Nasty Day? Come Inside and Make Something!

DATE:  January 20, 2014     CATEGORIES:  Current Classes

It’s January, it’s cold and icy outside, the new year has begun. You may be thinking about your resolutions for this year: to try something new, to be more creative, to get out and be social, or to invest in yourself… or you may just be thinking about how many hours of indoor entertainment you’re going to have to plan to last all the way through March.

Either way, Artisan’s Asylum classes are a great answer! Check out the list below for exciting January, February, and March offerings in woodworking, welding, machining, jewelry, glass, bicycle maintenance, CNC design and fabrication, electronicsprinting,… and more!

Open Classes Starting This Week:

Read on for a full list of January, February, and March classes currently accepting registrants:


Assorted Other & Multimedia

  • NEW! Tame the 3Doodler Workshop2-4:30pm Saturday, January 25 – Are you part of the 3D-printing pen sensation that has swept the nation? Having trouble figuring out what to do with your new creative tool? This is the workshop for you! Bring in your 3Doodler and go over tips, techniques, and exercises to get you on your way to successful 3doodles. Taught by Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor and longtime Asylum member and instructor, and first wave 3Doodler artist.

Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Bicycle Maintenance I7-9pm Wednesdays, February 5-26 — 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 the bad weather hits this fall commuter season! Taught by Seven Of Nine, regular Asylum instructor, SCUL pilot, graduate of the Broadway Bicycle School, and general bike builder/modifier extraordinaire.
  • Wheelbuilding7-9pm Thursdays, February 6-27 — Build your very own hand-built bicycle wheel! You will learn to lace, center, true and tension your own rear wheel. Taught by Seven.

Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

  • Making CNC Cutting Files: Intro to CamBam11:30am-1:30pm Sunday, January 26 — Want to learn how to make your own files to run on the Asylum’s Blackfoot CNC router? In just a couple of hours Judah Sher will teach you how to create basic cutting operations such as profiling, pocketing, and engraving using this popular free CAM software.
  • Organic Modeling Basics: Sculptris and Blender11:30am-1:30pm Sunday, February 9 — Learn how to make interesting organic forms using the sculpting tools inside free and open source 3D modeling software. Judah Sher will show you some basic techniques that can be used to quickly model all sorts of shapes, from animal heads to jewelry. You can even use these techniques to warp and change other 3D shapes, such as objects downloaded from thingiverse.com. Finally, you will learn how to export your files so that they’re ready to be made on a 3D printer!
  • From Shapes to Parts: Using 123D Make11:30am-1:30pm Sunday, February 23 — Ever wanted to do more with your 3D model then simply print it out on a 3D printer? In this short taster class Judah Sher will show you how to use 123D Make to turn almost any shape into puzzles of interlocking parts, folded paper sculptures, and more! The results can be printed on a standard ink-based printer, or cut on a laser cutter or CNC router like the Blackfoot in the wood shop. Taught by Judah Sher, industrial designer and rapid prototyping professional.
  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter7-10pm alternate Mondays (changing to Sunday mornings in February) – 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. Taught by Gui Cavalcanti.
  • Tool Training: CNC Woodcutting Router3-6pm alternate Sundays – This three-hour training runs you through the basic operations of the CNC wood-cutting router. Each student will take the machine through an entire workflow cycle, from starting up and homing the machine to part removal and clean-up, leaving with a small product they made themselves. Training in generating 2D CAD files and tool paths available separately. Taught by Judah Sher, industrial designer and rapid prototyping professional.

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! Run by Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.
  • NEW!  Intro to Electronics, 7-9:30pm Mondays, February 10-24 — Have you ever stared blankly at strangely color coded parts and wondered where to get started?  Intro to Electronics is a new rotating series that will teach you the basics: how to use some fundamental tools, how to identify and read components, and how those components are used.  We’ll do this through a combination of discussion and hands-on experimentation.    This is a rotating class with different components and/or tools taught each week!
  • NEW!  In-Depth Electronics, 1-4pm Sundays, February 9-23 — So you know how a resistor works, but how do you do something real, like make a robot move?  In In-Depth Electronics, we’ll cover deeper topics in detail, through a combination of discussion and hands-on experimentation.  Each month we’ll cover a different area in three sessions.  Bring your ideas and creativity!

Glass/Lampworking

  • Glass 201: Implosions7-9:30pm Monday, January 27 — This intensive, fast-paced class will delve into some of the more complex techniques for working molten glass on a small scale. Imploding glass is to collapse color violently inward with the goal of creating a three dimensional controlled flow of color. Create realistic flowers, marine tendrils, fireworks, and streaks of color in molten glass! Taught by Joanne and Michael Soroka.
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper Workshops11am-4pm Sunday, February 2 & 9, and 6:30-9pm Thursdays February 27 & March 6 — Bring color to your jewelry! Create a beautiful jewelry pendant or miniature, while learning the delicate art of joining glass to copper. Three separate sessions available in February — students can sign up for more than one if they’d like to complete additional projects! Taught by Barbara Marder, artist, jeweler, enamelist, lifetime arts educator, and longtime Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • Glass 101: Pendants7-9:30pm Monday, February 3 — This fun and fast-paced class will introduce you to the basic techniques for working molten glass on a small scale. Walk away with a beautiful glass pendant you made yourself! Perfect for a holiday gift for friends and family. Taught by Joanne Soroka, professional lampworker, artist, jewelery-maker, and teacher, and Michael Soroka, engineer, maker, and accomplished glass worker.
  • Glass 102: Beads, 7-9:30pm Monday, February 10 — This fun and fast-paced class will introduce you to the basic techniques for working molten glass on a small scale. This is all about making glass beads with molten glass on a mandrel! Taught by Joanne and Michael Soroka.
  • Glass 202: Marbles7-9:30pm Monday, February 17 — This intensive, fast-paced class will delve into some of the more complex techniques for working molten glass on a small scale. You’ll learn how to make hot and cold joints with glass punties, and how to use these tools to make a perfect sphere of molten glass, with decorative designs. Taught by Joanne and Michael Soroka.
  • Glass Shop Tool Training7-9:30pm Monday, February 24 — Learn the safety procedures and proper tool operation to use the small torches and the annealing oven for soda-lime glass with a coefficient of thermal expansion of 104 without supervision. Taught by Joanne and Michael Soroka.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • Jewelry: Directed Open Studio6-9pm Wednesdays, January 29 – February 26 — Taken some classes in jewelry-making and ready to start out on your own projects, but still uncomfortable working by yourself? Want an expert’s opinion to help when you reach a project snag? Join Sage for Directed Open Studios on Wednesday nights! With personalized attention, students will be guided into problem solving, tackling more complex design, soldering solutions and introduction to different tooling.
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper Workshops11am-4pm Sunday, February 2 & 9, and 6:30-9pm Thursdays February 27 & March 6 — Bring color to your jewelry! Create a beautiful jewelry pendant or miniature, while learning the delicate art of joining glass to copper. Three separate sessions available in February — students can sign up for more than one if they’d like to complete additional projects! Taught by Barbara Marder, artist, jeweler, enamelist, lifetime arts educator, and longtime Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • NEW! Jewelry: Earring Workshop10am-5pm Sunday, March 2 – Ever want to make your own earrings?  This intensive one day class will lead you through all of the steps to turn your original designs into beautiful jewelry! Taught by Corkie Hobbie, graduate of Pratt Institute, jeweler, metalsmith, and maker, and new Asylum instructor.
  • Make a Stone-Set Ring! 10am-5pm Sunday, March 16 – Create sterling silver rings with a beautiful stone in this fun and fast-paced workshop! In one afternoon you will learn the basics of piercing, soldering, filing and setting a stone. We will create band rings whose surface can be embellished by small files, a rolling mill and decorative stamps. You’ll use round wire to fabricate a second ring. Students will be shown how to solder a bezel in a classical process of stone setting. Taught by Karen Christians, professional jewelry maker, metal smith, tool designer, writer and educator, and leader of the jewelry studio at Artisan’s Asylum.
  • NEW! Intro to Wax Carving for Casting Jewelry10am-5pm Saturday, March 22 — In this exciting new one-day intensive workshop, learn the techniques to take a block of wax and transform it into jewelry. Students will learn to saw, file, sand and texture wax for silver casting. Taught by Corkie Hobbie, graduate of Pratt Institute, jeweler, metalsmith, and maker, and new Asylum instructor.
  • Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop, Fridays — 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. 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, see below.
  • Tool Testing: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop, Fridays — Students will demonstrate proper use and location of all the tools in the Hot Crafts Jewelry studio, including setting up and operating the acetylene gas tank, setting up and breaking down a soldering area, and using the polishing set up, rolling mill, and flex shaft. Tool Testing is necessary for all students and prospective members before being allowed to work independently in the shop.

Machining

  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine, 7-9:30pm alternate Wednesdays – One-session basic training on the Asylum’s Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Danaan Metge, mechanical engineer, maker, prototyper, and Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • Tool Training: Manual Metalworking Lathe, 7:30-10pm alternate Mondays – Basic training on the Asylum’s Colchester/Clausing Metalworking Lathe. No additional testing necessary. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • Tool Training: CNC Mill, 7:30-10pm alternate Mondays — 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. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.

Metalworking & Welding

  • Introduction to Brazing, 7-9:30pm Tuesdays, January 14-28 — Brazing is a uniquely useful metal joining process that allows for joining dissimilar metals and joining metals that could not otherwise be joined by welding. Learn about joint design, brazing technique, and practice joining dissimilar metals; join very thin steel (.010 thick!) to thick steel plates, and join thin walled steel tubes without welding. Even learn how to repair castings made from iron alloys with poor weldability! Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • Metalworking Intensive7-10pm Wednesdays, February 5-26 — 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. Taught by Paul Carson, Asylum member, engineer, and self-taught bicycle designer, and David Dowling, Asylum member, metal artist and fabricator.
  • DIY Kinetic Sculpture: Tabletop Flying Machine, 1-5pm Saturday & Sunday, February 15 & 16 — Motion is mesmerizing, especially when it’s art. In this weekend workshop, make a kinetic machine that mimics winged flight to grace your tabletop. Learn brazing and small metal working skills as well as basic mechanical concepts of rotary to linear motion. Taught by Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor and longtime Asylum member and instructor.
  • Tool Training: MIG Welder7-9pm alternate Thursdays, January 16 & 30 — Looking for an introduction or refresher to using the MIG welder? This training will get you up and running and ready to take on your own projects.  Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • Tool Training: Metalworking Support Tools1-4pm most Saturdays — Basic training on jump shear, bending brake, the abrasive cutoff saw, horizontal & vertical band saws, angle grinders, belt sander, drill press, and spot welders. Both training and testing necessary for use. Taught by Chris Kearney.
  • Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, & Heating7-10pm Thursday, January 23 — 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 Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.

Printing

  • Fun & Profit with a Heat Press6-10pm Tuesday, February 4 — If you’re looking for a quick and easy alternative to burning screens, emulsions, inks, and squeegees, learn how to use a Heat Press with custom printed transfers to quickly and easily make custom shirts or other paraphernalia for your group, event or fundraiser. Taught by Mark Cathro, who runs his gamer t-shirt company ArmorClass10 out of Artisan’s Asylum in his free time.

Woodworking

  • NEWLY REVISED! Tool Training: Basic Woodworking Tools10:30am-1:30pm most Sundays — Just looking for an intro woodshop crash course or refresher? This class offers basic training in the most accessible woodworking saws and tools, teaching correct use of the hand drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, jig saw, panel saw, scroll saw, drill press, and belt sander. Taught by Lena Sherbakov, mathematician and neuroscientist, maker and artist, and long-time Artisan’s Asylum member and volunteer. See registration page for exact dates available.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer7:30-9:30pm Wednesdays, 2-week sessions starting January 8 — 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 2-week class, learn the maintenance and safe operation of these tools, and the techniques for using them to dimension rough stock. Taught by Jason Rossitto, architectural designer, self-taught woodworker, and longtime Artisan’s Asylum member and volunteer.
  • Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals4-6:30pm Sundays, 2-week sessions — The table saw is the center of most woodshops. Almost all woodworking projects, from fine furniture to general construction, use a table saw. When used incorrectly, however, it is also one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. In this two part class, learn to use a table saw safely and accurately, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple project. Taught by Chris Haynes, furniture maker, professional shop manager, and volunteer Artisan’s Asylum woodshop monitor.
  • Tool Training: CNC Woodcutting Router3-6pm alternate Sundays — This three-hour training runs you through the basic operations of the CNC wood-cutting router. Each student will take the machine through an entire workflow cycle, from starting up and homing the machine to part removal and clean-up, leaving with a small product they made themselves. Training in generating 2D CAD files and tool paths available separately. Taught by Judah Sher, industrial designer and rapid prototyping professional.

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