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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.

Fused Glass Lantern Making

Date: Monday     July 22, 2019
                            August 22, 2019
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm 
Come celebrate summer by creating your own backyard work of art!

In this course, you will 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 in the night, and shine in the noon-day sun. Course fee includes glass kiln firings for your masterpiece. 
Participants will learn how to shape, design and fire glass. No previous experience necessary. No cutting required! 

Workshop Cost: $99.00
Material fees: choose from the following options: 
For an 11" lantern (4 glass panels measuring 5.5" x 4" each): $45 (includes lantern frame and taxes) 
For an 18" lantern (4 glass panels measuring 9.5" x 6.5" each): $95 (includes lantern frame and taxes) 
Both black or white-framed lanterns are available. 
Note that if there is time, you can choose to make 2 lanterns!

Fired glass (installed in lanterns) will be available for pickup approximately 1 week after the course.


6-Week Jewellery Making Workshop

6-week Jewellery Making/Metal Smiting Course

Date: Wednesdays, June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm

In this 6-week comprehensive course, participants will learn some fundamental concepts and techniques of jewellery making and metalsmithing. This multi-week course will build on concepts introduced in our one-day workshops, by going into more detail of the techniques & processes and having more focus on building technique. This course will also provide opportunities for participants to apply their design skills, ideas, and creativity when creating their individual pieces, within the scope of the technique being learned and the project being worked on. The 6 weeks will culminate in the creation of a piece that is designed by each participant and combines all the skills learned throughout the course.

Weeks 1 and 2: Soldering, Annealing & Work Hardening, Buffing & Polishing (Project: Bangle Bracelets and/or Ring Bands)

Weeks 3 and 4: Piercing & Sawing, Filing, Buffing & Polishing (Project: Pierced Pendant or Cuff Bracelet)

Weeks 5 and 6: Design & work on a project using (and combining) the skills & techniques learned in the first 4 weeks.

Material fee approximately: $50

Drink n' Draw - Instructed Figure Drawing Workshops

Date: Every other Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm - starting on July 16th, 2019

Location: Arch Brewery

Instructed figure drawing for current and aspiring animators, illustrators, comic artists and cartoonists.

Do you want to get better at drawing original scenes and characters straight from your imagination? Looking to hone your skills so you can finally start working on that comic you always wanted to make, or develop your portfolio to take on new, more challenging work?

Come practice rendering the human form in a believable way with live, costumed models who are dancers, cosplayers, drag performers and more! Polish your drawing skills and apply anatomy knowledge to depicting expressive characters in motion.

Participants of all skill levels are welcome.

All materials are welcome, though beginners are encouraged to bring conté/charcoal/soft pencil (i.e. 6B or higher) and newsprint. Please bring your own drawing board, as supply will be limited.


Introduction to Metal Welding 101 
Summer Session: Saturdays, July 13, 20 and 27 - from 1 pm to 4 pm
Registrations open:
Residents: May 22nd, 2019
Non-residents: May 29, 2019

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.

To be announced
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)

Summer Session: Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Registrations open:
Residents: May 22nd, 2019
Non-residents: May 29, 2019

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 
Summer Session: Saturdays, July 13, 20, 27 August 10, 17, 24, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Registrations open:
Residents: May 22nd, 2019
Non-residents: May 29, 2019

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:
July 23
August 6
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, July 15, 2019
Monday, August 19, 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.

Metal Lathe Certification Workshop 

Dates to be announced

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

Introduction to the CNC (Router)

next course: July 19, 26th

Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm

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.

Introduction to CAD: Modeling in Fusion 360 

Dates to be announced

This is an introductory level course into 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 modelling using primitives and solids.

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 tool paths 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.




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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