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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.
 
Cancellation Policy

Participants may cancel up to 72 hours before a class/workshop for a full refund. Cancellations up to 24 hours before a class/workshop will receive a 50% refund *OR* the option to rebook for the next available class date. Cancellation less than 24 hours before a class/workshop will receive no refund.

In the event of business disruption due to COVID-19, events may be placed on hold until such a time as it is safe to proceed. Depending upon the severity of the situation, we will at our option either reschedule the event to a future date or cancel the event altogether. Cancelled events will be subject to a full credit for events that have not yet begun. Partial credits will be offered for events that have partially run. Events that have been rescheduled will not offer a refund or credit. The attendee will have the opportunity to attend the session(s) at a future date.

 

Pottery Workshops

2-Week Wheel Throwing & Glazing Workshop
Date: 
Spend the first class learning the basics of wheel throwing, making one of a kind handmade pieces such as planters, candle holders, plates, bowls, mug, or vases. You will learn simple techniques to create interesting shapes and decorative rims for your finished piece.  Come back for the second class to glaze your creations!  You will have a nice range of colour options to choose from, as well as clear glazes for a more natural finish.
 
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!

1-Day Pottery Glazing Workshop 
Date: 
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Duration: 1 Day Class
Description:
Students from the 1-Day Hand Sculpting Class and the 1-Day 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 
Time: 10:30am to 1:30pm
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  
Date: 
Every Thursday Night
March 4, 2021 - Matisse Goldfish Night (click here)
March 11, 2021 - Wassily Kandinsky Night (Click here)
March 18, 2021 - Joan Miro (Click here)
March 25, 2021 - Georgia O'Keeffe (Click here)
Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Cost: $55 + tax per class
Description:
Come join us on Thursday nights 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
Date: 
Duration: 2 Day Class
Description:
This workshop is a fantastic introduction to Jewellery Wax Carving. 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!  Note: Participants will not be casting the rings in this workshop.  After you complete your wax ring in the first class, we will take it to the casting house to cast it for you, in your choice of sterling silver or any karat gold.

 

Handcrafted Jewellery: Stacked Rings Workshop
Date: Coming Soon!
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
 
Please note: Workshop participants must be at least 16 years of age or older. Those under 18 years must have parental consent/signed waiver.
 
Forged Railroad Spike Knife Workshop
Dates: 
Saturdays, February 27 & March 6 frm 10:30am to 2:30pm (Click here)
Sundays, April 11 & 18 from 10:30am to 2:30pm (This class is full!)
Duration: 2 Day Class
Description:
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. 
 
Introduction to Forging Workshop
Blacksmiths are skilled at knowing where and how to move metal. Watching a Smith forging metal, you might not realize that every heat, hammer strike, anvil position and deformation of metal represents a coordinated and calculated effort to achieve a desired outcome. NewMakeIt’s Introduction to Forging workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to experience some of blacksmithing fundamental techniques such as drawing, tapering, isolating, bending and shaping hot steel while creating a leaf finial keychain. This workshop requires no previous forging experience and is a great fundamentals builder for anyone interested in pursuing the craft.
 

Make Your Own Charcuterie Board Workshop
 
Make Your Own Charcuterie Board Workshop
Dates: Coming Soon!
Description:

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 
 
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: 
Tuesdays, Mach 2 & 9 (This class is full)
Times: 6:00pm 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 to 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)
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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