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Workshops & Certification Courses

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.


Parents of Teens Workshop 
By: York Region & CCSYR
Wednesdays, October 17 - November 28

This is a six session group program for parents of 10 to 17 years olds; focused on helping parents stay connected to their children during the teenage years and building a positive relationship with them.

Advanced registration for all group programs is required.  Please call or email or 905.770.7040 Ext. 237



Learn to Craft Your Own Modern Holiday Décor 
Designs for Happiness
Saturday, November 3, 10am-1pm

Learn to design and create your own Holiday cut-outs for your front window or door.  In this workshop, let’s make your next Holiday brilliant.

Lasers & Beer! 
At Arch Brewing Co., Newmarket
Saturday, November 3, 5pm-9pm
Saturday, December 1, 5pm-9pm
Saturday, February 9, 5pm-9pm
Saturday, March 23, 5pm-9pm

Join us at Arch Brewing Co. for a delicious and creative event!   Enjoy 2 pints or flights of beer, some food and design and customize your own unique item using our Epilog Laser!

Holiday Soap Crafting Workshop 
Hosted by: Laurie Bowers
Sunday, November 18, 12:30pm-4:30pm

Create beautiful hand crafted soap for the holidays. Using quality ingredients, each participant will create 12 bars of hand crafted soap. Wrap and finish your products with personalized labels and go home with 12 gift ready soaps.  Share them with friends or enjoy them yourself! Join instructor Laurie Bowers on November 18th at NewMakeIt for this relaxed, supportive and unique workshop.



Introduction to Metal Welding 101 
FALL Session II: 6:30pm-9:30pm Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15
WINTER Session: 9:30am-12:30pm Saturdays, January 12, 19, 26

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 ARC, Stick, MIG and TIG welding methodologies.

Introduction to Digital Fabrications 
FALL Session II: 1pm-4pm Saturdays, Nov. 10 to Dec. 15
WINTER Session: 6:30-9:30pm Wednesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb.13

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) 
FALL Session II: 6:30pm-9:30pm Wednesdays, Nov. 7 to Dec. 12
WINTER Session: 1pm-4pm Saturdays, Jan. 12 to Feb. 23

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 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.

WOOD! Build a Custom End Table (201) 
FALL Session II: 9:30am-12:30pm Saturdays, Nov. 10 to Dec 15
WINTER Session: 6:30-9:30pm, Thursdays Jan. 10 to Feb 14

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.



3D Printing Certification
Monday, October 15, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Monday, November 19, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Monday, December 17, 6:30pm-9:30pm

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.

Introduction to the CNC (Router)
Dates to be announced

This course is designed to give participants an introduction in to the core concepts and considerations in preparing a 2D program to be machined on a CNC router.

Introduction to CAD: Modeling in Fusion 360 
Thursday, October 25th, 7pm-10pm
Thursday, December 20th, 7pm-10pm

This is an introductory level course in to the world of Computer Aided Design, using Autodesk Fusion 360. This course will cover some of the basic principles of CAD, the rudimentary elements of the software interface, and basic modeling using primitives and solids.

Epilog Laser Certification 
Weekly on Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm-9:30pm

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.

CNC Milling Machine Certification 
Dates to be announced

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.

Intro to MIG Welding Certification 
Date to be announced

Mig welding is used in approx. 95% of all welding projects. The purpose of this course is to allow a person to do basic welds. The course will cover safety, basic setup of the equipment, metal preparation and welding techniques that will allow students to complete common welding projects.

Metal Fabrication: Introduction to the Metal Lathe 
Dates to be announced

Learn the basic operations of metal lathe including drilling, turning and facing. Successful completion of this class allows a member to use the metal lathe at NewMakeIt.



Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet 
Date: Tuesday, November 6
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Registration Opens: End of September 2018

In this workshop, learn how to make jump rings (an essential component in jewelry making) and the technique for opening and closing jump rings. Practice linking the jump rings together to form basic chains, and then learn the pattern to weave a Byzantine chainmaille bracelet to your desired length. Add a clasp and take home a finished bracelet!
Techniques/Topics Covered: Jump Ring Making, Chainmaille Weaving.

Personalized Name Cut-Out Necklace 
Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 6:00-9:30pm
Registration Opens: End of September 2018

Learn the basics of piercing and sawing to create intricate cut-outs in sheet metal, and practice your sawing technique with the jeweler’s saw. Design and create your own necklace, made using the piercing and sawing technique. Let your creativity shine by personalizing your necklace with your name, inspirational word, initials, etc. in your own design. Choose your finishing technique (e.g., polished, brushed, textured) and take home your own personalized necklace!
Techniques/Topics Covered: Piercing, Sawing, Filing, Polishing.

Stacking Rings
Date: Tuesday, November 20
Time: 6:00-9:30pm
Registration Opens: End of September 2018

Learn the basics of ring forming, ring blank sizing, and torch soldering. In this workshop, you'll create a set of rings that can be worn either individually or together as a stack. Use your creativity to design a set of stacking rings to take home – consider a hammered texture or a smooth, polished finish, and perhaps soldering on your own embellishments to some (or all) of your rings!
Techniques/Topics Covered: Torch Soldering Basics, Annealing and Work Hardening, Ring Forming, Ring Blank Sizing



These workshops are being offered at the Newmarket Public Library.

Introduction to Autodesk Fusion 360 
Saturday, November 24, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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.

Introduction to Trimble Sketchup 
Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sketchup is a fantastic, free for non-commercial use 3D CAD software. Sketchup is fun to use and easy to learn, but has many features and functions only available in much more complex CAD environments. This course provides an introduction to Sketchup.



Home Alone Course
Hosted by: HELPgta 

Monday, October 22nd, 9am-3pm

This course teaches kids how to prepare to look after themselves for a short period of time before and after school or if you need to run a quick errand.

Pet Sitting Course
Hosted by: HELPgta 

Friday, November 23rd, 9am-3pm

This course is for kids ages 10-14 who love pets and are interested in taking care of them.  Kids will learn basic pet care for family pets of the fur, feather, fins & scales variety. They will also learn about common health conditions found in pets, pet first aid and how to operate a pet sitting business.  Kids will receive a pet sitting guide and graduation certificate after completing the course.  Please note that we will not be using live animals for this course due to safety concerns and the potential of allergies in some kids.  Instead, there will be life-size stuffed animals and other props used in our activities and scenarios.  We want all kids who have in an interest in pets to be able to attend this fun, informative and interactive course!

Kids Holiday Soap Crafting Workshop 
Hosted by: Laurie Bowers
Sunday, November 18, 9:30am-11:30am

Kids create fun & unique holiday themed soaps to share with friends and family. Instructor Laurie Bowers creates a lighthearted supportive environment for each participant to create 3 hand crafted bars, 6 holiday hand soaps and 1 snowball soap.  All creations will come home wrapped and labeled with personalized labels. This is a fun and affordable way for your child to make holiday gifts. 
Suitable for kids 8 and up.


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