Facilitated Workshops

Impressions + Lend a Hand

Thursday – Monday
10:30-11:30am + 2:30-3:30pm

The Museum's makerspace

NOTE: The Innovators LAB will be closed on Dec. 2, 1-2:30pm. 

The Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB is our collaborative makerspace where we work with local artists and experts from various fields to create a design challenge to nurture creativity, problem solving, skill building and learning.

What sets the Innovators LAB apart from other makerspaces is the inclusion of resident professionals which include artists, architects, engineers and others. These resident professionals develop design challenges alongside our Creative Team to provide open-ended, skill-building projects that explore real world issues. The Innovators LAB targets families with children ages 6-13 and provides opportunities to experiment with a variety of ideas, materials and hands-on techniques.

Ingram Ober Artist Residency
Throughout the months of November and December, we are hosting two workshops in the Innovators LAB designed by artist-in-residence Ingram Ober, a San Diego-based artist and educator who teaches sculpture and foundry at Palomar College. The workshops, Impressions and Lend a Hand, explore both the artistic and scientific processes of creating unique molds and casts.

This artist-residency and workshops are made possible in part by The Rosso Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Current Workshops

Impressions + Lend a Hand

Thurs-Mon (Oct. 28. 30-Dec. 27)
10:30-11:30am and 2:30-3:30pm

Have you placed your hand in wet concrete or wondered how fossils were made? Explore these concepts by making impressions: marking, carving or scribing into clay, and mixing plaster to create a one-of-a-kind cast tile.  

Lend a Hand
Learn about volume displacement, chemical transformations and mold-making through the process of casting, and take home an intricate mold of your hand! 

This workshop is designed by artist-in-residence Ingram Ober and is made possible in part by The Rosso Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Open Making at the Museum

9-10am + 1-2pm

Think, play and create with us! Discover your own making experience and bring ideas to life using a range of art materials, textiles, tools and more.

Virtual Design Challenges

Experience open making at home and create a unique piece of artwork using everyday household items listed in each design challenge. Click here to view design challenge videos.


Special Hours on 12/4

On Sat, Dec. 4, the Museum will be open from 9am-2pm. See our open days and hours here.