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ColorFest for Adults - August 2011

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June 10, 2011

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ColorFest for Adults - August 2011

ColorFest for Adults
Dye Like a Natural: Saturday, August 6, 2011
After Dark: Blue: Thursday, August 4, 2011

As part of this summer’s two-month long ColorFest, the Exploratorium spotlights adults. Adult Seminars feature how-to and hands-on explorations of the science of color, art, and perception. On Saturday, August 6, learn how to use natural materials to create vibrant dyes of your own.

And don’t miss the Exploratorium After Dark programs on the first Thursday of every month. Featuring cocktails and colorful exploration, August’s After Dark focuses on the concept of “blue,” bringing blues musicians to the Exploratorium. For more on After Dark, visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/afterdark/.

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Colorfest Adult Workshop: Dye Like a Natural
1-4 pm

The art of natural dyeing has been practiced since ancient times. Join Julie Yu, Ph.D. staff scientist with the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute and repurpose plant and animal materials to create a variety of natural dyes. Combine these with metal mordants to explore how to transfer pigments onto natural fibers and discuss the chemistry of color. Come learn how to stain your clothes on purpose! Price: $70 ($60 for members).

Julie Yu is a scientist in the museum’s Teacher Institute where she works with teachers to create hands-on activities for teaching math and science. With a broad interest in all sciences, she has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, with a minor in molecular and cell biology. Since joining the Exploratorium, she has developed ways to do numerous science activities (from making batteries to gel electrophoresis) at a fraction of their typical cost. When not in the classroom, Yu is usually doing science in her kitchen, pursuing a tender roast or the perfect soufflé.

For more information on the Colorfest schedule of events, buy tickets, shop for a rainbow of color-making items - or just learn more about the spectrum and physics of color perception, visit the Colorfest web site at: http://www.exploratorium.edu/colorfest

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Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

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The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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