Make It Here

With new mask making, welding, table saw and lathe classes just posted, inspiring speakers, epic robot battles, our favorite open studios event and our grant applications closing soon, there has never been a better time to make what you imagine at Artisan's Asylum!
"You come up with some of your most creative ideas when you are with people that you maybe wouldn’t be around. That is one of the great things about this place. You have welders next to water colorists next to someone who is designing fashion. It may not seem as though we have anything in common, but once people get talking and trading ideas I think we all influence each other and are able to come up with ideas that we wouldn’t be able to come up with if we were just jewelers or welders or painters."

- Arlene Elkins, Artisan's Asylum member
Artisan Speaker Series
Special thanks to Eric Bornstein for the special Behind the Mask talk and demonstration! 
Be sure to check out his class, Art of the Mask: Freebuilding Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, May. 9- Jun. 20 

IP for Makers: What You Should Know to Protect Your Creations (and to protect yourself from other people’s IP)
with Keith Toms

Keith returns to reprise his popular talk on how to navigate the complex world of copyright, trademarks and patents!
Tuesday April 26th, 7:00-8:30PM

Fiber Arts Talk & Demo with Sculptural Weaver Jeanne Flanagan

Join us for a talk and participatory art project celebrating Art Week.
Wednesday May 4th, 6:30-9:00pm
Co-presented by Art Week
The Artisan’s Asylum Speaker Series seeks to engage our community and inspire us to make the world we want to see. All events are free for members and Friends of Artisan’s and a $10 suggested donation from the public. Visit our Speaker Series page ti register for the next section.
Apply for an Artisan's Grant 
Got An Awesome Idea or Project?
Pitch it to Artisan’s Asylum and you could be chosen for a grant to offset the cost of Artisan’s Asylum’s services, including access to tools, classes, studio space, and community insight.

Apply By April 15, 2016
Visit for application and more info!
 Questions? Contact Christine Glowacki at
Upcoming Public Events


Saturday April 16th, 2016 @ Aeronaut + Artisan’s AsylumJoin Miranda’s Hearth for a day full of inspiration. The conference starts with short talks at Aeronaut Brewery followed by workshops at Artisan’s Asylum. We’ll wrap up the day by going back to Aeronaut for a post conference bash with music, dancing, and interactive art! Buy Tickets!

Cambridge Science Festival 2016

Wednesday April 20th, 2016 @ Artisan’s Asylum
Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum in honor of Cambridge Science Festival! Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced hacker, there will be something for you at Circuit Hacking Night from 6-8PM and then an inspiring tour from 8-10PM of our 40,000 square foot community workshop. Only open to attendees 18+ and pre-registration required.

Register for Circuit Hacking Night here
Register for the tour

Somerville Open Studios 2016

Saturday April 30th – Sunday May 1st, 2016
Join us for one of the largest open studio events in the country. Meet our makers, see fabrication demos in our shops and check out the MASSDestruction Robot Competition throughout the weekend!

MASSDestruction Robot Competition

Saturday April 30th – Sunday May 1st @ Artisan’s Asylum
Register to fight your robot here!
Want to attend? Just show up! $5 suggested donation at the door.

Interview with Derek Seabury

Meet the Executive Director and elected President of Artisan's Asylum, Derek Seabury! Click here to read a brief interview about his Artisan's Asylum journey and future plans here.
Upcoming Classes

Making for the first time? Sharpening your skills? Looking for a new project?

All classes at Artisan’s Asylum are 18+, open to the public and do not require membership to attend. Many of our students come to learn how to make at Artisan’s Asylum with no prior experience. Not sure what class to take? Email our front desk team at with your questions.

NEW! Investment Casting Sundays 7-10pm, Coming Soon: Join the Waitlist Here!  // Wednesdays 7-10pm, Coming Soon: Join the Waitlist Here!
NEW! Make A Pendant: Learn Die-Forming! Saturday 10am-5pm, May 21
Introduction to ChainmailleSaturday 1-4pm, Apr. 16
Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop Friday 7-10:00pm, Apr. 22May 27
Jewelry 101: Introduction to Metalsmithing Mondays OR Tuesdays 6-9pm, May 2 – Jun. 13May 3 – Jun. 14
Jewelry 201: Intermediate Metalsmithing Wednesdays 7-10pm May. 18 – Jun. 22
Bottom Bracket Overhaul Workshop Sunday 3:00-5:00pm, May 22
Build Your Own Bike Frame Tuesdays 7:15-9:45pm, (some Saturdays 10am – 2pm) Coming Soon: Join the Waitlist Here! 
Bicycle Maintenance I, Wednesdays 7-9pm, May 5-26Jun. 2 – 30
Bicycle Maintenance II Wednesdays 7-9pm, May. 4 – 25
Three-Speed Adjustment & Overhaul Workshop Sunday 3-5pm, Apr. 24
NEW! Art of the Mask: Freebuilding Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, May. 9- Jun. 20
NEW! Intro To Comics: Make A Comic Zine Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Apr. 27 – Jun. 1
Figure Drawing Tuesdays Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm Choose A Date!
Watercolor Painting Workshop Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm, May 5 – Jun 2 
Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine Intro Tuesdays 7-9pm, Apr. 19 – 26 
Tool Training: Intro to Metal Lathe Wednesdays 7-9pm, Apr. 20 – 27
Threading 101: Taps, Dies, Mills & Lathes Returning Soon! 
Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks Mondays 7:15-9:45pm, Coming Soon: Join the Waitlist Here! 
work by Gretchen Greene
NEW! Metalworking Intensive 101: Build a Stool! Wednesday 7-10pm, May. 11-Jun. 1
Metalworking Tool Training: 101 Cut, Grind, and Drill Metal Thursdays 6-8pm, Apr.  21 – 28May 5 – 12May  19 – 26 
Metalworking Tool Training: 102 Cut, Grind, PUNCH! Thursdays 8-10pm, Apr. 21 – 28May 5 – 12May  19 – 26 
Metalworking Tool Training: 103 Sheets, Tubes, and Hydraulics Friday 5:45-8:45pm, Choose A Date!
Introduction to TIG Welding Mondays 7:30-9:30pm, May 2 – 23 // Thursday Days 10am-12pm May 5 – 26 
Basic MIG Welding Friday 5:45-8:45pm, Choose A Date! 
NEW! Investment Casting Sundays 7-10pm, Coming Soon: Join the Waitlist Here!  // Wednesdays 7-10pm, Coming Soon: Join the Waitlist Here!
Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter 101Sunday 11am-1pm, May 15 
Tool Training: 3D Printer Sunday 2:30-4:30pm, May 15 
Introduction to ShopBot CNC Router and VCarve Pro Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm, Coming Soon: Join the Waitlist Here! 
Tool Training: Asylasaur Laser Cutter Thursdays 7-9pm, Apr. 21
FREE! Circuit Hacking Night Wednesdays 6-8pm
NEW! Build a Crystal Radio Sunday 1-4pm, Apr. 17
Robotics, Sensing and Imaging: Intro to the Raspberry Pi Zero Thursdays 7-9:30pm, Jun. 9- Jun. 23
NEW! Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals Wednesdays 7:30-10:30pm, Apr. 13Apr. 20Apr. 27
NEW! Wood Lathe 101: Spindle Turning Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:00pm: May 4 – 25
Tool Training: Basics of Woodworking 101 Sundays 11am-2pm, Apr. 17 &24May. 1 & 8
Build a Table Thursdays and Fridays 4-8pm, Apr. 14 – 22May 5 – 13Jun. 9 – 17
Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals Mondays 6-8:30pm, May 2-16
Fine Woodworking: Introduction to Precision Woodworking and Joinery Monday afternoons, 12:15-2:15pm, May 9 – Jun. 27 // Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:30pm,Apr. 26 – Jun. 14
Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer Thursdays 7:30-9:30, May 4 – 18Jun. 8 – 22 

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