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Fox Fridays



Fox Fridays is a weekly, low-stress workshop series introducing the WashU community to overlooked or under-known tools, resources, processes, and ideas. It provides a platform for students to develop hybridized practices of creative output that transcend discipline, medium, and experience.


Fall 2021 Workshops


2020-21
Sound Design: Sound in Space
Sewing: Homemade COVID-19 Mask
Unity: Introduction for Game Development, VR, and AR
Bookbinding: Sewn Sketchbook
Silkscreening: Alternative Processes in Silkscreening
Lightroom: Introduction for photo editing
Teachable Machine: Introduction to Machine Learning
Browzwear: 3D Virtual Pattern and Prototyping of Textile Material Objects
Drawbot: Python Patterns
Figma: Build Something Together
Machine Learning with RunwayML
Figma: Make Micro Animations Together
Sketchup: Uses and Basics
If You Know, Riso
From Illustrator to Letterpress: Printing Shapes on Press
Intro to Hand Lettering
Screen Printing
3D Super Scanning
Digital Ceramics: 3D Printing with Clay Photoshop Solar System
BECHER X DEMAND X AMAZON
2019-20
Photoshop: Digital Portraits
Papermaking
HTML/CSS: Basic Coding for the Web
Adobe Illustrator and Beyond
Alginate Body Casting
Laser Cutting
Prototyping: How Google Learns Quickly
Drone Photography
3D Scanning and Printing: Miniature Busts
Darkroom
Textile Surface Design with Natural Dyes
Woodworking: Make A Ping-Pong Ball Crossbow
Photoshop: Animated GIFs
Lighting Studio
Augmented and Virtual Reality: A-Frame
Mold Making for Casting Clay
Screen Printing: Prayer Flags for Puerto Rico
Arduino ½: Motors
Arduino 2/2: Sensors

FAQ


Every Friday, one resource facility or tool space transforms into a classroom to encourage a new culture of play, experimentation, and cross-disciplinary making and dialogue across the Sam Fox and Washington University campus.

Fox Fridays are about exploring new mediums, tools, and ideas, refining skills, and diving deep into alternative processes. It gives students opportunities to learn from different types of makers and different perspectives in an environment free of the stress and anxiety of studio production. It encourages the development of communities and collaborations which bridge traditional disciplines and establishes relationships outside of defined studio practices. Most of all, Fox Fridays is about celebrating the immense resources available at the Sam Fox School, sharing knowledge, and encouraging collaborative experimentation. So pick a workshop, sign up, and forge a gateway to new possibilities.

Fox Fridays are as much about culture as they are about tools. Everyone is stressed. Friday is (hopefully!) a less stressful day. Before the anxiety of Monday starts to creep up, Fox Fridays carve out a little space outside the anxiety of studio and classes. Take a few hours to try a new process, learn a new skill, experiment with a medium you have been interested in but couldn’t find time to enroll in a class. Maybe it helps augment your current studio work, maybe not. The point is to try, experiment and forge new pathways in your creative practice.
Workshops are open to anyone in the WashU community interested in exploring new creative outputs. They are free and first-come.
These workshops are generously funded by the Ralph J. Nagel Dean’s Initiative Fund and the Brabson Library & Educational Foundation. Don’t worry about materials, equipment, etc. Just sign up and show up.
No. While credit is not bestowed, knowledge and experience are. These workshops are intended to provide quick, effortless, and fun investigations into things that might not ordinarily find their way into your studio practice. By investing in workshops with new tools and resources, you may find alternative methods that might later influence your course selection and studio practice.
Yes and No. Workshops are not immediate keys to free access, but rather, gateways to form further contact points and creative pedagogies. Workshop take-aways include direct connection to classes offered in that particular medium/process as well as a way to establish contact points with experts in the workshop resource on campus. For many, the next best step might include enrolling in a future class, attending an additional workshop, or participating in classes offered through your curriculum. This ‘first date’ with on campus experts provides an experimental insight into processes you may be unfamiliar with. The workshop should put faces to spaces and make approaching about individual projects more fluid.
Absolutely! If space allows we highly encourage students of varying expertise to enroll. These are not just spaces for novices but also for those previously familiar to learn new things and also use equipment under the supervision of expert instructors.
Speak with your professor. Especially on the Sam Fox campus, many are aware and supportive of these offerings. If the workshop would benefit your studio practice many professors may be amenable to your attendance.

Support


In June 2021, the Sam Fox School received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Brabson Library and Education Foundation to support Fox Fridays.

Established in 1990, the Brabson Library & Education Foundation is a philanthropic family foundation that supports bold, innovative ideas in education and the arts, particularly those with potential for significant long-term impact. For more information, visit brabsonfamilyfoundation.org.