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 has a live link to an Eventbrite registration page with more detail about classes, instructor bios, FAQs, 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 and is in session, the waitlist will be triggered: sign up and you’ll 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. 

Follow this link to view our refund and cancellation policies and classes evaluation form.


Art, Multimedia & More

  • Figure Drawing Tuesdays Tuesday 6:30-9:30pm Choose A Date! 2017 Classes now on sale!— 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, NEW: early bird discount for folks signed up 24 hrs or more in advance! Also NEW: monthly class passes now available for 2017: Sign up once and get access for the rest of that month January, February, and March!
  • Introduction to Chainmaille Saturday 1 – 4pm, Jan. 21 Back by popular demand! In this 3 hour workshop, students will use inspiration, intuition, serendipity & experimentation to create dynamic, wearable, abstract art. Learn the techniques and tricks for creating and finishing high-quality chains while starting two bracelets.
  • Watercolor Painting Workshop Mondays 6:30-9pm, Mar. 20 – Apr. 4 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.
  • Kinetic Sculpture: Tabletop Flying Machine Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm, Jan. 14 & 15Motion is mesmerizing, especially when it’s art! In this 2 session weekend intensive workshop, back by popular demand, you’ll make an interactive kinetic sculptural toy, powered by hand, simulating flight to enchant kids, entertain visitors, and disarm the boss when he makes the rounds. It’s a simple machine whose parts you’ll understand inside and out, make from scratch, and walk away with at the end of the class. Learn small metalworking skills like brazing and forming to accomplish your beautiful beast.
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper Saturday 10:15am – 4:15pm Jan. 7 In a combination of two enthralling materials, learn to join glass to metal in this intensive single session workshop! Vitreous enamel is a type of glass that will fuse to metal, students will be taught enameling techniques: sifting, wetpacking, sgraffito, stencils, and embedding other elements using a small kiln for firing the pieces. Expect to create several enameled pieces!

Return to top


Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Winter Bike Riding & Maintenance: Tips & Tricks Thursday 7-9pm, Dec. 15 or Sunday 5-7pm Jan. 15 — For any cyclist who refuses to hang up their bike for the winter: this workshop will get you ready with an overview of winter riding and how to prepare for it, as well as the opportunity to exchange information with other four-season riders.
  • Bicycle Maintenance I Thursdays 7-9pm, Jan. 10 – Feb. 2— 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.
  • 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!

Return to top


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.

Return to top

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 abandazian@gmail.com to reserve a half-hour slot. Walk-ins welcome.
  • Tool Training: 3D Printer Sunday 1-3pm Dec. 18, Jan. 22 — 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!
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks  Mondays 7:15pm – 9:45pm Join The Waitlist! 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.

Return to top

CNC Prototyping & CAM

  • Investment Casting  Sundays 7-10pm Jan. 8 – 22 — 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! Casting Organics: Botany in Bronze Sundays 6-9pm, Dec. 11 & 18— 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 11/13 or 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 Sunday 4-6pm, Dec. 11 — 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!

Return to top


Electronics & Robotics

  • Hands On Basic Electronics Tuesdays 7-9pm, Jan. 10 – 31Are 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.
  • 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!

Return to top


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.

Return to top



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
  • Introduction to Chainmaille Saturday 1 – 4pm, Jan. 21 Back by popular demand! In this 3 hour workshop, students will use inspiration, intuition, serendipity & experimentation to create dynamic, wearable, abstract art. Learn the techniques and tricks for creating and finishing high-quality chains while starting two bracelets.
  • NEW! The Art of Soldering: Jewelry Findings Thursday 6pm – 9pm, Jan. 26— about a common household item that makes soldering pin findings a snap? Come find out about this tip and others and gain confidence in soldering findings to your work. The findings covered will include ear posts, ear wire, and commercial pin backs.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Pulse Arc Welder Monday 7:30-9pm, Choose a Date: Dec. 5 or Jan. 9 — 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.
  • Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing Tuesdays 6 – 9 pm, Jan. 10 – Feb. 14 —  In this 6 session class, students are introduced to the skills, secrets and techniques of making jewelry. No experience is required, just bring your enthusiasm! From saw frames to solder picks, each week you will explore a new technique for your tool arsenal!
  • Investment Casting  Sundays 7-10pm Jan. 8 – 22 — 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! Casting Organics: Botany in Bronze Sundays 6-9pm, Dec. 11 & 18— 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!
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper Saturday 10:15am – 4:15pm Jan. 7 In a combination of two enthralling materials, learn to join glass to metal in this intensive single session workshop! Vitreous enamel is a type of glass that will fuse to metal, students will be taught enameling techniques: sifting, wetpacking, sgraffito, stencils, and embedding other elements using a small kiln for firing the pieces. Expect to create several enameled pieces!

Return to top


Machining

  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine Tuesdays 7-9pm, Dec. 6 & 13, Jan. 10 & 17, Jan. 24 & 31 — 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.
  • Introduction to the Metal Lathe Wednesdays 7-9pm, Dec. 7 & 14, Jan. 11 & 18, Jan. 25 & Feb. 1 — 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: CNC Lathe Saturdays 1-3pm, Jan. 14 – Feb. 4 — This 4 session intensive training will teach you everything you need to know to operate a 10HP Millport 1740 CNC lathe to make complex parts. Please note there are some prerequisites to this course!
  • 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.

Return to top


Metalworking & Welding

  • NEW! Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Torch Sunday 1-4pm, Dec. 18 — 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.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Pulse Arc Welder Monday 7:30-9pm, Choose a Date: Dec. 5 or Jan. 9 — 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.
  • Kinetic Sculpture: Tabletop flying Machine Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm, Jan. 14 & 15Motion is mesmerizing, especially when it’s art. In this weekend intensive workshop, you’ll make an interactive kinetic sculptural toy, powered by the hand, simulating flight to enchant kids, entertain visitors, and disarm the boss when he makes the rounds. It’s a simple machine whose parts you’ll understand inside and out, make from scratch, and walk away with at the end of the class. You’ll be learning small metal working skills like brazing and forming to accomplish your beautiful beast.
  • Metalworking Intensive 101: Building with Metal! One-Week Intensive! Monday-Friday 5-7pm, Dec. 5 – 9 — 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, Jan. 9 – 30, Feb. 6 – 27, Mar. 6 – 27— 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.
  • Return to top


    Screen Printing

    • Single-Color Screen Printing: Holiday Edition Wednesday & Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, New Dates Coming Soon! — 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.

    Return to top


    Woodworking

    • NEW! Santa’s Workshop: Make a Construction Set! Sunday 2:30-5:30pm,  Dec. 11— In this project-based session, you’ll team up to turn regular pine lumber into one big set of log-type construction blocks in just a few hours.
    • NEW! Tool Training: Wood Lathe Fundamentals Thursdays 6-8:30pm, Jan. 5 – 19 — 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.
    • NEW! Wood Lathe: Guided Practice Saturday 10:15am – 12:15pm, Choose A Date! — Do you have experience with the wood lathe but need a refresher? Are you a beginner who could use some help with technique and fundamental skills? This single session class will put some supervised lathe time under your belt to help you build the confidence in turning on your own and in planning your next project.
    • 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 2 Sundays 11am-2pm, Jan. 8 & 15 — 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!
    • NEW! Build A Double Cube Shelf Tuesdays 6 – 9pm, Jan 10 – 31 — This class is designed to introduce students to some intermediate woodworking and simple joinery. Students will learn how to use the Planer, Jointer, and Sawstop Tablesaw to complete a 2 cube shelf – tool testing as well as an overview of finishing techniques will be integrated into this class.
    • Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals Mondays 6-8:30pm, Dec. 5 – 19, Jan. 9 – 23  — 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, Jan. 11 – 25Feb. 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.

    Return to top

     

MENU