Teach A Class

Inspire creativity, curiosity and experimentation as an on-site or online Instructor!

Artisan’s Asylum leads the fabrication space in the breadth and depth of our public class offerings, always striving to create quality learning experiences from skilled instructors. What drives our class programming is our excitement for experimentation and curiosity-driven learning. We are always seeking motivated educators who are interested in designing and offering fun, quirky and inspiring classes in the arts, electronics, digital technologies, or traditional craftwork. 

Become a part of our community to help shape the future of hands-on learning.

For Interested Instructors:

  • Submit your class idea to teach@artisansasylum.com with a course outline, your resume, and a portfolio, if you have one. We will reach out to schedule an interview and guide you through the onboarding process.
  • Check out this page of our wiki for more information on the required contract-employment paperwork and joining our platform for learning.
  • Send a blank email to instructors-announce-subscribe@artisansasylum.com to subscribe to our instructor mailing list to receive further info, updates and calls for class proposals.
  • If you’re interested in volunteering some time as a tool tester to get help new people to become better oriented to our shops and community, fill out this interest form.

FAQs for Instructors

Why should I become a teacher at Artisan’s Asylum?

You are giving people the ability to make. You would teach people how to safely and effectively use tools. You’re helping your community, having fun and making some money doing something you already love to do.

Can I set my own class schedule?

We will work with you to find times that don’t conflict with other classes and can offer input as to what has worked well in the past.

Do I have to be a member to teach?

You do not have to be a member to teach with Artisan’s Asylum. If you are not a member, you will need to teach on-site courses when we have front desk staff available. If you are teaching online, we can work with you on timing your class with our regular class model.

How much could I make?

Teachers of group classes get 50% of class tuition. How much you make will depend on the market value of the type of class you’re offering and how many of those seats fill. While we do our part in marketing your class, instructors who help promote often seen higher enrollments and more money in their pocket.

Instructors can also set up private lessons in our space when it’s available — you can set your own rates, but we ask for 25% of the revenue in exchange for the use of our facilities, and we ask you not to monopolize the relevant shop area.

Do I have to teach on-site at Artisan’s?

No. If you have an online class idea, we can list your class on our roster. From coding to finance & business classes for artists and makers, there are plenty of class topics that work for online classes. We’ll work with you to arrange videos and other online resources to run your virtual class. We also offer two options for materials kits: mail out or pickup. Just let us know which you prefer.

Would I have help advertising my classes?

We do publicity for all our classes and reach most students through our website or email newsletters. Instructors who reach out to their own network and put some effort into marketing do see a pay off for their efforts as well.

We’re teaching sometimes dangerous processes. As an instructor, is my liability protected?

While we encourage you to have your own insurance, our waivers and general liability insurance indemnify your actions, so long as you are not acting in gross negligence.  If you would like to teach under a corporate umbrella, we request that you obtain your own general liability insurance, and name Artisan’s Asylum as additionally insured.

What if I want to teach something unrelated to fabrication?

Artisan’s is particularly known for our fabrication classes, but we’re ready to experiment with you on your class idea. We can’t guarantee our audience will sign up, but we’re always looking for innovative class ideas. We also suggest offering a free workshop to start to gauge interest. You can share a single skill or reduce the scope of the project and try offering it with us.

What if I want to teach for free?

If you want to offer free instruction to your friends or community members, that’s welcome! Please feel free to help out anyone in the shop. Non-members will have to teach during times that we have front desk staff available.

If you want to volunteer your time to teach our classes, you’re free to!
If you need exclusive access, we may have to bump you from the schedule to make room for paid classes, though we’ll try not to.