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Thu, Jun 20



Gravity Defying Bluebird

Let your creativity soar as you create a unique bird that defies gravity. Discover the magic of "tensegrity" as tension and compression collaborate to uphold this anti-gravity sculpture. Using principles found in large-scale structures, this miniature adaptation is a delightful exploration.

Gravity Defying Bluebird
Gravity Defying Bluebird

Time & Location

Jun 20, 2024, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Kilmarnock, 19 N Main St, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, USA

About the Event

Instructor: Karyn Gallion, artist

Date:  Thursday June 20, 2024

Time:   10:00 am – 2 pm

Cost:  $125 for members, $136 for non-members (Materials included)

Unleash your creativity and defy the laws of gravity by crafting your own folk art bird that appears to float effortlessly in mid-air. Whether you prefer hands-on guidance or prefer to spread your wings independently, this project offers flexibility tailored to your needs. You’ll blend science and artistry in this anti-gravity sculpture, as tension and compression collaborate to uphold its structural integrity, showcasing the intriguing principle of "tensegrity." This concept, often utilized in the design of large-scale structures like bridges and arenas, finds a delightful miniature adaptation in this project. 

What's in the kit: 

- Pre-sanded and primed engineered wood components 

- Adhesive 

- Fishing line and necessary hardware 

- Assorted acrylic paints, brushes, and paint pens 

- Essential hand tools such as pliers, wire cutters, and scissors Inspiration awaits as you explore the provided samples and templates, serving as a springboard for your imagination. 

Whether you choose to follow the suggested designs or chart your own course, you'll craft a captivating folk-art bird bound to spark conversations. 

Knowledge Level: This workshop caters to inquisitive minds seeking to fashion a whimsical objet d'art without the need for specialized expertise. 

Tip: being patient really helps when you're trying to balance or compress the parts of the project. 

One last thing: Got a stash of quirky trinkets and embellishments? Bring them along for a chance to add some extra pizzazz to your creation—or swap with fellow participants for even more inspiration! Who knows? You might stumble upon the perfect finishing touch or spark a burst of creativity in someone else. Let the whimsy flow!


  • Gravity Defying Bluebird

    Instructor: Karyn Gallion, artist Date: Thursday June 20, 2024 Time: 10:00 am – 2 pm Cost: $125 for members, $136 for non-members (Materials inlcuded)

    From $125.00 to $136.00
    • $125.00
      +$3.13 service fee
    • $136.00
      +$3.40 service fee



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