Workshops are in-depth hands-on training on specific areas of interest to LEGO builders. There is an additional fee for each workshop, and some workshops also carry a materials fee to pay for the parts or equipment needed to take the class.
Below are the workshops that were offered at Bricks by the Bay 2016.
with Alice Finch
Want to build more varied and interesting landscaping? See many different landscape and plant styles. Build your own rock face, plate and wedge-shaped terrain, and a modular naturalistic tree. Each will have a sample design and some basic rules to follow for achieving a realistic look.
Breaking the Set: Building your Own LEGO Models
with Megan Rothrock
Join former LEGO Designer and Author of the LEGO Adventure Book Series Megan Rothrock and build her Idea Lab! Learn more from behind the scenes of LAB and her design processes as you build this famous MOC. Exclusively designed for Bricks by the Bay, this limited edition set can be turned into all sorts of buildings.
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EV3 / Mindstorms
with Eva Carrender
So you are interested in robotics? Join LEGO Education Academy trainer Eva Carrender in this workshop where you will learn construction and programming using EV3 Education kits complete with servo motors, touch, color, gyro and ultrasonic sensors. Attendees will build a customized robot and program it to move, react, and make sounds. You’ll work in pairs sharing an EV3 Mindstorms kit and computer. All materials are provided, however those that bring their own kit and laptop with software pre-loaded get to keep their project and receive a $10.00 discount. Ages 10 and up.
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Build your own Minifig Accessories & Weapons
with Li Li
Build a Bazooka, broadsword, magic staff, Gatling gun, and more. In this workshop, you will learn how to build various over the top weapons for your mini-figures to play with. Equip your army of mini-figures with simple yet elegant brick-built weapons.
Customizing Minifigs Using 3rd Party Elements
with John Canepa
Customizing minifigs using 3rd party elements, water slide decals, cloth wrap-around, and a variety of other awesome accessories with John Canepa and a special guest. We all love LEGO minifigs, but sometimes you just can’t find the right LEGO torso, headgear, or various other accessories you need to complete the look of your custom minifig character. Enter 3rd party custom accessories! Turning a plain blank minifig into a soldier or some other awesome custom character. John will first show you how to find great reference for your custom characters, several options of exciting ways to transform minifigs into awesome customs, and how to navigate the world of custom elements. You’ll create 4 awesome custom minifigs, and then display them in a custom backdrop, all of which you get to keep and take home. From decals to weapons, the workshop will give you the knowledge needed to perfect your minifigs.
The Elements of Beginning Sculpture
with Dan Parker
Professional-commercial LEGO Artist Dan Parker teaches the basics of LEGO sculpture. Participants will learn to replicate symmetric, asymmetric and reverse curves while producing simple compound-curve (solid) objects such as a sphere, egg, goblet, hotdog, and boat hull. Workshop materials are provided. During the workshop, a running slideshow will reflect these techniques used in several of Dan’s previous works.
Motorize your MOC
with Erez Morag
Interested in LEGO Power Functions motors but not sure where to start? We’ll talk about basic concepts like how to pick the right motor for the job and how to use gears. We’ll build a few small contraptions and a large desk fan that really works! No need to bring anything from home. Fee includes: motors, battery box, batteries, and everything else you’ll need.
with Tim Inman
Do you want to build a custom LEGO structure but not sure where to start? Join Tim, and build a custom house as he demonstrates helpful techniques for designing roof lines, windows, wall treatments, and more.
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Note: Each person can only be in one workshop for each session (time slot).
Workshop fee is TBA each, and most workshops also carry an additional materials fee to cover the cost of the parts used in the kit.
Note: All child attendees must be accompanied by an adult who must have their own badge, but adults who are only present to supervise their children do not need to enroll in the workshop or pay the workshop fees. However, please enroll and pay for the workshop if you are interested in learning the material or want your own kit.
Workshops are for convention attendees only. To attend Bricks by the Bay, click here to register.