Garage School at Open House

Open House is pleased to announce Garage School, an expansion to our programming made possible through the Rocket Grant project award!

From late September into October we will be hosting workshops by local artists, crafters, musicians, and cultural producers in the Kansas City region that are freely accessible to the public, although, some will be limited in size and require an RSVP. Garage School operates on the premise that everyone has skills or knowledge to share, and that we are always a student – looking for new things to learn and new ways to grow.

Below is a list of the classes/workshops that you can join through the end of October:


Reality Club with David Alpert

Saturday September 29th from 4:30-7:30pm

The first official meeting of the Reality Club will focus on our current knowledge of, and our proposed thinking of what reality is. We will start with Brownian Motion, Special Relativity, General Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics (Einstein’s Annus mirabilis papers). We will move into a more open discussion on what we are, and how we define our physical selves. When I eat something is it part of me? When I cut my fingernails, are the clippings part of me? Where do I start and end? We will end with discussing some possible explanations for the discrepancies between quantum mechanics and general relativity including loop quantum gravity theory and string theory.

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Dye x Bath with Rachel Ferber

Sunday October 7th  3:00-5:00 pm

THE DYE BATH facilitates a space for experimental dying techniques. We invite you to intentionally blemish garments and other textiles by staining them with common household materials including grass clippings, cooking oil, turmeric, and purple sauerkraut juice. Ideas and suggestions for techniques will be shared, but participants are considered both student and teacher in this open-ended, free-form event. Rather than measuring spoons and scales, you can expect spray bottles, turkey basters, and a plastic wading pool. Please bring and/or wear textile items to stain during the workshop. We also encourage you to bring any additional dye materials that you would like to test.

Basics of Analog Synthesizers with Ross Brown (RSVP required, limited to 6 students)

Thursday October 11th 7:00pm-9:00pm

Through practical demonstration and hands-on interaction students will be taught the basics of analog sound synthesis as heard in modern and vintage synthesizers. An introductory lecture and discussion of common synthesis techniques will precede a workshop in which students can put theory into practice creating sounds of their own devising.


Digital Art with Processing for the Absolute Beginner with Jake Joslyn

Saturday October 13th  3:00-7:00pm

This class will cover the absolute basics of, not only, Processing (a visual art library written in Java), but also of programming as a whole. This is the perfect class for anyone who would like to get into digital or interactive art, or who just wants to learn a bit of code. The class would take several (~3 – 4) hours and everyone will leave with a couple of simple, finished Processing projects and a greater understanding of the basics of digital/interactive art creation using code.

Arroz Con Pollo & Peruvian History with Connie Fiorella-Fitzpatrick

Thursday October 18th  5:00-6:30pm

A Peruvian history though the culinary lens. Connie Fiorella Fitzpatrick will teach: How to cook vegetarian & non-vegetarian Arroz Con Pollo. A short history of the dish and cultural references to the Arroz Con Pollo evolution will be shared.

Organic Basic Printmaking with Beet Stamps with Isodorio Leon

Saturday October 27th  12:00-4:00pm

Students will carve beets with various tools to make their own stamps, printing onto fabric or paper. Additionally, Isodorio will be providing some of his famous beet juice for guests to enjoy!


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