• The workshops which are listed below are designed by Paola Guimerans
  • All the workshops are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Soft circuitry and textiles design workshop for teachers

Marymount International School. London, 2017

This hands-on workshop introduces teachers of art, design and sciences to a range of alternative materials for building circuits and experiment with sewing and painting conductive circuits. During the morning session, teachers will create an interactive artwork. Participants will learn how e-textile and paper circuits projects are realized. Later, they will introduced to the basics of the Igloo PICAXE Wearable Module. Teachers signed up for the workshop as part of their Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) professional development. During the workshop associated pedagogy and educational theory will be covered. Targeted concepts are Project Based Learning, Design Thinking,  Computational thinking and Integrated Learning.

The workshop was held in Fab Lab Marymount International School.

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Soft circuitry and textiles design workshop for k-12 students

Marymount International School. London, 2017

This one day workshop introduces women students to a range of alternative materials for building circuits and experiment with sewing and painting conductive circuits. During the morning session, participants will explore geometrical paper shapes and light to make a basic circuit. Also, they will explore how to combine collage, conductive paint and electronics to make a parallel circuit. By the end of the morning participants will have the basic skills to design and program simple, soft and interactive systems. In the afternoon, they will introduced to the basics of the Igloo PICAXE Wearable Module and these skills will then be applied to the design of a wearable accessory.

The workshop was held in Fab Lab Marymount International School.

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Soft circuits : Creativity and circuits

Taller VI Feria de Tecnología Abierta de Coruña. OSHWDem, A Coruña, Galicia, 2017

Soft circuit is any circuit that is embedded into a soft or flexible material . They are often composed of flexible conductive materials such as fabrics. paints and threads along with discrete electronics components that are sewn in or attached by some other means. In this workshop for all ages participants will learn to build a soft circuit. Knowledge of basic electronics and manipulative skills such as sewing, drawing, cutting or pasting will be acquired.

The workshop was held in the context of OSHWDem (Open Source Hardware Demonstration)  at the Domus: Interactive science museum  of Galicia.

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E-textiles & IoT (made by hand)

VIC. Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas #Caseando. La Estacion , Burgos, 2017

Smart garments and e-textiles are altering the landscape of fashion, apparel, retail and furnishing sectors. This hands-on workshop serves as an introduction of e-textiles and its possibilities for the integrations into the Internet of Things. During the workshop, participants will learn how to build and design a DIY door stop object combining textiles and electronics.

This workshop has been selected to participate in the project #Caseando that is a travelling project launched by VIC  that seeks to consider the possibilities held out by self-build and open technologies, by means of a prototype home with self-produced citizen devices.

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Fashion & DIY Electronics

Escola Unitaria, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 2016

This theoretical-practical workshop of technology applied to fashion is presented as an approximation to the new creative and aesthetic possibilities of DIY electronics. The aim of the activity is for attendees to learn how to build electronic circuits, and to experiment with smart materials. Also, explore the creative potential and the wide range of expressive possibilities currently offered by the integration of electronics into textiles .

The workshop was held at UNITARIA, a multidisciplinary and collaborative space located in Santiago de Compostela. This school has as main objective the development of training actions aimed at professionals mainly in the audiovisual areas, new technologies, design or comic, among others.

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Circuits and textiles

Hirikilabs – Open citizens laboratory in CICC Tabakalera. Basque Country, Spain, 2016

This hands-on workshop serves as an introduction to the new creative possibilities offered by electronic textiles applied to the domestic and personal. During the workshop, we will look at conductive fabrics, basic circuits and simple interaction elements, stitching and applying them to textiles.

This workshop has been selected to participate in the project  #Caseando that is a travelling project launched by VIC  that seeks to consider the possibilities held out by self-build and open technologies, by means of a prototype home with self-produced citizen devices. The workshop was held at citizen laboratory of digital culture and technology of Tabakalera International Center of Contemporary Culture of the Basque Country.

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E-Textiles for teachers

Taller de innovación educativa. II Encuentro de profesores Maker. Aula3i, Fuerteventura, Las Palmas, 2016

This workshop aims to initiate Spanish teachers to the field of e-textiles. Participants will learn  e-textile techniques, along with troubleshooting advice and project prompts for their own classroom. This is a STEAM workshop, during which teachers are being introduced to the basic concepts of electronics and how to apply them to textile based design projects. The workshop include an introduction to electronics theory and teachers will engage in discussion regarding project based learning, its application in the classroom and how to develop appropriate assessment methodologies. Targeted concepts are Project Based Learning, Design Thinking, Computational thinking and Integrated Learning.

The workshop was held Aula3i and Fuerteventura Maker, a program that promote innovation and the introduction of new technologies, the dissemination of the Maker Movement in society, especially in the educational field.

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Fashion and Technology

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, Getaria, Pais Vasco, 2016

This theoretical-practical workshop of technology applied to fashion is presented as an approach to the new creative possibilities of DIY electronics. Participants will learn how to build circuits, experiment with smart materials and explore the creative potentials offered by the integration of electronics into textiles. It is proposed the development of two electronic circuits for the preparation of an accessory or an interactive garment with lace. The principles of basic electronics, and the properties of technological materials such as electrically conductive yarn or textiles, will be discussed first. And, later, an initiation will be offered to the LilyTiny Arduino.

This workshop is a collaboration with the Education Department of Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum durig the exhibition Balenciaga master of lace. 

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Open LED Roller Derby Flora Arduino

Hirikilabs, Laboratorio ciudadano, Tabakalera, Donostia,Pais Vasco, 2015

This project-based workshop is aimed at RollerDerby players to learn how to build their own equipment. The objective of the workshop is to create light shoulder pads, which serve to differentiate the teams in an outdoor game. To create the system of lights we will use custom-made straps in which the LED strips will be sewn and the other elements, such as the Arduino Flora and a battery, will be integrated.

Open Led Roller is a small project that launches in Hirikilabs citizen’s laboratory of Tabakalera International Center of Contemporary Culture at the context of OlatuTalka as a way to socialize open technologies, opening to a certain extent the activity of the laboratory to new agents and collectives.

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Knitting with Lights

CIRCOLAB. laboratorio de experimentación educativo-tecnológica itinerante, BQ, 2015

Knitting with LEDs is a collective action that brings technology to the elderly  through the traditional processes of sewing, crochet or embroidery. This hands-on workshop explore what you can do to bridge the  digital generational gap through e-textile and DIY practices.

This workshop is part of the project circolab  that is an itinerant educational-technological experimentation laboratory that aims to bring society closer to the new competences born of Digital Culture. The main mission of @circolab is to involve people in the process of technological creation from a free and collaborative perspective. The workshop was held at Tabakalera International Center of Contemporary Culture.

 

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Creative Electronics & Textiles 

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, Getaria, Pais Vasco, 2015

In this family electronic textiles Workshop Children-Adult pairs will learn together about e-textiles and paper circuits working with conductive thread, sewable batteries and color LEDs to make an interactive bracelet. This workshop invites parents to take on new roles as learners with their children while they learn about STEAM education.

This workshop is a collaboration with the Education Department of Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum durig the exhibition Balenciaga master of lace. 

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DIY E-Textiles

Hirikiten – hiriaren ikerketarako elkartea, Eibar, Pais Vasco, 2015

This workshop is aimed at all those citizens who want to approach new techniques for the integration of technology in textiles and learn creative electronics. Participants will learn how to make their own Christmas ornament with electronics using traditional craft techniques such as stitching or cross stitch. This workshop also serves as an introduction to new materials and presentation of the main online communities linked to this emerging field. Each participant will receive a kit with all the materials needed to make an interactive project. It is not necessary to have previous experience in electronics.

EibarLAB’s is an initiative that will carry out different workshops related to new technologies in order to promote the generational transmission of knowledge in a fun, dynamic and fun way.

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E-textile art 

Bilbao Art District, Ayuntamiento de Bilbao, Pais Vasco, 2015

This  workshop serves as an introduction to the field of e-textiles. The aim of the activity is to experiment with intelligent materials and explore the creative potential offered by the integration of electronics into textiles. Starting with DIY techniques of direct stamping  in textiles, this workshop invites attendees to manufacture their own circuits.

Bilbao Art District is a public-private initiative whose main objective is to support and enhance the visual arts sector in Bilbao, making the city a meeting point for different artistic agents and disciplines, as well as bringing art to the citizenship.

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Paper circuits ( FOR AGES 11-13)

CIRCOLAB.laboratorio de experimentación educativo-tecnológica itinerante, BQ, 2015

This soft circuits workshop is experimenting with the new possibilities offered by the application of paper circuits in the classroom. Students will make a simple paper circuit with copper tape, a coin cell battery and an LED.

This workshop is part of the project circolab  that is an itinerant educational-technological experimentation laboratory that aims to bring society closer to the new competences born of Digital Culture. The main mission of @circolab is to involve people in the process of technological creation from a free and collaborative perspective.The workshop was held at Colegio Montserrat de Barcelona.

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DIY E-Stencil

Tabakalera, Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea, Donostia, Pais Vasco, 2014

This workshop aimed at all those who wish to discover the new creative possibilities of e-textiles. Participants will learn to integrate circuits with electrically conducting wires or fabrics into a garment that they design themselves by recycling old clothes. Also experiment with intelligent materials and explore the creative potential offered by low tech technological tools.

This workshop is carried out in collaboration with the collective Truca Rec and T-Festa space. The workshop was held Eginzaleak! a faire that encompasses a series of activities around citizen technology and digital manufacturing, DIY software / hardware and the recovery of the craft and cooperation processes that come to life through the new modes of production and digital distribution and networks

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Paper circuits. Design it yourself

Bilborock, Area Municipales, Cultura, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, 2014

Soft circuits – or e-textiles – is what the recent alternative of building circuits using new electrically conductive materials, such as adhesive, threads or paints, is called. During this workshop a circuit will be designed directly on the paper and these conductive materials will be used instead of cables. Participants will receive a kit with all the necessary materials to create their own interactive representation on paper.

The workshop was held at Bilborock that is a space of reference for young people and groups and companies and cultural promoters entities where to promote, create, exhibit, experiment, produce and share initiatives of interest for young people and the city.

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E-textiles and new materials ( FOR AGES 16- 25)

Área de Juventud y Deporte. Bilbao, Pais Vasco, 2014

During the E-Textiles and New Materials workshop, participants fabricated their own electronic devices using soft materials which could be dressed -mixing technology and traditional craft techniques (knitting, embroidery,…). This module will also include arduino programming basics, introduction to new materials and a presentation of the major online communities related to this emerging field.

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Textil hacking ( FOR AGES 16- 25 )

Área de Juventud y Deporte. Bilbao, Pais Vasco, 2014

During the E-Textiles and New Materials workshop, participants fabricated their own electronic devices using soft materials which could be dressed -mixing technology and traditional craft techniques (knitting, embroidery,…). This module will also include arduino programming basics, introduction to new materials and a presentation of the major online communities related to this emerging field.

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E-Crafts & Fonts

Mini Maker Faire Bilbao, Pais Vasco, 2014

The workshop “How to make letters and cross stiched circuits” invites the participants to learn to embroider the letters of the ABC in cross-stitch with the aim of initiating them to the construction of e-textiles. Each participant will receive a kit with all materials.

This workshop is done in collaboration with Trikoarte, during the Maker Faire. Trikoarte is a project that designs an exclusive merchandising, decorates places and promotes the wool with workshops, events and stays of people weavers and knitters.

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ELEKTRIKIDS (FOR AGES 3-4)

Escuela Infantíl integral, Moaña, Pontevedra, Galicia, 2014

This workshop is aimed at children of 3 years. Each one receives kit with different materials. Among them, a colorable A4 template – with silhouettes to fill and use stickers inspired by Sunrise by Roy Lichtenstein – adhesive circles of normal colors and other reagents to heat. During the workshop, the children will be told to complete their Pop Art “drawing” by placing the stickers with their corresponding shape. It will also explain that circular stickers are special because they are heat-reactive so children can identify the differences between those who are and those who are not. Once the “drawing” is finished, children will be encouraged to explore how to hide letters using the Stickers that are reactive to heat using different colored pencils.

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Happening e-textiles

T-festa. Centro Cultural Alhóndiga, Bilbao , Pais Vasco, 2014

Through drawing, painting and sewing, this workshop invites participants to build circuits, experiment with new materials and explore the creative potential offered by the integration of electronics into textiles. It is an ideal initiation workshop for those who Want to discover the new creative possibilities of e-textiles. This workshop is held during the T-festa celebration (Art T-shirt festival). The objective of this event is to provide artists and designers / is a platform to show their work in its different aspects.

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Digital craftographies

Bilbao Arte, Centro de Producción artística, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, 2014

Recently, technological democratization, DIY culture and maker along with the appearance of new materials is allowing the artist to manufacture his own electronic devices. Today we have at our disposal materials such as wires or electrically conductive fabrics that allow the artist to mix technology with traditional craft techniques (sewing, crochet, embroidery, etc.). In this context the workshop is proposed CRAFTOGRAFIAS DIGITALES. The  workshop craftografías digitales invites you to reflect on the use of open source tools and new materials in artistic creation processes. Participants will receive a theoretical and contextual introduction to the practices you apply yourself specifically to electronic textiles. Taking as a reference the structure of the electronic circuit itself, as a basic element and relating it with its inherent identity as a map, we will perform an exercise in which we will learn to design and sew a textile circuit. During the workshop we will work with the Aniomagic and Lilypad Arduino e-textile kit.

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How-To-Make

Museo de San Telmo, Donostia, Pais Vasco, 2013

This creative and material exploration workshop invites participants to experiment with different electronic components and silicones. The attendees of this workshop will be able to manufacture their own interactive device in three dimensions integrating technology in conductive, photoluminescent or recycled silicones. Each participant will receive a kit with the basic electronic components and materials needed to prototype their ideas and share in a collaborative environment their learning process.This workshop is carried out within the framework of the Improbable Connections project. Silicones Silam is an industrial company dedicated to the transformation of silicone into industrial products; Collaborates with Paola Guimerans, an artist and educator, who works at the intersection of art, design and technology.

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F+Hacking Materials

Espacio Puerta,Bilbao, Pais Vasco,2013

The artist as creator or inventor, in their attempt to use new materials and technological tools to express their ideas, has managed to generate new forms of interaction. Beyond digital practices, we have a new understanding of technology as a design material. Conductive yarns and fabrics, paints that react to heat, open source electronic tools or philosophy do-it-yourself are just some of the keys to the current hybridization between electronics and traditional crafts techniques. Diluting the border between disciplines, through drawing, painting and sewing, this workshop invites participants to build circuits, experimenting with new materials and explore the creative potential offered by the integration of electronics into textiles. PUERTA is a cultural space founded in 2013 where workshops, work sessions, meetings, film screenings, debates and proposals take place. The lines of support and research tend to be mixed: drawing, audiovisual, painting, counterculture, textile, writing, figure of artist, essay, matter, speech, process.

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E-Textiles ( FOR AGES 14- 17 years )

DOMUS | Museos Científicos Coruñeses (=mc2). Galicia, 2013

This workshop serves as a basic introduction to electronics and exploration of new techniques for the integration of technology into textiles. The aim is to familiarize students with new methodologies and materials, so that they can manufacture a prototype of a wearable electronic device. This workshop is taught as one of the activities within the community project of scientific dissemination KiiCS (Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science) in the Domus, Scientific Museums Coruña (= mc2) of La Coruña. This European project emerges as an innovative proposal to bring together creative people, scientists and young people in a process of co-creation for innovation. Its objectives include designing activities to attract young people between the ages of 14 and 17 to the world of science and technology, incubating science, art and technology through multidisciplinary actions, or creating business opportunities if the ideas of Science, art and technology have enough quality and interest to reach the market.

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DIY Paper circuits ( FOR AGES 12-15)

DIDACXOGOS, Pontevedra, Galicia, 2013


This workshop intends that children have their first contact with electronics. During the activity, you will acquire knowledge of basic electronics, materials and will develop creative skills such as sewing, gluing or coloring.

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DIY Interactive painting

TEI13, FabLab Barcelona, 2013

D.I.Y. Interactive painting techniques + electronics will allow participants with non-technical-education to learn basic skills and electronics concepts that include combining reactive paints with traditional art techniques. Participants will learn color theory by mixing reactive paints with traditional art techniques, such as watercolor or acrylic painting, as a bridge to introduce them to basic electronics concepts in order to make a basic animation on their painting or illustration. The goal of the studio is to familiarize participants with new available materials, introduce them to simple circuitry concepts and to learn new practices of creating artwork with electronics.

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Bordados interactivos

Tabakalera, Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea, Pais Vasco, 2013

This workshop serves as a basic introduction to electronics and exploration of new forms of interaction from the integration of technology into textiles. Through the process of designing and sewing will learn to build a basic circuit on fabric. Each participant will receive a kit with all the materials needed to make their own interactive embroidery. The workshop is aimed at people with creative practices who wish to diversify the interaction capacity of their projects. This workshop was given in the week of manufacture EGINZALEAK! / Digital Craftsmen, which encompasses a series of activities around the digital manufacturing, DIY software / hardware, and the recovery of processes and craft techniques. This series of activities establish a framework of joint work between the laboratories of Arteleku and Tabakalera International Center for Contemporary Culture.

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WEAR IT! Interactive painting

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa. A Coruña, Galicia, 2013

The aim of this workshop is to learn how to use heat-reactive paints to create an interactive design on a textile. From the completion of a series of do-it-yourself exercises and methodologies, participants will learn how to make a garment or interactive accessory.

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Craft nights at bilbaoMakerspace

Makerspace Bilbaomakers Bilbao, Pais Vasco, 2013

This workshop is aimed at partners of the makerspace Bilbaomakers who want to approach new techniques for the integration of technology in textiles and learn creative electronics do it yourself. Bilbao Makers is a non-profit association that meets to learn in company. They are passionate about science and technology and try to promote their development and dissemination through the realization of projects.

 

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E-Printmaking

Bilbao Mini Maker Faire, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, 2013

Este taller esta dirigido a artistas plásticos e ilustradores. Durante el taller los participantes realizaran un grabado casero combinando pinturas reactivas al calor junto con temperas o acuarelas. Ademas, aprenderán conceptos básicos de electrónica para poder realizar posteriormente una animación simple en sus grabados. En el taller cada participante recibirá un kit con todos materiales necesarios para trabajar durante la actividad.La Maker Faire es la mayor feria de inventores y creadores del mundo, un escaparate de invenciones, creatividad e ingenio pensado para todos los públicos, además de una celebración del Movimiento Maker.

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Paper circuits workshop for teachers

E-Textiles STEAM ( FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS)

Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo, UIMP, 2013

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E-Crafts for kids

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa.A Coruña, Galicia, 2012


Wassily in workshopland I/ II/III

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa. MAC. A Coruña, Galicia, 2012

The series of workshops Wassily in Workshopland explore the artistic possibilities offered by the field of e-textiles applied to art education. Beginning with the introduction of techniques for color exploration, the manufacture of soft circuits and the use of predesigned templates, participants will implement interactivity and animation in their paintings. These workshops are part of the research developed as part of the ArtistasMac residency program. The workshops are aimed at all those who want to learn new techniques and methodologies to create their own interactive paintings with electronics. During these workshops, with the aim of approaching the technology from the art, the most representative paintings of the artist Wassily Kandinsky will be analyzed and a series of exercises of composition of forms, colors or textures will be realized according to its aesthetic principles.


Paper circuits for kids

World Maker Faire, New York, NY2012

This paper circuit workshop is offered as a basic introduction to electronics for parents and children. Participants will learn how to build a circuit, experiment with new materials and explore the creative potential of integrating electronics into materials such as cardboard or foam.

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Soft circuits Escuela de Adultos

IIES Rodeira, Pontevedra, Galicia, 2012

Learning Soft Circuit and exploring creativity. Tinkering how to incorporate LEDs on paper or carboard as a part of a drawing that represent a topic related to San Main

Explorar la creatividad a partir de la creacion de circuitos blandos. El objetivo es que los participantes representen un dibujo en papel o en carton representativo del “Sanmain” , en el cual incorporaran luces.


Sketching soft circuits SUMMERLAB

Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, 2011

Soft circuits is what is named the recent alternative of making circuits using new soft materials such as fabrics, inks or electricity conducting wires. During SummerLab the sketching soft circuits node proposes an open space for the experimentation and exploration of these new materials and their possible applications in educational and artistic projects. From the introduction of basic concepts of electronics, the objective is to teach participants to design simple circuits as well as document their projects. In the workshop a prototype of soft interfaces controlled by mobile phone will be made. SummerLAB is a participatory event, an opportunity to work together, sharing ideas, codes and much more. His organization reproduces the way in which free software is developed – there is no hierarchy, only the creation of a context where free desire and mutual help flow into the service of creation. This node was developed in collaboration with Horacio González.


Electronic printmaking

Ventana244, Space Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2011

This workshop introduces the participants to manual stamping techniques that facilitate the learning of the construction of an electronic circuit. During this workshop, traditional materials such as acrylics and watercolors will be used, along with more novel ones such as heat-reactive paints. This workshop takes place in an art gallery, to teach participants the different techniques and materials used to create the installation “Beyond the sleeping lighthouse”.