Educational Program

Fragment of an illustration by artist Theo Jansen.

An extensive educational program with workshops and activities based on Jansen’s concepts and work has been designed to encourage creation, research, a greater understanding for nature and its wildlife through observation, and the proposing of solutions through art in the face of the challenges that accompany a constantly changing environment. Workshops on biomimetics, robotics, programming, 3D scanning, creativity, observation, and performance for children and teenagers ages 6 to 18 and young adults 18+ will take place in Santiago from May to June of 2018.  

The workshops will be developed in collaboration with FabLab University of Chile, FabLab Catholic University, and Cerrillos National Center for Contemporary Art. They will be held in Cerrillos Center and GAM Cultural Center, prior registration is necessary because they have a capacity limit.

During the second semester of 2018 the Educational Program will be implemented in different regions of the country. Activities will be carried out in collaboration with Ecoscience Foundation and the CECREA Centers of the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage of Chile.

*Workshops will be conducted in Spanish. If you’d like to sign up to the workshops implemented by FabLab University of Chile and FabLab Catholic University described below, click here.

FabLab U. Chile Workshops:


Ages: + 16 years
Thursday May 17th, 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., @ GAM (Conference room 1)
Thursday June 14th, 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., @ GAM (Conference room 2)

The human being has always observed nature as a source of inspiration when looking for new materials, methods, processes, algorithms, structures, tools, mechanisms and designs. Biomimicry is the discipline that studies nature as a source of inspiration for new technologies that solve problems that nature has already solved efficiently. In this workshop, we will explore together with the participants the world of technological innovations inspired by nature in order to discuss, develop and make new biomimetic technologies.


Ages: 6 to 12 years
Thursday June 28th, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., @ GAM (Conference room 2)

Robotics and programming are creative tools considered fundamental today in the education of children of the future. SIMA Robot is a physical artificial intelligence platform that brings children and teenagers closer to the world of robotics and programming, transforming a smart phone into a fully interactive social robot, capable of listening, moving and expressing itself. The workshop provides theoretical-practical tools for the construction and programming of a robot, with which they can interact with at the end of the session.


Ages: + 16 years
Wednesday May 16th, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., @ GAM (Conference room 1)
Wednesday May 30th, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., @ GAM (Conference room 1)

Kinetic sculptures invite viewers to move and capture the reality of the work, each visual perspective providing different information. To achieve the effect of movement, the artist has the possibility of using very different technical resources. In this workshop we propose to discover kinetic sculpture as a work that integrates art, design, and engineering, through a practical experience of designing and manufacturing a mobile structure through the materialization of 3D prints.

FabLab UC Workshops:


Ages: 12 to 16 years
Friday June 15th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., @ GAM (BiblioGAM)
Saturday June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., @ Cerrillos Center

We invite participants to explore the world of digitalization, scanning and 3D printing. In addition to knowing the technologies, they will be able to scan themselves and even some structure of Theo Jansen’s work. Afterwards, the 3D printing technology will be displayed and the scanned objects will be printed.


Ages: 14 to 17 years
Saturday May 26th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., @ Cerrillos Center
Friday June 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., @ GAM (BiblioGAM)

To understand robotics in a practical and entertaining way, robots will be assembled with movements that are able to recognize an obstacle and avoid it, with forms similar to those of the work of Theo Jansen. The workshop involves the use of Arduino and ultrasonic sensors.


Ages: 10 to 16 years
Saturday May 12th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., @ Cerrillos Center
Saturday June 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., @ Cerrillos Center

In this workshop, the participants will be able to replicate the notions of Theo Jansen’s work to create small structures propelled by air assembled with pieces made with laser cutting and/or CNC milling in wood.


Ages: + 18 years
*This activity considers 4 sessions, when you sign up for this activity you must attend all four sessions to complete the workshop and we ask that each participant bring his/her own computer:
Friday May 11th, 18th, 25th and Friday June 1st, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., @ GAM

From basic notions of 3D digital animation, virtual robots will be created based on how Theo Jansen used animation software to virtually prototype his first Strandbeest. In four sessions, the participants will develop an animation from a mechanical approach, linked to digital simulation. At the end of the course each participant will have virtually built their own robot, learning notions of physics and mechanics along the way.

The following workshops will be implemented by the mediation team of the Cerrillos National Center for Contemporary Art.
To register for these workshops, contact mediació


Ages: +12 years
Saturdays, April 21st and 28th, May 5th and 12th, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Cerrillos Center

A space for creation and reflection on the work of Theo Jansen that proposes observation as the engine that propels scientific and technical development, as well as artistic practice. What and how to observe: the focus will be on observing Jansen’s work as living bodies, practicing movement and mechanics through drawing and conscious body movement.


Ages: 9 to 13 years
Saturdays, May 19th and 26th, June 2nd and 9th, 4:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Cerrillos Center

Create, analyze, learn and have fun revising the work of Theo Jansen: a participatory activity where participants must conceptualize a spawn that depends on wind to exist. Alternating roles within the group work is encouraged for a playful experimentation in which error is an opportunity to evaluate the decisions during the process. After the laboratory, the “creatures” will be exhibited at the Cerrillos Center.


Ages: All public
Saturdays June 16th, 23rd and 30th, Sunday June 24th, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Cerrillos Center

This activity seeks to collectively build a human machine, and its biggest challenge includes movement. From observation, repetition and collaborative work, the body will be understood as an instrument that allows for the creation of new forms or animaris.

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