We are developing several project-based workshops in order to teach aspiring artisans how to use a variety of tools in our space to make amazing things! All artisan workshops are 18+ unless otherwise noted.
Non-member students must fill out this one-time registration form prior to attending a class. Please see our class cancellations and refund policies. Tell us what sort of workshops you'd like to see at Technocopia by filling out this form!
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Fee: $65 - $85
Instructor: Molly Jackson
Are you fascinated by this old-world process that uses glass, flames and gravity? Are you just curious about trying out the Glass Shop? Our 2 hour workshops are designed to give you a brief studio orientation, safety training and demonstration of the project. The rest is hands-on torch time creating your very own glass art. How is that done? Glass rods and colored frit (crushed glass) are heated and shaped in the two thousand degree flame of an oxygen-propane bench torch. Your new creations will be annealed in a kiln overnight and can be taken home the next day. **This workshop is followed by an optional 1 hour certification class for newcomers interested in using the Glass Shop as a Technocopia member. Experienced flameworkers may contact the instructor to schedule a certification class only.**
Intro to Screen Printing
PRINT YOUR OWN T-SHIRTS, TOTE-BAGS OR POSTERS!
In this two-session workshop you’ll learn how to design and screenprint your very own design. In the first session you’ll learn about the common ways that t-shirts are printed and learning how to prepare a digital file so that it can be transferred to a screen for printing. In the second session we will prepare a screen and print our t-shirts.
How does it work? We will use InkScape--free & open source graphic design software--to prepare a digital design that will be cut using Technocopia’s computer-controlled vinyl cutting machine. Then the design will be transferred to a screen and we will apply a coating to the screen so we can print with the screen over and over again. You’ll then use your screen and fabric inks to print your design onto t-shirts or other fabric.
Laser Cut Ornaments
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Instructor: Technocopia Educational Director and Staff
Join Technocopia to make your own laser cut ornaments! Participants will learn simple techniques in 2D design to generate, size and play with shapes and images. Designs will be imported to Technocopia's Full Spectrum laser cutter and cut out of wood. Please email to reserve a computer or plan to bring a personal laptop. Personal computers will need InkScape downloaded on their computers. Come in a little early for help. To reserve a Technocopia computer please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. First come, first serve. This workshop is recommended for students aged 11+. Students aged 5+ are welcome to participate with an accompanying guardian. No purchased ticket for the accompanying guardian required.
*Not all ornaments will be cut on the same evening. All ornaments not cut at the event will be available for pick up the next day. This is an artisan workshop, and does not certify training on our laser cutter. For tool trainings please visit our web page.
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wOODEN eARRING dESIGN
Instructor: Adam Zelny
Learn the basics of 2D computer aided design (CAD) while crafting a set of beautiful wooden earrings with our laser cutter! This 2 session class teaches the steps needed to transform a digital design into a finished physical object. Class one will include an overview and demonstration of the process before we learn how to navigate and create a laser cuttable design using free Inkscape software. We’ll discuss the difference between raster and vector images, and how the laser cuts with both types, and learn about the importance of knowing your material as a crucial part of the design process. In class 2 each student will receive hands-on time with the laser as we learn how to operate the machine, and how to produce precision cuts using our earring designs. After everyone has cut their wooden pieces, we’ll end by walking through the wood finishing and earring assembly process.
Instructor: Jennifer Swan
Participants will learn simple techniques in wood burning, copper wire wrapping, embossing and beading to make decorative ornaments. This is a great workshop for any age (9+), and families are encouraged to join!
The Art of Crochet
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Fee: $15 - $60
Instructor: Julia Dobson
This 5 class workshop will teach the basics of crochet, and will include learning techniques such as: chaining, turning a chain, increasing and decreasing stitches, and the different types of crocheting (single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet). In each class, you will learn how to make something to take home with you: Granny Square, a Pot Holder, a Scarf, a Hat, and a Cowl. Drop-ins are welcome. See the link above for detailed info!