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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.

Have questions about a class or interested in private or group lessons? You can email teach@artisansasylum.com to learn more.

If you already have training on this equipment and just need to be certified to use it as a member, sign up for one of our testing sessions.

We offer full refunds within one week of the start of the class. Refunds within the week will be dependent on whether there is a waitlist person available to fill the seat. Review our full policy here.

If this is your first time taking a class with us, you will need to register in our system as part of the checkout. 
If you have taken a class with us before, you will need to recover your member profile  for our new system using the name and email address you provided on sign-up.

 

Special Events

“Get Out The Vote” Screen Printing Your Message — Wanna make a difference in your community? Interested in using art to engage your friends and neighbors in their civic duty? This class is a great way to get out the voting message onto a t-shirt, tote bag, poster or lawn sign. In this workshop, students will select from several pre-designed screens, walk through the step-by-step process of pulling a print on any of the materials brought for the session. Bring some t-shirts, tote bags, banners for lawn/window signs to share the message to vote in November! Class Instructor: Sarah Dudeck

“Get Out The Vote” Cut Your Own Graffiti Stencil with Lasers — Wanna make a difference in your community? Interested in using art to engage your friends and neighbors in their civic duty? This class will show students how to use Artisan’s Black Cat Laser cutters to cut a plastic graffiti stencil to use for sharing their message around the community. The class will cover some of the basic safety of using the machine and then students will select their pre-designed graphic to cut the message into plastic sheets. Graffiti stencils can be used with chalk-based spray paint to share your voting message around your neighborhood. Class Instructor: Anthan

 


Art, Multimedia & More

Watercolor Class — Join us to explore watercolor techniques to create your own personal style of painting.  In this class, we will explore brushstrokes, textures, washes and the wonderful color effects that can be achieved with overlapping transparent brush strokes. Class Instructor: Barbara Marder

Napkin Sketching — Do you know how to sketch out your ideas quickly on the napkin? How to communicate your ideas to the client in a few simple lines? During the class, we will look at the masters of architecture, industrial design, any fashion or 3D prototyping as well as graphic design to gain ideas how to convey a message and a meaning quickly in a sketch.

Figure Drawing Tuesdays 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! Class Instructor: Aliza Vaida

Intro to Mold Making Workshop  — This one day 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. Class Instructor: Tam Black

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Bicycle Building & Maintenance

Bicycle Maintenance I — Learn how to maintain your bicycle in our Bike Shop! In this class, you will be able to perform maintenance on your own bicycle after a demonstration and instruction. Learn how to change a flat tire, adjust driver systems and rear derailleurs, overhaul breaks and front hub. Bring your bike and any replacement parts you need to learn how to maintain your bicycle. Class Instructor: Nick Anastasia

Bicycle Maintenance: Pre-Ride Check:  — Learn how to maintain your bicycle in our Bike Shop! In this class, you will be able to perform maintenance on your own bicycle after a demonstration and instruction. Learn how to change a flat tire, adjust driver systems and rear derailleurs, overhaul breaks and front hub. Bring your bike and any replacement parts you need to learn how to maintain your bicycle. Class Instructor: Nick Anastasia

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Business & Marketing

Arts Marketing and Business Development — 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 consistently ask themselves. By appointment. Contact jesa@funnelcakemarketing.com.

 

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CAD, Programming, Design & Engineering

Product Design Consultations (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. Email abandazian@gmail.com to reserve a half-hour slot.

Solidworks Workshop – Sketching — This course will introduce you to how 3D modeling software is used worldwide in professional settings. Designing parts in 3D modeling environments allows you to develop an idea in full before you cut any material, and then either make parts automatically on computer-enabled tools. In this workshop, students will hone their 2D sketching techniques with a focus on creating robust sketches for the creation of geometry that can be updated parametrically. Class Instructor: Tam Black

Solidworks Workshop – Surfacing — This course will introduce you to how 3D modeling software is used and how to use the surfacing tools and helpful surfacing techniques for the creation of robust geometry in Solidworks for your designs. Class Instructor:  Tam Black

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CNC Prototyping & CAM

Tool Training: 3D Printer (Weekdays) — 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 evening! Class Instructor: Scott Janousek

Tool Training: 3D Printer (Weekends) — 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! Class Instructor: Rebecca Knepple

Tool Training: SmartlathEZ CNC Lathe — 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! Class Instructor: Brian Trimmer

Tool Training: Bridgeport CNC Milling Machine — In this four-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 machine manually. CNC milling uses build files to control the machine’s movements, which makes machining multiple copies of the same part easier. Please note there are some prerequisites to this course. 

Black Cat Laser Tool Training — Learn how to use Artisan’s 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. Class Instructor: Anthan Rajartnam

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Electronics & Robotics

Hands On Basic ElectronicsAre 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. Class Instructor: Andrew Anselmo & Mike Beach

FREE! Circuit Hacking Night — 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!

Controlling Bigger Things with Electronics — Have you ever wanted to control bigger things than a basic LED or a buzzer in your electronic projects? This class is a hands-on, one day, 2 hour seminar on how to control bigger things with basic electronic circuits. Class Instructor: Andrew Anselmo & Mike Beach

Wearable Electronics — This 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 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. Class Instructor: Andrew Anselmo & Mike Beach

Foundations in Python Programming A foundation Python3 class intended for those who have no prior knowledge of the language where we will learn how to ‘get things done quickly’. Students will learn the basic syntax of the language and how to bootstrap their knowledge with the addition of new commands and library modules as they are needed. The class will be taught on Raspberry Pi computers specifically configured with the required library modules. Class Instructor: Richard Driver 

Batteries Included: EV and Battery Powered Motor Systems This class is an in-depth into to the systems typically found on an electric vehicle or drone and how they could be implemented in other ways. This class goes beyond the electric car to show students how to apply the technology found on a Tesla or the ubiquitous drone to whatever mobile motion concept they could dream up. Class Instructor: Chad Farland

Make Your Own Computer — Join Free Computer Labs at Artisan’s Asylum to learn all about computers from inside out, through building your own computer from rescued computer parts. In this class you will learn how to building a computer, fix your computer, and use free/libre software for it. Class Instructor: Devin Ulibarri

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Fiber Arts

FREE! Free Fiber Arts Work Night — 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.

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing- Evening –Through this 7-week class, you will be introduced to the arcane and secret techniques of making fine jewelry. You will come away with new skills and finished pieces to show off and be proud of. We will work primarily in sterling silver, brass, and copper. Class Instructor: Sage Kochavi

Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing – Days — 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. Class Instructor: Ilana Krepchin

NEW! Jewelry 102: Soldering and Stone Setting  — Through this 3-week class you will build upon the skills covered in jewelry 101. Students will improve their soldering technique practice several different ways of setting stones. Techniques will include bezel-setting (shown in picture), tube-setting and prong-setting. Students will also have a chance to hone their sawing technique. Class Instructor:  Ilana Krepchin

Tool Training and Testing in the Jewelry Studio — This one session tool training is the perfect way to get trained up to operate independently in the Jewelry Shop if you already have some jewelry-making experience and don’t have time for a long-form class. Testing is necessary to be certified to work on your own in the Shop.Class Instructor: Laurie Berzin

Glass Enamel on Copper — 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. Expect to create multiple enameled pieces for jewelry or wall hung paintings.Class Instructor: Barbara Marder

Argentium Silver Earrings — Learn how to create your own elegant Argentium sterling silver earrings! We’ll start with learning how to skillfully use the torch and pliers to craft your own earwires, and build on those skills to make, fuse, and planish jump rings to create the dangling circles for the earrings. Class Instructor: Laurie Berzin

Make A Pendant *Holiday Class*— Learn a fun and fast technique for setting a cabochon in brass or copper without using any fancy tools. We’ll use sheers, files and pliers to create a beautiful hand-made pendant to keep for yourself or give as a gift this holiday season. Materials fee includes a stone, metal and a base metal chain. Great class to make a pendant for yourself or to give as a gift this holiday season.  Class Instructor: Ilana Krepchin

Bang out Bangles! — In this half-day workshop, you will create dangly, jangly bangles in the Artisan Asylum’s jewelry studio. The simplicity of the circular bangle form is a great way to discover the basic principles and activities in jewelry metalsmithing. Class Instructor: Sage Kochavi

 

 

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Machining

Tool Training: Bridgeport Mill — In this class you will learn how to use the Bridgeport mill to perform basic precision machining operations. This training will give beginning students the information they need in order to safely operate the mill and also serves as a good refresher for people who have not used a mill recently. Class Instructor: Damian Ward

Tool Training: Metal Lathe — This class will teach students how to precisely perform basic machining operations using the lathe. You will learn tool selection, speeds and feeds, and how to use the DRO (Digital Read Out) to make precisely dimensioned parts. Class Instructor: Damian Ward

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Metalworking & Welding

MIG 2: One Day Welding Workshop — 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. Class Instructor: Ethan Labowitz

 Introduction to TIG Welding  — 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. Class 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.

Intermediate TIG Welding: Aluminum, Stainless, and Pulse — 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. Class Instructor: Ethan Labowitz

TIG Aluminum One Day Welding Workshop — 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. Class Instructor: Ethan Labowitz

Basic MIG Welding Tool Training — 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! Class Instructor: Brendan McGuirl

 

NEW! Build Your Own Bike Frame — Learn the magical art of making your own bicycle at Boston’s most convenient bike frame building class! This class will teach you the process from start to finish, including making strong, beautiful fillet brazed joints. And by the end, you’ll have built your first steel bicycle frame. Class Instructor: Ethan Labowitz

Metalworking 101: Cut, Grind Drill! — Metalworking 101 will provide the students with the bare minimum of training to start working in the Asylum’s metal shop and is the perfect warm-up to Artisan’s welding classes. This class is a survey of and safety training for all for the basic tools in the metal shop. Class Instructor: Brendan McGuirl

Metalworking 102: Cut, Grind Punch! — Metalworking 102 provides training on the safety and operation of the larger, more useful, and more difficult to operate equipment in the metal shop. This class is a survey of and safety class for each tool with guided instruction. Class Instructor: Brendan McGuirl

 Basic Welding Fit-Up and Assembly— Basic Welding Fit-up will teach students the skills that they need to start building projects using steel in the welding shop. This class is intended to build upon the skills learned in Metalworking 101/ 102 and Basic MIG Welding. *Metalworking 101 and 102 Required. Class Instructor: Brendan McGuirl

Technical Drawing for Fabrication — Technical Drawing for Metal Fabrication will teach students the skills that they need to create dimensionally accurate parts in the metal shop. This class is designed to be the next rung on the ladder after Metalworking 101 and 102.  *Metalworking 101 and 102 Required. Class Instructor: Brendan McGuirl

Single-Color Screen Printing (Weeknights) — 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. Class Instructor: Sarah Dudek

One Day Single-Color Screen Printing (Saturday) – 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! Class Instructor: Sarah Dudek

Tool Training: Basics of Woodworking 101 — 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! Class Instructor: Francisco Leon

Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals  — 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. Class Instructor: Sal Mancini

NEW! Build a Cherry Side Table (Part 1) — This is the first part of a two-part class teaching fine furniture building techniques. Students will learn techniques about how to create a Shaker-style Cherry Side Table with a drawer from rough lumber. Note: The project will only be completed if taking the second part of the course. 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. Class Instructor: Francisco Leon

NEW! Build a Cherry Side Table (Part 2) — This is the second part of a two-part class. Students will complete a Shaker style Cherry Side Table with a drawer from rough lumber. Students will refine their skills using all the tools in the woodshop learned in Part 1. By the end of Part 2, students will have made and finished their table to take home. NOTE: This class is available to those who have completed Build A Cherry Sidetable PART 1. Class Instructor: Francisco Leon 

Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals — 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.  Class Instructor: Sal Mancini

Build a Keepsake Box — This class is designed to introduce students to intermediate woodworking and simple joinery. Learn how to use Artisan’s Asylum’s Sawstop tablesaw to complete a Cherry/Maple Keepsake Box. Class Instructor: Francisco Leon

 

Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer — 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. Class Instructor: Sal Mancini

Tool Training: Wood Lathe — 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.  Class Instructor: Sal Mancini

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