DATE:  April 20, 2021     CATEGORIES:  Class Description, Classes, Community, Sewing

With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to throw open your sash, take a deep breath, and sign up for a Fresh Air Series class at Artisan’s Asylum. Whether you are a beginner or more seasoned maker, our hands-on workshops are designed to introduce students to new and innovative ways to create in a safe, in-person environment. And, with classes being held in well-ventilated space on our loading dock and strict COVID protocols in place, students can feel safe about venturing out for inspiration, collaboration and camaraderie. 

Spread your wings by signing up for one of our new Fresh Air Series classes in May and June:

Wire-Wrapped Pendant – (May 1 or May 9, 1-4pm) Learn the fundamentals of wire wrapping and weaving, then design and wrap a gorgeous piece of jewelry that can be worn or given as a gift.

Needle Felting – (May 8, 3-5pm) Learn the basic characteristics and functions of needle felting through step by step instructions, then create your own piece of fiber art.

Figure Drawing – (May 11, 6:30-8:30pm) Explore the human form through drawing and painting. The model will pose for varied lengths of time so you will have the opportunity to work on quick sketching skills as well as longer sketches.

Guided Bike Tune-Up – (May 13, 6-8pm) Give your bike a tune-up with the guidance of an experienced mechanic. In this class, the instructor will walk you through an evaluation of your bike to find any potential problems, then guide you through the steps required to fix those problems.

Embroidery: Design & Stitch A Patch – (May 15, 11am – 2pm) Learn basic embroidery techniques by creating patches that you can stitch onto everything from a backpack to a jean jacket.

Making Together: A Work and Share Group (May 15, 1:30-3:30pm) Guided by a facilitator, this two-hour session will allow participants to share works in progress in a welcoming and inclusive environment, and receive group feedback on craft, concept, installation, thoughts on what to do next and more.

Wire Sculpture: Hanging Succulent Holder (May 17, 6:30-8:30pm) In this wire bending experience, participants will learn the basics of wire wrapping and construction to make their own hanging succulent holder. Brighten up your home with this handmade, usable sculpture!

Wicker Weaving (June 19, 1:00-5:00pm) Learn weaving techniques using hand-dyed reeds and natural reeds. By the end of the class, participants will have a small bowl to take home.

Wire Wrapped Pendant (June 20, 1:00-4:00pm) Learn the fundamentals of wire wrapping and weaving, then design and wrap a gorgeous piece of jewelry that can be worn or given as a gift.


Artisan’s Asylum is ready for you to return to our facility, and we are taking extra precautions to make sure you feel completely safe when you are with us. Here’s what to expect when you take a class in our Fresh Air Series:


Class sizes have been reduced to allow space for social distancing and reminders to social distance are also posted throughout the facility. Work stations will be placed a minimum of 6 feet apart, and we are asking all students to limit activities leading up to and during the class sessions so that you and your classmates stay safe. Adjustments will also be made to in-class demonstrations to prevent students from crowding together in a group.


ALL students, instructors, members and staff at Artisan’s Asylum are required to wear masks properly, regardless of vaccination status. All masks must cover both your nose and mouth. Masks must comply with our updated safety policies, and must be a 3-ply surgical mask, KN95 disposable mask, N95 mask or a tightly woven cloth mask with a filter insert. Students not wearing the appropriate masks will be asked to purchase one from our facility before joining the session.


When arriving for class, students must:

1. Sign Artisan Asylum’s guest log at the kiosk;

2. Get a name tag from the front desk; and

3. Either wait to be led to the class or proceed there, if you are familiar with our facility.

(Note: If you are signed up for a class and are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. We will work with you to reschedule the class for a later date after you are feeling better.) 

Classes are scheduled to allow for ample time between starts to reduce student contact and permit time for cleaning. For your safety, please do not wander around the facility. If you arrive early, you will be asked to wait at one of the hot desks in the social area. After class, please remember to sign out in the guest book.


Artisan’s Asylum is happy to arrange private classes for couples and other small groups. For more information, visit:


We are taking extra precautions to keep our environment clean. Prior to classes, all surfaces will be sanitized, and PPE or tools used in-house will be disinfected before and after each session. During classes, the instructors will also ensure that all work surfaces, tools and accessories remain clean and sanitized between student use. Hand sanitizer is available for students near the front desk and throughout the facility. Students also have access to soap and water at the washing station. 

The safety of our community, members, and instructors is our greatest priority. Please reach out to us with any concerns or questions you may have.