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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 workshops listed below to see more details.  You can reserve your spot by clicking on the Course Title.
 
 

Introduction to Pottery Workshops

Wheel Throwing Workshop 
Sunday, April 5 | 2:00 to 5:00pm (Click here for tickets)
Thursday, April 9 | 6:30 to 9:30pm (Click here for tickets)
Monday, April 13 | 6:30 to 9:30pm (This Class is Full)
Saturday, April 18 | 1:00 to 4:00pm (Click here for tickets)
 
Cost: $74.99 + HST
 
Offered Through the Town of Newmarket Program Guide:
Thursday, April 16 | 6:30 to 9:30pm | Search Barcode: 125945 (Click here for tickets)
Thursday, May 28 | 6:30 to 9:30pm | Search Barcode: 125946 (Click here for tickets)
Thursday, June 25 | 6:30 to 9:30pm | Search Barcode: 125947 (Click here for tickets)
 
Learn the basics of wheel throwing and make a one of a kind personal project or gift. This workshop focuses on making a small to medium sized bowl, mug, or pot. You will learn simple techniques to create interesting shapes and decorative rims for your finished piece. 
 
Make a Crazy Mug: Beginners Handbuilding - Soft Slab Construction
Date: To be announced
 
Join us in this beginner handbuilding workshop, where you will learn techniques to create a mug you'll be proud to use everyday.  All tools and materials provided. Bring photos, sketches and ideas to class.
 
Make a Wild Vase: Beginners Handbuilding – Soft Slab Construction
Date: To be announced 
 
In this beginner handbuilding workshop, you will learn the techniques needed to create a 5”-8” vase.  All tools and materials provided. Bring to class your ideas, sketches and/or photos. All clay used in this class is nontoxic.
 
POTTERY DECORATING TECHNIQUE
Ceramic Surface Design: Sgraffito
Date: To Be Announced
In this class you will learn how to use this technique on a ceramic object you created in our studio a week prior to the class (your piece needs to be leather hard) or you can use ceramic tiles we will provide. 
 
Ceramic Surface Design: Fine Line Mishima  
Date: To Be Announced
In this class you will apply this technique to a pottery piece created in our studio at least a week prior to the class (your pieces need to be bone dry) or you can use a tile created for this session.  A clear glaze is included with this class. Glazed work can be picked up in approximately 2 weeks.
 
Glazing Workshop
Sunday, March 29 | 2:30 to 5:30pm (Click here for tickets)
Cost: $30 + HST
Students from the Hand Sculpting Course and the Wheel Turning 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 and Sculpting Pottery Workshop
Date: February 29, March 7, 14, April 18, 25 & May 2 | 1:30 to 4:30pm (Click here for tickets)
Date: Mondays, April 6 to May 25 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm (Register through the Town of Newmarket Program Guide after March 4, Search barcode: 125952) (Click here for tickets)
Learn 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 and unique gifts such as mugs, decorative wall hangings, planter pots and more! 
6-week in-depth Wheel Throwing Pottery Workshop
Date: February 24, March 2, 9, April 20, 27 & May 11 from 6:00 to 9:00pm (This class is full)

This 6-week class is suited for anyone who wants to learn pottery in depth and those looking to hone their skills.  What you will learn: ability to wedge clay, ability to centre clay on the wheel, ability to throw a cylinder, ability to repeat shapes/forms consistently, trimming, glazing and adding handles to your mugs and other techniques.

 

 

 


Stained Glass Workshops
Wolf or Bear - Stained Glass Copper Foil Overlay Workshop
Date: To be announced 
In this 3 hour workshop, you will be shown tips and tricks when designing and assembling your panel to create your own stunning works of art. Every student will walk out of the workshop with a unique one-of-a-kind stand alone panel.
 
 
 
Round Stained Glass Agate Panel
Date: To be announced 
 
Agates are amazing stones which assist with rebalancing and harmonizing your body, mind and spirit. They are the centerpiece of this beautiful panel.  In this 3 ½ hour workshop, you will design, cut, and assemble a 6” round stained glass panel. You will be shown tips and tricks when designing and assembling your panel to create your own stunning works of art. Every student will walk out of the workshop with a unique one-of-a-kind stand alone panel.

Fused Glass Workshops
 
Date: To be announced  
 
We'll begin with glass fusing, after we will move on to the design process, experimenting with colour and shape. You will play with various glasses and techniques, from powders, metal inclusions, and decals to the planned layering of dichroic glass. 
 
 
Fused Glass Platter
Date: To be announced 
 
We'll begin with the glass fusing process, after we will move on to the design process, experimenting with colour and shape. By using various glass types and applying of metal inclusions, you will make your own food-safe platter.
 
Fused Glass 'Floating' Wine Bottle Holder
Date: Saturday, April 25 | 10:00am to 1:00p
Barcode: 125939
 
Newmarket Resident: $100 + HST | Non-Resident: $130 + HST
Material Fee: Approx. $75 extra (makes two wine holders)
 
Create a fused glass floating wine glass holder by layering beautiful glasses or painting glass with high-fire enamels. Wine bottle appears to magically float when placed in the holder. Makes a great Mother's Day Gift!
 
Fused Glass Garden Stake
Date: Tuesdays, May 26 to June 9 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Barcode: 125940
 
Newmarket Resident: $220 + HST | Non-Resident: $250 + HST
Material Fee: Approx. $75-$125 extra
 
Create your own glass garden art! These beautifully coloured semi-translucent pieces (approx. 15' square) include a 5' powder-coated metal frame that can stay out year-round or wall-mount your work.
 
Fused Glass Garden Lantern
Date: Tuesday, June 23 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Barcode: 125942
 
Newmarket Resident: $95 + HST | Non-Resident: $125 + HST
Material Fee: Approx. $45-$95 extra
 
Create your own custom-crafted fused glass panels to fit into a candle lantern. Choose from powders, frits, stringer and other embellishments that will make your glass sparkle and glow.

Jewellery Workshops

Introduction to Jewellery Wax Carving and Casting
Thursdays, March 12 & 19 | 6:00 to 9:00pm (Click here for tickets)
Cost: $145 + HST | 
Materials Fee: Will vary based on several factors: ring size, width and thickness of the ring(s) you design, and the material you choose.

If you’ve been wanting to learn how to prepare and shape waxes for casting jewellery, this is for you! This is a 2-session beginner-level workshop, in which you’ll make a textured band ring similar to those in the photo.

Handcrafted Jewellery: Stacked Rings Workshop
Date: Tuesday, April 14 | 6:00 to 9:30pm (Click here for tickets
Cost: $96 + HST | Material Fee: Included

Learn the basics of ring forming, ring blank sizing, and torch soldering in one evening! In this workshop, you'll create a set of simple, minimalist rings that can be worn either individually or together as a stack. Design & create your own set of stacking rings made from copper, brass, and sterling silver round wire. Consider a mixed-metals look, or mixing different textures & finishes within your stack -- e.g., a hammered vs. smooth finish, or a brushed finish vs. a mirror-shine polish. Come away from the night with a completed set of stacking rings, handmade by you!

Recycled Silver Nugget Pendant or Earrings
Date: To be announced
Cost: $85 + HST | Material Fee: If you do not have old scrap silver to bring, the material fee will be $26-$35

In this fun workshop, you will learn how to melt down your old silver and transform it into something new and handmade by you. You will leave the workshop with a finished piece of handmade jewellery made by recycling your old silver!

Handcrafted Jewellery Making Workshop
Thursdays, April 16 to May 21 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Newmarket Resident: $370 + HST | Non-Resident: $400 + HST

Barcode: 125999

This in-depth course will teach fundamental concepts and techniques of jewellery making and metalsmithing. Participants will have opportunity to apply their design skills, ideas, and creativity when creating their individual pieces. The programs will culminate in the creation of a beautiful finished piece designed by you!

Jewellery Making: Bezel-Set Gemstone Pendants
Monday, May 11 | 10:00am to 2:00pm
Newmarket Resident: $86 + HST | Non-Resident: $116 + HST
Material Fee: Approx. $30 extra

Barcode: 126000

Create your own gemstone pendant! Learn to fabricate a custom bezel setting for a cabochon stone and personalize your pendant to make it yours. Set your gemstone and come away with a handcrafted pendant!

Jewellery Making: Tie / Money Clips
Thursday, June 18 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Newmarket Resident: $80 + HST | Non-Resident: $110 + HST
Material Fee: Approx. $30 extra

Barcode: 126013

Perfect for Father's Day! Gift him with a personalized tie clip or money clip, lovingly handcrafted by you! Create a tie or money clip, designed, textured, and embellished with his personality in mind!

Metal Clay Jewellery Workshops
 
A Peek at the Magic of Metal Clay: Textured Earrings or Pendant
Date: To be announced 
 
In this workshop, you will form, shape, and texture silver clay to make a pendant or a pair of earrings.  After forming and finishing your clay, you will use a small butane torch to fire your piece, burning away the organic binder and sintering the silver particles. After firing, you will have a solid piece of 99.9% fine silver Jewellery.
 
A Charming Bracelet 
Date: To be announced
Cost: $80 + HST | Material Fee: Approx. $37 extra
 
Using fine silver clay, you will imprint patterns or engrave your own design into each charm.  There will be letter stamps you can use to imprint initials. After designing and forming your charms, you will fire them with a torch, transforming them into solid fine silver charms. They will then be tumbled to a bright shine, and finally, you will attach them onto a sterling silver chain to finish off your personalized bracelet!
Precious Wine Glass Charms 
Date: To be announced
The wine glass charms in this workshop will be made of copper, a metal known for its beautiful warm colour.  Each participant will create a set of four wine glass charms using copper clay.  After designing and forming your charms, you will then use copper wire to create the hoops for the charms.
 
Lovely Leaves in Silver  
Sunday, April 26 | 1:00 to 4:00pm (This Class is Full)
Cost: $80 + HST | Material Fee: Approx. $21 extra
 
In this workshop, you will use leaves to imprint into fine silver metal clay, an eco-friendly clay made of fine silver particles.  You will make a pendant or a pair of earrings, and you will use a torch to fire the clay, transforming your leaf-imprinted clay into a beautiful piece of solid 99.9% fine silver! There will be a selection of leaves available at the workshop, but participants can also bring in small leaves of their own if desired.
 
Fingerprints in Silver
Date: To be announced
 
Have you ever wanted to have a keepsake of your child’s fingerprint? In this workshop, you will use a non-toxic, eco-friendly clay that contains fine silver particles, which is an ideal medium to capture a fingerprint.  The clay will be shaped into a charm, with an option to be engraved with a name or date on the back.  Once the clay is dry, it will be fired by torch, tumbled to a shine, and patina applied to bring out the details. 
 
Stone Setting in Metal Clay
Date: To be announced  
Cost: $75 + HST | Material Fee: Approx. $27 extra
*Note:This is not a beginner workshop.  This sesson is only open to participants who have taken a metal clay class or have past experience with metal clay
 
This workshop will show you another dimension of fine silver metal clay and how you can incorporate gemstones such as cubic zirconia into your pieces.   You will have a chance to create a small pendant and learn how to set a stone with your colour choice of cubic zirconia stones.
 

Blacksmithing Workshops
 
Please note: Workshop participants must be 16 years of age or older. Those under 18 years of age must have parental consent / a signed waiver. 
 
Pennanular Brooch
Date: Sunday, April 26 | 10:30am to 1:30pm 
(Click here for tickets)
Barcode: 126018
Cost: Newmarket Resident: $105 + HST | Non-Res: $135 + HST
 
First, you will heat mild steel to a malleable state using a propane forge. Then, using a hammer, anvil, tongs, and files, you will draw, fuller, bend and cut steel round bar to create a one-of-a-kind penannular brooch. The brooch consists of two components, which you will assemble to make the finished piece. Finally, you will apply a traditional hot finish of linseed oil and paraffin wax to prevent the brooch from rusting. 
 
Forging Railroad Spike Knife 
Fridays, March 27 & April 3 | 6:00pm to 9:30pm (This Class is FULL)
Tuesdays, April 7 & 14 | 6:00 to 9:30pm 
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Fridays, April 17 & 24 | 6:00 to 9:30pm 
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Saturday, April 18 | 10am to 4pm | Search Barcode: 126027 (Click here for tickets)
Tuesdays, April 21 & 28 | 6:00 to 9:30pm 
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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. 
 
Forged Viking Knife 
Date: To be announced 
 
In this workshop, you will forge a Viking Knife using basic blacksmith tools and techniques to draw, upset and twist/bend 5160 carbon steel to embellish and complete your piece. Considerable time will be spent creating the bevels and plunge lines of your creation using files and a filing jig. You will use the heat of the forge to harden and temper the blade of your knife to give it a lasting and durable edge. Your final creation will be finished by applying a coating of linseed oil and paraffin to protect the blade from oxidizing.
 
Date: Thursdays, May 7, 14 & 21 |  6:30pm to 9:30pm
Barcode: 126029
Cost: Newmarket Resident: $275 + HST | Non-Res: $305 + HST
Material Fee: Approx $30 extra
 
You can make your own spatula, tongs, skewers and steak turner, and show the neighbourhood gang who's the BBQ Boss! In this three-session workshop, you will use basic blacksmithing tools and techniques to forge your own set of BBQ tools.
 

Flower Arranging Series
 
Bouquet Building 101 
Date: To be announced
 
Learn the step-by-step process of creating your very own 'swirl' hand tied bouquet from fresh cut flowers, and ribbon. You will learn design elements and the process of prepping the flowers to aftercare knowledge.
 
 
 
 
Date: To be announced 
 
You will be provided with the succulent plants, soil, bowl and materials needed to create this design as well as some organic accents for your green living space. Don't be afraid to lift up those sleeves and get your hands dirty with this rewarding class along with the aftercare procedures.
 
Standard Vase 101 
Date: To be annouced
 
This class with unveil the technique of prepping the vase and flowers and learning the elements of design and structure to the arrangement. Includes: glass vase, fresh cut seasonal flowers and foliage as well as all materials required.
 
Date: Saturday, April 4 | 10am to 12:30pm
Barcode: 122944

Cost: Newmarket Resident: $39 + HST | Non-Res: $69 + HST
Material Fee: Approx. $60 extra
 
Hop into the Easter holiday by adorning your home with this festive themed wreath! This workshop will teach you how to arrange and build a floral wreath using botanicals.
 
Date: Friday, May 8 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Barcode: 122943

Cost: Newmarket Resident: $39 + HST | Non-Res: $69 + HST
Material Fee: Approx. $40 extra
 
Connect with mother nature's roots and fulfill your desire to create! In this workshop you will create a table-top spring wooden planter box arrangement. Come get your hands dirty and create special memories with your mother.

Certification Workshops
 
Laser Certification Workshop 
Date: Bi-Weekly on Tuesdays | 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Members: $35 + HST | Non-Members: $50 + HST
 
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.
 
3D Certification Workshop 
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Dates:
Monday, April 20
Monday, May 11
Members: $35 + HST | Non-Members: $50 + HST
 
This workshop is tailored to individuals that would like become certified and start using the 3D printing resources available at NewMakeIt. This course is an introductory course to using the machines at Newmakeit; it will consist of instruction, Q&A and a demo.
 
CNC (Router) Certification Workshop 
Date: Thursdays, April 2 & 9 (Click here for tickets)
Cost: $100 + HST
 
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. Duration of the class is 2 weeks.
 
CNC Mill Certification Workshop 
Date: Scheduled through the Front Desk
 
This course will teach the fundamentals of CNC milling using our Tormach PCNC 1100 3 axis mill. Workshop participants will be creating a 2.5D solid model and toolpaths using Autodesk Fusion 360. They will also learn safe and proper use of the Tormach including; the control software, machine setup, and work holding and fixturing.
Skill Building Workshops
MIG Welding Basics
Date: Saturday, April 4 | 10am to 2pm (Click here for tickets)
Cost: $110 + HST
 
In this four-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.
 
Woodworking 101 
Date: Sundays, March 1 - 22 | 10:00am to 1:00pm (This Class is Full)
Barcode: 122465
 
Date: Sundays, April 5 - May 3 | 10:30am to 1:30pm
Barcode: 125933
 
Date: Sundays, May 31 - June 21 | 10:30am to 1:30pm
Barcode: 125934
 
Cost: Newmarket Resident: $235 + HST | Non-Res: $265 + HST
 
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, band saws, planer, jointer, and sanders.
 
Woodworking 201 
Date: Sundays, May 3 - 31 | 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Barcode: 125937
 
Cost: Newmarket Resident: $235 + HST | Non-Res: $265 + HST
 
This course will build on the existing knowledge from wood working 101 and apply it to advanced wood working technique and furniture design.
 
Metal Welding 101: MIG Welding 
Date: Saturdays, March 7 - 21 | 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Barcode: 122455
 
Date: Saturdays, May 2 - 23 | 10:00am to 1:00pm
Barcode: 125924

 
Cost: Newmarket Resident: $240 + HST | Non-Res: $270 + HST
 
Learn to use arc (stick and wire) and MIG processes to weld metal in both vertical and horizontal positions, using proper joint preparation and fit-up techniques.
 
Metal Welding 201: TIG Welding 
Date: Saturdays, June 6 - 20 | 10:00am to 1:00pm
Barcode: 125926
 
Cost: Newmarket Resident: $235 + HST | Non-Res: $265 + HST
 
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.
 
Sheet Metal Fabrication 
Date: To be announced
 
Learn how to turn flat sheet metal into useful parts. Students learn the tools i.e. shear, slip roller, metal brake etc. and layout techniques for fabricating in sheet metal.
 
CNC Mill 
Date: Fridays, June 5-19 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Barcode: 125997
Cost: Newmarket Resident: $220 + HST | Non-Res: $250 + HST
 
Learn the basics of 3D CAD Fusion 360, and tool pathing to create your very own business card holder for your office desk at home or at work, using the CNC Milling machine. This class will sharpen your metal milling skills.
 
Metal Fabrication: Make Your Own Fire Pit 
Date: Saturdays, May 2 - 23 | 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Barcode: 125930
Cost: Newmarket Resident: $235 + HST | Non-Res: $265 + HST
Material Fee: Approx. $150 extra
 
Create a custom fire pit for your backyard using metal fabrication equipment & processes, such as CNC plasma & welding. Then assemble and finish your creation, and take home your custom fire pit! Material fee: $150. Safety equipment included.
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