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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.

Furniture upcycle Workshop

Date: Mondays, September 16, 23, 30 and October 7 
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
From hobbyist to hobbyist, learn tips and tricks to refinishing wood furniture.
You inherited your spouse's grandmother’s end tables and can’t bear the dreary colour
IKEA is definitely not your aesthetic
You have mix-and-doesn’t-match decor that could use a refresh
Topics include searching for pieces, cleaning and stripping, sanding techniques, repairs and filling, staining, painting and finishing, staging, marketing and selling. Demos and hands-on-practice before you get started on your own pieces.
You can bring a piece to NewMakeIt to refinish that falls within these measurements: 30 to 40" high x 30" wide x 20" deep and store it onsite through the duration of the workshop. Projects can be stored for the duration of the class series. After classes conclude, a storage fee of $30 per month for a dedicated space is available.
Workshop costs $175. This includes all four sessions, storage for your piece for the duration of the workshop and includes 1-month NewMakeIt hobbyist membership that you can initiate anytime after the first class up until the last class. Materials for the demos are included but not for your personal project. Upon registration, instructor will send an intake form that will help identified required tools and materials.

Jewellery Making Workshops

Spinner Ring Workshop
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm

In this additional workshop of the Rings Series, you will create a Spinner Ring (also known as a Fidget Ring) that is super fun to wear! Create a ring in which multiple mini bands spin freely around the main band. Use your creativity and choose from plain or patterned wire, wires of different metals, and added embellishments to create a custom, personalized look to your Spinner Ring!

Techniques/Topics Covered: Torch Soldering, Annealing/Work Hardening, Ring Blank Sizing & Forming

Basics of Soldering Workshop
Date: Monday, September 09, 2019
Time: 6:00 to 9:30 pm
Want to incorporate soldering into your jewellery-making, but don’t know where to start? Then this workshop is for you! In this process-focused 4-hour workshop, you will learn the basics of torch soldering and get lots of hands-on experience. You’ll practice soldering different types of joints with silver solder and a butane torch, and gain a deeper understanding of the process. This workshop is perfect for those who have never soldered before, as well as for anyone who has soldered a few times in the past, but would like a refresher to get more practice and become more comfortable with soldering.
Material cost included in the price.

Flower Arranging Series
Bouquet Building 101
First Date: October 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122725
Second Date: December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122726
Learn the step by step process of creating your very own “swirl” hand-tied bouquet. The ever so popular technique used by some of the top floral designers in the industry. This workshop includes seasonal fresh cut flowers and foliage with re-purposed silk or cotton ribbons as well as the materials needed for the technique. You will learn the process of prepping the flowers to aftercare knowledge. As well as learning the elements and principles of design. Take home your creations for bragging rights for your friends and family to see your new discovered talent.
Date: October 11, 2019 
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Barcode: 122736
Fall is in the air and you know what that means? 
Pumpkin spice everything! Embrace the seasonal autumn colour palettes using locally grown fresh cut flowers and pumpkins. This workshop will allow you to get your hands dirty prepping the pumpkin and creating a beautiful fall colour arrangement inside. Each person will receive a pumpkin colour of their choice, fresh cut flowers and foliage along with wood dried floral accents. This will be the talk of your family’s thanksgiving table.
Date: December 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122729
Master the craft of vase styling floral arrangements. This class with unveil the technique of prepping the vase and flowers and learning the elements of design and structure to the arrangement. We will include the glass vase, fresh cut seasonal flowers and foliage as well as all the materials needed. Take home and enjoy your designs with our step by step aftercare process. Bring some colour to your living space.
First Date: October 19, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122732 
Second Date: December 21, 2019
Time 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122733
Create a peaceful garden in your home by learning the technique to build a succulent terrarium. 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.

Glass Making Series
First Date: November 9, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122493
Second Date: November 30, 2019
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Barcode: 122494
Create beautiful and unique glass art pendants!  We’ll begin with an introduction to the glass fusing process, including cutting skills and theory, after which 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 – and will have several art glass pendants of your own at the end!
This course is suitable for beginners so don’t worry if you have never tried anything like this before!
Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up within 1-2 weeks.
First Date: November 9, 2019
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Barcode: 122486
Second Date: November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122489
Create a beautiful and unique piece of “functional glass art”!  We’ll begin with an introduction to the glass fusing process, including cutting skills and theory, after which we will move on to the design process, experimenting with colour  and shape.  By using various glass types (sheet, powder, stringers, dichroic “metallics” & reactives) and the application of metal inclusions, you will make your own 9 x 9 serving plate or 6 x 12 food-safe platter. 
This course is suitable for beginners so don’t worry if you have never tried anything like this before!
Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up within 2-3 weeks.

to be announced

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.


To be announced

Fusion 360 is a CAD/CAM software that takes your ideas and transforms them into reality.  Fusion 360 enable students to create 3D-models and program machining processes.

In this course, students will gain an understanding of basic Fusion 360 CAD functions, including: basic navigation within Fusion 360, creating bodies from sketches, making simple modification to solids, and learning to use construct planes and timelines.

By the end of the course, students will create a CAD model with pocket, hole and a chamfered edge. This CAD model will be used in the CNC Mill Certification (CAM) course.

Fusion 360 is a CAD (computer aided design)/CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software that takes your ideas and transforms them into a reality.  Fusion 360 enable students to create 3D models and program machining processes.

Tormach P1100 is a small vertical CNC (computer numerical control) machine designed to machine aluminum.  The Tormach materializes your CAD design via subtractive manufacturing.

In this course, student will gain an understanding of basic Fusion 360 CAM functions, including: creating setups, setting origins, creating 2D toolpaths, basic 3D toolpaths, and exporting/ transfering the toolpath from Fusion 360 to Tormach.  Students will also gain basic knowledge about types of cutting tools and materials.

By the end of the course, each student will make an aluminum model of a CAD design using Fusion 360 CAM and Tormach PCNC.

Prerequisite: CNC Mill Certification (CAD Course) or proficiency in CAD Software.

Metal Lathe Certification Workshop 

Date: September 21, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm

This workshop will teach participants the basics of lathe work, mounting of the work-piece, the types of cutting tools, basic lathe operations & lathe safety. This will allow participants to familiarize themselves with the concept of lathe work. 


You will also receive a set of tools at this workshop. 
1 x 6 inch Digital Caliper 
1 x Center Drill 
3 x Lathe Cutting Tool 
Set of Shims



Introduction to Metal Welding 101
Date: Saturdays, November 2, 9, and 16
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Barcode: 122451

This course will teach participants the elements of metal welding.  Participants will learn about different types of welding and why they are used.  Participants will complete practical projects using MIG welding methodologies.


First Date: Sundays, October 20, 27, and November 3
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122458
Second Date: Sundays, December 1, 8, and 15
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Barcode: 122459
TIG welding processes commonly used for precision fabrication work and welding aluminium. Learn the basics of TIG welding through small exercises progressing to a larger project. Students gain a foundation in preparation, joints, technique, and safety.  All participants will receive complimentary Makerspace Membership to NewMakeIt. Participants will require welding mask and gloves.  Budget approx. $100.00 for materials.  Please call NewMakeIt for more information.

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to digital fabrication.  Participants will take a hands-on approach to learn the skills required to take a concept from idea to a tangible physical item.  Covered in this course is Computer Aided Design concepts, designing and creating products using advanced tools such as 3D printers, Laser Cutters/Engravers, CNC Routers and more.


Introduction to Woodworking (101)

Date: November 3, 19, 17 and 24 
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122463

This is an introductory class for participants that wish to learn the art and skill of woodworking.  During this program, participants will learn the basics of creating with wood.  From different types of wood and materials to working with shop tools and equipment to create several different projects.  Participants will learn the proper operation of various tools such as Table and band saws, planer, router, jointer and sanders.  They will also be introduced to finishing techniques like painting and staining.

Woodworking 201

First Date: Saturdays, October 5,(Closed on 12), 19, 26, and November 2
Time: 9:30 to 12:30 pm
Barcode: 122466
First Date: Sundays, December 1, 8, 15, and 22 
Time: 11 to 2 om
Barcode: 122467

In this workshop, participants will build on their basic skills, learn various woodworking techniques and tools to create a customized end table from a basic design.  Students will learn how to create a plan and drawing, use traditional and digital fabrication tools and methodologies to select, cut and prepare materials, wood joinery and finishing techniques.


Epilog Laser Certification
Bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm-9:30 pm
Upcoming course:
September 3, 2019
September 17, 2019
Learn the basic operations of the laser machine in cutting and etching materials ranging from wood and acrylic to textiles such as cloth and leather. Successful completion of this class allows a member to use the laser machines at NewMakeIt.

Monday, Septmber 16, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019

This workshop is tailored to individuals that would like to become certified and start using the 3D printing resources available at NewMakeIt. The course will consist of instruction, Q&A and a demo.


These workshops are being offered at the Newmarket Public Library.

Introduction to Autodesk Fusion 360 

Fusion 360 is a powerful 3D CAD / CAM software by Autodesk. Fusion brings much of the same power and functionality of Inventor but is available free for non-commercial use. This course covers an introduction to Fusion 360.


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