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.
  • 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! 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.
  • NEW! Build a Costume: Sword, Ax, or Mace Sat 12:30 – 4:30pm Oct. 21 Want to make a legendary, epic halloween costume? Are you playing an extra in a low budget medieval movie? Come learn how to make a sword, axe, or mace out of some easy to acquire materials in this one afternoon workshop.
  • Figure Drawing Tuesdays Tue 6:30 – 9:30pm Choose a Tuesday! Monthly Class Passes Oct. Pass, Nov. 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 1:30 – 4pm Nov. 5 & 12 — 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

  • NEW! Introduction To Brazing Wed 7 – 9:30pm Nov. 8 – Dec. 6 — 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. This class is strongly recommended as a co/pre-requisite for the Build Your Own Bicycle Frame class, coming soon!

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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.
  • NEW! Search Engine Optimization 101 Wed 6:30 – 9:30pm Oct. 18 — Did you know that 75% of online users never scroll past the first page of results on Google? Learn the Art of Search Engine Manipulation! If you have a website that needs some help generating traffic, increasing engagement and time on site, or driving customers further down the conversion funnel, this is the class for you.

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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 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.
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks Mon 7:15pm – 9:45pm Oct. 30 – Dec. 11 — This 6 session course (no class Nov. 27) 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.

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CNC Prototyping & CAM

  • Investment Casting Wed 6:30 – 9:30pm Oct. 25 – Nov. 8 — 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 *or* Thu 7 – 9pm Choose A Date! — 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 Choose A Date! — 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! Tool Training: Vinyl Cutter Sun 5 – 6pm Choose Your Session! — 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!

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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 Nov. 6 – 27Are 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.
  • 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! Make Fleece Hats! Sat & Sun 1:30 – 4pm, Choose a Weekend! Next Up: 10/21 & 10/22In this class, you’ll learn sewing and make fabulous one-of-a kind art hats from polar fleece 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!
  • NEW! Beginning Crochet: Make A Chunky Infinity Cowl Wed 6 – 9:30pm Nov. 8 & 15, Dec. 6 & 13Come and learn basic crochet stitches (chain, single & double) while making a fashionable infinity cowl! Will make great gifts – project can flex to be a scarf!
  • NEW! Button! Button! Sat 1 – 4:30pm Nov. 4 — Spend the afternoon at the Artisan’s Asylum making metal buttons from copper, brass, bronze, and silver (silver optional) to complement your clothing and bag projects. This half-day workshop is designed for those with no prior jewelry experience, you will be learn to use basic jeweler’s tools: the jeweler’s saw, disk cutter, mini-drill bits on the flex shaft, and dome forming dies.
  • 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.

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • Make a Ring(s)! Sat & Sun 3 – 7 pm, Nov. 18 & 19 — 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.
  • NEW! Make A Money Clip Workshop Sat & Sun 3 – 7 pm, Nov. 8 — A creative jewelry design class focusing on making a money clip! This class is a fun quick evening class just in time for the holidays! You will make 1-2 money clips that make perfect gifts! This class will cover how to make 2 different styles of money clips and other basic jewelry techniques.
  • NEW! Button! Button! Sat 1 – 4:30pm Nov. 4 — Spend the afternoon at the Artisan’s Asylum making metal buttons from copper, brass, bronze, and silver (silver optional) to complement your clothing and bag projects. This half-day workshop is designed for those with no prior jewelry experience, you will be learn to use basic jeweler’s tools: the jeweler’s saw, disk cutter, mini-drill bits on the flex shaft, and dome forming dies.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Pulse Arc Welder Monday 7:30-9pm, Choose a Date! — 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  Wed 6:30 – 9:30pm Oct. 25 – Nov. 8— 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.
  • Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing  NEW! Daytime Session Mon 11am – 2pm Oct. 30 – Dec. 11 // Tue 6 – 9 pm, Nov. 7 – Dec. 12 —  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, Nov. 16 – Dec. 7 — Through this 3-week class you will build upon the skills covered in jewelry 101. Students will improve their soldering technique practice several different ways of setting stones. Techniques will include bezel-setting, tube-setting and prong-setting.


Machining

  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine Thu 7 – 9pm Nov. 2 & 9, Dec. 7 & 14, — 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 Oct. 7 – 28 — 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  Nov. 1 & 8, Dec. 6 & 13, — 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 Oct. 30 – Nov. 27 — 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 Nov. 4 & 11, Dec. 2 & 9 — 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 Nov. 4 & 11 — 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 Sat *or* 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!
    • MIG 2 One Day Welding Workshop Thu 7 – 10pm Choose A Date! — Want to boost your MIG confidence? Take this class and learn to make your MIG welds look and function more like expert TIG welds! This class is specifically designed for people who have already taken an introductory MIG class, at Asylum or elsewhere, but want to expand their MIG comfort and expertise.
    • NEW! Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Torch Sunday 1 – 4pm *or* 2:30 – 5:30pmChoose A Date! — The oxy-acetylene rig is the most versatile piece of equipment in the welding shop, with the ability to perform welding, cutting, brazing, & heating, this tool is a must for any metalworker’s skill set. Take this one-session class will train you on safe operation of the tool and demonstrate its range of functions.
    • NEW! Introduction To Brazing Wed 7 – 9:30pm Nov. 8 – Dec. 6 — 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. This class is strongly recommended as a co/pre-requisite for the Build Your Own Bicycle Frame class, coming soon!
    • Introduction to TIG Welding Mon 7:30 – 9:30pm Nov. 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. 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.
    • NEW! TIG Stainless One Day Welding Workshop Sun 10:30am – 1:30pm Choose A Date! 11/5 or 12/10 — Stainless TIG welding is one of the greatest joys in the welding world! Unlike plain carbon steel, it doesn’t rust, so once the welding is done, there’s no need to worry about painting. It’s a welder’s dream material, as long as you avoid a few issues that can ruin the material’s amazing corrosion resistance and beautiful appearance. NOTE: This is NOT an introductory class, please check class description for pre-reqs.
    • NEW! TIG Aluminum One Day Welding Workshop Sun 1 – 4pm Choose A Date! 10/29 or 12/3 — Aluminum is a magical material–lightweight, strong, easy to machine, and it doesn’t rust! Welding it can be daunting, because it’s very different from steel. Take this class to gain the confidence and experience to start welding aluminum on your own. NOTE: This is NOT an introductory class, please check class description for pre-reqs.


    Screen Printing

    • Single-Color Screen Printing Mon & Wed 6:30 – 9pm Choose A Date! — 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 Tue & Wed  6:30 – 9:30pm Nov. 7 & 8 // Weekend Intensive session: 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  Nov. 2 – 16 , Dec. 7 – 21 , Jan. 4 – 18 — 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  Nov. 7 & 14Nov. 21 & 28, Dec. 5 & 12 — 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 2 Cube Shelf! Mon 6:30 – 9:30pm Oct. 30 – Nov. 20 — This class will teach you how to build a double cube shelf (24″ x 12″x 10″) starting from rough lumber – while using the following tools: sawstop tablesaw, planer, and jointer – finishing techniques will be demonstrated as well.
  • NEW! Build a Keepsake Box Thu 6:30 – 9:30pm Oct. 26 – Nov. 30 — 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 Oct. 2 – 23, Nov. 6 – 20  — 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 Oct. 4 – 23, Nov. 8 – 22, Dec. 6 – 20 — 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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