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.

Below our class and tool training listings are organized by category/shop area. Each class has a live link in orange that will bring you to it’s Eventbrite registration page with more detail about class goals, instructor bios, FAQs, prerequisites, and pricing. Check out our Eventbrite Organizer Page for an alternate view!

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Art, Multimedia & More

  • Watercolor Painting Workshop Mon 6:30 – 9pm Mar. 26 – Apr. 9 2018 — In this 3 session workshop students will explore brushstrokes, textures, washes, and the wonderful color effects that can be achieved by overlapping transparent brush strokes and learn basic elements of composition and design.
  • NEW! FREE! Make a Masquerade Mask Workshop! 3rd Thu 7 – 9pm — Come make a mask with us in preparation for The Maker’s Masquerade Gala Fundraiser. We will have some craft supplies for you to create simple masks.
  • Figure Drawing Tuesdays Tue 6:30 – 9:30pm Choose a 2017 Tuesday or Choose a 2018 Tuesday! Monthly Class Passes: Jan. Pass, Feb. Pass  — 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!
  • Introduction to Mold and Cast Making Sun 11am – 1pm Feb. 4 & 11 , Apr. 8 & 15 — This two day course will go over the basic techniques used in molding and casting. Applications and safety will be discussed, students will learn how to plan their projects and then will get to practice making mold chambers and building silicone rubber molds in which they will cast urethane plastic.
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper Weekend Workshop Sat & Sun 10:30am – 4:30pm Jan. 6 & 7In a combination of two enthralling materials, learn to join glass to metal in this weekend workshop! Multiple enameling techniques will be explored in this class: 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.

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Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Bicycle Maintenance: Basic Tune Up Thu 6:30 – 8:30pm Jan. 25 — Anyone who rides a bicycle will benefit from knowing how to do some simple maintenance tasks: students will start with a basic pre-ride checklist and go through basic chain maintenance, bike cleaning, tasks that should be performed between major service and will help ensure that you catch any potential minor issues before they become major problems.
  • Winter Bike Riding & Maintenance Thu 6:30 – 8:30pm Jan. 18 — For any cyclist who refuses to hang up their bike for the winter: this workshop will get you ready with an overview of winter riding and how to prepare for it, as well as the opportunity to exchange information with other four-season riders.
  • Bicycle Maintenance I Thu 7 – 9pm Feb. 1 – 22 Take this four session class to learn the ins and outs of: changing a flat tire, introduction to drive systems and rear derailleurs, brake systems overhaul, introduction to bearings systems and front hub overhaul.

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Business & Marketing

  • Arts Marketing and Business Development, Wed 6 – 9pm — 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 address ongoingly. By appointment. Contact jesa@funnelcakemarketing.com.

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CAD, Programming, Design & Engineering

  • Product Design Consultations Every other Thu; Walk-in and 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, tooling and pitching. Consultations are available by appointment, email abandazian@gmail.com to reserve a half-hour slot.
  • Tool Training: 3D Printer Sun 2 – 4pm Choose A Date! — 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!
  • Introduction to ShopBot CNC Router and VCarve Pro Thu 6:30pm – 9:30pm Nov. 2 – Dec. 7 — Learn to use the Artisan’s Asylum new ShopBot CNC Router — the best professional-grade but hobbyist-accessible version of this tool — and the easy-to-use CAM software required to make it run, while making a project out of wood or plastic from a 2D drawing! For students with previous experience in 2D CAD/vector software such as Inkscape, AutoCAD, or Solidworks.
  • Make Your Own Computer! Mon 7 – 9pm Feb. 2 – 26 Free Computer Labs is a grass roots project to bring computers to people in the community that need them. FCL aims to connect those who need computers with free, powerful technology and software – come learn all about how to build and fix a computer; be empowered by learning how to install free/libre operating systems. Students will be given a repurposed computer loaded with powerful software upon successful completion of the course.
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks Mon 7:15pm – 9:45pm Jan. 8 – Feb. 12 — This 6 session course will introduce students to the world of 3D Modeling in Solidworks. By the end of class, students will be able to create well-constructed 2D sketches, 3D parts and assemblies, and 2D representations of 3D parts and assemblies. Students will know how to create files for transfer to CNC tools, and will know how to prepare files for 3D printing.
  • HSMWorks for CNC Machining Thur 7 – 9pm, Jan. 11 – Feb. 1 — Learn how to interface with CNC machine tools to make parts otherwise impossible from a manually operated point of view. You will learn how to make a solid model in wood, plastic or aluminum and select tools, speeds and feeds and machining operations and translate them into G-Code.
  • Intro to the Multicam Industrial CNC Router Fri 4 – 6pm, Jan. 12 – Feb. 2 — Learn how to build big in this 4 session long intensive training on the industrial Multicam CNC router: you’ll be able to cut 2- and 3-dimensional shapes from full-size, inches-thick sheets of wood, plastics, and aluminum.

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CNC Prototyping & CAM

  • Investment Casting  Sun 3 – 6pm Feb. 4 – 18— This 3 session class is designed to introduce students to the art of casting a metal part from a master model which is destroyed in the process and train them for using the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum Casting Shop. Testing session is included.
  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter Sun 6 – 9pm Choose A Date! — Learn how to use a computer-controlled, water-cooled plasma cutter to cut any shape you want out of a 4’x8′ sheet of metal! In this one session 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 plus make you eligible to schedule your training and get cleared to use the tool on your own as an Asylum member!
  • Tool Training: Asylasaur Laser Cutter Sun 5 – 7pm  Choose a Class in 2018 — The laser cutter is the most flexible and accessible rapid prototyping tool in any shop. This 2-hour training class will cover some basics on how laser cutters work and review full operating procedures for the large format Asylasaur laser cutter. Every student will get to create a small item as part of the class! Testing will be required before students are signed off to use the tool independently as members.
  • NEW! Black Cat Labs Laser Tool Training  Sun 3 – 6pm *or* Tue 7 – 10pm Dec. 17, 2017, or Choose a Date in 2018! — Learn how to use Artisan’s new 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. This 3 hr class will cover the basics, prepping you to pass the test required to operate the Black Cat Labs equipment unsupervised.
  • NEW! Black Cat Labs Laser Rotary Tool Training Mon 7 – 9:30pm Dec. 18, 2017, or Choose A 2018 Date!  — Students will learn the basics of using the rotary tool attachment for the Black Cat Labs laser equipment. This tool allows for laser cutting and engraving on cylindrical parts and students will engrave a pint glass in class! Please note there is a pre-req for this class.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Vinyl Cutter Sun 3 – 4pm Choose Your Session for 2018! — Learn how to use the in-house large-format vinyl cutter, and how to weed, transfer, and apply your vinyl decals. In addition, you’ll learn about the wide variety of applications for vinyl including signs, car decals (bumper/window stickers), laptop decals, home decor, and other projects!
  • NEW! Tool Training: Bridgeport CNC Milling Machine Sat 10:15am – 12:15pm Jan 6 – 27 — In this 4 session intensive training, learn to operate the Artisan’s Asylym Bridgeport Series I Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) milling machine. CNC milling machines can be used to make parts that would be difficult or impossible to machine manually. CNC milling uses build files to control the machines movements, which makes machining multiple copies of the same part easier and more reliable. Please note there are some prerequisites to this course!
  • HSMWorks for CNC Machining Thur 7 – 9pm, Jan. 11 – Feb. 1 — Learn how to interface with CNC machine tools to make parts otherwise impossible from a manually operated point of view. You will learn how to make a solid model in wood, plastic or aluminum and select tools, speeds and feeds and machining operations and translate them into G-Code.
  • Intro to the Multicam Industrial CNC Router Fri 4 – 6pm, Jan. 12 – Feb. 2 — Learn how to build big in this 4 session long intensive training on the industrial Multicam CNC router: you’ll be able to cut 2- and 3-dimensional shapes from full-size, inches-thick sheets of wood, plastics, and aluminum.

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Electronics & Robotics

  • NEW! Make Your Own Computer! Mon 6:30 – 8:30pm Feb. 5 – 26 2018 Free Computer Labs is a grass roots project to bring computers to people in the community that need them. FCL aims to connect those who need computers with free, powerful technology and software – come learn all about how to build and fix a computer; be empowered by learning how to install free/libre operating systems. Students will be given a repurposed computer loaded with powerful software upon successful completion of the course.
  • Hands On Basic Electronics Mon 7 – 9pm Jan. 8 – 29Are 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.
  • NEW! Robotics, Sensing and Imaging: Intro to the Raspberry Pi Thu 7 – 9:30pm, Feb. 1 – 15This three evening workshop will cover the Raspberry Pi 3 (Pi) from the standpoint on it’s use in robotics, sensing and imaging. Students will assemble their robots from a simple Robot Kit made up of components provided for the duration of the class. Command and control will be taught through the Python language. No prior knowledge of Python is assumed.
  • FREE! Circuit Hacking Night Wed 6 – 8pm — 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!

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Fiber Arts

  • FREE! Free Fiber Arts Work Night Every 2nd Thursday 7 – 9pm — 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.
  • NEW! Free Cosplay / Costume Workshop! 2nd and 4th Thu 6:30 – 9:30pm — Join us for free cosplay/costume work nights! Want to wear a costume to a convention? Already have a costume that needs work? Have questions about prop building, EVA foam construction, or costuming? Sign up for this open workshop for members and non-members alike to get together and work on individual or group cosplays, costumes, props, or models.
  • NEW! Beginning Crochet: Make an Infinity Scarf! Wed 6 – 9:30pm Jan. 17 & 24, Feb. 14 & 21 — Come and learn basic crochet stitches (chain, single & double) while making a fashionable infinity scarf!
  • NEW! Learn to Make Hats! Sat & Sun 1:30 – 4pm, Choose a Weekend! 1/20 & 1/21 *or* 2/10 & 2/11In this 2 session weekend class, you’ll learn some sewing and make fabulous one-of-a kind art hats for yourself or to give as gifts! The process will include cutting fabric, using patterns and making one or two hats that will keep you (or some other lucky person) warm and looking great in cold weather!

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • Make a Ring(s)! Sat & Sun 3 – 7 pm, Jan 27 & 28 — Spend a weekend in the Artisan’s Asylum jewelry studio learning to make rings – excellent gifts for yourself/friends/family! Students will learn how to make good solder seams and the fundamentals of polishing with a buffing machine and a tumbler.
  • Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing  Days: Thur 11 am – 2 pm Jan. 11 – Feb. 15 // Eves: Tue 6 – 9 pm, Jan. 23 – Feb. 27 —  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.
  • NEW! Jewelry 102: Soldering and Stone Setting Thu 6 – 9pm, Jan. 11 – 25 — Through this 3-week class you will build upon the skills covered in jewelry 101. Students will improve their soldering technique and practice several different Techniques of setting stones including bezel-setting, tube-setting and prong-setting.
  • NEW! Anodizing Titanium Workshop Sat 11am – 1pm, Jan. 13 This one session workshop will introduce students to the basics of using electricity to color titanium. This process (known as anodizing) uses an electrical current to change the surface color of titanium. Students will come away with at least one finished pendant or earrings.
  • NEW! Photographing Your Jewelry Workshop Sat 2 – 4pm, Jan. 13 This class is for anyone wanting to take high quality photographs of their jewelry. You’ll go over lighting, camera settings and commercially available light boxes. Instructor will bring in a lightbox and Canon SLR to demo and for students to use. Students should feel free to bring their own cameras/lightboxes.
  • NEW! Modern Hoop Earrings Wed 6 – 9:30pm, Feb. 7 A creative jewelry design one-night workshop focusing on creating a modern twist on a classic earring style: the hoop! This class is suitable for beginners.
  • Tool Training: Pulse Arc Welder Monday 7:30-9pm, Dec. 11 — This one session class is designed to introduce students to the Orion pulse arc welder with an overview of its capabilities, basic use and safety guidelines, and practice Q&A to help students get started with their particular projects or interests.
  • Tool Training & Testing: Jewelry Shop Mon 6 – 9pm Choose A Date! — This one session tool training is 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
  • Investment Casting  Sun 3 – 6pm Feb. 4 – 18— This 3 session class is designed to introduce students to the art of casting a metal part from a master model which is destroyed in the process and train them for using the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum Casting Shop. Testing session is included.
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper Weekend Workshop Sat & Sun 10:30am – 4:30pm Jan. 6 & 7In a combination of two enthralling materials, learn to join glass to metal in this weekend workshop! Multiple enameling techniques will be explored in this class: 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.


Machining

  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine Thu 7 – 9pm Jan. 11 & 18, Feb. 22 & Mar. 1 — A two-session basic training in operating the Artisan’s Asylum’s Bridgeport Mills: amazingly versatile tools that can be used to machine precisely dimensioned parts out of metals and plastics. In this class you will learn how to use the Bridgeport mill to perform basic precision machining operations.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Bridgeport CNC Milling Machine Sat 10:15am – 12:15pm Jan 6 – 27 — In this 4 session intensive training, learn to operate the Artisan’s Asylym Bridgeport Series I Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) milling machine. CNC milling machines can be used to make parts that would be difficult or impossible to machine manually. CNC milling uses build files to control the machines movements, which makes machining multiple copies of the same part easier and more reliable. Please note there are some prerequisites to this course!
  • Introduction to the Metal Lathe Wed 7 – 9pm   Jan. 10 & 17, Feb. 21 & 28 — This class will teach students how to operate the metal lathe for precision machining. You will learn tool selection, speeds and feeds, and how to use the DRO (Digital Read Out) to make precisely dimensioned parts.
  • Manual Machining & Layout Sun 1 – 3:30pm Jan. 15 – Feb. 19 — This 5 week intensive class will have you machining aluminum alloy and carbon steel to exacting specifications. You’ll practice a variety of operations on a mill and lathe which will prepare you for creating parts for anything from robots to coffee grinders to bicycles with confidence.

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Metalworking & Welding

  • Metalworking Tool Training: 101 Cut, Grind, and Drill Metal Sat 12 – 2pm Jan. 6 & 13, Feb. 3 & 10 — A quick introduction to the staples of metalworking and the perfect warm-up to welding. Students will learn how to pick the right saw for the job, how to drill holes, and how to grind burrs down, amongst other things.
  • Metalworking Tool Training: 102 Cut, Grind, PUNCH! Sat 2 – 4pm Jan. 6 & 13, Feb. 3 & 10 — Take your metalworking tool training to the next level! In this beginner/intermediate class you’ll learn how to use: vertical bandsaws, our large belt grinder and smaller belt sander, aluminum grinders, the Iron Worker, production jigging. This class can be taken in conjunction with Metalworking Tool Training 101 if you have no prior experience.
  • Basic MIG Welding Tool Training Sun 3 – 7pm Choose A Date! — 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!
  • Introduction to TIG Welding Mon 7:30 – 9:30pm Jan. 8 – 29, Feb. 5 – 26 — 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. 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.


Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing Mon & Wed 6:30 – 9pm Choose A Date in 2018! — 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.

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Woodworking

  • Tool Training: Basics of Woodworking 101 2 Tues  6:30 – 9:30pm Jan. 16 & 23 // Sat & Sun 11am – 2pm, Choose a Date!— 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!
  • NEW! Tool Training: Wood Lathe Fundamentals Thu 6 – 8:30pm   Jan. 4 – 18 Mar. 1 – 15 — In this class, students will be trained to learn safe and independent operation of the lathe wood lathe at the Artisan’s Asylum as well as the fundamentals of spindle turning.
  • Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals Tues 7 – 10pm  Jan. 9 & 16Jan. 23 & 30 — 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.
  • NEW! Build a Cherry Side Table (Part 1)  Mon 6:30 – 9:30pm Jan. 15 – Feb. 12 — This is the first part of a 2 part class teaching fine furniture building techniques: students will start from one rough lumber Cherry board to create a Shaker style Cherry Side Table with a drawer. The techniques and skills learned in this class will allow the student to approach any project size. 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. Project will only be completed if taking second part of class – only students who enroll in this class will be invited to take Part 2.
  • NEW! Build a Keepsake Box Thu 6:30 – 9:30pm Jan. 18 – Feb. 8 — Designed to introduce students to intermediate woodworking and simple joinery. Learn how to use the Asylum’s Sawstop tablesaw to complete a Cherry/Maple Keepsake Box.
  • Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals Mon 6 – 8:30pm  Jan. 8 – 22  — 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.
  • Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer Wed 7 – 9:30pm  Jan. 10 – 24 , Feb. 7 – 21, Mar. 7 – 21 — 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-week 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.

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