Fall Classes Update

DATE:  September 29, 2012     CATEGORIES:  Current Classes

Newly Posted or Updated:

  • NEW LOWER PRICE! The Horror Movie Maker: Special Effects, Wednesdays, October 3-24, 7-10pm — Prepare for your creepiest Halloween ever with Matthew Martino, professional stunt coordinator and special effects makeup artist! Students will learn how to create prosthetics, scars, and other zombie and monster features; some stage combat to safely mimic knife, baseball bat, and gun fights; and even some green screen tricks for aspiring filmmakers! The class will end with a fully made-up Zombie Dance Party hosted by CEMI.
  • Back by popular demand! Quick’n’Dirty EL Wire Workshop: Halloween Edition, Sunday, October 21, 12:30-5:30pm — EL wire is short for electroluminescent wire – meaning a flexible, durable, waterproof string of light! It’s a quick, cheap, and low-skill medium with a high visual impact. In this workshop you’ll gain the skills necessary to produce long-lasting, durable, eye-catching EL wire costume pieces or decorations, and you’ll go home with a project that will wow your friends and family. Taught by Ecco, illustrator, sculptor, mixed-media artist and longtime Asylum instructor with a particular passion for the wearable and the kinetic.
  • NEW! Decorate Your Own Dig Box, Tuesdays, October 23 – November 13, 7-8:30pm — Artisan’s Asylum has a unique opportunity to create public art for the greater Boston area, and we want to make it easier for you to take part! DigBoston, popular local free online and print news outlet, has partnered up with us to keep our city streets rust-free and art-ful. Every couple of months, Dig staff drops off 5 newspaper boxes pulled off the street for repairs, and five Artisan’s Asylum artists each repairs a box and transforms it into a unique yet functional work of art, to be placed again on the streets to continue supplying free copies of DigBoston while entertaining, amusing, and inspiring passers-by. If that seems both exciting and intimidating, this class was made for you! Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor (and one of our previous Dig Box creators), will help you work your way all the way through this complex and exciting project. No previous experience is neccessary, just a willingness to get creative and be committed. Participants will have their final work celebrated and published on the Digboston.com website, and installed on the street for the world to see!
  • Back by popular demand! Build Your Own Bike Frame, Saturdays, 10am-1pm, October 13 – December 8 — Ever frustrated by riding a bike just not shaped well for you? Ever tempted to try and build your own frame, but not sure where to start? This is the class for you! Over four weeks, students will build a custom-fit bicycle frame from steel tubes, using Fillet brazed, lugged, or TIG welded construction. Taught by Paul Carson, Asylum member, engineer, and self-taught bicycle designer.
  • NEW! Jewelry II: Building on the Basics, Tuesdays 6-9pm, November 6 – December 11, and Thursdays 1-4pm, November 8 – December 13 — Refine the skills you learned in Jewelry I by investigating a broader scope of metal techniques. Over five weeks, students will learn more complex soldering operations and become more comfortable with the tools and equipment provided while exploring metal processes including rivets, scoring and bending for boxes, a hollow formed ring, etching and freeform prong set stones or object captures. Taught by Karen Christians, Asylum member, professional jewelry-maker and artist, published author, and founder of Cleverwerx, e-commerce metalsmith and jewelry website, and Metalwerx, jewelry school in Waltham, MA.
  • Back by popular demand! Introduction to Solidworks, Mondays, 7-9:30pm, November 12 – December 10 Solidworks is a computer-aided design tool used by over 1.7 million product designers worldwide that allows you to quickly design and revise 2D or 3D parts, assemblies, and dimensional drawings of parts and assemblies with minimal training. Solidworks parts can be 3D printed, used by computer-aided machining programs to run routers and mills, or simply drawn in 2D and printed to produce drawing sets to take the shop for reference. Provided by CADD Edge, the largest Solidworks provider in the northeastern United States; taught by Stephanie Tower-Davis, Application Engineer with CADD Edge and with a mechanical engineering background.

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  • NEW, and STARTS TOMORROW! Crash Course: Programming Visual & Generative Art with Processing (Brought to you by CEMI), 1 SEAT LEFT! Friday, September 28, 7-9pm, and Saturday, September 29, 9am-5pm — Join us for a crash course introduction to Processing, an open source programming language meant for creating interactive visual art (http://processing.org). Processing combines programming and creative expression, making it appealing to both the creatively and technically inclined. This intensive introductory workshop will give you the tools you need to go home and continue to teach yourself! Taught by Nathan Lachenmyer, quantum physicist, electrical engineer, and interactive & generative artist.
  • Bicycle Maintenance II, 1 SEAT LEFT! Mondays, October 1-22, 7-9pm — If you want to get deeper into the workings of your bicycle, this is the class for you! Learn skills like rear hub overhaul, truing your wheels, headset overhaul, and front derailleur adjustments. Completion of Bicycle Maintenance I required for registration. Taught by Seven Of Nine, regular Asylum instructor, SCUL pilot, graduate of the Broadway Bicycle School, and general bike builder/modifier extraordinaire.
  • Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction, 1 SEAT LEFT! Saturday, October 13, 11am-5pm — 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. Taught by Erik Heumiller, graphic designer, film editor, printer, and Asylum renter and volunteer.

Coming up soon!

  • Organic Modeling in Blender, Sunday, September 30, 1-3pm — Learn how to make interesting organic forms using the sculpting tools inside Blender, a free and open source 3D modeling program. You’ll learn techniques that can be used to quickly model all sorts of shapes, from animal heads to jewelry. Generate your own models, warp and edit existing 3D designs, and export your files so that they’re ready to be made on a 3D printer! Taught by Judah Sher, Asylum member and industrial designer who’s been designing, building, and selling his own CNC router over the past two years.
  • Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, & Heating, Sunday, September 30, 2-5pm — The oxy-acetylene (O/A) rig is arguably the most versatile, potentially dangerous, and misunderstood piece of equipment in any metal shop. This one-shot class will demonstrate welding, cutting, brazing, and heating, and teach you how to set up, operate, and shut down an oxy-acetylene rig without harming yourself, other Asylumers, or the equipment. Taught by Ethan Labowitz, professional metalworker and instructor and founder of the Boston Institute for Clean Energy Prototyping (BICEP), and Paul Carson, professional engineer, metalworking enthusiast, and bike builder.
  • NEW! Show ME Your Adobe! Basic Digital Marketing & Branding with Adobe Creative Suite (Brought to you by CEMI), Wednesdays, October 3 & 10 — Ever wanted to design your own business cards or web pages, and not sure where to start? This two-week introduction to the Adobe Creative Suite is for you! Learn the fundamentals for turning a creative business plan into branded marketing materials, and learn to avoid classic pitfalls. Taught by Ian Lippincott, a designer and mixed media artist with a versatile palette, from professional corporate identity development to motion graphics and video to performance art.
  • NEW! Developing Your Skill in Watercolor Painting, Thursdays, October 4 – November 29, 6:30-8:30pm — Add some color to your fall palette with a watercolor painting class! Seth Berkowitz, professional artist and architect, will guide artists of all levels through the process of planning and successfully executing a watercolor painting. Through sketching, drawing, and painting exercises, students will learn about composition, value, and lighting, and bring confidence to their 2-dimensional artform.


Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

Digital Media




Sewing & Fiber Arts

***Note: we offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations.***