Check below to see what classes still have open seats in August! Note – a seat has recently opened up for the popular “Woodworking: Build A Chair” class starting tomorrow night. Act now to grab the seat!
- NEW, Special Event! Design Challenge: Battlebots, Friday – Sunday, August 17-19 REGISTRATION ENDS THIS FRIDAY! – If you’re itching to make your own robot from scratch, particularly one that battles and dominates other robots, then we finally have the design challenge for you. Eight teams will each get an identical kit of parts, and have 48 hours of unlimited access to the Asylum shops to build a 10-pound Battlebot. Robots will then compete in a double-elimination public tournament on a custom playing field on August 19th. The winning team will receive major bragging rights and four Artisan’s Asylum gift certificates for $50.
- NEW! Quick’n'Dirty EL Wire Workshop, 1 SEAT LEFT! Saturday, August 4, 2-5:30pm — EL wire is short for electroluminescent wire – meaning a flexible, durable, waterproof string of light! This is a workshop intended to produce long-lasting, durable, eye-catching EL wire pendants and designs. Just in time for those Burning Man bound, this workshop is perfect for anyone who’s looking for creative ways to deck themselves out at night or in the dark. Taught by Ecco, Asylum instructor, metalworker, sculptor, and wearable art-maker.
Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing
- NEW! Organic Modeling in Blender, 3 SEATS LEFT! Saturday, August 4, 1-3pm — Learn how to make interesting organic forms using the sculpting tools inside Blender, a free and open source 3D modeling program. You’ll learn techniques that can be used to quickly model all sorts of shapes, from animal heads to jewelry. Perfect for three-dimensional sketching or making forms for other programs like 123D Make. You can even use these techniques to warp and change other 3D shapes, such as objects downloaded from thingiverse.com. Finally, learn to export your files so that they’re ready to be made on a 3D printer! Taught by Judah Sher, Asylum member and industrial designer who’s been designing, building, and selling his own CNC router over the past two years.
- CNC Art to Part, Sunday, August 12, 11:30am-2:30pm — In three hours, learn how to turn a 3D computer model into a network of interlocking flat shapes that can be cut out on an Asylum CNC router! Students will learn the use of 123Make, Inkscape, Draftsight, and CamBam. Taught by Judah Sher, Asylum member and industrial designer who’s been designing, building, and selling his own CNC router over the past two years.
- Hot Glass: Curiosity, 1 SEAT LEFT! Sunday, August 5, 11am-5:30pm — Experience the thrill of sticking a rod of glass into an open flame and working the molten glass. This one-day workshop will be a hands-on introduction to flameworking with glass. Students will be able bring home a bead, pendant, marble, or small sculpture, made that day! Taught by Joanne Soroka, professional lampworker, artist, jewelery-maker, and teacher.
- NEW! Intermediate Lampworking: Glass, and All that Sparkles, 3 SEATS LEFT! Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19th, 10am-4:30pm — With the Hot Glass: Introduction behind you, you can now concentrate on the specifics of shaping and decorating of these little glass objects you know how to make. Using bits of glass, metals, foils, meshes, and other goodies, you will learn about the world of “enhancements”. Over two days, the class wil cover shaping and design ideas, and explore surface decorations, internal decorations, implosions and enamels. Taught by Joanne Soroka, professional lampworker, artist, jewelery-maker, and teacher.
- NEW! I’ve Lost my Marbles: Lampworking Workshop, 3 SEATS LEFT! Thursday, August 9, 7-9:30 — Learn the art of glass marble fabrication in this quick, intense introduction. You’ll learn how to make hot and cold joints with glass punties, and how to use these tools to make a perfect sphere of molten glass, with decorative designs. Taught by Mike Soroka, Artisan’s Asylum member, roboticist, son of and assistant to Joanne, and an experienced glass worker in his own right.
- Intro to TIG Welding, Mondays, August 6-27, and Tuesdays, August 7-28 — Come learn how to weld with Skunk! TIG welding is a precise type of welding generally used to make space frames (like bicycle frames) and small pieces. Students learn operation of a TIG welder and a large range of supporting equipment for a variety of materials and joint types. Taught by Skunk, metal sculptor, graphic designer, bike builder, Grand Poobah of the nerd bicycle gang SCUL, and long-time Asylum TIG welding instructor and member.
- Metalworking Intensive, 3 SEATS LEFT! Wednesdays, August 8-22, 7-10pm — In this class, the instructors will guide students through professional-grade steel construction skills in the building of industrial steel stools, storage racks, and work tables for the shops of the Asylum. By the end of the session, students will have learned all the skills necessary to building load-bearing steel structures, including cutting, grinding, jigging, and MIG welding. Taught by Calvin Domenico and Edison Gieswein, long-time Asylum members and volunteers who’ve been manufacturing professionally and for pleasure for much of their careers.
- NEW! Woodworking: Build a Chair, 1 SEAT LEFT! Wednesdays, August 1-29 — In this new fast-paced introduction to woodworking techniques, learn to build a piece of attractive wooden furniture (in this case, a wooden kitchen chair) from start to finish. Learn to work rough lumber to finished surface, introducing every major tool in the shop on the way. Appropriate for complete newbies and those looking to expand existing skills. Taught by Chris Fitzhugh, returning Asylum instructor, lifetime woodworker, and robotics entrepreneur.
- Woodworking Intensive: Cabinets, Sundays, August 5-26, 2-5pm – In this popular returning class, students get an intensive introduction to basic wood manufacturing while fabricating cabinets, tables, or other pieces of Asylum infrastructure. This month, taught by Chris Fitzhugh, returning Asylum instructor, lifetime woodworker, and robotics entrepreneur.
***Note: we offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations.***