The Madagascar Institute is an art combine in Brooklyn that specializes in large-scale sculptures and rides, live performances, and guerilla art events.
We have an open membership workshop, with monthly and yearly subscriptions. For those of you who want to learn to be ArtStars, or just smell like one, and can not or will not just plunge in and show up and suffer abuse and work, we have classes. To find out about classes, check the current schedule.
Fresh from the blog:
- November Classes - Welding and Silkscreen6 hr MIG/TIG welding combo w/ Jim, Saturday 11/9/13 11am-6pm In this all day mig/tig combo class, artstar Jim Tensen will walk you through everything you need to successfully learn to weld. First, you'll some basic theory, then you'll learn how the MIG machine works, general safety, why you won't get electrocuted, and all those questions that have been floating through your brains while laying in bed at 3am. Then you'll move on to actual welding: Running a bead and tacks, butt joints and fillet welds. Finally, Jim will show you how to visually inspect and test your welds. You'll also learn how to cut and grind your steel. The you'll do it all again with the TIG welder. This is our newest most popular class. No previous welding experience neccessary. You'll have a break half way between, but there's alot to learn, so plan on being pretty busy all day. There are a few nasty delis near the shop to buy water and sandwiches near the shop but not a whole lot of options, so bring what you think you'll need for a day of welding. Lunch, water, snacks, bugspray--yes, the ravenous gowanus mosquitos are notorious..... Wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and prepare to get dirty. Dress for the weather. Bring long sleeves or sunscreen. Ask Jim why! $110 with $15 materials fee. 6 hr MIG/TIG welding combo w/ Jim, Saturday 11/16/13 11am-6pm - same as above, different weekend! Silkscreen with Ben Mortimer, Saturday 11/23/13 12pm-5pm Learn to silkscreen with an actual art school grad!!! In this 5 hour hands-on comprehensive, visiting artstar and good Mada friend Ben Mortimer will show you how to burn your own silkscreen with equipment you can put together at home. We will supply the screens, Ben will pre-emulsion your screens for you, then demonstrate how to do it, then show you how to burn your screen with our light boxes. Then you all will burn your own artwork to your screen. After your screens are cleaned off and dry, you'll have the chance to print onto fabric, paper, t-shirts or whatever you want, then go home with your own screen. No experience necessary. Bring artwork printed onto a clear transparency. If you don't have an artistic bone in your body, find an image online. If that's not your thing either, you can just use something we have. If none of this makes sense to you, shoot me an email and I'll help you out. You need to make sure the image is dark enough to keep light from penetrating. Or print doubles, or you can darken it up with a black sharpie. We have fabric and paper you can use for practice, but if you want something specific, bring your own. Keep in mind there's a high F-up to good ratio in the beginning so don't bring your best old favorite irreplaceable t-shirt. $80 Space is limited.
- Hackett's Bike Generator Hackett shows you how to build a bike charger for a deep cycle battery so you can power your life during the next natural disaster. Mike Davis' 555 chip charging circuit
- The Transmission Problem - Pedicab Projector Tripod Hackett describes the projector tripod he's building for the pedicab version of The Illuminator, and discusses what he refers to as the "transmission problem" when building things from obtanium.
- Remove Galvanization with Muriatic Acid - Hackett Demonstrates Hackett demonstrates an acid bath method to remove toxic galvanization from steel in order to prepare it for welding. Galvanized electrical conduit is a readily-obtainable building material, but welding it releases gaseous heavy metals. Removing galv from the areas you wish to weld is easy with a little muriatic acid, water, and baking soda.
- Hackett's DIY Welding Rod article in MAKE Magazine Hackett wrote a how-to for making your own welding rod from coathangers, newspaper, and common household chemicals for MAKE volume 33. The full tutorial is available online, and you can download the article PDF!