January and February Classes Now On Sale!

DATE:  December 3, 2011     CATEGORIES:  Classes, Current Classes

Artisan’s Asylum is happy to announce that its January and February classes are now live for registration! We have a huge number of new classes to choose from, featuring a number of new instructors, a bunch of new class styles (including Tool Trainings, Intensives, Design Challenges and more), and incredibly diverse craft types. Take a look at the list below!

If you think anyone you know would love to take classes at Artisan’s Asylum, don’t forget that we also have gift certificates! If a gift certificate just won’t cut it, we also have Unlimited Class Passes which grant a year’s worth of free access to all of our classes. We also have day passes for sale if you have a small job to do, or want to test drive our facilities before you get a membership.

Mixed Media:

  • Bucky’s Buddies: Building Temporary Structures, Thursdays, 1/5-1/26 — If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to build large, tough structures cheaply, this class is for you. Come learn how to design and build geodesic structures out of wood and metal!
  • Tool Training: Basic Machine Tools — For complete novices and as a basic refresher, this session covers everything someone would need to get started at Artisan’s Asylum; basic safety, basic shop layout, drill presses, sanders, bench grinder, and hand power tools.


  • Woodworking Intensive, Mondays 1/9-2/13 and Saturdays 1/7-2/11 — This is a woodworking class for anyone looking to work on a large scale. A professional woodworker will be guiding students through the construction of cabinetry in one class and professional workbenches in the other, both to be installed in Artisan’s Asylum. By the end of the session, students will learn how to use almost every tool in the woodshop at an intermediate level.
  • Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box, Wednesdays, 1/4-2/1 — 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
  • Tool Training: Basic Woodworking Machine Tools — Basic training on table saws, chop saws, scroll saws, and woodworking bandsaws
  • Tool Training: Advanced Woodworking Machine Tools — Basic training on jointers, planers, routers and router tables, and advanced table saw setups


  • Metalworking Intensive, Wednesdays, 1/4-1/25 — In this class, the instructors will guide students through professional-grade steel construction skills in the building of metal worktables for Artisan’s Asylum. By the end of the session, students will have learned all the skills necessary to building load-bearing steel structures, including cutting, milling, grinding, jigging, and MIG welding.
  • Sculptural Metalworking, Saturdays, 1/7-1/28  — 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.
  • Intro to TIG Welding, Mondays 1/9-1/30 and Tuesdays 1/10-1/31 — 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.
  • Manual Machining & Layout (Machining Like A Pro), Thursdays 1/5-2/9 and Tuesdays 1/7-2/14 — An expansion on our classic metal machining class, this 6-week course will teach you not only the operation of the milling machine and the metal lathe, but also the layout and design skills necessary to help you to make metal parts to exacting specifications like a pro.
  • Tool Training: Basic Metalworking Machine Tools — Basic training on sheet metal tools, chop saws, hand grinders, cutoff wheels, metal bandsaws, and spot welders

Electronics & Robotics:

  • Robotics Intensive, Tuesdays 1/10-3/27 — This 12 week course puts students on an 8-12 person robotics team that’s walked through the design, fabrication, assembly and programming process of creating a 300 pound autonomous robot from scratch. The team will create a robotic vending machine that autonomously travels through Artisan’s Asylum playing “The Entertainer”, avoiding pedestrians and docking at a recharge station.
  • Electronic Thing-A-Week, Wednesdays 1/11-1/25 — Tired of the delayed gratification of long, arduous projects? This six-week smorgasbord is for you! Drew and Steve will be guiding you through a series of electronics kit-based projects from a sound-effect generator to an infrared motion detector – every day you spend with them you can take a finished project home. There’s a discount if you sign up for all three classes at once!
  • Introduction to Arduino, Mondays, 1/9-1/30 — Learn how to program the Arduino microcontroller, an easy-to-learn hobby chip that allows for simple command of lights, motors and other outputs, while taking a huge variety of sensor inputs. These boards are useful for just about every robotics, electronics, or mechatronics project you can imagine, with a huge online community supporting their development.
  • Hovercraft Design Challenge, Friday, 1/27 to Sunday, 1/29 — Participate in the first of many design challenges at Artisan’s Asylum! Spend 48 hours on a team of 3-4 people creating a remote-control hovercraft from scratch. Teams get a kit of parts that contains all of the motors and electronics they need, and have to create a hovercraft to compete in a public race through a giant empty warehouse.
  • Tool Training: Basic Electronics Tools — Training on wire cutters, soldering stations, board vises, multimeters, stereoscope, electronics bandsaws, ESD mats, and more.

Computer-Aided Manufacturing:

  • Introduction to Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Saturday 1/21 — Learn some fundamental principles behind computer-aided manufacturing while learning how to design and make parts for the 4’x8′ computer-controlled router installed at Artisan’s Asylum!
  • Tool Training: 3D Printer — Artisan’s Asylum is acquiring a uPrint SE Plus 3D printer in late December. This class will fully train and prepare students for using the 3D printer independently, whenever they need projects made. Members who have taken this class will receive a substantial discount on materials when using the printer to make 3D models.


  • Advanced Photo Techniques: HDR and Panoramic Compositing, Saturdays 1/7-1/28 — Learn how to properly take and then compile (both manually and automatically) High Dynamic Range and Panoramic images using your own camera. The class will be taught with both Photoshop and GIMP, so students can edit images in both high-end photo software and freeware
  • Camera Hacking, Saturdays 1/7-2/11 — Modify or build your own photographic equipment from scratch to get cool effects! Learn how to hack your own camera in a number of ways to take cool new types of pictures.

Electronic Music (brought to you by the Collaborative Electronic Mixed Media Institute):

  • 8bit Sound Design and Music Composition, Mondays 1/9-2/27 — Learn how to compose and produce 8bit music like you would find in classic arcade and videogames! Students will learn how to use LSDJ to create original scores, and will share their results with the class.
  • Overthrow Sound: A first course in electronic music production, Wednesdays 1/4-1/25 — Learn how to produce all sorts of electronic music in the Ableton Live/Suite environment, with a number of other add-ons and programs to help your composition. Jam with classmates and the instructor as you learn how to produce your own music from scratch!

Other Media:

  • Introduction to Sewing, Thursdays, 1/12-1/26 — Learn your way around a sewing machine while making a pair of comfortable drawstring pants. You can learn on our machines or bring your own!
  • Introduction to Leatherworking, Sundays, 1/8-2/5 — This class introduces students to the craft of leatherworking. Students will learn how to use the basic tools involved, and will learn stamping, carving, finishing, and more in this 5-session course.
  • Introduction to Foam Fabrication, Sundays, 1/8-2/26 — Learn the ins and outs of creating foam sculpture and prototypes, from hand-sized pieces to 15′ catfish. This class addresses carving, sanding, and finishing techniques with a professional foam sculptor.