Current Classes

Making for the first time? Sharpening your skills? Looking for a new project?

All classes at Artisan’s Asylum are 18+, open to the public and do not require membership to attend. Many of our students come to learn how to make at Artisan’s Asylum with no prior experience. Not sure what class to take? Email our front desk team at general-info@artisansasylum.com with your questions.

Below our class and tool training listings are organized by category/shop area. Each class title is a live link to an Eventbrite registration page with more detail about classes, instructor bios, prerequisites, and pricing.

Wondering when the next class offering is? Sign up for our Announcements Mailing List. If the last run of the class session sold out, you will be able to sign up for the wait list of that class and will get an email when latest sessions are posted.

If you already have training on this equipment and just need to be checked off to use it as a member, sign up for one of our testing sessions.

Once you sign up for a class with us, please make sure you register in our system before your first class. 

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Art, Multimedia & More

  • NEW! Weekend Intensive: Glass Blowing and Neon Art Sculpture Friday 5:30-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:15am-6:30pm, Sept. 23 – 25 – Join Artisan’s Asylum for this special offering of a 20-hour weekend intensive neon glass sculpture class: you will be taught the theory and science around this specialized art form and then instructed in the hands-on practice of making your own neon glass sculpture with 3 world-renowned master artist/inventor/practitioners Wayne Strattman, Joe Upham, and Rusty Russo.
  • NEW! Hacker Junk Mosaics Sunday 10:30-1pm, Jul. 31 —  In this two and a half hour workshop, students will use inspiration, intuition, serendipity & experimentation to create dynamic abstract art.
  • Watercolor Painting Workshop Wednesdays 6:30-9pm, Join Waitlist Here! —  In this 5 session workshop students will explore brushstrokes, textures, washes, and the wonderful color effects that can be achieved by overlapping transparent brush strokes and learn basic elements of composition and design.
  • NEW! Harness Your Creative Spark Monday 7-9:30pm, Choose A Date! —   Whether you find it hard to get going on projects or never manage to complete them as you’d like, this single night workshop will help you move through areas that feel stuck and help to unlock your creativity and harness your inner spark!
  • NEW! Art of the Mask: Guided Practice (Freebuilding) Monday *or* Thursday 6:30 – 8:30pm, Aug. 8 *or* 11– Calling all cosplayers, con goers, puppeteers, and any others who may consider themselves Mask Aficionados: this single class workshop will teach the art of “free-building,” a versatile approach to mask construction utilizing simple materials, found objects, and other easy-to-find components to build a basic mask!
  • Figure Drawing Tuesdays Tuesday 6:30-9:30pm Choose A Date!— Join us any Tuesday night for this fun and constructive drawing session with live models! Open to artists of all levels of experience — whether you’re looking for guided exercises or for free-form drawing time. Drop-ins welcome, but sessions will only run with 3 or more students signed up, so register in advance!

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Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Build Your Own Bike Frame Tuesdays 7:15-9:45pm, (some Saturdays 10am – 2pm) Join The Waitlist! — Whether you’re an avid cyclist looking for a durable frame which fits you better than anything off­-the­-shelf, a commuter looking for a bicycle with personal touches, or just interested in learning a new skill which elegantly fuses science and craftsmanship, this class will teach you a functional craft with roots dating back more than a century and you’ll also come away from the class with your own lugged steel bicycle frame!
  • Bicycle Maintenance I Mondays 7-9pm August 8 – 28 Each session will provide focus on a key area and, after a short instruction and demonstration, students will get the chance to practice and learn to perform their own maintenance, on their own bicycles.

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Business & Marketing

  • Arts Marketing and Business Development, Wednesdays 6-9pm, — Free consultations offered to artists, makers, and craftspeople by Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing. You make your art– then what? Where do you sell it, and to whom, and for how much? How do you put together all the pieces that can make a sustainable art life? These are questions both the beginner and the established professional need to address ongoingly. By appointment. Contact jesa@funnelcakemarketing.com.

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CAD, Programming, Design & Engineering

  • Product Design Consultations Every other Thursday; Walk-in and By Appointment — This is a free services offered to Artisan’s Asylum members and friends. If you’ve got a project you’re thinking about developing for mass production, a working prototype, or just a sketch on the back of a napkin,these sessions aim to provide insights into the product development process,from user research and form development to prototyping, tooling and pitching. Consultations are available by appointment, so email abandazian@gmail.com to reserve a half-hour slot. Walk-ins are also welcome.
  • NEW! Linux 101 Tuesdays 7-9pm Aug. 9 – 30 — This 4 session course is designed to give a solid foundation in Linux basics and will take you from text editing to setting up basic services. Basic Linux foundations will be taught to give students a solid overview and how to get started on most home projects.
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks Mondays Jul. 11 – Aug. 15 — Come learn how to use Solidworks at Artisan’s Asylum to create 3D models of parts you can make in our shops! 3D modeling software is used worldwide in professional settings like engineering, product design, and more to develop and test ideas and guide part production. Made possible by our sponsor, Solidworks.
  • Tool Training: 3D Printer Sunday 1-3pm  Aug. 21, Sep. 25 — This one session class will train students on how to use the Asylum’s Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D printer safely and effectively, running through using the 3D model compiler, printing parts, changing materials in and out of the material loading bays, running finished parts through the dissolving bath, and properly disposing of all materials after the print: all the training you need to get going in one afternoon!

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CNC Prototyping & CAM

  • NEW! Investment Casting Wednesdays 7-10pm, Aug. 10-24 // Fridays 3-6pm July 22- Aug. 5 // Sundays 7-10pm Aug. 7-21 — This 3 session class is designed to introduce students to the art of casting a metal part from a master model which is destroyed in the process using the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum Casting Shop.
  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter 101 Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm, Choose A Date! — Learn how to use a computer-controlled, water-cooled plasma cutter to cut any shape you want out of a 4’x8′ sheet of metal! In this class, we’ll show you how to translate your hand sketches and CAD drawings into patterns cut out of any metal sheet up to an inch thick, at rates of up to 200 inches per minute plus make you eligible to schedule your training and get cleared to use the tool on your own as an Asylum member!
  • Introduction to ShopBot CNC Router and VCarve Pro Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm, June 14 – July 12 — Learn to use the Artisan’s Asylum new ShopBot CNC Router — the best professional-grade but hobbyist-accessible version of this tool — and the easy-to-use CAM software required to make it run, while making a project out of wood or plastic from a 2D drawing! For students with previous experience in 2D CAD/vector software such as Inkscape, AutoCAD, or Solidworks.
  • Tool Training: Asylasaur Laser Cutter Thursdays 7-9pm, or Sunday 3-5pm, Choose A Date! — The laser cutter is the most flexible and accessible rapid prototyping tool in any shop. This 2-hour training class will cover some basics on how laser cutters work and review full operating procedures for the Asylum’s 2 laser cutters. Every student will get to create a small item as part of the class! Testing will be required before students are signed off to use the tool independently as members.
  • Tool Training: Vinyl Cutter Sundays 5-7pm, Choose A Date! — Learn how to use the in-house large-format vinyl cutter, and how to weed, transfer, and apply your vinyl decals. In addition, you’ll learn about the wide variety of applications for vinyl including signs, car decals (bumper/window stickers), laptop decals, home decor, and other projects!

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Electronics & Robotics

  • FREE! Circuit Hacking Night Wednesdays 6-8pm — Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! For newbies and experienced hackers alike, one night a week the electronics & robotics lab will be open to the public — there will be a free introductory soldering lesson, electronics kits on hand for sale for those who wish to make things, and experienced hackers and engineers around to answer all your questions. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on if you have them!
  • One Day Electronics Fundamentals Intensive Workshop Thursday 6-9, Sept. 15 — Knowing the basics of electronics can give you the confidence to take on more interesting projects: join this one-night crash course in basics of electronics to give you a solid foundation to build on! This class will take you through a series of rapid hands-on discovery-based exercises, helping you develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between voltage, current, and power.
  • Introduction to Interactive Electronics: Arduino 101 Sunday 10:15am-2:45pm, Aug. 7 — Learn all you need to know to work with the Arduino, one of the classic widgets in the maker world, in one afternoon! The Arduino is a simple microcontroller which will let you control real world things, and react to stimuli outside of its environment. It is used in many areas, such as robots, autonomous sailboats, and a great many art installations. Students will learn the Arduino platform basics, how the Arduino is programmed, how to use the included programs, and the basics of sensor and output devices.
  • Hands On Basic Electronics Mondays & Tuesdays 7-9pm, August 8-16  — Have you been interested in learning to work with electronics, but haven’t known where to start? This class is for you! It will be a hands-on, practical, crash course that will provide you with the skills to do simple electronic projects. You will walk away knowing the basics of circuit theory, how to prototype circuits on a breadboard, how to troubleshoot them, and how to solder them together.

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Fiber Arts

  • FREE! Free Fiber Arts Work Night Every first and third Wednesday from 7-9pm — Fiber Arts Work Night  offers a weekly opportunity to meet others who enjoy creating with fibers using techniques including knitting, felting, crochet, weaving, quilting, stitching, etc, to show work, discuss, and perhaps to teach or learn. Bring projects to work on, and occasionally see demonstrations of new techniques.  If you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, let’s get together, share with one another, socialize, and “make” stuff. Hosted every first and third Wednesday from 7-9pm in our Social Area, this is a drop-in session and no pre-registration is required.

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • NEW! Introduction to Metal Clay Weekend Workshop Aug 6 & 7  Come and play with metal clay! Explore the unlimited potential of Silver Metal Clay during this exciting workshop! Learn basic techniques for handling and storing metal clay while creating a unique, one of a kind, pendant and/or earring set.
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper Thursdays Jul. 28,  Aug. 4 — In a combination of two enthralling materials, learn to join glass to metal in this single session workshop! Vitreous enamel is a type of glass that will fuse to metal. We will explore these enameling techniques: sifting, wetpacking, sgraffito, stencils, and embedding other elements using a small kiln for firing the pieces. Expect to create several enameled pieces!
  • Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing Mondays Sept. 12 – Oct. 17 6 Days: 10 am – 1 pm // 6 nights: 6 – 9 pm —  In this 6 session class, students are introduced to the skills, secrets and techniques of making jewelry. No experience is required except passion and enthusiasm. We begin with the basics of surveying tools used in jewelry making. From saw frames to solder picks, each week you will explore a new technique for your tool arsenal!
  • Investment Casting Wednesdays 7-10pm, Aug. 10-24  // Fridays 3-6pm July 22- Aug. 5 // Sundays 7-10pm Aug. 7-21 — Investment Casting is the art of casting a metal part from a master model which is destroyed in the process. This 3 session class is designed to introduce students to the art of investment casting using the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum Casting Shop. Students will learn the process of investment casting by taking an instructor supplied model made of 3D printed PLA or wax and casting it in Aluminum or Bronze.
  • Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop Friday 7-10:00pm, Choose a Date — Students will learn the proper use and location of all the tools in the studio and to operate the acetylene gas tank, set up a soldering area, turn on and off the tank, use the polishing set up, the rolling mill, and the flex shaft. This one session tool training is the perfect way to get trained up to operate independently in the Jewelry shop if you don’t have time for a long-form class. Testing necessary to be checked off to work on your own — available by appointment

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Machining

  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine Intro Tuesdays 7-9pm, Jun. 7 & 14 — A two-session basic training on the Asylum’s Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines. his class will teach you how to setup a Bridgeport-style mill for precision machining, how to securely hold a part, how to precisely measure distances down to one-thousandth of an inch, and how to make facing cuts and drill holes using a wide variety of mill bits and accessories.
  • Introduction to the Metal Lathe Wednesdays 7-9pm, Jul. 20 & 27 — This class will teach students how to setup the metal lathe for precision machining, how to securely hold a part, how to perform machining operations to tolerances of one-thousandth of an inch.
  • Manual Machining & Layout Sundays 1-3pm, Join The Waitlist! — This 6 week intensive class will have you machining aluminum alloy and carbon steel to exacting specifications. You’ll practice a variety of operations on a mill and lathe which will prepare you for creating parts for anything from robots to coffee grinders to bicycles with confidence.
  • Threading 101: Taps, Dies, Mills & Lathes Returning Soon! — Need your pieces to screw together? Learn to use taps and dies, mills and lathes like a pro to cut threads into and onto metal stock in this fast-paced one-night workshop!

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Metalworking & Welding

  • Metalworking Intensive 101: Build a Stool! Summer One-Week Intensive Special! Monday-Friday 5-7pm*, Aug. 15 – 19 —  — In this fast-paced one-week intensive class, students will learn the basics of how to design and fabricate stools made out of steel and will work together to build stools for the shops. Everyone will participate in the construction and assembly of the pieces all the way from raw materials to finished product, and learn skills including measuring, layout, manufacturing of jigs, cutting, and MIG welding! (*Friday class scheduled till 8pm)
  • NEW! Metalworking Intensive: Build a Weatherproof Patio Table! Wednesdays 7-10pm, Jul. 27 – Aug. 31 — Get your hands dirty while making something beautiful and functional! Learn and practice 5 basic but essential skills in metalworking to pull of projects of any ambition: cutting, welding, jigging, grinding, and cold bending — as well as the special bonus: weatherproofing!
  • Introduction to TIG Welding Mondays 7:30-9:30pm, Aug. 8 – 29 — 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.
  • Basic MIG Welding  Choose A Date! — Learn MIG training in one-session! Take this basic MIG Welder training if you are entirely new to welding or looking for a refresher. Take it again to build on basic skills!
  • Metalworking Tool Training: 101 Cut, Grind, and Drill Metal Saturday 3-5pm, Aug. 6 & 13 — The bare minimum to get started in the metal shop. Learn how to pick the right saw for the job, how to drill holes, and how to grind the burrs down. A quick introduction to the staples of metalworking and the perfect warm-up to welding. You’ll learn how and when to use: abrasive saw, horizontal band, pedestal and angle grinder, hand and drill press, as well as safe workholding and creation and use of jigs!
  • Metalworking Tool Training: 102 Cut, Grind, PUNCH! Saturdays 5-7pm, Aug. 6 & 13 — Take your metalworking tool training to the next level! In this beginner/intermediate class you’ll learn how to use: vertical bandsaws, our large belt grinder and smaller belt sander, aluminum grinders, the Iron Worker, production jigging. This class can be taken in conjunction with Metalworking Tool Training 101 if you have no prior experience.
  • Metalworking Tool Training: 103 Sheets, Tubes, and Hydraulics Friday 5:45-8:45pm, Choose A Date! — In this one day class we’ll cover odds and ends such as working with sheet metal, including how to cut, fold, and spot weld it into form. We’ll then experiment with different options for bending tubes and rod. And we’ll also cover forming operations using the mechanical lever and hydraulic arbor presses. As an added bonus you’ll learn to use the sand blaster and parts washer to make cleanup quick and easy. Students should have some metalworking experience to take this class.

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Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing: Weeknights Wednesday & Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, New Dates Added! — In this two-evening introduction to screen printing, you’ll learn how to create a screen using your artwork and print a one-color design on your choice of t-shirts or paper *and* will be cleared to use our print shop as a member.
  • Single-Color Screen Printing: One Day Introduction Sunday 2-7pm, Choose A Date! — Ever wanted to make your own custom t-shirt, tote bag, sticker, poster, or greeting card? In this one-day introduction to screen printing, you’ll learn all the basics, create a screen using your artwork and print a one-color design on your choice of t-shirts or paper *and* become cleared to use the Asylum’s Print Shop!

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Woodworking

  • NEW! Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals Wednesdays 7:30-10:30pm,  Choose a Date!— This class is designed to introduce students to using the table saw which is often the most important power tool in wood shops and woodworking. The goal of the class to is to present the important basics to proper and safe use of the table saw so that students leave class feeling confident in setting up and using this saw in a variety of ways.
  • Tool Training: Basics of Woodworking 101 Sundays 11am-2pm, July 24 & 31 — This intro wood shop crash course reviews standard saws and tools like the the handheld power drill, impact driver, standing drill press, panel saw, circular saw, jig saw, scroll saw, spindle sander, belt sander and disc sander.
  • Build a Table  Thursdays 4-8pm Aug. 11 – Sept. 1 — The table saw is an amazing tool that enables even novice wood workers to cut perfectly square joints, miters that are exactly 45 degrees, and repeat cuts of a set length or width. This class will use the table saw to make a parson’s table, including cutting stock to width and length and mitering the legs to make a square splined joint. Students will leave the class with a greater understanding of what is possible to accomplish with the table saw and more familiarity with how to use it skillfully.
  • Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals Mondays 6-8:30pm, Aug. 1 – 15  — The router table is a versatile tool in any woodshop, used to cut a variety of edge profiles, duplicate patterns, and make dados. In this two-part class, learn to use a router table safely for a variety of woodworking operations, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple cutting board project.
  • Fine Woodworking: Introduction to Precision Woodworking and Joinery  8 Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:30pm Jul. 12 – Aug. 30 // 4 Tuesday afternoons, 1 – 5pm, Jul. 12 – Aug. 2 — In the process of building a table-top wine rack, learn everything you need to know to create beautiful fine furniture from selecting rough sawn boards from a mill to applying a final clear coat. We will learn how to read the grain on a board, mill a rough board to perfect dimensions, chop a mortise by hand and cut a perfect tenon on the table saw. We will learn the differences in different wood glues, as well as how to select an appropriate finish.
  • Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer Thursdays 7:00-9:30, Aug. 3 – 17, Sept. 14 – 28 — The first step in any woodworking project is dimensioning your stock. Lucky for you there are four tools specifically designed to take rough sawn lumber and process it into boards that are straight, flat, and true! In this 3-week class, learn the maintenance and safe operation of these tools, and the techniques for using them to dimension rough stock, and get checked out to use them as members in the Asylum shop.

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