Flyer Workshop: An Introduction to Automata

Class Title: Flyer Workshop: An Introduction to Automata

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm with a break for lunch

Instructor: Michael Croft. Learn more about the instructor here.

Class Fee: $45 members / $50 non-members

Class Description: Create your own flyer! In this one-day workshop, participants will be introduced to the mechanics of automata, and learn about the “crank slider” – the principal mechanism that creates the notion of winged-flight. Participants will build a model of the crank slider from foam board, then proceed to mount a figure of their choice to create a flying object with wings.

During the class, participants may choose to make a flying pig (per the example), or they may create any other object, real or imagined, with wings. Flyers can be weird, whimsical, comical or even absurd, and lend themselves well to creative puns (instead of a butterfly, make a stick of butter fly!)

Spend the day in a creative setting- learning about automata, sharing dynamic ideas, and building your own flyer. A tour through the museum’s temporary exhibit, Automata: Miniature Mechanized Narratives is also included.


Level: This class is designed for all levels.

Minimum and Maximum Enrollment: 8/20

Tools/Materials: Students are asked to bring the following supplies to class: Straight edge (ruler) and X-acto knife with #11 blades. A detailed confirmation letter will be sent to all registered participants with additional information.

All other materials and supplies will be provided. If you have specific paint colors or markers that you prefer, please feel free to bring your own. Otherwise, an assortment of colors will be provided.

Minimum Age: 14

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be issued five or more days in advance of the class unless otherwise noted. In the event a class is cancelled by the museum, a full refund will be issued. 

Questions/Concerns? Contact Moira McGee by email or by phone: (520) 881-0606 x 113.

Release: By registering for this workshop, the participant releases and holds harmless The Mini Time Machine Museum and any officers, employees or agents thereof from any and all claims, liabilities, or demands whatsoever arising out of the enrollment or participation in any program by the participant therein.

Register: Register online, in-person or by phone at 520-881-0606.