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    Intermediate TIG Welding: Building Jigs


    2010 - 08.15

    THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to low enrollment

    Cost: $200 + $5.99 ticket fee

    This class is an intermediate-level continuation of a welding skill set. In our introductory welding classes, students learn how to join different types of forms and materials. In this class, students will take those skills to the next level to learn how to create precise and accurate weldments using jigs, which are temporary structures designed and fabricated for the sole purpose of accurately positioning metal to be welded together. The instructor will lead students through the fabrication of examples such as a simple welded bike frame, to demonstrate the ability of a proper setup to produce repeatable, accurate weldments.

    Purchasing admission to this class also admits students to the Artisan’s Asylum Metalworking theme night (Saturdays, 5 PM-10 PM), where students will be able to practice their newfound skils with experienced instructors on-hand to answer questions and help students with projects.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be to have students leave with both a useful and accurate welded structure and the ability to produce such structures at will in the future.

    Prerequisites:

    Comfort behind a TIG welding torch; this means students must have the ability to fishmouth, prepare surfaces and TIG weld circular tubes together.

    Materials:

    Students will bring a flannel shirt, leather gloves and safety glasses to class. Bringing personal welding helmets is encouraged but not required. Students will purchase raw materials from the instructor as needed for their projects.

    Instructor Biography: Skunk

    Skunk

    In 1993 Skunk picked up a TIG torch, struck an arc, and produced his first weld puddle (oddly enough, it was in titanium). Ever since, he has been on a relentless mission to transmogrify and personify spark plugs, circuit breaker boxes, reamer blades, typewriters, and the like, helping the little creatures he inherently sees in objects transcend their original purpose. Saw blades are reinvented into angelic wings, tin cans devolve into rose pedals, and a broken clarinet gets a second life as a pirate blunderbuss. No outdated or discarded mechanical devices are safe from joining the parade of fantastic creatures, mighty rayguns, and emotional robots, some of which tip the scales at over 300 pounds.

    Skunk is also the Grand Poobah of a bicycle nerd-gang known as SCUL, and works as a professional custom bike builder for Seven Cycles.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/2/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/9/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/16/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/23/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Introduction to Videogame Development


    2010 - 08.15

    CANCELLED due to low enrollment

    Cost: $200 + $5.99 ticket fee

    Want to make video games? If you are looking to get started in the game industry, improve your programming skills, or learn from scratch, this class is for you. We will cover the key components of a game engine as well as the teams and processes needed to make them. Students will work in teams to design, build, and test game prototypes. Would-be programmers, designers and artists are welcome. Programming knowledge is useful but not required – newcomers are encouraged! A computer and a strong desire to make games are required.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class is to get students comfortable in a programming environment and team structure that will allow them to continue developing small games and programs outside of class.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students will need access to a programming computer at home, and it is HIGHLY preferred (but not required) that they bring a laptop to class. 5 laptops are available to be borrowed during classtime.

    Instructor Biography: Jesse Raymond

    Jesse Raymond

    Jesse Raymond has been making games professionally for ten years. He has worked on over 20 published titles, including Guitar Hero: World Tour (Wii), Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Wii), Spider-Man and other games for Nintendo DS, GBA, Wii, Playstation 3, etc. He has also taught game programming and game design at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/2/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/9/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/16/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/23/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Textile Screen Printing


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $250 + $7.24 ticket fee

    This class will take the student through every step of the screen printing process, all the way from generating a design to making a finished product on professional equipment. There will be two projects, a single color design and a four color design. The student will learn how to generate a digital positive; how to prepare, expose, and reclaim screens; and printing techniques for textiles. We will discuss printing techniques for other surfaces. The student will have access to and learn how to use professional screen printing equipment. We will use professional plastisol inks for our projects and will discuss the differences between other inks available (water based, dispersion). The student may provide their own garments to print onto or they may purchase garments from the American Apparel wholesale catalog.

    This class is the inaugural screen printing class for Artisan’s Asylum. The instructor will be waiving his fee and Artisan’s Asylum will be putting all of the income of the class towards purchasing professional quality equipment that members can then use as standard workshop equipment after the class is over.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class is to familiarize students to the process of screen printing at a semi-professional level, to the point where they could easily make their own art as a matter of course or start a small screenprinting company using Asylum equipment. The student will come home with a minimum of two custom designed shirts, one single-color and one four-color.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students will purchase small amounts of screenprinting materials and either provide clothing to screenprint or order it through the American Apparel catalog.

    Instructor Biography: Blake Brasher

    Blake Brasher

    Blake Brasher is a professional artist who has been screen printing t-shirts for his Solid State Circus clothing line since 2007. He made his first screen printed t-shirts in his dorm room at MIT back in 2000. Solid State Circus has been featured on Boing Boing and has sold hundreds of shirts. Blake received his BS in Art and Design from MIT in 2003. In addition to screen printing, he is also a painter and a street performer. You can find his artwork at http://blakebrasher.org and his t-shirts at http://solidstatecircus.com

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/1/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/8/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/15/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/22/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 5: 9/29/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 6: 10/6/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 7: 10/13/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 8: 10/20/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

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    Building the Asylum


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $25 + $1.61 ticket fee

    This class is a bit different than the rest of the classes we offer at Artisan’s Asylum. Instead of building a specific skill set, or completing a certain final project, students in Building the Asylum work on infrastructural projects that are immediately put into use! Example projects that we’ve built so far have included rolling pegboard stands, stock racks and rolling whiteboard stands. Future projects include workbenches, partitions and other infrastructural work.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class is twofold. Its primary mission is to make its students handier with power tools and assembly techniques, introducing them to basic woodworking and assembly tools like table saws, sliding compound miter saws, circular saws, power drills, impact drivers, layout tools and more. Its secondary purpose is to fill out the Joy Street space with the infrastructure needed by our members to use the space for open studio time.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students should bring safety glasses and work gloves to the class.

    Instructor Biography: Wardens of the Asylum

    Artisan's Asylum

    This class is co-taught by several volunteer officers of the Asylum (which we fondly call Wardens). Artisan’s Asylum has around 30 such officers who all contribute to developing, running and maintaining Artisan’s Asylum. We are baristas, engineers, teachers, technicians, artists, designers, freelancers, professionals and everything in between. With all our skills combined, we’ve built this place from the ground up, and we’d like to teach you how to do it too!

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 8/31/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/7/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/14/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/21/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA.

    Session 5: 9/28/2010, 7 PM – 10 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

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    Introduction to Electronics


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: Intro Class – $25 + $1.61 ticket fee; with Electronics Theme Night access – $50+$2.24

    In this class, students will get their feet wet in the field of electronics by being introduced to all the major categories of electronic components. Students will assemble simple circuits on breadboards and learn why they do what they do, and will learn how to learn more about electronics.

    This introductory class can also be purchased bundled with a discounted theme night membership, where the student is allowed to stay at the Asylum for an additional 2 hours to practice electronics layout on their own projects with helpful experienced instructors on hand at all times.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be to introduce students to the world of electronics and teach them enough about electronic components that they can pick up where the class leaves off by easily assembling their own circuits from drawings and continuing to learn on their own.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students should bring a small breadboard to class. Electrical components will be provided by Artisan’s Asylum.

    Instructor Biography: James Whong

    James Whong

    James Whong is a robotics engineer at Boston Dynamics, and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Olin College of Engineering. He spent most of his college life teaching or being a TA for electrical engineering classes, and has helped dozens upon dozens of students learn how to use electronic components for both good and awesome. He has worked on countless robotics projects, including but not limited to a DARPA Grand Challenge car, a humanoid biped in college (pictured), several home-brew gaming systems, a windowpane-shattering coil gun and more.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 8/30/2010, 7 PM – 8 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/6/2010, 7 PM – 8 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/13/2010, 7 PM – 8 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/20/2010, 7 PM – 8 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

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