New March Classes on Sale, February Updates!

DATE:  February 12, 2012     CATEGORIES:  Current Classes

Classes defying categories:

  • NEW! Printmaking: Screen Printing 1, Tuesdays, March 6 – April 10 — Screen Printing returns to Artisan’s Asylum! Come take this inaugural class in our new screen printing studio, and learn the basics of this popular type of printmaking. Students will learn to print on paper, wood, and fabric, and take home their own printed T-shirt or poster at the end of the class!
  • NEW! Leatherworking Projects: Utility Belt, Sundays, March 4-25 — For those looking for an intro to leatherworking or to build on basic leatherworking skills: this class will take students through design conception to completion of custom leather utility belts. Students will learn to create patterns, utilize tools, cut, sew, and dye leather.
  • NEW! Introduction to Film Production Sundays, March 4 – April 1 — Ever had ideas for your own movie, but weren’t sure how to get from page to screen? Production is the essential glue that binds all the collaborative elements of filmmaking together. In this course, we will go over how to budget a short feature film, how to write a shooting schedule, and how to create a business plan to get your project funded and distributed. (Brought to you by CEMMI.)
  • NEW! Homebrew Beer Primer: A Roundtable Discussion, Fridays, March 2-23 — Home brewed beer is super tasty, easy to make, and a big hit with family and friends. This presentation-discussion class is a basic primer for making your own beer at home.
  • Business Consulting for Artists & Makers: Office Hours, Thursdays 5-7pm — This is a new FREE service offered to Artisan’s Asylum members. Dan Trajman will be holding open hours every Thursday afternoon for anyone who would like consultation on business-related concerns: register now to reserve a slot!
  • Tool Training: Basic Machine Tools, most Saturdays and Sundays, 12-2pm — 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. See registration for exact dates available.

Computer Lab

  • NEW! Programming Visual and Generative Art, Tuesdays, March 6-27 — This class will be an overview of Processing, an open source programming language meant for creating interactive visual art.  Processing combines programming and creative expression, making it appealing to both the creatively and technically inclined.  This course will start from the basics of processing (static 2d drawing) and slowly add features until we have interactive, animated pieces of art! (Brought to you by CEMMI.)
  • NEW! Introduction to Adobe Illustrator, Saturdays March 10-31 — This class will cover the absolute basics of the Adobe Illustrator vector graphics software. Vector graphics are an incredibly useful tool, used to create infinitely scalable logos/graphics and importable into 3D applications for extrusion modeling and even for creating tool paths for CNC machinery. Proceeds help buy software for the new computer lab!

Electronics & Robotics

  • NEW! Boombox to Go, Wednesdays, March 7-28 — Have you ever been out and about, camping in the woods, biking around, or anywhere else with a serious lack of beats? Are you looking for the perfect device to start a spontaneous dance party everywhere you go? In this course you will build a great-sounding, inexpensive, and efficient battery-powered boombox that you can take with you anywhere. (Brought to you by CEMMI.)
  • NEW! Introduction to Analog Circuit Design, Thursdays, March 8-29 — In this followup to Introduction to Electronics, students will work with transistors, operational amplifiers, and a few other basic components to create circuits with a variety of audio applications – including amplification, filtering, and signal processing. By the end of the course you’ll be able to make a simple guitar amp, audio equalizer, or radio system!
  • NEW! Microcontroller Basics for Highschool Students, Mondays, March 5-26 — This class will cover the basics of electronics and microcontroller programming, designed for students ages 14-18. After covering basic principles, students will learn to program microcontrollers using the Arduino programming tools. Go home with your own microcontroller board that you built yourself, and all the tools to program it!
  • NEW! Making Things Move: Intro, Mondays, February 13-27 — This 3-week survey course will cover the basic principles of traditional and novel actuators. Students will study the physics of how voltage, current, torque, velocity, and position are related with a variety of actuators, and learn which actuators work best for which types of tasks.
  • Introduction to Arduino: MARCH, SOLD OUT! Wednesdays, March 7-28 — Learn how to program and use an Arduino! This easy-to-learn open source microcontroller board takes all sorts of sensor inputs, follows user-generated programs, and outputs data and power. Arduinos are commonly used in robotics, mechatronics, and all manners of electronics projects around the world.
  • Tool Training: Basic Electronics Tools — Training on wire cutters, soldering stations, board vises, multimeters, stereoscope, electronics bandsaws, ESD mats, and more; sessions will be scheduled according to demand.
  • NEW! Robotics Intensive: Rideable Hexapod, Tuesdays, April 17 – July 31 — Participate in the culmination of several years of dreaming and planning on how to design, program, and fabricate giant robots. This 4-month whirlwind of a class will touch on mechanical design, hydraulic actuation design, electrical design, control system design, programming, and heavy-duty mechanical and electrical fabrication, and will result in the construction of a thousand pound, rideable hexapod robot. The class will be co-taught by three industry roboticists (Gui Cavalcanti, Dan Cody, and James Whong). Students are expected to have existing competency in one or more of a number of engineering, design, or fabrication fields. Tickets go on sale March 1, but put yourself on the waiting list now!

Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

  • Introduction to Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Saturday, March 10 — 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, scheduled week by week — Learn everything you need to know to print 3D models and prototypes on our new uPrint SE Plus 3D printer! This class covers everything you need to know to safely and properly operate the printer as an Asylum member.

Casting & Moldmaking

  • NEW! Metalcasting with Sand, Bone and Water, Saturday and Sunday, March 10 & 11 — Learn to cast with molten metal without all the expensive equipment! In this workshop, you’ll learn to cast 3-dimensional metal pieces using simple and versatile molding methods and organic materials: water, delft clay, and cuttlebone. Students will gain experience carving, molding, casting, and soldering.
  • Dates Changed! Concrete Countertop Casting, Mondays, March 5-April 9 — Peter Montague will lead this class through the process of casting professional concrete countertops for the Asylum kitchen cabinets being built in this month’s Woodworking Intensive class!
  • Introduction to Casting & Moldmaking: MARCH, SOLD OUT! Mondays, March 5-26 — Learn the basics of casting from life and from object models, using safe materials to replicate everyday objects in plaster, wax, plastic, or rubber — including your various body parts


  • NEW! Metalsmithing 1: Sketchbook for the Soul, Wednesdays, March 7-28 — This first step into metalsmithing/jewelry techniques is also an exercise in design process. You will fabricate a unique applique sketchbook cover using jewelry techniques with cold connections, soldering and piercing metal, while using the pages of the sketchbook to lay out ideas to develop your applique theme.
  • Manual Machining Projects: Build a Model Engine, Tuesdays, February 21 to March 13 — In this follow-up to Christian’s popular Manual Machining & Layout class, students will apply their basic machining and layout skills to build their own model steam engine.
  • Intro to TIG Welding: MARCH, Mondays, March 5-26 and Tuesdays, March 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.
  • Metalworking Intensive: MARCH, Wednesdays, March 7-28 — 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.
  • Tool Training: Basic Metalworking Machine Tools, most Saturdays, 4-6pm, and Sundays, 3-5pm — Basic training on sheet metal tools, chop saws, hand grinders, cutoff wheels, metal bandsaws, and spot welders. See registration for exact dates.
  • Tool Training: Precision Machine Tools, scheduled according to demand — Basic training on the operation of our Bridgeport manual mills, manual lathes, and our Sharp CNC mill. Tools scheduled individually, according to appointment.


  • NEW! Joinery 1: Hand Tools, SOLD OUT! Saturdays, March 10-31 — This is the first in a new series of classes designed to teach the art of joinery from beginning to end. This 4-week session in the maintenance and use of the student’s own block plane, chisels, and cabinet scraper will be a required prerequisite for all following classes in the series. Sign up now!
  • Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box, SOLD OUT! Wednesdays, April 4 – May 2 — 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, most Saturdays and Sundays, 12-2pm  — Basic training on panel saw, compound sliding miter saw, scroll saws, and woodworking bandsaws. See registration for exact dates.
  • Tool Training: Advanced Woodworking Machine Tools, scheduled on demand — Basic training on jointers, planers, routers and router tables.

Sewing & Fiber Arts

  • New! Introduction to Embroidery, Saturday February 18 — If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at embroidery but never gotten around to it, this is the class for you. In one four-hour workshop, learn a series of basic stitches to get you started making anything from a traditional sampler to a completely unique piece.
  • Introduction to Sewing, Saturdays, March 17-31 — 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!
  • Tool Training: Sewing Shop, scheduled by appointment — Learn your way around our sewing shop, with a brief introduction to the facilities, and training available on our sewing machines. Training on the industrial sewing machine, serger, and leather hand-stitch sewing machine coming soon!

Bicycle Maintenance & Repair

  • Basic Bicycle Maintenance, Wednesdays, March 7-28 — You may know how to ride your bicycle, but if you don’t know how to take care of it you’ll end up losing speed, causing damage, or stranded with a flat tire. Get your bike skills in shape before you hit the road again in the spring!
  • Advanced Bicycle Maintenance, Mondays, March 5-26 — If you want to get deeper into the workings of your bicycle, this is the class for you! Learn skills like rear hub overhaul (rebuilding), truing your wheels, headset overhaul, and front derailleur adjustments.
  • Tool Training: Intro to Bike Shop, Wednesdays 6-7pm — This is a FREE introduction to SCUL’s bike shop, mandatory for any member hoping to use bike shop equipment. This short tour will introduce you to the ins and outs of “Fort Tyler”, which equipment is open for members’ use and which not, and basic standards of operation in the shop.