Art Workshop at i3 – Intro to Painting & Acrylic Basics

Ever wanted to get into painting or learn some new techniques? Join me, Aaron Greenwell, for an introductory to Acrylic Painting and Painting basics at i3.

Aaron Greenwell has a BFA in Sculpture from Wayne State and has spent a lot of studio time learning various painting and art processes. You will have a fun and inspiring time working with his eccentric attitude as he guides you in exploring fundamental uses of painting tools as well as learning to explore your own methods of creativity.

Acrylic is a great medium to start with, not too different from Watercolor. It dries fast which allows you to explore different techniques and fix mistakes fast. I still prefer working in Acrylic over Oil a lot of the time!

Weather pending, I may try to setup for us to paint outdoors. I find fresh air makes everything better.

This event is for Wednesday, August 5th from 7pm – 9:30pm

Who is allowed to join?: Anyone 18+ is welcome! Experienced and inexperienced artists, crafters, and curious minds of all type are welcome to this workshop.

The goals of the workshop:

  • Give people the essential tools to start painting in Acrylic themselves
  • Inspire and teach attendees how to develop techniques and explore
  • Motivate us all to create great pieces using this fantastic artistic pursuit.
  • To provide a piece to take home either finished or almost there.

The workshop will start by covering:

  • Basic brush and paint maintenance
  • How to mix powerful vibrant colors & problem solving color issues
  • Different brushes and how they can be useful

After the basics we will explore:

  • How to problem solve in Art and Painting
  • How to explore your own techniques!
  • A group study/painting
  • A group Critique
Required supplies:
  • Your lovely self!
  • Bring any painting or Acrylic supplies you may have (easle, canvas, etc.)
  • If you do not have supplies, I will have supplies on hand for people to play around with
  • In spirit of my own philosophy, I prefer people get to learn and become comfortable with there own materials when possible, however I will be providing supplies for those who have no experience or supplies.
  • As thanks to helping support me in running these workshops, you will have your choice of a paint brush to take home.
  • We will also be creating a piece for you to take home as well.
  • One lucky individual will earn an additional prize in the form of Art Supplies to take home with them.
If you need to contact me for questions or concerns, you can reach me by e-mailing

You can purchase seating through EventBrite at $19.00 per seat. If you cannot or do not want to use EvenBrite for reservation, please contact me directly. Seating is limited to 15 for this first class.

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WinterLAN 2013

The annual WinterLAN is upon us once again!!

On January 12th, i3 Detroit will be hosting the Fourth annual i3 WinterLAN Social event, starting Saturday at noon and ending when the sun comes up on Sunday.

The event will be all about games – BYOC (Bring your own computer) gaming, Board gaming, and tabletop RPG.

The i3Detroit common space will be set up for computer gaming with plenty of power, tables, and chairs. The loft will sport a projector hooked up for console gaming (Got a vintage console you can bring?). Board games will take place in any of our multiple rooms.

If you have any kind of game people will enjoy, bring it, bring yourself, and bring your thirst for gaming. See you then!



*Unreal Tournament 99 – Can be found cheap $5-10
*Fear Combat – $Free
*CS:S CounterStrike:Source – $19.99
*TF2 – Team Fortress 2 – $19.99
*Quake Live – $Free
*L4D2 – $49.99
*WCIII BattleChest – $19.99
and more…


*Console gaming & relaxing area
*NES, if someone brings one.
*Sega, if someone brings one.
*NeoGeo, if you bring one ;)

Whiteboard room projector

*RockBand/Guitar Hero

Workshop Tables

*Board Games*

What do people have available?
Settlers of Catan?
If you have a game people will enjoy, bring it!!

Open Shop Pumpkin Costume carving Friday 28th 7pm

Open shop Friday this week will be filled with pumpkins, sharp objects and last minute costume creations.

Come check out the space before the party this weekend and join in on the fun of decorating the space, carving/painting a pumpkin or coming up with that last piece for your costume!

I will have a few supplied pumpkins to carve but not many, so bring one along,   also we’ll save the seeds and have someone bake them up for the party!  So the more we do the more seeds we’ll have to nom on Ssaturday!!

Halloween Party 2011, OCT 29, 7pm


We’ve got quite an event lined up.  Halloween is fast approaching, and if there’s one thing nerds like to do, it’s wear nerdy costumes.  JOIN UP! CHECK-IN, RSVP, YELPSQUARETWEETLURBOOK or whatever you kids do these days.  Just fill up all the internet tubes! yadda yadda. Spam this out to your friends.

We’ll have some phat beats dropping and mad costumes.  We’ll also entertain serious discussions about how awesome Jurassic Park was, your favorite molecule, and hopefully… HOPEFULLY someone does the ninja rap, Go ninja go ninja GO!

The thing that makes this event extra exciting is it coincides with Ted’s 40th birthday. This means two things for you: free booze (thanks Ted!), and an excuse to heckle an old man about his age, you ungrateful people!

To cap it all off, we’ll be making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. Yeah, you read that right.  LIQUID.NITROGEN. Insanely fast, insanely cold. What more do you need to know? Go get your calendar right now and put a big ol’ circle in the shape of a pumpkin around the 29th!

PINEWOOD DERBY Workshop Tonight! 8-10pm


Our friends over at AIGA Detroit are hosting a pinewood derby. We are helping out by giving participants a space with tools to plan and build their derby cars. The actual race day will occur sometime in January, but there will be a series of workshops leading up to the event. Here is a little blurb from their website on the next workshop day:


Monday, October 24, 2011
October 24, 2011
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join us for our second workshop designed to help participants prepare their cars for AIGA Detroit’s Greased Up Pinewood Derby to be held this January. This workshop will focus on continued tips and how-tos so you can transform your block of wood into a speed racer or a magnificent show car. Experts will be on hand to lend advice or bounce ideas off of. Come meet fellow racers and start working on your wheels at I3 Detroit. Hand tools and supplies will be available (pens,pencils, draft paper, sand paper) but feel free to bring anything else you might need to help in the drafting of your vehicle.


I3 Detroit 1481 Wordsworth
Ferndale, MI 48220


$15 for Non-AIGA member
$10 for AIGA members


Please RSVP here if you plan to attend the workshop to ensure we have enough kits available.


*the workshop price includes a full Derby kit which contains a block of wood, axels and wheels and use of the I3 space and tools!

If you are interested in constructing a lightning-fast derby car, go ahead and hit up that eventbrite link in the post, and meet us at i3 Detroit on Oct 24th! We hope to see you there!