Would you like to learn how to change a flat tire on the side of the road? In this workshop we will discuss basics of the combustion engine and how the systems of a car work together, tools, manuals, maintenance schedules, and how to find a good mechanic. There will be opportunities for questions and participant dialogue throughout. Projected images and actual parts and tools will be used for reference. For the hands-on part of the workshop, we will locate and learn to use the jack included with participant’s cars to remove a wheel and replace it with the spare. We will talk about checking vital fluids, changing an air filter, and the process and materials needed for an oil change.
Artist, freelance photographer and part-time auto mechanic, Sarah Lyon has had a passion for understanding how things work from a young age. Her creative endeavors include several solo cross-country motorcycle trips photographing women mechanics working in their shops, and creating a cast bronze sculpture out of her old motorcycle boots. Sarah’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving support from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, ArtPlace America, and Creative Capital. As an educator, she has enjoyed teaching black and white darkroom photography at the university level. Sarah began teaching mechanics workshops in 2015, first to young women from the YouthBuild Program in Louisville on motorcycle maintenance and the combustion engine. Sarah lives in Louisville, Kentucky and Joshua Tree, California.