Sunday, Nov. 7th 12-3pm

Sunday, Nov. 14th 12-3pm

Sunday, Nov. 21st 12-3pm

Getting to Know the Domestic Sewing Machine
Workshop

Learn to use the portable Singer domestic sewing machine and make a personalized drawstring bag! Practice threading the machine + bobbin, understand and apply the basics of stitches, and feel comfortable with the particulars of the machine’s basic functions and parts to sew what you want as well as problem-solve when it jams!

Location: Domestic Sewing Machines,
2 West 13th St, 2nd Fl

Instructor: Wennie Huang

Prerequisite(s) to attend

Completed ONLINE components of Shop/Lab Safety Orientations:

  1. Making Center General Orientation
  2. Complete Online part of Orientation” **Please note, you will complete the Hands-On component of this Orientation at the Workshop

What YOU need to bring with you:

  1. Computer or Tablet to receive and open Student Workshop Hand-Out
  2. Scissors, Pencil, Ruler, Marker, Sketchbook, Tape
  3. Simple drawn image or logo or initials: print this out ahead of time or draw/trace during workshop (computer w/ illustrator if you want to trace from the screen)
Dates

Sunday, Nov. 14th 12-3pm

Sunday, Nov. 14th 3-6pm

Sunday, Nov. 21st 3:30-6:30pm

Intro to the Industrial Sewing Machine Workshop
Workshop

Learn and practice using the Juki Industrial straight stitch sewing machine by making a durable, lined, canvas tote!

Location: Juki Industrial Machines
UC: 63rd Fifth Ave, Room: U406 or U428

Instructor: Micki Watanabe-Spiller

Prerequisite(s) to attend

Completed ONLINE components of Shop/Lab Safety Orientations:

  1. Making Center General Orientation
  2. UC Sewing: General Orientation
  3. Online part of UC: Juki Industrial Plainstitch Orientation **Please note, you will complete the Hands-On component of this Orientation at the Workshop

What YOU need to bring with you:

  1. Computer or Tablet to receive and open Student Workshop Hand-Out
  2. Pencil, Ruler, Scissors (fabric)
  3. OPTIONAL: scraps/upcycled thicker materials such as leather, vinyl, denim with different prints
Dates

Saturday Nov 6th  9:30am-12:30pm

Saturday Nov 6th  1pm-4pm

Saturday Nov 13th 10am-1pm

Intro to Plaster Casting and Alginate Molds
Workshop

This workshop offers basic instruction on the practical aspects of mold making and casting. Students are introduced to alginate and casting plaster. They will learn how to mix plaster properly and will be introduced to simple life casting techniques. Walk away with an exact plaster cast replica of your hand and arm or fingers!

Location:
2 West 13th St, Room: L503

Instructor: Carolyn Salas

Prerequisite(s) to attend

Completed online and hands-on components of Shop/Lab Safety Orientations:

  1. Making Center General Orientation
  2. Wet Lab Orientation

What YOU need to bring with you:

  1. Computer or Tablet to receive and open Student Workshop Hand-Out
  2. Small container of Vaseline or petroleum jelly
  3. Recycled plastic/paper cups/yogurt containers
  4. Appropriate attire for working with plaster: close-toed shoes/no heels, hair pulled back, clothes that can get dirty.
Dates

Saturday Nov 6th 10am-12:30pm

Saturday Nov 13th 10am-1pm

Saturday Nov 20th 12pm-3pm

Who Can Attend?

The Parsons Makes workshops are open to all upper year undergraduate students and graduate students for the Fall (21) semester.

If you’re a First Year student, these Basic workshops will be available to you in future semesters. Check back in the Spring 2022!

If any of the following apply to you, these Workshops are for you!

  • I’m just excited to try a method or tool and haven’t had the opportunity in my classes so far
  • I’m a sophomore who normally would be introduced to these labs/shops methods in FY curriculum but missed them due to the remote school year
  • I’m a junior or senior who had an intro to these First year but have forgotten the basics after a year remote and just want to brush up again
  • I’m a student who is excited about a process, tool, or method but my program doesn’t offer it and/or I couldn’t get into an elective that encapsulates it
  • I’m worried I will be “behind” going into my sophomore year because I missed using the Making Center last year (P.S. you aren’t behind! Learning is a process and this is all just part of it for you)
  • I’m excited to meet and learn with students from different programs

Are there any Prerequisites to attend?

  • These Basic Workshops are a hands-on, non- threatening space to learn the very basics of what our shops/labs are capable of, therefore there will be very few prerequisites to attend
  • The most important prerequisites to attend and complete will be the Safety Orientations for the Shops and Labs associated with your Basic Workshop.  All Basics Workshops require that you have completed the online Making Center General Orientation.  Additional shop-based orientations associated with the Basic Workshop you are attending are noted in the Workshop Schedule above.
  • Other prerequisites will be minimal and updated as the workshops develop. Examples might include bringing an illustrator file or scanning a sketchbook page. These Basic Workshops are an INTRODUCTORY space after all!

Common Questions

Do These Workshops replace the Shop and Lab Orientations?

The PARSONS MAKES! workshops do NOT replace the required Shop/Lab Orientations. The purpose of our current Shop/Lab orientations is to review health and safety aspects of the tools and labs. The Basic Workshops will act as a companion to the Shop/Lab Orientations by reiterating/reinforcing what was learned as well as expand to become more specific around the making that can happen within these shops and labs!

Will there be Intermediate/Advanced Workshops?

Intermediate/advanced  Workshops will be introduced in the Spring. These are a place where the more granular knowledge of our faculty and techs can be shared within the context of deepening the capabilities of what is possible within our shops/labs as well as more specific techniques and methods!

Over the next few years, the goal is to run the Basic workshops each semester as well as a rotation of the intermediate/advanced workshops.

Please fill out this brief form to let us know what kind of workshops you would be interested in!