Corinne Takara Education Workshops //

Unraveling The Knot

An exploration of Japanese and Celtic knotting traditions in a range of materials that invite reflection on cultural connections. Conducted at Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland and in San Jose, CA. Partnering organization are the Alum Rock Educational Foundation and the Chester Beatty Library. Made possible through a San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant Project, 2017. Project website:  Video:

Paseo Prototyping Festival

Game On! Pop-up Makerspace. noon to 10pm, April 8th, 2017. Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA. This workshop is a collaboration with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation.

Maker[Space]Ship Workshops

A series of four community workshops aboard the San Jose Library mobile makerspace: paper microscope workshops andpaper plate pachinko workshops. March 2017.

Paper Plate Pachinko

Maker-HER workshop, Sunnyvale Library. March 7th, 2017.  This playful musical maze maker project uses a conductive marble to complete simple circuity connections on stacked paper plates that are hooked up to a Makey Makey device. The project highlights the importance of iterative design and problem solving. Instructable lesson

Girl After School3D Printing Workshop Series

3D Printing and CAD design workshop series at Columbia Middle School, Sunnyvale, CA. A Make-HER Sunnyvale Library after school program. October through early November, 2016.

San Jose Mini Maker Faire

San Jose History Park, San Jose, CA, September 4th, 2015-2017. Paper circuitry projects in collaboration with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation: Light up thrones and light up paper plate masks.

Luz de la Comunidad/Aztec New Year LED Light-Up Bracelets

Pop-Up makerspace and Alum Rock school sewing circuitry workshops. First event was on January 30th, 2016 on San Pedro Square. ( Photos)

San Jose Mini Maker Faire

San Jose History Park, San Jose, CA, September 6th, 2015. Two booth projects designed by Corinne Okada Takara were at this Mini Maker Faire: Paper Circuitry Thrones for the AREF and the Pop-Up Mobile Makerspace.

Alum Rock Art & Design Thinking Summer Camp 2015

June 22nd to July 31st , 2015. San Jose, CA. Corinne designed this camp in partnership with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation to create summer enrichment programming for East San Jose middle school students. This is the third year of operation for the camp. This camp was made possible with funding from a Take pART grant from the City of San Jose and a Safe Summer Initiative Grant from the City of San Jose.

Calavera 3D Printing Teen Workshops

A 3D design and printing workshops using Tinkercad to create personalized skulls honoring people special in students' lives. Workshops held at Dr. Roberto Cruz Library, Alum Rock, San Jose, CA. Workshops on 9/23/14 and 10/2/14. Installation of 3D printed skulls ran from 10/20/14-11/17/14

Introduction to 3D Printing Library Workshop

Introduction to Tinkercad and 3D Printing, Sunnyvale Library, Sunnyvale, CA. July 27th, 2014 3:00-4:00pm.  This public workshop explored additive manufacturing and 3D printing using Tinkercad.

Dia de Los Muertos 3D Printing Workshop, Dr. Roberto Cruz Library, Alum Rock, San Jose, CA. October and November 2014.

The Art & Design Thinking Camp 2014

A six week middle school student summer camp developed in collaboration with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation. Camp made possible through funding from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Donor Circle for the Arts Grant, a Take pART grant from the City of San Jose and a Safe Summer Initiative Grant from the City of San Jose. June 30th- August 8th, 2014.

Mobile Maker Cart

A 3D printing pop-up event engaging the public in 3D printing via a mobile cart in Japantown, San Jose during the Nikkei Matsuri Festival. April 27, 2014

Design Thinking and Product Development

A teen workshop series exploring design thinking, 3D printing and product development. Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA. 2014

A Serving of Shapes

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A public 3D designing and printing exploration. It included two museum workshops at the de Saisset Museum and two Alum Rock community teen workshops. Project made possible through an Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts Grant, Around the Table Initiative, the de Saisset Museum and the Krause Center for Innovation. 2014

The Art & Design Thinking Camp

A 2013 pilot program developed in collaboration with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation. Funding from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Donor Circle for the Arts Grant and a San Jose Safe Summer Initiative Grant. 2013

Special Spots

A youth project engaging high schools, middle schools and elementary schools in developing art concepts to inform the real design of 8 rapid transit bus stop shelters in San Jose. Students map their personal transit paths through their communities and create automata which integrate this data as well as explore their written thoughts and reflections on special places in their community. Schools: Silver Creek High School (5 classes of Art 1), Renaissance Academy @ Mathson ( three 6th grade classes), Mildred Goss Elementary (two 5th grade classes), Horace Mann Elementary (two 5th grade classes)The Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority and San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs funded this project, and the final bus stop shelters are being designed by Merge Conceptual Designs in L.A. 2013

U.S. 101/Capitol Expressway/Yerba Buena Improvement Project

Patterns for freeway bike and pedestrian overpasses at Tully/101 and Capitol Expressway/101, San Jose, CA. (2011- 2013)

Completed transit art images here.

6th grade students at Renaissance @ Fischer in San Jose (Three classes of 33) explored radial pattern design on paper, digital photography and pattern design using the software program, Repper Pro over the period of three workshops. They document their neighborhoods using single use cameras. Selected designs have been incorporated into concrete and laser cut steel patterns of a highway overpass at 101 and Tully. Project supported by the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority and the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs.

Seeking Shelter Design Challenge

This multi-school and multi-state project engaged youth in envisioning innovative bus stop shelters which address community and environmental needs. Cardboard prototype designs and SketchUp 3D rendered models were judged by an international panel of architects, designers and public transit authority engineers. High school through elementary school students participated, and the one school in Azerbaijan participating turned the project into an international one. The project was piloted in 2011 and was expanded in 2012. Project commissioned by the Zero1 Art & Technology Biennial. Students also taught the public components of the workshops at a street festival. Images of festival here: flickr Seeking Shelter 2012-2013

You Are Here Street Banner Project

Two classes of 5th grade students in San Jose and one class on the island of Hawaii created textile designs reflecting on local community visual vocabulary. They used VoiceThread to discuss and explore each other’s pattern designs. They created digital textile designs and created Japanese furoshiki wrapping cloths. With an expanded understanding of visual vocabulary, the San Jose students then photographed their neighborhood using single use cameras. Collaboratively they created street banners from the photos and the digital patterns they created from the photos using the program Repper. Students presented their street banner designs to a local business group and to the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs for approval and installation. Students also taught components of the workshops to the public at the Montalvo Art Center’s Art Splash. Project supported by the Alum Rock Educational Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Donor Circle for the Arts Grant. Project was honored as one the nation’s 100 most innovative education projects in the 2011 Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovation Education Forum. 2011

Remix and Reflect: Recycled Art Tapestry

Horace Mann Elementary School student explorations in recycling, science, and art resulted in a large tapestry for the library.  Students from the recycling club provided recycled materials and the workshops were conducted with three third grade classes of 33. Project resulted in large tapestry of water bottle bottoms for the school library. Grant funds also supported the purchase of library books on recycling crafts. A Target Arts Grant supported the project. 2011

fusionwear sv

Collaborating with The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, designers Colleen Quen and Rick Lee, Takara created digital textiles reflecting on the visual identity of Silicon Valley. The public online image collection component of project was from May 3 though June 4th, 2010. Several adult and youth hands-on/digital textile workshops were conducted at the museum. Resulting installation, TECHStyle SoftWEAR, exhibited September 27 through October 31st, 2010. Project supported with an Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts Grant, Creative Connections James Irvine Foundation Grant and an NEA Access to Excellence Grant through the Zero1 Art & Technology Network.

Click here to visit Takara's research site for this project.

Digital Textile Design

Education website for youth workshops at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA,  2010

Clogged Currents

Public workshops at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Outcome were three tapestries made of recycled materials found in creeks. These were hung in the windows of the Museum as semi-permanent installations.

Animation and Video Projects


Wrap It Up

This middle school project engaged youth in creating video interviews of mural artists in Japantown, San Jose. The videos were then integrated into QR codes on the physical murals. Student also created collaborative murals of colored mesh to add to the mural site. Project supported by a Silicon Valley Community Foundation Donor Circle for the Arts grant. 2013

Picking Strawberries on Gold Mountain

4th and 5th graders at Cureton Elementary in San Jose created collaborative claymation videos about the history of San Jose’s Chinatown, Heinlenville. Before creating their animations, the students examined real artifacts from the excavation site and wrote their inferences and observations. Working in teams of 3 and 4, the students wrote storyboards, scripts and created their animations frame by frame. A Chinese immersion elementary school in Cupertino created the music for the video. The final videos are in the Next Vista for Learning video library. This project was supported by the Alum Rock Educational Foundation and was honored with the Rambus/KCI Innovation Award in 2010.

Thinking Outside the Box stop motion animation

4th and 5th graders at Cuerton Elementary in San Jose created a collaborative animation that represented their ideas on “thinking outside the box”. Students worked in teams to film and move the clay parts. They narrated each of their own sequences using the free tool Audacity. The narration part deeply engaged the ESL students as they could keep recording their voice until they were happy with their audio. Students explored importing and organizing still images in the free animation tool Monkey Jam. Final editing was done in Premiere Elements. Project supported by an Alum Rock Educational Foundation mini grant. Video was honored as the Best Elementary Fine Arts Video by the California Student Media Festival 2010. Video was honored as Judges Choice in the International Student Media Festival 2009.

Stop Motion Classroom

An education resource site for bringing stop motion animation into the classroom.