Category Archives: Classes
Virtual Classes + Blender3D Workshops
While Familab remains closed in accordance with State recommendations for social isolation, I’ve decided to continue providing classes in digital art and software to help people take advantage of their extra time at home to learn and grow as makers! Check the calendar for upcoming virtual classes! Every Saturday afternoon I’ll be hosting Webex virtual meetings covering software such as Blender 3D, Fusion 360, and more as requested. We’ll be introducing the basics, as well as some more advanced topics, approaching them from an artist’s perspective. The meetings are recorded […]
Intro to Miniature Painting Class – June 15th 2019
I want to start off by thanking everyone who showed up, and Chris for helping to plan and co-host this class, class that you can see on blogvpntone.com. This was our first Miniature Painting 101 class, introducing the basics of hand painting scale models, and the amount of enthusiasm and the friendly atmosphere in the room was very encouraging, see This workshop covered a variety of techniques, from the basics of priming your models, and then moving into the fundamentals of painting a model including layering your base coats, dry […]
Lessons from Teaching an Intro Class…
One of the benefits of having such a diverse and vibrant community as you can find at a decently sized Hackerspace like Familab is access to a wide variety of people with different skills and different levels of proficiency. I came into the lab enthusiastic to learn more about electronics and mechanics for prop design, and brought with me a background in VFX 3D Modelling which I have been applying to 3D Printed prop design that I could pass onto others… or so I thought… My first class today as […]
Machining Things With the HAAS
Here’s a quick demo video of FamiLAB’s HAAS VF-1 CNC Mill chewing up some aluminum for fun. If you would like to learn more about this machine and all of the other neat tools at the FamiLAB metal shop: Come out to the Open House on the first Tuesday of the month. Attend a Machine Shop night on Fridays after 6. Attend a Machine Shop 101 class, usually held once monthly. Join the lab and spend some quality time in the shop! Attend a Fusion 360 Class and learn how […]
Class: Pisanki – the Art of Polish Easter Eggs
As a promised follow-up to my post on making pisanki (Polish Easter eggs), I hosted a class on Saturday to teach people the basics. I had a great group (I mean, they even patiently waited 15 minutes for class to start while we were waiting for people stuck in traffic) who made some pretty nice pisanki. There was so much demand for a second round, both from people in the class and people who missed the class, that I’ll be hosting another one in 3 or so weeks! Extra thanks […]
Weekly Photography Challenge
Calling all photographers! As many of you know, in our newly outfitted FamiLAB 1.5x space we have constructed a fully functioning darkroom open to all of our members. This has renewed interest in many to get back into photography, or discover it for the first time. Beginning this month, FamiLAB will be hosting a weekly photography challenge! This will hopefully be a fun and exiting new way for us to share our images with others and improve our skills. The medium can be whatever you choose, or have available, you’re only […]
FamiLAB Soldering… Now Brought to You by Sparkfun! And Gadgetcat!
FamiLAB’s soldering supplies have been quickly dwindling, its soldering irons being used so much that they’re falling apart. We made it through teaching soldering at Maker Faire Orlando due to the generosity of Melbourne Makerspace (thanks for the loaned irons, guys!), but we were in sore need of supplies. In came Gadgetcat! Gadgetcat was kind enough to donate 10 brand new Weller soldering irons, which will be used exclusively for classes. Then came Sparkfun! An email exchange with Sparkfun about sponsorship ensued before MFO, the lab following up later with Sparkfun by […]
FamiLAB teaches Arduino and Animatronic Puppets at Orlando Science Center’s Maker Saturday.
Every month leading up to the 2013 Orlando Mini Maker Faire on October 5th, OSC hosts a Maker Saturday. This month the theme was ‘Robots’ and the FamiLAB crew taught Intro to Arduino ‘Blinky’, and was topped off with each student making and controlling their own animatronic puppet. It was huge fun. Dave and the smartest and cutest kid in the world. Mac, Thanks for the awesome pictures.
Nixie Tubes Class
Nixie Tube Class Yes — I sat in on a Nixie Tube Class. Mike Lensman presented. This class was for members only, I had heard that it was a beta and that Mike was getting the kinks out of it. I thought the class was top notch and full of information. Let me recount some of the things I learned. This is Mike — He looks excited about the subject matter, that made me want to pay attention. High Voltage Mike took high voltage seriously. Even though the students wanted […]