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 with your questions.

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

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Art, Multimedia & More

  • NEW! Art of the Mask: Guided Practice Session (Freebuilding) Thursday 6 – 9pm, Oct. 20 , Oct. 27 – This single class workshop will provide an overview in the art of “free-building,” a versatile approach to mask construction utilizing simple materials to build a basic mask: just in time for The Maker’s Masquerade and Halloween!
  • 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!
  • Watercolor Painting Workshop Mondays 6:30-9pm, Nov 7 – Nov 21 In this 3 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.

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Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Build Your Own Bike Frame Tuesdays 7:15-9:45pm, (some Saturdays 10am – 2pm): Returning Soon! — 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 Thursdays 7-9pm, Nov. 10 – Dec. 8, Nov. 10 – Dec. 8— Learn how to maintain your bicycle! The four classes in this course will cover the following topics: changing a flat tire, introduction to drive systems and rear derailleurs, brake systems overhaul, and introduction to bearings systems and front hub overhaul.

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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

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CAD, Programming, Design & Engineering

  • Product Design Consultations Every other Thursday; Walk-in and By Appointment — This is a free service offered to Artisan’s Asylum members and friends. If you’ve got a project you’re thinking about developing for mass production, 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, email to reserve a half-hour slot. Walk-ins welcome.
  • NEW! Learn Code and Music with Music Blocks Friday 5:30-8pm Nov. 18 — Learn computer coding while expanding your understanding of music theory in this fun one session workshop! Music Blocks is a visual programming language for music; it is also a powerful tool for creative exploration of music theory and composition. Special guest instructor Walter Bender!
  • Tool Training: 3D Printer Sunday 1-3pm Choose your Date: Oct. 23, Nov. 20, or Dec. 18th — 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!
  • NEW! Introduction to Onshape: 3D and 2D CAD in the Cloud Thursdays 7-9pm Sept. 29 – Oct. 27 — Interested in learning CAD but not sure where to start? This 5 session course will take you through how to use a free cloud based modeling software called Onshape: topics covered will range from basic modeling techniques and vocab to more complicated topics such as assemblies, constraints, and parametric modeling as well as how to export 3D and 2D files from Onshape for digital fabrication.
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks  Mondays 7:15pm – 9:45pm Nov. 14 – Dec. 19 This 6 session course will introduce students to the world of 3D Modeling. By the end of class, students will be able to create well-constructed 2D sketches, 3D parts and assemblies, and 2D representations of 3D parts and assemblies. Students will know how to create files for transfer to CNC tools, and will know how to prepare files for 3D printing.
  • Introduction to ShopBot CNC Router and VCarve Pro Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Nov. 15 – Dec. 13 — 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.

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CNC Prototyping & CAM

  • Investment Casting  Sundays 7-10pm Nov.6 – 20 — 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 and train them for using the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum Casting Shop. Testing session is included.
  • NEW! Thanksgiving Food Castings Thursdays 6:30-9pm, Nov. 10 & 17 — This 2 session class will have participants making molds from foods supplied by the instructor in the first session and fill them with molten metal in the second session: cast a cornucopia!
  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter 101 Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm, Select from 10/9, 11/13, 12/11 — 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 one session 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!
  • Tool Training: Asylasaur Laser Cutter Thursday 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.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Vinyl Cutter Sunday 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!
  • Hands On Basic Electronics Tuesdays 7-9pm, Oct. 4 – 25, Nov. 1 – 22Have 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 1st Wednesday 7-9pm — This free work night offers a monthly opportunity to meet others who enjoy creating with fibers including knitting, felting, crochet, weaving, quilting, stitching, etc, to show work, discuss, to teach or learn, and occasionally see demonstrations of new techniques.  For beginners, experts, or anywhere in between! This is a drop-in session in our Social Area and no pre-registration is required.
  • Make Fleece Hats! Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm, Nov. 3 – Nov. 17In this class, you’ll make fabulous one-of-a kind art hats for yourself or to give as gifts! The class will include making head forms, making patterns, cutting fabric and sewing one to three fabulous hats that will keep you (or some other lucky person) warm and looking great for the winter!

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • Tool Training & Testing: Jewelry Shop Friday 7-10pm, Choose a Date — 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
  • Make a Ring(s)! Saturday 10:15 am-5:15 pm, Oct. 23 — Spend a day in the Artisan’s Asylum jewelry studio learning to make several rings that will impress your friends! Along the way, students will learn how to make solid solder seams and practice fundamentals of polishing with a buffing machine and a tumbler.
  • Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing Tuesdays 6 – 9 pm, Nov. 8 – Dec. 13 —  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  Sundays 7-10pm Nov. 6 – 20 — 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 and train them for using the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum Casting Shop. Testing session is included.
  • NEW! Thanksgiving Food Castings Thursdays 6:30-9pm, Nov. 10 & 17 — This 2 session class will have participants making molds from foods supplied by the instructor in the first session and fill them with molten metal in the second session: cast a cornucopia!

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  • Tool Training: Manual Milling MachineTuesdays 7-9pm, Oct. 18 & 25, Nov. 1 & 8 — A two-session basic training on how to set up the Asylum’s Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines for precision machining. You will learn: 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, Oct. 19 & 26, Nov. 2 & 9 — This class will teach students how to operate the metal lathe for precision machining. You will learn how to securely hold a part, and how to perform machining operations to tolerances of one-thousandth of an inch.
  • Manual Machining & Layout Sundays 1-3pm, Oct. 30 – Dec. 11 — 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: Building with Metal! One-Week Intensive! Monday-Friday 5-7pm, Oct. 24 – 28 — In this fast-paced one-week intensive class, students will learn the basics of how to design and fabricate objects made out of steel and will work together to build items needed in 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!
  • Introduction to TIG Welding Mondays 7:30-9:30pm,   Oct. 3 – 24, Nov. 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.
  • Basic MIG Welding  Saturday 5:30-8:30pm, 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 Saturdays 3-5pm, Nov. 5 & 12 — 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, Nov. 5 & 12 — 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 Saturday 3-6pm, Oct. 15 — 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, as well as 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. Metalworking 101 & 102 and/or some metalworking experience are necessary.

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Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing: Holiday Edition Wednesday & Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, Choose 10/26 & 27 *or* 11/16 & 17 — 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.

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  • NEW! Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals Wednesday 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, Oct. 16 & 23, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6 — 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: this session includes testing in our wood shop!
  • Wood Lathe 101: Spindle Turning  3 Thursdays & 1 Friday 6-9pm, Nov. 3 – 18 //  4 Thursdays 6-9pm, Dec. 1 – 22 — The goal of this class will be to train a student to the point where they can use the wood lathe at the Artisan’s Asylum safely and independently. Students will learn the basics of wood turning while making a useful kitchen implement (cheese slicer, wine stopper, bottle opener, etc).
  • Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals Mondays 6-8:30pm, Nov. 7 – 21, Dec. 5 – 19  — 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.
  • Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer Wednesdays 7:00-9:30, Oct. 19 – Nov. 2, Nov. 9 – 23Dec. 7 – Dec. 21— 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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