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Summer School 2024

From TransfoLAB BCN we propose a different summer full of objects and creativity. We will learn manufacturing techniques used in different contexts and with a variety of materials. The main focus will be on the circular economy. Each week we will deal with different topics and techniques (jewelry, upcycling, carpentry, and biomaterials) with an expert tutor on the subject. We tell our stories with jewelry, experiment with discarded objects and diferent making techniques, work with wood, and discover the wonderful world of biodegradable objects. Every week we will visit a relevant space (Disseny Hub, La Fabrica del Sol, El Ateneu de Gracia etc.), and one day we will go to the beach. At the end of each week we will make an exhibition with all of our creations. We will work in a small group to be able to offer maximum care and security, led by the tutor and an assistant.

Languages: Spanish, Catalan and English

Place: C/ Ciutat de Granada 71 bajos, 08005 Barcelona 

Dates: 1st to 26th of July

Activity hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:30

Capacity: min 8, max 10 children

Age: 7 to 12 years

Price: 205 €/week

Meal supplement: 35€ (lunch is not included in the price and each child can bring its own lunchbox. Alternatively, we offer a posibily to arrange the meals ourselves with an additional supplement.)

Application period: 06th of April to 25th of June

The registration can be done online by filling the form. We offer 5% discount for siblings. 

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Week 1-5.07

“It’s Hammer Time!”

In this week-long class, students will be learning a variety of jewelry and metalsmithing techniques from fusing glass on metal, to learning how to use recycled materials to create pendants or keychains. They will also be learning how to manipulate metal with hammers and a torch to create hooks or their own jewelry stand! Depending on the project, students will be given a day or two to create their piece from design to finish. We will also take a few trips outside of the studio to tour different creative spaces in Poblenou where people are creating jewelry and other amazing metal objects.

MONDAY: Stamped copper or brass bracelets

TUESDAY: Shrinky Dink and stamping of aluminum can keychains

WEDNESDAY: Trip to Artesi Jewelry Studio (morning), beach picnic and time to swim

THURSDAY: Visit to the Disseny Hub (Morning), after lunch half the group glaze and the other half weld, shape and twist.

FRIDAY: Swap - half the group glazes and the other half welds, forms and twists.

Instructor:

Stephanie Voegele is an American (USA) born jeweler and educator currently living in Barcelona, Spain. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006 and received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia in 2010. Prior to her moving to Spain with her husband and cats in 2017, she worked for 5 years as a professor teaching both in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Area and First Year Program at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Prior to her position at UWM she taught Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Universities in California and Georgia, and Virgina (USA).  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Stephanie's current studio is located at Transfolab in the Poblenou neighborhood where she teaches jewelry workshops for all ages, creates custom work and does repairs. 

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Week 8-12.07

Fantastic World of Fabrication with Recycled Materials

The first week of our casal will be full of recovered materials and manufacturing. Each day we will treat a different type of material, with the focus on creative recycling and “upcycling”. We will talk about waste, the manufacture and use of conscious materials, sustainable unions, digital manufacturing and the machines of "Precious Plastics". We will learn how to design objects following a creative process and we will use different transformation techniques to be able to manufacture different products from the treated material. We will work with remains of wood, metal material, bicycle parts, discarded plastic and natural materials. On Tuesday and Wednesday we will visit Biciclot and the Fábrica del Sol. At the end of the week we will have five finished objects to take home.

MONDAY - Trash safari/ freestyle creation
TUESDAY - visit to Biciclot (bicycle self-repair workshop)/ work with bicycle waste
WEDNESDAY - visit to the Fábrica del Sol (introduction to digital technologies related to plastic) and beach picnic/ plastic waste and press
THURSDAY - wood waste and natural paint/ biomaterials
FRIDAY - metal waste and casting

 

Instructor:

Nada Tozija is one of the founders of TransfoLAB BCN. An architect by vocation, Nada has a Master's degree in Business and International Trade from the University of Orleans, France, and a Master's in the Independent Studies Program from MACBA and UAB. Her international experience ranges from short stays in Tunisia, Brazil and Wales, urban development projects in the United States, villa design in Mallorca and building and interior design projects in Macedonia. Having had experience in contemporary design and production practices, she showed an interest in sustainable and ecological design, the circular economy and the transformation/reuse of objects and materials, and in turn, manufacturing. 

Up to date, Nada has collaborated with various universities and schools, primary and secondary, giving classes and workshops on creative recycling and manufacturing. The last of these were in the La Llacuna del Poblenou and La Mar Bella primary schools. Furthermore, as part of TransfoLAB BCN, she just completed a joint project with partners from Portugal and Turkey, on electronic waste in primary and secondary schools.​

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Week 15-19.07

El petit fuster

This is a week full of wood, creativity and making, perfect for little carpentry lovers. We will learn everything a carpenter needs in order to work with wood, we will build fun objects, we will venture into the world of experimentation with wood and we will have the opportunity to learn how a CNC router works. We will also visit Disseny Hub to see how professionals do it and Ateneu de Fabricación de Gracia to learn new technologies in woodworking. Additionally, we will use colors and learn how to finish our creations.

 

MONDAY - joinery tools, techniques, materials and their general application

TUESDAY - visit to Disseny Hub and picnic on the beach/ toys with different materials

WEDNESDAY - carving and sculpting techniques / fun and functional sculptures

THURSDAY - visit to Ateneu de Fabricació of Gracia/ digital world

FRIDAY -  wood scraps and experimentation creating new materials

Instructor:

Faku Uzal is co-founder and main creator at TransfoLAB BCN. Faku is a versatile professional and his experience ranges from photography and filmmaking (his vocation for training), audiovisual production, the design and construction of high-end custom vehicles and professional carpentry. In the last 10 years its main focus has been the development of environmentally friendly production methods in blacksmithing and carpentry, through the application of recycling, reuse, transformation and the circular economy.

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Week 22-26.07

Organic is fantastic - making with biodegradable materials

During our final week we will venture into the world of biomaterials. We will learn how to make plastics that are friendly to our planet, we will dry the peels of our fruits and vegetables to use them in our creations, we will mix eggshells with different components to make bioporcelain, we will make textiles from foodstuffs, etc. In addition, we will visit the Ateneu de Fabricació de Gracia, and an urban garden to look at its composting process. At the end of the week we will have several biomaterials to take home.

MONDAY - plant safari/ transparent bioplastic ornaments

TUESDAY - visit to the Ateneu de Fabricació de Gracia/ bioporcelain

WEDNESDAY - moulding with sawdust and coffee

THURSDAY - visit to an urban garden and picnic on the beach/ paper from scratch

FRIDAY - biotextiles

Instructor:

Nada Tozija is one of the founders of TransfoLAB BCN. An architect by vocation, Nada has a Master's degree in Business and International Trade from the University of Orleans, France, and a Master's in the Independent Studies Program from MACBA and UAB. Her international experience ranges from short stays in Tunisia, Brazil and Wales, urban development projects in the United States, villa design in Mallorca and building and interior design projects in Macedonia. Having had experience in contemporary design and production practices, she showed an interest in sustainable and ecological design, the circular economy and the transformation/reuse of objects and materials, and in turn, manufacturing. 

Up to date, Nada has collaborated with various universities and schools, primary and secondary, giving classes and workshops on creative recycling and manufacturing. The last of these were in the La Llacuna del Poblenou and La Mar Bella primary schools. Furthermore, as part of TransfoLAB BCN, she just completed a joint project with partners from Portugal and Turkey, on electronic waste in primary and secondary schools.​

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