Teach A Class

We are always accepting
class proposals!

We always welcome inquiries from potential new instructors and for new in-person and online classes. As part of our mission, we hold classes not only to teach fabrication skills but also to help artisans make a living from their craft. If you have an art or craft you love and a passion for teaching, we would love to help you share it.

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’ll want to meet with you afterward to discuss your idea!
  • Check out this page of our wiki for more information on required contract/employment enrollment paperwork.
  • 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 around half 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.

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.

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?

Our waivers and insurance indemnify your actions, so long as you are not acting in gross negligence. Artisan’s Asylum has general liability insurance insuring ‘natural born persons acting as instructors or consultants’ and employees of Artisan’s Asylum. 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?

While it’s not our top priority, but we’ll certainly consider it! We’ll want some demonstration of interest in the class, either from a group you know will attend or our own members.

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.