Monday, April 24, 2017

I do really love Maker events! This week it was Maker Day at the Portland Public Library while 1000 people supporting Science were marching by (and some of them dropped in later)

Bike Part Art had analog engineering in Pop-Up boxes and bike gear spirographs not just for kids only---many unaccompanied adults took part! 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Kids in my "Kinetic Toy & Design" class made a propeller car!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Another great invention by kids participating in "Kinetic Toy and Design" at Firehouse Arts
several years ago. "Rolypoly" is now on the Bike Part Art menu. Formed and riveted from 
recycled industrial scrap metal.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"Metals for Minors" Vacation Workshop

I'm very excited to offer "Metals for Minors" at the Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford during February vacation this year. The image below is some mini armour created by homeschool students at my class this Fall which was held at the Open Bench Project in Portland. Children always contribute new project ideas to this class. Mini armour is definitely a keeper!

 "Metals for Minors"  teaches basic metal skills using traditional tools and techniques. Children are guided through skill building exercises to create jewelry and small scale sculpture.

Schedule: Monday, 2/20 - Thursday 2/23  9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Tuition: $135 includes a $25 material fee.1

Instructor Bio: Ann Thompson is a studio metalsmith and Teaching Artist on the Maine Arts Commission roster. She has taught at Southern Maine Community College, The Open Bench Project in Portland, and many other school and community venues in Southern Maine. Ann is certified as an Ed Tech for the Maine Department of Education and has facilitated family workshops in local museums  and libraries as well as residencies in public schools.

To register email:

Friday, December 18, 2015


About time to look back at the last couple of years. I'll be adding some pics and "end of year" reflections on my Teaching Artist life in Maine over the next few weeks.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lewiston Maker Faire

Bike Chain Spirograph

Bike Part At at the Lewiston Auburn Mini Maker Faire!
September 8th, Bates Mill Museum, Lewiston Maine
Adults, advanced, $8
Adults, at the door, $10
Ages 13-18, advanced and at the door, $5
Ages 12 and under are free.


booth open from 10 - 4 p.m.

Activities for families!

*Bike Chain Spirographs -Create patterns on this upcycled version of a vintage toy
*Bike wheel zoetropes-Make your own animated movie and learn about early movie making technology