Current Classes

Making for the first time? Sharpening your skills? Looking for a new project? Take a class at Artisan’s Asylum!

All classes at Artisan’s Asylum are 18+, open to the public and do not require membership to attend. Mostly taught by our members, our classes are led by local artisans, makers, enthusiasts and explorers who are passionate about their craft. Many of our students come to learn how to make at Artisan’s Asylum with no prior experience.

Below our class and tool training listings are organized by category/shop area. Each class has a live link in orange (like this one: you can check out our Eventbrite Organizer Page for an alternate view!) that will bring you to it’s unique Eventbrite registration page with more detail about class goals, instructor bios, FAQs, prerequisites, and pricing.

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Art, Multimedia & More

  • Watercolor Explorations Thurs 6:30 – 9pm August 9 – 23 — Join us to explore watercolor techniques to create your own personal style of painting. Watercolor has the advantage of being immediate, fresh, and an ideal medium for a creative art experience. We will build upon prior knowledge to further expand the possibilities of creative expression with watercolor.
  • Figure Drawing Tuesdays Tue 6:30 – 9:30pm, Monthly Pass,  Choose a Tuesday!— 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 free-form drawing time. Drop-ins welcome: early bird discount for folks signed up 24 hrs or more in advance!
  • Glass Enamel on Copper Workshop Sat 10:30am – 5:30pm, Aug 4 — Learn to fuse glass enamel to copper in this weekend workshop! We will explore multiple enameling techniques: sifting, wetpacking, sgraffito, stencils, and embedding other elements using a small kiln for firing the pieces.

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Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Bicycle Maintenance: Basic Tune Up Thu 6:30 – 8:30pm Aug 9-30 — Anyone who rides a bicycle will benefit from knowing how to do some simple maintenance tasks: students will start with a basic pre-ride checklist and go through basic chain maintenance, bike cleaning, tasks that should be performed between major service and will help ensure that you catch any potential minor issues before they become major problems.

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Business & Marketing

  • Arts Marketing and Business Development Wed 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.
  • NEW! Entrepreneur Digital Marketing Bootcamp Tues and Thurs 6:30 – 9:00pm Choose your date — In this interactive 2-day digital marketing bootcamp, you will learn how to build your brand on the fastest growing plaforms on social media in 2018. We will cover essential topics you need to know to succeed as an artist in today’s digital world. Bring your smartphone or laptop.

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CAD, Programming, Design & Engineering

  • Product Design Consultations Every other Mon: 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, manufacturing, and pitching. Consultations are available by appointment, email abandazian@gmail.com to reserve a half-hour slot.
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks Wed 7:30 – 9pm July 9 – Aug. 15 — This 6 session course will introduce students to the world of 3D Modeling in Solidworks. 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.
  • Investment Casting Wed 6 – 9pm, July 11 – 25— 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.
  • Make Your Own Computer! Monday 6 – 8pm Aug. 6 – 20 Free Computer Labs is a grass roots project to bring computers to people in the community that need them. FCL aims to connect those who need computers with free, powerful technology and software – come learn all about how to build and fix a computer; be empowered by learning how to install free/libre operating systems. Students will be given a repurposed computer loaded with powerful software upon successful completion of the course.

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CNC Prototyping & CAM

  • Tool Training: 3D Printer Sun 2:30 – 4:30pm 7/22, 8/19 — This one session class will train students on how to use the Asylum’s multiple 3D printers safely and effectively, running through using the 3D model compiler (Simplify3D), printing parts, changing materials, properly removing parts from the beds, and properly disposing of all materials after the print: all the training you need to get going in one afternoon!
  • Finishing Workshop: Post Processing 3D Prints Thu 6 – 9pm Choose 8/2 or 8/30 — This one session workshop will go over the basic techniques used to post process (aka finish) 3D printed objects. Different techniques for different print materials will be discussed, and students will learn how to post process different materials available for use in the Asylum’s DigiFab lab. Students will use test objects at different stages of finishing to sand and coat. At the end of the class students will have a basic understanding of preparing 3D prints for silicone mold making and resin casting, finishing and painting for display, and finishing for burn out metal casting.
  • Prototyping Intensive 1, 2, 3D: Print, Mold & Cast Tue & Thu 2:30 – 4:30pm July 10 – 26 — This 6 session course will cover an end to end process of resin casting a 3D print with silicone mold. Students will walk away with the skills to use and prepare files for a FDM 3D printer, post-process 3D prints for various uses, create two part silicone block molds and make urethane casts from those molds. (This class will not teach CAD modeling – for timing purposes students will use pre-designed objects.)
  • Intro to Mold and Cast Making Workshop Tue 6 – 9pm Choose A Tuesday 7/31 or 8/28 — This one session workshop 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 mold 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 molds that they have made and the resulting casts, and any spare material they have left over.
  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter Sun 6 – 9pm 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 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!
  • NEW! Black Cat Labs Laser Tool Training  Tue 7 – 10pm Choose a Date! — Learn how to use Artisan’s new Black Cat Labs laser cutters to cut or etch wood, plastics, papers or textiles. Gain a solid understanding of what the machines can do and learn how to upload a file and run a cut and engrave. This 3 hr class will cover the basics, prepping you to pass the test required to operate the Black Cat Labs equipment unsupervised.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Vinyl Cutter Sun 3 – 4pm 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!
  • NEW! Tool Training: SmartlathEZ CNC Lathe Sat 10:15am – 12:15pm — In this 4 session intensive training, students will be trained in both the use of HSMWorks to create turning tool paths for CNC turning and then will be taught how to safely operate Artisan’s Asylums Millport 1740 CNC Lathe. Please note there are some prerequisites to this course!
  • NEW! Tool Training: Bridgeport CNC Milling Machine Sat 10:15am – 12:15pm July 14 – Aug. 4 — In this 4 session intensive training, learn to operate the Artisan’s Asylum’s Bridgeport Series I Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) milling machine. CNC milling machines can be used to make parts that would be difficult or impossible to machine manually. CNC milling uses build files to control the machines movements, which makes machining multiple copies of the same part easier and more reliable. Please note there are some prerequisites to this course!

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Electronics & Robotics

  • Hands On Basic Electronics Mon 7 – 9pm, July 23 – Aug. 13Are you interested in learning to work with electronics, yet unsure where to start? Look no further: this practical crash course will teach you 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.
  • Wearable Electronics Tue 7 – 9pm Choose a Date! 7/17, 8/14, or 9/18This action-packed one session class will take you through an introduction to the Arduino ecosystem and wearable electronics in general, then you will dive right in to hands-on work. You will learn how to use the the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to upload programs, and basic programming structures. We will focus on learning the capabilities of the Adafruit Circuit Playground with working, robust programs, and tweaking them.
  • FREE! Circuit Hacking Night Wed 6 – 8pm — Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! For newbies and experienced hackers alike, one night a week our 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!
  • Robotics, Sensing and Imaging: Utilizing the Raspberry Pi & Arduino Thu 7 – 9:30pm, July 12 – 26This three evening workshop will cover the Raspberry Pi 3 combined with Arduino from the standpoint on their use in robotics, sensing and imaging. Students will assemble their robots from a simple Robot Kit made up of components provided for the duration of the class. Command and control will be taught through the Python language. No prior knowledge of Python is assumed.

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Fiber Arts

  • FREE! Free Fiber Arts Work Night Every 2nd Thursday 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 a Hi-Viz Safewear Garment Sun Aug 12, 1 – 4pm,  — Make your own reflective sash for safe riding through the city. You will create a garment that incorporates retro-reflective designs of your choosing to your sash. Then sew components together with fluorescent vinyl components to your final product. This is the perfect class for those who commute on bike and want additional visibility while traveling around the city.

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

    • Tool Training: Pulse Arc Welder Tues 7 – 9pm, 7/10, 8/14 — This one session class is designed to introduce students to the Orion pulse arc welder with an overview of its capabilities, basic use and safety guidelines, and practice Q&A to help students get started with their particular projects or interests.
    • Investment Casting Wed 6 – 9pm June 13 – 27, July 11 – 25— 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.
    • Make a Ring(s)! Sat & Sun 3 – 7 pm, July 21 & 22 — Spend a weekend in the Artisan’s Asylum jewelry studio learning to make rings – excellent gifts for yourself/friends/family! Students will learn how to make good solder seams and the fundamentals of polishing with a buffing machine and a tumbler.
    • Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing  Days: Mon 11 am – 2 pm Sept. 10 – Oct. 22 // Eves: Tue 6 – 9 pm, September Date Coming Soon—  Over 6 sessions, students will learn basic jeweler’s techniques. No experience is needed, just bring a desire to learn and you’ll be off and running using the torch, jeweler’s saw, special hammers, polishing wheel, and so much more, to create your own jewelry.
    • NEW! Jewelry 102: Soldering and Stone Setting Thu 6 – 9pm Sept. 20 – Oct. 4 — Through this 3-week class you will build upon the skills covered in jewelry 101. Students will have the chance to improve their soldering technique and practice several different techniques of setting stones including bezel-setting, tube-setting and prong-setting.
    • NEW! Anodizing Titanium Workshop Sun 11am – 1:30pm, Aug. 5 This one session workshop will introduce students to the basics of using electricity to color titanium. This process (known as anodizing) uses an electrical current to change the surface color of titanium. Students will come away with at least one finished pendant or earrings.
    • NEW! Photographing Your Jewelry Workshop Sun 2 – 4pm, Aug. 5 This class is for anyone wanting to take high quality photographs of their jewelry. You’ll go over lighting, camera settings and commercially available light boxes. Instructor will bring in a lightbox and Canon SLR to demo and for students to use. Students should feel free to bring their own cameras/lightboxes.
    • NEW! Argentium Silver Earrings Wed 5:30 – 8:30pm or Sun 1 – 4pm, Choose a Date: 6/13 or 7/15Create an elegant pair of Argentium sterling silver earrings to take home with you, while learning fundamental jewelry-making skills! Great for beginners or those with some metalsmithing experience.
    • Tool Training & Testing: Jewelry Shop Mon 7 – 10pm or 6 – 9pm 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

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Machining

  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine Thu 7 – 9pm Aug. 2 & 9 — A two-session basic training in operating the Artisan’s Asylum’s Bridgeport Mills: amazingly versatile tools that can be used to machine precisely dimensioned parts out of metals and plastics. In this class you will learn how to use the Bridgeport mill to perform basic precision machining operations.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Bridgeport CNC Milling Machine Sat 10:15am – 12:15pm July 14 – Aug. 4 — In this 4 session intensive training, learn to operate the Artisan’s Asylum’s Bridgeport Series I Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) milling machine. CNC milling machines can be used to make parts that would be difficult or impossible to machine manually. CNC milling uses build files to control the machines movements, which makes machining multiple copies of the same part easier and more reliable. Please note there are some prerequisites to this course!
  • Introduction to the Metal Lathe Wed 7 – 9pm  June 6 & 13, Aug. 1 & 8 — This class will teach students how to operate the metal lathe for precision machining. You will learn tool selection, speeds and feeds, and how to use the DRO (Digital Read Out) to make precisely dimensioned parts.
  • NEW! Tool Training: SmartlathEZ CNC Lathe Sat 10:15am – 12:15pm June 9 – 30 — In this 4 session intensive training, students will be trained in both the use of HSMWorks to create turning tool paths for CNC turning and then will be taught how to safely operate Artisan’s Asylum’s Millport 1740 CNC Lathe. Please note there are some prerequisites to this course!

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Metalworking & Welding

    • Metalworking Tool Training: 101 Cut, Grind, and Drill Metal Sat 12 – 2pm July 7 & 14, Aug. 3 & 11 — A quick introduction to the staples of metalworking and the perfect warm-up to welding. Students will learn how to pick the right saw for the job, how to drill holes, and how to grind burrs down, amongst other things.
    • Metalworking Tool Training: 102 Cut, Grind, PUNCH! Sat 2 – 4pm, July 7 & 14, Aug. 4 & 11 — 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.
    • Tool Training: Pulse Arc Welder Tues 7 – 9pm, Choose a Date 6/12, 7/10, 8/14 — This one session class is designed to introduce students to the Orion pulse arc welder with an overview of its capabilities, basic use and safety guidelines, and practice Q&A to help students get started with their particular projects or interests.
    • Basic MIG Welding Tool Training Sun 3 – 7pm 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 the class multiple times to use as a practicum and build on basic skills!
    • Metalworking Intensive 2018: Metal Fabrication – Build a BBQ! Mon & Wed 6:30 – 9:30pm September dates coming soon — So, now you know how to cut some steel and operate a welder, but how do you make stuff? Raise your fabrication skills to the next level: with this class, students will gain all of the skills necessary to start fabricating projects in steel by using round and square rod and flat plate. Students will learn how to perform basic mechanical drawing techniques, how to make templates for fabricating parts, and how to cut, fit and weld components to make a completed project. Please note there are pre-reqs for this class.
    • MIG 2: One Day Welding Workshop Thu 7 – 10pm Next up: 7/12 — Want to boost your MIG confidence? Take this class and learn to make your MIG welds look and function more like expert TIG welds! This class is specifically designed for people who have already taken an introductory MIG class, at Asylum or elsewhere, but want to expand their MIG comfort and expertise.
    • Introduction to TIG Welding Summer Intensive Special! Mon and Wed 7:30 – 9:30pm June 18 – 27 // Mon 7:30 – 9:30pm July 9 – 30 — 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.
    • NEW! TIG Welding 2: Aluminum, Stainless, and Pulse Tues 7 – 9:30pm , June 7 – 28 // Tues July 10 – 31 — One of the great things about the TIG process is its versatility– it can be used to weld almost any metal, and in fact switching from one material to another takes mere seconds. This class will cover welding technique and best practices for stainless steel and aluminum alloys, combining insights on welding technique, welding engineering & design, fabrication practices, and welding inspection. NOTE: This is NOT an introductory class, please check class description for pre-reqs.
    • NEW! TIG Stainless One Day Welding Workshop Thu 7 – 10pm Next Up: 7/26 — Stainless TIG welding is one of the greatest joys in the welding world! Unlike plain carbon steel, it doesn’t rust, so once the welding is done, there’s no need to worry about painting. It’s a welder’s dream material, as long as you avoid a few issues that can ruin the material’s amazing corrosion resistance and beautiful appearance. NOTE: This is NOT an introductory class, please check class description for pre-reqs.
    • NEW! TIG Aluminum One Day Welding Workshop Tue 7 – 10pm September dates coming soon  — Aluminum is a magical material–lightweight, strong, easy to machine, and it doesn’t rust! Welding it can be daunting, because it’s very different from steel. Take this class to gain the confidence and experience to start welding aluminum on your own. NOTE: This is NOT an introductory class, please check class description for pre-reqs.
    • NEW! Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Torch Sunday 1-4pm, Choose A Sunday! 6/17, 7/22 — The oxy-acetylene rig is the most versatile piece of equipment in the welding shop, with the ability to perform welding, cutting, brazing, & heating, this tool is a must for any metalworker’s skill set. Take this one-session class will train you on safe operation of the tool and demonstrate its range of functions.

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Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing Mon & Thu 6:30 – 9pm Choose Your Session! — 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 fabric or paper *and* will be cleared to use our print shop as a member.
  • NEW! One Day Single-Color Screen Printing Sat 1 – 5pm Choose Your Session! — In this fast paced single session 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 fabric or paper *and* will be cleared to use our print shop as a member!

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Woodworking

  • Tool Training: Basics of Woodworking 101 2 Tues  6:30 – 9:30pm, July , August // Sat & Sun 11am – 2pm, Choose a Date!— 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 on all of these tools in our wood shop!
  • Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals Mon 6 – 8:30pm Jul 8 – 23, Aug 6 – 20  — 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.
  • NEW! Build a Cherry Side Table (Part 1) Wed 6:30 – 9:30pm June 4 – July 2 — This is the first part of a 2 part class teaching fine furniture building techniques: students will start from one rough lumber Cherry board to create a Shaker style Cherry Side Table with a drawer. The techniques and skills learned in this class will allow the student to approach any project size. With this class we will use virtually all the tools in the woodshop from Chisel to Tablesaw, Router, Band saw, Joiner, Planer and Miter saw. Project will only be completed if taking second part of class – only students who enroll in this class will be invited to take Part 2.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Wood Lathe Fundamentals Thu 6 – 8:30pm  July 12 – 26  Sept. 6 – 20 — In this class, students will be trained to learn safe and independent operation of the lathe wood lathe at the Artisan’s Asylum as well as the fundamentals of spindle turning.
  • Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals Tues 7 – 10pm, Jul 10 & 17, Aug 14 & 21— 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.
  • NEW! Build a Keepsake Box Thu 6:30 – 9:30pm June 21 – July 12 — Designed to introduce students to intermediate woodworking and simple joinery. Learn how to use the Asylum’s Sawstop tablesaw to complete a Cherry/Maple Keepsake Box.
  • Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer Wed 7 – 9:30pm Jul 11 – 18, Aug 15 – 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 session 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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