We got a lot of feedback from our membership, both from the people who took our classes in July and from our general membership pool when we sent out a survey. One of the key results of the survey was that our members were extremely interested in having theme nights, where everyone in a space was doing the same kind of work and instructors were available to supervise, answer questions, and generally help out wherever possible. This tied into the feedback from our classes as well, where students indicated that they really wanted time outside of class to practice what they had learned. As a result, we created a theme-night based membership plan for September - one price gets you into all of the theme nights at the Asylum for September.
Please note that most of our classes also come bundled with access to a particular theme night; for instance, our welding classes grant access to the Metalworking theme night, our sewing classes grant access to the Stitch 'n Bitch, and so on. Please check our class descriptions for more details, and make sure you're not buying the same thing twice.
Robotics & Electronics Mondays
8/30/2010, 9/6/2010, 9/13/2010, 9/20/2010, 9/27/2010
Location: 13 Joy St
Time: 7 PM - 10 PM
Monday nights will focus on robotics and electronics. We will have several instructors skilled in circuit design, microcontroller programming, soldering and more available. We will also have soldering irons on-hand, as well as a massive donated stockpile of electrical components available for member use.
9/4/2010, 9/11/2010, 9/18/2010, 9/25/2010
Location: 13 Joy St open access, 561 Windsor St by appointment
Time: 5 PM - 10 PM
Saturday nights will focus on metalworking. We will have welding instructors and machining instructors available, and the metalworking facilities at Joy Street (primarily welding, grinding, cutting, drilling, and assembly) will be open-access. The heavy machinery at Windsor Street (CNC milling machine and engine lathe) will available by appointment, pending Windsor Street availability.
9/5/2010, 9/12/2010, 9/19/2010, 9/26/2010
Location: 561 Windsor St
Time: 7 PM - 10 PM
Sunday nights will focus on sewing and clothing manufacture. We will have costume and fashion designers on-hand to help with projects. We will have a ton of sewing machines on hand (though you're always welcome to bring your own!), as well as a large pattern library to look through for inspiration.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.