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 unique Eventbrite registration page with more detail about classes, instructor bios, FAQs, prerequisites, and pricing.

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Art, Multimedia & More

  • NEW! Carve Your Own Rubber Stamp   Sat 10:15am – 1:45pm, 6/24 // Sun 3pm – 7pm, 8/6  — In this make and take workshop, you’ll use an easy-to-carve material to create your own rubber stamp. We’ll cover tools, carving styles, and printing techniques and then roll up our sleeves and get to work. Carved rubber stamps can be used for everything from fine art prints to stationery to business cards to printed fabric to temporary tattoos. They’re also great for reproducing slogans and logos.
  • NEW! Introduction to Mold and Cast Making   Sun 1 – 3pm, July 16 & 23— This two session course will go over the basic techniques used in molding with silicone rubber and casting with urethane plastic. Ticket sales close at noon Friday before first class session.
  • NEW! Foamsmithing 101: Build A Helmet!   Tue 6:30 – 8:30pm, July 11 – 25 — Want to wear a costume to a convention? Interested in learning how to fabricate using an incredibly common and suprisingly versatile material? Come learn how to use standard EVA foam floor mats to make stunning armor by learning to build your own helmet out of EVA foam!
  • NEW! Free Cosplay Workshop! 2nd and 4th Thu 6:30-9:30pm — Join us for a new series of free cosplay 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.
  • Figure Drawing Tuesdays Tue 6:30 – 9:30pm Choose a Tuesday! NEW! Monthly Class Passes July PassAugust 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! Also, monthly class passes now available for 2017: make art a habit!
  • Watercolor Painting Workshop Thu 6:30-9pm, Aug 3 – 17 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.

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Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Bicycle Maintenance I Thu 7 – 9pm, July 6 – 27— Learn how to maintain your bicycle! The four classes in this course will cover the following topics: changing a flat tire, introduction to drive systems and rear derailleurs, brake systems overhaul, and introduction to bearings systems and front hub overhaul.
  • NEW! Introduction To Brazing Thu 7:15 – 9:45pm, May 4 – 25 — 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!
  • Build Your Own Bike Frame Tue 7:15 – 9:45pm Jun. 27 – Sept. 5 — Whether you’re an avid cyclist looking for a durable frame which fits you better than anything off­-the­-shelf, a commuter looking for a bicycle with personal touches, or just interested in learning a new skill which elegantly fuses science and craftsmanship, this class will teach you a functional craft with roots dating back more than a century and you’ll also come away from the class with your own lugged steel bicycle frame!

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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 1 – 3pm Choose A Date! — This one session class will train students on how to use the Asylum’s Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D printer safely and effectively, running through using the 3D model compiler, printing parts, changing materials in and out of the material loading bays, running finished parts through the dissolving bath, and properly disposing of all materials after the print: all the training you need to get going in one afternoon!
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks  Mon 7:15pm – 9:45pm Jun. 19 – Jul. 31 This 6 session course will introduce students to the world of 3D Modeling. 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.
  • Introduction to ShopBot CNC Router and VCarve Pro Thu 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Jun. 1 – 29 — 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.

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CNC Prototyping & CAM

  • Investment Casting  Sun 7 – 10pm Apr. 9 – 23 — 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 Asylum’s 2 laser cutters. 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! 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! Robotics, Sensing and Imaging: Intro to the Raspberry Pi Thu 7 – 9:30pm, Join The Waitlist!This course will cover the use of the Raspberry Pi to demonstrate the fundamentals of robotics with special emphasis on nearby object detection, rapid motion control and the techniques of real-time image acquisition and interpretation. The topics covered in this class, while taught from the standpoint of robotics, are useable in a host of other applications where object-detection, motion-control or imaging is required.
  • NEW! Wearable Interactive Electronics Sun 10:15am – 2:45pm, Choose A Sunday! Next Up: 6/18Learn about the latest awesome widget from Adafruit Industries, the Circuit Playground, a wearable microcontroller that has ten multicolor RGB LEDs, a microphone, speaker, accelerometer, light sensor, and other goodies that can make any piece of clothing an interactive light and sound show. The Circuit Playground is an Arduino compatible device, and uses the same well known interface that has been taught previously. Please note: ticket sales end 24 hrs in advance, don’t wait till the last minute to buy your tickets. Sign yourself up and bring your Dad for Father’s Day!
  • Hands On Basic Electronics Mon 7 – 9pm, July 10 – 31Are 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 1st Wed 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! Beginning Crochet: Make A Chunky Infinity Cowl Wed 6 – 9:30pm, Sept. 20 & 27Learn basic crochet stitches (chain, single & double) while making a fashionable cowl!
  • NEW! Introduction to Knitting: Make a Tote Bag! Sun 3 – 5:30pm, June 4 & 11This class is designed to give students an introduction to the fundamentals of knitting while making a stylish tote bag!
  • Sewing from a Pattern: Make a Skirt Wed 6 – 8:30pm, Aug. 2 – Sept.6The goals of this class are to teach sewing machine operation, reveal the basic building blocks of the clothing all around us, demystify the codified instructions of sewing patterns, and learn hands-on how to make a pretty skirt!

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • Make a Ring(s)! Sat & Sun 3 – 7 pm, July 8 & 9 — Spend a day in the Artisan’s Asylum jewelry studio learning to make several rings that will impress your friends! Students will learn how to make good solder seams and the fundamentals of polishing with a buffing machine and a tumbler.
  • NEW! Intro to Argentium Sat & Sun 3 – 7 pm, July 22 & 23 — Argentium is commonly called “High Karat Sterling Silver”. With the added alloy of Germanium to Fine Silver and Copper, this combination allows for metal to be fused rather than soldered for most applications. Argentium is resistant to tarnish and fire scale, making this metal more flexible in fabricating than traditional sterling silver. Students will learn how to fuse copper, brass, Argentium and gold wire to flat sheet, fuse two wires to create a ring, as well as tricks and tips in working with Argentium.
  • 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
  • NEW! Jewelry Directed Open Studio Mon 10am – 1pm, June 19 — Have you taken some classes in jewelry-making and feel almost ready to start out on your own projects, but want some support? Sign up for this 1 session class and enjoy freedom to pursue your own project with an instructor to provide demos on techniques and then guide you on making your ideas come to life!
  • Modern Classic Hoop Earrings Wed 6 – 9:30pm, June 21 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.
  • Simple Stud Earrings Thu 6 – 9:30pm, June 22 Take this fun and quick evening class all about stud earrings! This class will cover how to make different styles of studs and other basic jewelry techniques: students will pick a style and should expect to make 1-2 pairs of earrings. This class is suitable for beginners.
  • Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing Tue 6 – 9 pm, Returning in the Fall! —  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.


Machining

  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine Tue 7 – 9pm, June 20 &27 // Thu 7 – 9pm July 13 & 20, Aug. 10 & 17, — 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 Sun 6 – 8pm, Aug. 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, June 21 & 28, July 12 & 19, Aug. 9 & 16, — 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.
  • NEW! Tool Training: CNC Lathe Sat 1 – 3pm, July 15 – Aug. 5 — This 4 session intensive training will teach you everything you need to know to operate a 10HP Millport 1740 CNC lathe to make complex parts. Please note there are some prerequisites to this course!
  • Manual Machining & Layout Sun 1 – 3pm, July 9 – Aug. 13 — This 6 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 3 – 5pm, June 3 & 10, July 8 & 15 — Learn how to pick the right saw for the job, how to drill holes, and how to grind the burrs down. A quick introduction to the staples of metalworking and the perfect warm-up to welding.
  • Metalworking Tool Training: 102 Cut, Grind, PUNCH! Sat 5 – 7pm, June 3 & 10 — You’ll cover the safe and effective use of: vertical bandsaws, our large belt grinder and smaller belt sander, aluminum grinders, the Iron Worker, and production jigging. Your teacher will demonstrate safe and successful usage of each tool, and each student will have hands-on time with each tool under supervision.
  • Basic MIG Welding Tool Training Sat 3 – 6pm, 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 Special 2 Week Summer Session Mon & Thu 7:30-9:30pm July 3 – 13 // Mon Aug. 7 – 28 — 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, Next up 6/19 & 6/21 — 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

  • NEW! Tool Training: Wood Lathe Fundamentals Thu 6 – 8:30pm, July 6 – 20 , Aug. 3 – 17 — 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.
  • NEW! Wood Lathe: Guided Practice Sat 10:15am – 12:15pm, Choose A Date! Next Up: 6/17! — Do you have experience with the wood lathe but need a refresher? Are you a beginner who could use some help with technique and fundamental skills? This single session class will put some supervised lathe time under your belt to help you build the confidence in turning on your own and in planning your next project.
  • NEW! Introduction to Woodcarving Tue 5:30 – 8:30pm, July 11 – 25 — In this three-week introductory class, students will experiment with many different methods of carving wood using traditional and modern tools. Students will spend time getting to know Southeast Asian carving chisels, European chisels, and Flex-Shaft Carving Tools, and use them to create intricate decorative work and large sculptural pieces.
  • Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals Wed 7 – 10pm, Returning Soon with a New Instructor! — 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.
  • Tool Training: Basics of Woodworking 101 2 Sun 11am – 2pm, June 18 & 25 // Special July Weekend Intensive sessions: Sat. & Sun. 11am – 2pm, July 8 & 9, July 22 & 23 — 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!
  • Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals Mon 6 – 8:30pm, July 10 – 24, Aug. 7 – 21, Sept 11 – 25  — 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, July 12 – 26, Aug. 9 – 23 — 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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