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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 workshops listed below to see more details.  You can reserve your spot by clicking on the Course Title.
 
MIG Welding Basics
Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10 am to 2 pm (Click here for tickets
 

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.


Introduction to Pottery Workshops

Wheel Throwing Workshop
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 11 am to 2 pm (Click here for tickets)
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:30 to 9:30 pm (Click here for tickets)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 6:30 to 9:30 pm (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: Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm 
 
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.
 
 
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: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:30 to 9:30 pm
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: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10 am to 1 pm 
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
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:30 to 9:30 pm (Click here for tickets) 
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 6:30 to 9:30 pm (Click here for tickets) 
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 Pottery Workshop
Date: February 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4 From 1:30 to 4:30 pm 
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, 16, 23, and 30 from 6 to 9 pm 

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 technics.


Stained Glass Workshops
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: Monday, February 24, 2020 -  6:00 pm to 9:30 pm (Click here for tickets
 
In this 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.

Fused Glass Workshops
Fused Art Glass Jewellery
Date: Saturday, February 29 | Time 10:00am to 1:00pm
Barcode: 1227497
 
Date: Saturday, March 21 | Time 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Barcode: 122498
 
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: Saturday, February 29 | Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm 
Barcode: 122491
 
Date: Saturday, March 21 | Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Barcode: 1227492
 
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.

 


Jewellery Workshops

Introduction to Jewellery Wax Carving and Casting
Date: February 20 & 27, 2020 
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Metal Clay Jewellery Workshops
 
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 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1 pm to 4 pm (Click here for tickets)
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm (Click here for tickets)
 
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 
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10 am to 1 pm 
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, February 23, 2020 - 1 pm to 4 pm (This Workshop is FULL)
 
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: Sunday, March 8, 2020 
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
 
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: Sunday, March 29, 2020 
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
 
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
Pennanular Brooch
Date to be announced
 
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. 
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. 
 
Forging Railroad Spike Knife 
Tuesdays, February 4 and 11, 2020 - 6 to 9 pm (This Workshop is FULL)
Sundays, February 2 and 9 - 1:30 to 4:30pm (
This Workshop is FULL)
Tuesdays, February 18 and 25 - 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Click here for tickets)
 
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.
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. 
 
Forged Viking Knife 
Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 10 am to 4 pm (This Class is FULL)
Tuesdays, February 21 and 28, 2020 - 6 pm to 9 pm (This Class is FULL)
 
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.
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. 

Flower Arranging Series
Bouquet Building 101 
Date: Saturday, March 7 | Time 10:00am to 1:00pm
Barcode: 122728
 
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: Saturday, March 21 | Time 10:00am to 1:00pm
Barcode: 122734
 
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: Saturday, March 14 | Time 10:00am to 1:00pm
Barcode: 122731
 
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.
 
Valentine's Workshop 
Date: Thursday, February 13 | Time 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Barcode: 122737
 
Celebrate Valentine's Day together as you learn floral arranging: vase technique with fresh cut seasonal flowers. Included: vase and fresh cut flowers.

Skill Building Workshops
 
Woodworking 101 
Date: Sundays, March 1 - 22 | Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Barcode: 122465
 
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: Spring Date Coming Soon
 
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: Sarturdays, March 7 - 21 | Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Barcode: 122455
 
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: Sundays, February 9 - March 1 | Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Barcode: 122460
 
Date: Sundays, March 8-22 | Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Barcode: 122461
 
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: Sarturdays, Febraury 22 - March 14 | Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Barcode: 122473
 
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.
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