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.

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Art, Multimedia & More

  • NEW! Intro to Mold & Cast Making 2 Mondays 6:30-8:30pmJune 6 & 13 — This two day course will go over the basic techniques used in molding and casting. Applications and safety will be discussed, as well as learning how to look at an object to determine the kind of mould to make for it. Students will then make mold chambers and build silicone rubber molds in which they will cast urethane plastic. At the end of the class, students will go home both with the moulds that they have made and the resulting casts, and any spare material they have left over.
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper May 24 *or* May 25 — 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!
  • NEW! Art of the Mask: Freebuilding Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, May. 9- Jun. 20 – In this 6 class series, you will learn 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 face/helmet mask!
  • Figure Drawing Tuesdays Tuesdays 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 Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm, May 5 – Jun 2 — Basic elements of composition and design will be combined with traditional still life painting as well as more imaginative and expressive approaches. We will consider different techniques combining pencil and ink over or under watercolor washes. You will be encouraged to experiment and discover your personal style with this medium. We will look at watercolors of the masters for inspiration.

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Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Bicycle Maintenance I, Thursdays 7-9pm, May 5-26— Learn how to maintain your own 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. Students will be performing the maintenance themselves, on their own bicycles, after a short instruction and demonstration. This is a basic course, and some bicycle types may be outside of the scope of the course. However, the course does reach a level of detail at which students who are intending to expand their knowledge of bicycles find it helpful to do some light note-taking during lecture time.
  • Bicycle Maintenance II Thursdays 7-9pm, Jun. 2 – 30— Topics covered in the course will build upon the skills foundation earned by students in Bicycle Maintenance I. They include rear hub overhaul, in which students will disassemble their hubs, repack them and reassemble them; both radial and lateral wheel truing; headset overhaul, where students will gain confidence in bicycle steering systems; and front derailleur adjustments. Students will be performing the maintenance themselves, on their own bicycles, after a short instruction and demonstration. Although this is an advanced course, some bicycle types may be outside of the scope of the course.
  • Build Your Own Bike Frame Tuesdays 7:15-9:45pm, (some Saturdays 10am – 2pm) June 7 – Aug. 9 — 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 which suit your needs perfectly, 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. You’ll also come away from the class with your own lugged steel bicycle frame!

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Business & Marketing

  • Arts Marketing for Artists & Makers: Office Hours Wednesdays 6-9pm  — FREE consultations offered to all Boston area artists, makers, and craftspeople by Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing. If you have a project you’d like to publicize or get off the ground; if you have creative goals that require resources, leverage, and nurturing; or if you just need to rant about (and maybe get some traction on) making an art life happen for yourself, this is the place to be. By appointment. Message FunnelCake Marketing on Facebook.

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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 area available by appointment, so email abandazian@gmail.com to reserve a half-hour slot. Walk-ins are also welcome.
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks Wednesdays 7:15-9:45pm, May 25 – Jul. 6 // 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.

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CNC Prototyping & CAM

  • NEW! Investment Casting Fridays 3-6pm, May 13-27 // Wednesdays 7-10pm, May 11-25 // Sundays 7-10pm May 15- Jun. 5— 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: CNC Plasma Cutter 101Sunday 11am-1pm, May 15 — Learn how to use the Asylum’s new 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.
  • Tool Training: 3D Printer Sunday 2:30-4:30pm, May 15 — This class trains students to operate the uPrint SE Plus 3D printer independently, whenever they need projects made. Training in generating 3D models in STL file format available separately, in the Introduction to 3D Modeling class (see above).
  • Introduction to ShopBot CNC Router and VCarve Pro Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm, Coming Soon: Join the Waitlist Here! — 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, Apr. 21 or Sunday 4:35-6:35pm, Apr. 3 — 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.
  • Introduction to the Multicam Industrial CNC Router 4 Fridays 12 – 2pm, Jun. 3 – 24 — Want to build big? Learn to use the industrial Multicam CNC router! Able to cut 2- and 3-dimensional shapes from full-size, inches-thick sheets of wood, plastics, and aluminum, this machine is the largest computer-controlled cutter currently in our shops. In this month-long intensive training, learn everything you need to know to operate the machine safely and independently. HSMWorks training a prerequisite (see below- classes may be taken concurrently).
  • HSMWorks for CNC Machining Fridays 6:30-8:30pm, Jun. 3 – 24 — Looking to use higher end CNC machining tools to create 2-D and 3-D forms and prototypes? Get familiar with the controls software you’ll need to take a solid model for a wood, plastic, or aluminum prototype and select tools, speeds and feeds, and machining operations and translate them into G-code. Necessary to use our Multicam Industrial CNC Router. Made possible by our sponsors HSMWorks & Autodesk.

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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!
  • Break, Build and Free your next Computer! Fridays 5:30-7:30pm // May 20 – Jun. 17 — We will explore a) How to break a computer; b) how to fix a computer; c) how to install free/libre operating systems; and d) how to be empowered with your computer! Students that attend a set number of classes will be given a computer loaded with powerful software to accomplish every day tasks.
  • Robotics, Sensing and Imaging: Intro to the Raspberry Pi Zero Thursdays 7-9:30pm, Jun. 9- Jun. 23 — The course will cover the steps necessary to configure the Raspberry Pi Zero as an embedded controller for robotics, sensing and image acquisition as well as more sophisticated image manipulation and image parsing.
  • Hands On Basic Electronics Thursdays 7-9pm, Apr. 7 – Apr.28  — 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.
  • NEW! Sewing from a Pattern: Make a Skirt! 5 Wednesdays 6:45 – 9pm, June 1 – 29 — If you’ve never sewn from a pattern before, or simply never sewn, this is the class for you. In it, we’ll walk through sewing machine operation, the characteristics of and uses for different fabrics, pattern sizing and selection, and proper cutting and assembly techniques. You will learn by doing, in class and in your homework, and soon be able to follow a commercial sewing pattern and work with woven cotton. By the end of five weeks you’ll have a skirt and the skills to attempt more advanced patterns!

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper May 24 *or* May 25 — 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!
  • Beading for Beginners Sunday 2 – 4pm, May 15 — Ever wondered what the difference between a lariat and an opera necklace was? Don’t know a rondelle from a round bead? Take this fun, informative class to learn the basics of beading, including bead types, composition, and durability. Leave class with a beaded necklace or earrings of your own design perfect for gifts, and greater confidence and inspiration for approaching beading projects on your own!
  • NEW! Investment Casting Fridays 3-6pm, May 13-27 // Wednesdays 7-10pm, May 11-25 // Sundays 7-10pm May 15- Jun. 5– 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.
  • NEW! Make A Pendant: Learn Die-Forming! Saturday 11am – 6pm, May 21 — Want to learn to combine rapid prototyping with fine metalsmithing? This class will teach all the basics of die forming including: prolific design theory, as well as the mechanics of learning to create your own handmade dies, and operating the hydraulic press! You’ll fabricate your own beautiful pendant as you go!
  • Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop Friday 7-10:00pm, Apr. 22, May 27 — 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.
  • Jewelry 101: Introduction to Metalsmithing Mondays OR Tuesdays 6-9pm, May 2 – Jun. 13May 3 – Jun. 14 — Come learn the arcane and secret techniques of making fine jewelry! In this introductory series, students will learn some of the metalsmithing tools and techniques used in jewelry construction, including cutting, texturing, cold connections, soldering, and finishing. At the end of six weeks, you’ll have made at least two pieces of your own design!

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Machining

  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine Intro Tuesdays 7-9pm,  May 17 & 24Jun. 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.
  • Manual Machining & Layout Sundays 1-3pm, Apr. 3 – May 8May 29 – Jun 26 — 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.
  • Tool Training: Intro to Metal Lathe Wednesdays 7-9pm, May 18 & 25— This class will teach students how to set up 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.
  • 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

  • NEW! Metalworking Intensive 101: Build a Stool! Wednesday 7-10pm, May. 11-Jun. 1 — In this class, students will learn the basics of how to design and fabricate stools made out of steel. Students will work together to build stools for the shops. Students 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. Each student will get time to practice using saws, MIG welders, and angle grinders over the course of the four-week session. This will be a good introduction to general structural steel construction techniques; each week we’ll reinforce the skills learned in previous classes.
  • Metalworking Tool Training: 101 Cut, Grind, and Drill Metal Thursdays 6-8pm, May 5 & 12, June 2 & 9 — 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! Thursdays 8-10pm, May 5 & 12, June 2 & 9 — 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.
  • Introduction to TIG Welding Mondays 7:30-9:30pm, May 2 – 23, June 6- 27 // Thursday Days 10am-12pm May 5 – 26 — 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! — One-session basic MIG Welder training for those entirely new to welding and those looking for a refresher.

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Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing: Tool Training Wednesday & Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 May 18 & 19 *or* June 8 & 9 — Ever wanted to make your own custom t-shirt, tote bag, sticker, poster, or greeting card? In this two consecutive evening 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! Wood Lathe 101: Spindle Turning Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:00pm: May 4 – 25Jun. 1 – 22 —  The wood lathe is a fantastic tool for adding artistic flourishes to woodworking projects. In this class students will learn the basics of spindle turning and safe operation of the lathe. Topics covered will be the anatomy of the lathe, project planning including ways of mounting stock to the lathe as well as turning tools and their various purposes. They will rough out a wood “blank” and learn how to turn basic shapes such as coves and beads.  They will learn how to finish a piece while on the lathe including sanding and adding a protective coating.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals Wednesdays 7:30-10:30pm,  Choose a Date!— Almost all woodworking projects, from fine furniture to general construction, use a table saw. In this class, learn to use a table saw safely and accurately, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple project.
  • Tool Training: Basics of Woodworking 101 Sundays 11am-2pm, Apr. 17 &24, May. 1 & 8May. 15 & 22May. 29 & June 5— Looking for an intro wood shop crash course or refresher for basic work around your home or shop, or to begin your first foray into fine woodworking? This class 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 and Fridays 4-8pm, Apr. 14 – 22, May 5 – 13Jun. 9 – 17 — 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, May 2 – 16, June 6 – 20, July 11 – 25 — 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  4 Tuesday afternoons, 1 – 5pm, May 24 – Jun. 14 // 8 Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:30pm, Apr. 26 – Jun. 14 — 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 7:30-9:30, May 4 – 18, Jun. 8 – 22 — 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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