Adam Ward of Adam Builds
is coming to the LAMakerspace to share his unique perspective on Lego bricks as a medium for the creation of practical items and unique art. He has created pieces for household use, such as the functional custom household safe below
as well as large-scale pieces for museums and outdoor spaces.
Adam will be giving a presentation on his advanced building techniques, followed by a workshop where he will assist participants with the custom YOGA PICTURE FRAME!
The "Yoga" picture frame gets it's name from having so many positions. It can be displayed vertically, horizontally, upright, or at a number of reclined angles. It gets this ability from a combination lazy susan/ ratcheted hinge mechanism built into the kickstand on the back. Combining these two pieces allows for a ton of options. We will talk about atypical building methods and using pieces in unique ways to achieve cool results and solve problems a "traditional" builder may encounter.
The back of the frame is two play, so the plates have to be staggered to maximize strength and stability and avoid any weak spots or "plate gaps". This "cross-seam" building could also be a topic of discussion/exploration as it essential to creating strong pieces.
The perimeter of the frame is made up of 1x LEGO bricks which add greater stability to the frame and keep the picture in place.
The front of the frame is then covered in colorful tiles or plates to create a unique border for the picture. The tiles (smooth pieces) create a modern, sleek look, while the classic plates (with their bumpy studs) evoke the childlike feel of classic LEGO creations.
About the Instructor:
Adam Ward has been a lifelong fan and builder of Lego. At age 8 he placed 3rd in a rocket building competition for the movie, The Rocketeer. 1st place went to The University of Minnesota Engineering program, and 2nd went to a 40 year old and his teenage son. He immediately retired from competitive building, but did not put the bricks down. He continued to explore and play with the ingenious little bricks until 2010 when he began replacing everyday items in his life with Lego versions. He posted some pictures on line and the response was overwhelmingly positive. So, In the spring of 2012 he launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that helped him turn his hobby into a business. He now designs and builds, accessories, furniture, furnishings and art using Lego bricks for people and companies all over the country.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Participants must be at least 8 years old. All participants under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Adult guardians of minors need not purchase a ticket unless desiring of their own set of materials for the class.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
What is the refund policy?
No refunds 48 hours prior to the class
We are located at LA Mart. Look for the very large chair.
The Blue Line Grand Station at Washington and Grand is 2 blocks away in front of LA Trade Tech College and there are several bus stops within a block as well.
Parking Lot: $10.00 – M-F; $5.00 ($7.00 non-members)- Saturday and Sunday. Inquire at desk.
Street Parking: Available; See meters for time restrictions
NOTE: Parking on Hill Street is FREE on Sunday
Entry on Saturday and Sundays and Weekdays after 6pm is through the Employee Entrance to the left of the main LA Mart doors.
Have questions about Learning Through Legos with Adam Builds?
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