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 title is a live link to an Eventbrite registration page with more detail about classes, instructor bios, prerequisites, and pricing.

If you’re looking for a quick introduction or refresher on the basic operations of a tool, Tool Trainings are for you. Tools are grouped into categories to make it easy for you to get everything you need in one or two sessions.

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.

Gift Certificates are no longer available, but if you have one, it remains redeemable for all Artisan’s Asylum classes and membership services. Looking to redeem your gift certificate? Please fill out this form.

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Art, Multimedia & More

  • NEW! Have a Hand! Introduction to Body Casting Workshop, Tuesday 6:30-9:00pm, Dec. 8— In this one day workshop, you will learn the basic principles of mold making and casting for body casting. There will be an overview of casting safety, practical applications, and material sourcing. At the end of the workshop, you will walk away with a copy of your hand!
  • Figure Drawing Tuesdays, Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:30 — 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!
  • Kombucha & Ginger Beer: Introduction to Fermentation Workshop & Tasting, Tuesday 6:30-9pm, December 14 — Join us for a fun “night out” maker style! Learn the basics of dealing with live cultures at home while tasting a variety of home-brewed kombuchas and ginger beers. Walk away with your own fermentation starter kit and all the information you need to get started on your first batch!

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Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Build Your Own Bike Frame, 10 Tuesdays, 7:15-9:45pm, Nov. 24-Feb. 2 — 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!

  • Wheelbuilding, Returning Soon! — Build your very own hand-built bicycle wheel! You will learn to lace, center, true and tension your own rear wheel.

  • Three-Speed Repair & Overhaul Workshop, Returning soon! — Love that old English bike, but can’t get her to go? Strange ticking or clicking in the hub? Then this is the workshop for you! Learn how to disassemble and reassemble a classic Sturmey Archer three speed hub, and bring your personal bike maintenance questions to trouble-shoot with the instructor and group.

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Business & Marketing

  • Arts Marketing for Artists & Makers: Office Hours, 6-9pm Wednesdays — 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 and drop-in.

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CAD, Programming, Design & Engineering

  • NEW! Introduction to Programming for Makers, Saturdays 1-4pm, Nov. 14-21 — Are you ready to take your maker skills to the next level? You’re in luck! This class will teach beginner programming concepts with a special emphasis on embedded electronics and IoT devices (think Raspberry Pi and Arduino!). We will cover the fundamentals of programming in C++ to give you a solid base in which to expand your software hobby and allow you to take advanced programming classes in the future. This class will focus on programming fundamentals only.

  • Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks6 Mondays, 7:15- 9:45pm, Nov. 30-Jan 11 — 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 sponsors Solidworks.
  • Product Design Consultations, Every other Monday; 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 at to reserve a half-hour slot. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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CNC Prototyping & CAM

  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter 101,11am-1pm Sunday, Dec. 13 — 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, 2:30-4:30pm Sunday, Dec. 13 — 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 below).
  • Introduction to ShopBot CNC Router and VCarve Pro, Sundays, 4:30-7:30pm, 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.
  • Tool Training: Asylasaur Laser Cutter, sessions available Thursday, 7-9pm, Dec. 17 or Sunday, 2:30-4:30pm, Dec. 6 — 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 Router4 Fridays, 10am-2pm, Dec. 4 – Jan 8 — 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).
  • HSMWorks for CNC Machining, Wednesdays, Dec. 2-Jan. 6, Jan. 20 – Feb. 17— 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, 6-8pm Wednesdays — 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 Arduino Workshop, 10:15am-2:45pm Sunday, Dec. 13, Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar. 6 — Learn to work with one of the classic widgets in the maker world, the Arduino! 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 to the Arduino is programmed, how to use the included programs, and the basics of sensor and output devices.

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Fiber Arts

  • FREE! Fiber Arts Work Night, 6-9pm Wednesdays — Come hang out and play with fibers at Artisan’s Asylum! This one night of the week, come in and use our fiber arts equipment machines and space for FREE. Learn basic knit and crochet skills in traditional and unconventional fibers, exchange materials, get guidance from experienced quilters, costumers, and crafters, or just bring your own projects to work on in the company of like-minded makers!

  • Intro to Leatherworking: Make a Gadget Jacket, 11am-4pm Sunday, Dec.13 — In this 5-hour workshop you’ll be introduced to the basics of classic leatherworking. We’ll look at different types of leather and how to choose the right type for your project, prototype a design pattern using basic materials, and assemble a leather case using classic leatherworking hand-tools and techniques: punches, needle & thread, riveting. By the end of the class you should feel familiar with the materials and tools and be itching to take your leatherworking further! This is a great class for beginners and those with some sewing experience (not required).

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • NEW! Tree Bling: Handmade Ornament Workshop, Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm, Dec. 13 — Ready for a creative break from the December hustle and bustle? Need to make a really special gift? Join us for a one-day workshop of ornament-making in the jewelry shop! Create a beautiful, handmade ornament from copper and/or brass. Your unique ornament will feature hammer and rolling mill textures and you may personalize with words via stamped letters.
  • NEW! Make A Pair of Earring(s)!, Saturday 10am-4:00pm, Dec. 19 — Come make Earrings! Students will make one pair or many pairs of fabulous earrings with silver, copper and brass. Big or small, flashy or subtle, students will learn how to make a basic French wire earring loop and a drop (standard), plus learn the art of soldering a post to an earring back. Make some one of a kind gifts for others or keep them for yourself to dazzle for the holiday season!
  • NEW! Jewelry Slam, Sunday 11am-5:00pm, Dec. 20 — Got those last minute holiday gifts rush blues? No problem! Come spend the day in the jewelry studio creating a one of a kind mementos for your loved ones. Karen Christians will be on call to help you fast track earrings, a brooch, or some cool rings! With guided direction, your ideas will go from paper to jewelry box.
  • Advanced Beginning Jewelry, Mondays, 1-4pm Nov. 30-Dec.28 — Continuing on Beginning Jewelry, students will continue learning more complex fabrication techniques. We will employ a new technique using resin inlay, which adds color and texture to jewelry. Emphasis on soldering findings for brooches, earrings and pendants will be demonstrated. Students will learn more diverse polishing and finishing techniques using the flex shaft. This class has four sessions.

  • Jewelry 101: Introduction to Metalsmithing Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm, Jan. 12-Feb. 16 — 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!
  • Jewelry 201: Intermediate Metalsmithing, Wednesdays, 7:00-10:00pm, Jan. 13-Feb. 17 // Mar. 9-Apr. 13 — Build on the basics you learned in Jewelry I! Students will gain new skills including making ear wires & clasps, setting stones, drawing tube, creating chain, and adding color. Students will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice fabricating a set of sample pieces. Taught by Karen Burke, professional jewelry maker and returning Artisan’s Asylum instructor.
  • Beading for Beginners, Sunday, 3:30-6:00pm, Dec. 13 — Holiday Edition! Take this fun, informative class to learn the basics of beading, including principles of composition and durability designing for different lengths and bead types: all in one afternoon. Leave class with a beaded necklace of your own design, and greater confidence & inspiration for approaching beading projects on your own! Taught by Arlene Elkins, artist, jeweler, dancer, and member of the jewelry shop faculty.
  • Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop, Friday, 7-9:30pm, Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26 — 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.
  • Introduction to Chainmaille, Saturday 1-4pm, Dec. 12 — In this exciting workshop, learn the simple, portable, age-old craft of making chain by hand, applicable for everything from delicate jewelry to sculpture to armor. Start two bracelets in classic weaves while learning tricks, techniques, and possible variations for future projects. Taught by Karen Burke, professional chainmaille jewelry maker and member of the Artisan’s Asylum jewelry shop faculty.

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  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine, Tuesdays, 7-9pm Dec. 1-8 — 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, Returning Soon! — 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: CNC Mill, Returning Soon! — Basic training on the Asylum’s Sharp Vertical Milling Machine with MillPwr CNC Servo Controller. Requires previous training on manual milling machine operations. No additional testing necessary. See registration for exact dates available.
  • Tool Training: Intro to Metal Lathe, Wednesdays, 7-9pm Dec. 2-9 — 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 Tool Training: 101 Cut, Grind, and Drill Metal, Thursdays 6-8pm, Dec. 3 & 10 — 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!
  • NEW! Metalworking Tool Training: 102 Cut, Grind, PUNCH!, Thursdays 8-10pm, Dec. 3 & 10 — 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.
  • NEW! Metalworking Tool Training: 103 Sheets, Tubes, and Hydraulics, Friday 6-9pm, Dec. 4 — 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.
  • NEW! Guided Practice: Steel & Welding,Sunday 1-4pm Nov. 8— This is a guided practice workshop – no formal lesson plan is provided. Instead, you bring your project ideas in and get consulting, tips, critiques, and practice on the machines. This session is ideal for people who have taken a class or who have limited experience who’d like access to the shop but are still looking for guidance and instruction. If you don’t have a project but still want to gain experience, assignments and materials can be provided for you that pertain to your interests and skill level.
  • Introduction to TIG Welding, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, Nov. 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.
  • Metalworking Intensive, Returning Soon!— In this class, the instructors will guide students through professional-grade steel construction skills in the building of industrial steel stools, storage racks, and work tables for the shops of the Asylum. By the end of the session, students will have learned all the skills necessary to building load-bearing steel structures, including cutting, grinding, jigging, and MIG welding.
  • Sculptural Metalworking Returning Soon! — Ecco’s popular metal sculpture class returns! This class is intended to be an introduction to sculptural metalworking techniques, featuring MIG welders, spot welders, and cold forming. Students will learn how to express themselves artistically through steel.

  • Basic MIG Welding, Returning Soon! — 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: A One-Day Introduction 11am-4pm Saturday, Dec. 5 — Ever wanted to make your own custom t-shirt, tote bag, sticker, poster, or greeting card? In this one day intensive introduction to screen printing, you’ll learn all the basics and by the end of the evening create a screen using your artwork and print a one-color design on your choice of t-shirts or paper.

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  • NEW! Fine Woodworking: Introduction to Precision Woodworking and Joinery, Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm Dec. 8-Feb. 1 –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.The class is intended for all skill levels.There will be a few week break for the holidays incorporated into this class run.
  • Tool Training: Basics of Woodworking 101, Sundays 11am-2pm, Nov. 15-29, Dec. 6-20 — 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, bandsaw, spindle sander, belt sander and disc sander.
  • NEW! Build a Table, 5:30-9:30pm Thursdays & Fridays, Dec. 4-18 — 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, 7:15-9:45pm Dec. 7-21 — 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.
  • Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box, Returning Soon! — This class is an introduction to fine woodworking techniques, including reviewing types of wood and their appropriate uses, joinery techniques, finishing techniques, and learning the proper use of most of the tools in the woodshop.
  • Introduction to Wood Lathe, Returning Soon! — Woodturning is the art of curves and cylinders, smoothness and symmetry. This 3-week class will teach you how to use the Asylum’s wood lathe safely and effectively, providing a survey of tools, techniques and tricks. You’ll learn techniques for turning wood on a spindle and a mandrel. And along the way you’ll make a few pieces to take home.
  • Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer, Thursdays 7:30-9:30, Dec. 9-23— 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.
  • Tool Training: Tablesaw FundamentalsReturning Soon! — Almost all woodworking projects, from fine furniture to general construction, use a table saw. When used incorrectly, however, it is one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. In this class, learn to use a table saw safely and accurately, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple project.

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