Here are some BEFORE pictures of the space:
A Maker Studio is an open workshop space where students can go to share resources, knowledge, and skills. It is largely self-directed but allows for guidance from both peers and teachers. Maker Studios are very unique and useful because they give students the opportunity to experiment and learn on their own. The idea originated from art and engineering universities, where assignments typically require students to create or design things on a regular basis. To accommodate their design needs, Maker Studio workshops began popping up on campuses nationwide. Now, Maker Studios are slowly becoming more popular in the high school setting, and in our research process we looked at a few of these for inspiration. This Pinterest link has some images we felt could guide our designs:
One of our first tasks when redesigning the Maker Studio was to choose what colors we wanted to paint the walls. We wanted to create a bright and vibrant environment where students could be inspired to work on unique projects, which led us to select colors that made the room pop. Two of the walls were painted a yellow-green color called 'yellow finch', while the other two were painted 'spectra blue' and 'peacock blue', all of which were from Benjamin Moore. The final touch relating to painting was to paint the seats that students would use. Because the seats are relatively small in the room, we could choose a more intense color, which ended up being 'carrot stick' (a bright orange) which was also a Ben Moore color. The orange stools contrast with but also complement the yellow and blue walls very nicely.
Special thanks to guest artist Interior Designer Deborah Chang for consulting on colors and design process.
Here is the logo and posters that we selected to go in the room:
Ms. Scheffer wanted a colorful and vibrant space that produces energy in the people who walk in the space. The idea was to give the viewer a bright and happy environment that promotes creativity and innovation. The room was given cool and popping colors to keep kids motivated to work but to also have fun in that space. In the Maker Studio we had to have a table in the middle for work, such as kids working on projects or teachers having a meeting. We also had a wall in the room where a projector screen could go for a presentation or meeting. On a separate wall we had a bulletin board that we touched up, which will be used to present kids work and show off new ideas. Also on that wall is a chalkboard that will be used to show creative ideas and drawings that the kids create.
The creation of the newly updated Maker Studio was not an easy feat. The task required a lot of hard work and dedication. For the Maker Studio, we began by moving all of the furniture out of the room. We got right down to painting using moeBenjamin Moore paint. We had to shift the furniture around in order for the maker studio to seem more open. We shifted the desks and tables around the room in order to create more space for artists looking to use the space. We had a strict plan due to the fact that the studio had to include certain furniture and equipment. Therefore, instead of moving this stuff out of the room completely, we had to rearrange it to make the space more appealing. We finished the area by cleaning and wiping down the only window. The only furniture we added were orange stools for sitting and to add more color to the room. Afterwards, we talked to Ms. Vigneau, a graphic designer, in order to come up with different font texts for creative quotes and labels. We came up with different fonts in order to label the maker studio and to add inspiring quotes around the room. The Maker Studio was updated in order to improve the overall appearance and to add more spaces in our school for students to work peacefully. It took a lot of time and hard work, but in the end we achieved our goals in improving the space.
Here are pictures of the (almost) completed space:
"It helped us learn how to organize and utilize space"-Kevin
"It helped us to learn time management"-Donnie
"It was fun to learn how to maximize efficiency in a given space" -Ryan
"This project taught me how to work carefully, and take the time to see every aspect of the design was up to par.”-Alegria