Programming

We are very excited to announce our full panel/workshop schedule! CONstruct has two types of panels: 2-hour long live demos and 1-hour long panels. We also have 2-hour long workshops in our classroom, which require additional registration and materials fee.

Schedule

Demos

REPAIRING SFX MAKEUP on the GO, Saturday 11 AM – 1 PM

Join two-time Emmy-nominated makeup artist Craig Lindberg as he creates errors and mistakes in a makeup—and fixes them on the fly. You’ll learn tips and tricks to repair tears, cracks, and more.

ORIGINAL MAKEUP, Saturday 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Emmy-award winning artist Josh Turi demonstrates an over-the-top, allergic reaction makeup on a live model—and explains how.

LIVE SCULPT TIPS AND TRICKS, Saturday 4 PM – 6 PM

Jordu Schell of Schell Studios takes the stage and creates an original sculpt—and narrates his artistic decisions as he does so.

ORIGINAL MAKEUP, Sunday 11 AM – 1 PM

Makeup artist Anthony Giordano breaks out his airbrush as he demonstrates an original makeup design.

PIGMENTING SILICONE TIPS AND TRICKS, Sunday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join makeup artist Josh Turi as he demonstrates the wide variety of pigments and colors available for silicone of all kind. This live demo will focus on the tricky art of painting with silicone.

SILICONE ART MATERIALS, Sunday 4 PM - 6 PM

Artists Tom McLaughlin and Arvin Clay demonstrate silicone techniques live! Learn coloring, painting, and finishing techniques for silicone.

Workshops

WED SPEED SCULPTING 201

Saturday 11 AM – 1 PM, Materials $100 Join Eli Livingston as he walks you through blocking, sculpting, and finishing a water-based clay sculpture of any design. Some prior sculpting experience will be valuable. Attendees in this intermediate course will leave with a set of loop tools, WED clay, and a 20” head armature for later use.

SILICONE LIVE CASTING 101

Saturday 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Materials $60

This hands-on workshop will have students walked through the molding process to create a basic silicone livecast of either hands, feet, or ears. Learn the basics of live casting, when alginate may be used, and tips and tricks for creating duplicates of yourself (or your friends) to sculpt upon. This is a course ideal for those unfamiliar with basic moldmaking or those who would like to start live casting. Attendees will leave with a silicone mold.

SILICONE COATED SOFT FOAM 201

Saturday 4 PM – 6 PM, Materials $40 Silicone is a chameleon. It can be colored and textured to look like plastic, wood, stone, metal, leather, flesh, scales. By putting silicone on a foam surface, surprisingly lightweight rubber items can be fabricated directly, without need for a mold. Students will be making sample swatches using a variety of colors, textures, and techniques.

FOAM HAND PUPPETRY 101

Sunday 11 AM – 1 PM, Materials $50

Join artist Matt James as he shows you how to construct a monstrous basic hand puppet out of foam and other basic household objects. You will learn various techniques purposing foam, wax, paint, and more in this 101 course suitable for all experience levels.

SCULPTING IN MINIATURE 201

Sunday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Materials $100

Learn sculpting techniques from the master. Join Jordu Schell as he walks you through sculpting a monster armature or realistic head out of Super Sculpey. Attendees at this intermediate class will benefit from having some sculpting experience, and will leave with a basic set of loop tools and their own sculpt.

FOAM ARMOR MAKING FABRICATION

Sunday 4 PM - 6 PM, Materials $60

Want to learn how EVA works? Join Punished Props owners Bill Doran as he personally teaches you the ins and outs of foam and patterning armor. Attendees will leave with a simple foam prop they have fabricated on site.

Panels: Saturday

BODY PAINTING AND MORE, Saturday 11 AM - 12 PM

A frank discussion of the ups, downs, and challenges that come with working on body painting, covering a nuts-and-bolts talk about the art, such as techniques and products, prep, and airbrushing vs. hand paint. You’ll leave ready to attempt your first body paint design.

SILICONE GEL-FILLED APPLIANCES REVEALED, Saturday 11 AM – 12 PM

If you’re looking to create realistic appliances for prosthetic makeup, silicone GFAs are the way to go. Encapsulated or sandwiched between two layers of barrier, they can create a lifelike appearance. Here’s what you need to know to create your own.

THE HISTORY OF CREATURE DESIGN, Saturday 12:15 – 1:15 PM

Sculptor, creature designer, and concept artist Jordu Schell has worked behind the scenes for movies such as James Cameron’s Avatar, Hellboy, Aliens vs Predator, Men in Black, and Galaxy Quest. Join him as he discusses the history of creature design in this primer on the last few decades, and talks about where it may be heading in the future.

RESIN 101, Saturday 12:15 – 1:15 PM

From coldcasting to rotocasting, here’s what you need to know about all the resins out on the market—and what you can do with them.

PHOTOGRAPHY, COSPLAY, AND YOU, Saturday 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Join photographer Nicole Ciaramella as she discusses the ins and outs of cosplay photography. From basic composition and modeling techniques you need to know to look your best in a photograph, to how to meet photographers and when it’s appropriate to pay for shoots, this is what you need to know about the ever-growing and complicated nature of photography at a convention.

CLAY AND YOU, Saturday 1:30 – 2:30 PM

From oil-based to WED to air-drying and waxy clays, here's how to fit the material to your next project.

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PROP MAKING, Saturday 2:45 – 3:45 PM

Punished Props owner and cosplayer Bill Doran discusses the entry level tools, tricks, and materials you’ll need to build your first prop. From how to construct items in your garage or apartment to how to make props that that are con-safe (and won’t be confiscated at the Javits), this is the perfect panel for those who are looking for a great first project.

ALL ABOUT FOAM, Saturday 2:45 – 3:45 PM

It’s not just EVA. Learn what you need to know about the types of foam available to the fabricator, including what can cut it, form it, and shape it.

DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB: COSPLAY PLANNING, Saturday 4 – 5 PM

One viral post or photograph and you’ve made it! Wait, maybe not. Most cosplayers hold on to their dayjobs. From Patreon to GoFundMe to accepting commissions and selling prints, Bill Doran sits down and expands on the business side of cosplay.

TOY MAKER SYMPOSIUM, Saturday 4 – 5 PM

From one-of-a-kind designs to mass-produced figurines, the toy industry has exploded in recent years—and given rise to a new job opportunity for SFX artists and sculptors. Join industry veterans as they discuss the developing industry, sculpting, 3D printing, and more.

SMALL SCREEN STORIES, Saturday 5:15 – 6:15 PM

Join Emmy-award winning Josh Turi and Emmy nominee Craig Lindberg as they discusses what it’s like working behind the scenes on TVs and Movies. From initial discussions on how to get in the door to how to handle last minute builds and requests on set, here’s the nuts and bolts anyone will want to know.

THERMOPLASTICS AND MORE, Saturday 5:15 – 6:15 PM

From Worbla to Wonderflex to Fosshape and Friendly Plastic, thermoplastics are reshaping the way armor and props are created. Here’s a primer on all of them.

Panels: Sunday

SCULPTING FOR A 3D WORLD: ANIMATION, Sunday 11 AM – 12 PM

With the advent of hobby 3D printing and digital fabrication, the way we invent and create is being revolutionized. Learn how 3D printing can be an additional tool in your toolkit, and discuss the hands-on software that’s available, such as Solidworks and ZBrush.

COSPLAY MAKEUP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW, Sunday 11 AM – 12 PM

From bold and powerful runway looks to more subtle, work ready neutrals, makeup transforms. Join a veteran makeup artist as they walks you through makeup basics—and what you need to know to get started incorporating it into your cosplay routine.

YOUTUBE, INSTAGRAM, AND YOU, Sunday 12:15 – 1:15 PM

Today’s modern age means anyone can make art from anywhere—and then stream it, post it, tape it, and share it. Bill Doran of Punished Props talks about the different social media outlets out there—and what they can all do for you.

ALL ABOUT FOAM, Sunday 12:15 – 1:15 PM

It’s not just EVA. Learn what you need to know about the types of foam available to the fabricator, including what can cut it, form it, and shape it.

3D SCULPTING: TECHNNIQUES FOR A DIGITAL WORLD, Sunday 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Sculpting doesn’t have to be on clay. Join digital artist Michael Defeo, of Ice Age, Horton Hears a Who, and more, as he breaks out the computer and shows tips and tricks to sculpting on the go.

FABRICS: FINISHING TOUCHES AND SEWING SHORTCUTS, Sunday 1:30 – 2:30 PM

New to fabric? This intro course by an experienced craftsmanship judge is a frank and open discussion about the finishing techniques that are often overlooked by those new to sewing. From applique to French seams, this discussion will be tailored to the audience.

COST EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUES FOR BIG PROJECTS, Sunday 2:45 – 3:45 PM

Big projects and costumes don’t need expensive solutions. Join artist Matt James as he discusses some of the inexpensive and creative materials that have found their way into large-scale fabrications.

RESIN 101, Sunday 2:45 – 3:45 PM

From coldcasting to rotocasting, here’s what you need to know about all the resins out on the market—and what you can do with them.

WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY, Sunday 4 – 5 PM

Go behind the scenes with a frank discussion of the changing face of makeup, special effects, and more, in an industry that has been dominated by men for so long.

COSTUMING FROM CONCEPT ART TO CONVENTION FLOOR , Sunday 4 – 5 PM

New to costuming? This intro course to costuming from video games, anime, and more will teach budding cosplayers the basic techniques you’ll need to produce armors, gowns, and more from concept art.

SNL’s 15-MINUTE MAKEUP, Sunday 5:15 – 6:15 PM

Join the pros at Saturday Night Live, including Emmy-award winning makeup department head Louie Zakarian, as they talk shop about producing stellar makeup jobs in a ridiculously tight timeframe. From concept to dry runs to creating results live, on the air--here’s how it’s done.

CLAY AND YOU, 5:15 – 6:15 PM

From oil-based to WED to air-drying and waxy clays, here's how to fit the material to your next project.

Hours

Friday, May 19: Sneak Peek night from 6-9 pm, open only to Weekend ticket holders, vendors, volunteers, and guest track only!

Saturday, May 20: 10:30 AM to 7 PM

Sunday, May 21: 10:30 AM to 7 PM

*Vendors have admittance between 9 am and 8 PM for setup/breakdown.