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WORKSHOPS & CERTIFICATIONS
Up your knowledge and hone your skills with our diverse and interactive courses
Expand your mind and improve your skills through hands-on learning across a comprehensive range of subjects led by experienced and informed instructors. NewMakeIt’s ongoing series of educational workshops and classes are designed to help you enhance your skills, and grow personally and professionally.
 
Click on any of the dates listed below under each workshop to see more details or to reserve your spot today.
 

Holiday Get Together Workshops

Are you wondering how you can have a get together this holiday season and social distance at the same time?  How about booking a private Holiday Get Together Workshop for you and your bubble! 

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Holiday Edition Pottery Workshops

Pottery Hand Building: Ceramic Jewellery Workshop
Dates: Saturdays, December 5 & 12 
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

In this 2 part workshop you will learn how to make jewelry out of clay and then how to complete it.

In part 1 you will roll out the clay, cut it, shape it, and add drawings, designs and colour. A variety of techniques will be demonstrated. At the end of the class your pieces will be ready to fire in the kiln. 

In part 2 you will assemble your kiln-fired jewelry pieces into finished pendants, rings, bracelets, brooches, earrings, key chains or zipper pulls.
A variety of jewelry findings (earring hooks, clasps, jump rings, chains etc) will be provided. Additional findings can be purchased from the instructor.  The findings for 4 projects are included with the cost of the workshop.

Wheel Throwing Workshop: Holiday Edition
Date: 
Duration: 1 Day Class
Description:
Learn the basics of wheel throwing in this 1-day class and make one of a kind handmade gifts, perfect for family and friends this holiday season! Learn how to make planters, candle holders, plates, bowls, mug, or vases. You will learn simple techniques to create interesting shapes and decorative rims for your finished piece.
 
3-Week Intermediate Wheel Throwing Workshop
Date:
Wednesdays, November 25, December 2 & 9 (This class is full)
Times: 6 pm to 9 pm
Duration: 3 Week Class
Description:

Join us for a 3-week experience, learning the art of wheel throwing to create fabulous one of a kind items!

Day 1: Throwing pieces on the wheel
Day 2: Attaching handles and other decorations
Day 3: Glazing your creations

Students will get the chance to create two or three pieces throughout this course. This is a perfect class for beginners, or those who have taken the beginner course, but want to push their knowledge to the next level!

Duration: 1 Day Class
Description:
Students from the Hand Sculpting Class and the Wheel Throwing Class will come together to apply specialty glazes to their creations.  You will have a nice range of colour options to choose from, as well as clear glazes for a more natural finish.
 
 
6-Week Hand Building & Sculpting Workshop 
Times: 
Duration: 6-weeks
Description:
Get your hands messy! Learn the basic hand building techniques such as pinching, coiling, slab rolling, sculpting, carving and attaching in this beginner's class. Discover how to use the skills learned in this course to create fun projects.
 
Raku Pottery Firing Workshop 
Date:  Coming Next Spring!
Times: 
Duration: 2-Day Class
Description:
Come try Raku, an ancient Japanese ceramic firing technique, in NewMakeIt's own backyard and make your own kind of piece!  In this two part series, you will have a 
chance to build 2-3 pieces of pots and on the second class you will get to glaze and fire your creations!
 
 
Painting Workshops
Thursday Night Paint Night at NewMakeIt  
Time: 6pm-8:30pm
Date: 
Description:
Come join us on Thursday nights from 6pm to 8:30pm and have some fun painting famous painters’ styles. Each Thursday we will try our hand at the signature styles of famous painters. No experience is necessary, but if you have some, you’re welcomed too!
 
Every week our Instructor will guide you as you will explore the approaches, the colours and textures of famous painters and their work. You will learn colour mixing and some colour theory, you will also become familiar with composition and what makes an interesting painting.
 
Join us and let's get dabbling with the greats! Small class size but big fun.
 
Materials are included: 16x20 stretched canvas, 3 acrylic brushes, size 1, size 6 and size 12, acrylic paint, vine charcoal, ruler, masking tape or painter's tape and easels.

Jewellery Workshops

Introduction to Jewellery Wax Carving and Casting
Times:
December 2 from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
December 9 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Times:
December 5 from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
December 12 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Duration: 2 Day Class
Description:
This workshop is a fantastic introduction to Jewellery Wax Carving and Casting. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to prepare and shape waxes for casting jewellery, this introductory class is for you! This is a 2-session workshop, in which you will make a beautiful cast ring. No previous jewellery-making experience necessary! 

 

Handcrafted Jewellery: Stacked Rings Workshop
Times: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Duration: 1 Day Class
Description:
This workshop allows participants the opportunity to create a unique one-of-a-kind stained-glass agate panel. Agates are amazing stones for rebalancing and harmonizing body, mind, and spirit. Students can let their creative side shine through as they get to choose the colour and texture of their base glass, their agates and complementary globules.
 

Blacksmithing Workshops
 
Forged Railroad Spike Knife Workshop
In this exciting, hands-on workshop, you will forge a Railroad Spike Knife using basic blacksmith tools and techniques to draw, upset and twist the spike into the desired shape of your knife! Considerable time will be spent hand-filing the bevels and plunge lines of your creation using hand files and a filing jig. You will use the heat of the forge to harden and temper the blade of your knife, after which you will complete your project by stropping and honing its edge. 

Make Your Own Charcuterie Board Workshop
 
Please note: Workshop participants must be at least 16 years of age or older. Those under 18 years must have parental consent/signed waiver.
 
Make Your Own Charcuterie Board Workshop

A 3-hour course giving participants the opportunity to craft a live edge serving board! Make your own Charcuterie board at NewMakeIt and learn the skills to make even more. This workshop allows the participants to choose from the selection of wood provided by NewMakeIt and create a design of their choice using various power and hand tools.

You also have different options to attach handles to your piece, as well the ability to bring your own handles ideas to the class (cabinet handles and door pulls work great). A food safe finish will be provided to complete the project.

Certification Workshops
 
Laser Certification Workshop 
Dates: 
Times: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 
Cost:
Members can take this class for free!  Please inquire with NewMakeIt if you are interested in becoming a member or if you already are a member and wish to register.
 
Non-Members: $50 + tax
 
Description:
This workshop will certify you on the safe operation of our Epilog Helix 75 watt laser cutter. This workshop is required before using the laser cutter at NewMakeIt. 
 
 
CNC (Router) Certification Workshop
Date: 
Times: 6:0pm to 9:00pm
Duration: 2 Day Class
Description:
This course is designed to give participants an introduction into the core concepts and considerations in preparing a 2D program to be machined on a CNC router on the first week and the second week will focus on the CNC router itself and how to safely use it. The duration of the class is 2 weeks. 

 

 


Skill Building Workshops

1-Day MIG Welding Basics
Date:
Times: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Duration: 1 Day Class
Description:
In this three-hour class, we will cover the basics of welding using MIG welders, to have you safely and effectively ready to start working on your own projects. We will be emphasizing skills and techniques that will make welding more accessible to those without extensive workshops, toolsets, or experience. During the class we will cover safety, how to use the welders and MIG welding technique. 
 
1-Day TIG Welding Workshop 
Date: 
Time: 10:30am-2:30pm
Duration: 1 Day Class
Description:
TIG welding is used for high precision welding. Learn the basics of TIG welding through small exercises progressing to a larger project. You’ll gain foundational skills in TIG welding. Welding mask & gloves required. This is an intermediate class, prior welding experience is REQUIRED to take this course.
 
Must be 16 years or older to take this course.

For more information, please email us at info@yorkregionmakers.com

Introduction to Woodworking (101)
Date:
Duration: Four Day Class 
Description: 
This introductory course will introduce you to the art and skill of woodworking. Use different types of wood, shop tools, and equipment to create your project. You will learn the operation of table saws, band saws, planer, jointer, and sanders. 
 
Woodworking (201)
Date:
Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Duration: Four Day Class 
Duration: Participants should budget approximately $100 in material fees to complete their projects, which includes safety equipment. 
Description: 
In this workshop, participants will build on their basic woodworking skills, to create their own customized end table.  You will learn to use table saws, router, planer, joiner, sander tools, wood joinery and finishing techniques. This is classified as an "intermediate" class. It is designed for those with some wood building experience that wish to increase and perfect their skills.  Students should have a basic understanding of tools and wood construction.  For those that have never completed a wood project, we would recommend taking our "Introduction to Woodworking 101" course.
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