SPfA runs classes regularly. We also partner with other organizations and businesses to reach a broader audience and provide professional development workshops to educators and designers. Email to bring solar power art and design workshops to your organization's audience or employees. All classes are taught by Alex Nathanson, unless otherwise specified.

View our events page for a complete list of all upcoming public events.

Need-based tuition assistance is available by request.

Sustainable Energy for Artists and Arts Organizations

This workshop introduces artists and art organizations to the possibilities for solar powered artwork and events. We will discuss the opportunities for incorporating sustainable energy, with a particular focus on solar power, into outdoor artworks and performances, both as a power supply and as an integrated part of the work. Participants will be introduced to some basic concepts for determining if their project and/or location is suitable for incorporating solar power.

Provide context for sustainable energy in artistic contexts Introduce conceptual approaches about SES in response to its affordances Identify your values and priorities for solar in an artistic context. Outline technical possibilities and limitations Provide basic guidance to assess whether your project might be technically and financially feasible for solar power.

Upcoming Sustainable Energy for Artists and Arts Organizations Classes:

Solar Powered Sound Art

This workshop will introduce participants to a range of techniques for creating solar powered instruments. We will discuss the history of the field, common conceptual approaches, and a number of technical methods.

Three techniques for building instruments will be demonstrated.

Upcoming Solar Powered Sound Art Classes:

Designing Solar Power Products and Services

This remote Zoom-based workshop will introduce participants to the range of types of PV products and services that exist. These include product integrated PV, residential PV, and PV interfaces, among others. We will apply human-centered design principles to the creation of PV products and services in a number of design exercises.

Upcoming Designing Solar Power Products and Services Classes:
  • This class is not currently scheduled, but you can check out our other upcoming events here.


Individuals and organizations can schedule 1-hour consultations to discuss a particular project. The price varies based on the project. The cost of the consultation can be deducted from future design, consultation, and fabrication services. Email to schedule a consultation.

Q&A Sessions

Q&A events are semi-regular free events that give people working in their communities, like activists and community garden members, the chance to ask questions relating to a particular solar power theme. These events are usually organized in response to SPfA receiving a lot of inquiries about a given subject. Past Q&A events have focused on solar powered community refrigerators and solar power for community garden composting operations.

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