Inspired by the Museum's collections and special events, monthly themes are designed for visitors of all ages to drop in and experiment with the tools and materials of artists. Get messy with clay and paint and found materials. Great creative with blocks and digital and computer tools. Stay as long as you like.
Free with Museum admission; space is limited.
Storytelling with Stop-motion Animation
Become the writer, producer, and director of your own movie using stop-motion animation techniques. Learn to develop a narrative, design characters, and create a setting to tell your own story inspired by the Museum’s collections, then use a free app and a tablet to capture individual frames to bring images and objects to life.
Saturday, March 10, noon-5 pm
NJ Makers Day! Hi-Tech Fashion
Blend traditional and contemporary design and hi and low-tech tools to create wearable garments and accessories.
Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 1-4 pm
Stereoscopes and Magic Laterns
Explore the beginnings of virtual reality and bring the faraway world to your eyes. Learn how simple illlusions can trick your eyes to see landscapes and objects beyond two dimensions. Recreate instruments on view in our featured exhibition, The Rockies & the Alps that help to bring the natural world to the living room.
Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 1-4 pm
Dramatic threads: Embroidery
Learn the rich history and traditional techniques used to create embroidered images that depict status, style, and symbols. Working with inspiration from the Arts of Asian exhibition Dramatic Threads and a variety of materials, design and create your own embroidered image, stitch by stitch.
Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1-4 pm
Biodiversity in Art
Explore the diversity of the natural world around us by examining a spectrum of plants and stones. Learn how natural materials like wood, fiber, and minerals have been used in artmaking. Then trek through the Rockies & Alps, Dynamic Earth, and Abstracting Nature to find inspiration for your own creation.
Making is our founding principle.
For more than 100 years, visitors have been “making” at the Newark Museum. The Museum’s founder, John Cotton Dana, believed “The worth of a museum is in its use.” The Newark Museum continues its legacy of joining art, technology, science and industry with hands-on, interactive experiences in its newly expanded MakerSPACE.
What is the MakerSPACE at Newark Museum?
The name says it all. The MakerSPACE at the Newark Museum is an interactive area where visitors of all ages play, tinker and create as they make connections between the materials, processes and concepts of artwork and natural science objects in the Museum’s collections and their own creativity.
Use our galleries for inspiration!
The MakerSPACE is a flexible space that allows audiences to go back and forth between making and visiting the galleries.
· Investigate artworks in the galleries, then visit the MakerSPACE to try out an idea from an artwork on display.
· Learn how a work of art in the galleries was traditionally made, then challenge yourself to find new ways to transform the materials or ideas in an artwork.
· Begin by experimenting with materials and processes in the MakerSPACE, then visit the galleries to see what the artists on display have made using similar methods.
· Get more involved by participating in intensive workshops and courses for visitors of all ages.
Visitors transform materials into unique creations by utilizing an array of equipment, ranging from traditional to the cutting edge, including a laser cutter/engraver, 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, pottery wheels, sewing machines, relief and silk screen printing equipment, as well as varied hand tools like saws, hammers, and screwdrivers. Hundreds of tools coupled with hundreds of thousands of art and science objects make the MakerSPACE at the Newark Museum a truly unique place for creativity and innovation.