Adult Classes

About Our Adult* Classes

Are you a curious hobbyist looking to get your hands dirty or a skilled maker looking to sharpen your skills? We’ve got a lineup of shop safety, intensive, skill and project-based classes and workshops taught by skilled makers and organizations to give you the know how to use the tools and technology to make all of the things.

We’re proud to partner with the Baltimore Jewelry Center, SewLab and the Community College of Baltimore County to offer some of our adult programs. We’re regularly adding new classes to the rotation, so keep this page bookmarked!

*Adult elective classes are open to anyone age 17 and above.

Questions? Ideas? Scholarship inquiries? Contact education@openworksbmore.com
Open Works must have at least 3 folks enrolled to run a class. Please sign up in advance through eventbrite, by calling 410-862-0427 or stop by a few days beforehand to register in person.

Open Works has a 24 hour cancellation policy on classes- please let us know 24 hours beforehand if you can’t make it for ticket reimbursement or class transfer. Thanks! 

Show Me How

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These 1-hour teaser demos and light hands-on classes are designed to give you an idea of what certain shops or machines can do.

Cutting Metal with CNC Plasma

Cost: $20
Difficulty: Beginner

Show Me How is a series of demostrations and light hands on to show you how to use different equipment and shops at Open Works!

Show Me How: Cutting Metal with CNC Plasma gives you a quick run through of how the CNC Plasma Cutter in the metal shop works from file to print to give you ideas of how this technology could work with your ideas!

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CNC Router

Cost: $20
Difficulty: Beginner

Show Me How: CNC Router gives you a quick run through of how the CNC routers in the digital fabrication shop work from file to print to give you ideas of how this technology could work with your ideas!

Dates:

Monday, April 24 @ 6:30 PM

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Metal Shop

Cost: $20
Difficulty: Beginner

Show Me How: Metal Shop gives you a quick run through of how the metal shop at Open Works functions, overviewing machines that cut, grind, bend and drill metal, giving you an overview and light hands-on experience to launch you into working with metal!

Dates:

Wednesday, March 1 @ 6:30 PM

Wednesday, April 5 @ 6: 30 PM

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Soldering Electronics

Cost: $20
Difficulty: Beginner

Show Me How: Soldering gives you a basic run through of the soldering technique in the electronics shop with the chance to try it yourself, giving you the confidence to try your hand at electronics!

Dates:

Wednesday, March 8 @ 6:30 PM

 

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Crash Courses

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1-day intensive courses that include hands-on lessons and introductory tutorials to certain technologies affiliated with membership.

Adobe Illustrator

Cost: $55
Difficulty: Beginner

Crash Course: Illustrator covers graphic design for creating vector graphics with this section of the Creative Cloud. Learn to set up images for print or web, make logos or alter your own drawings. Learn the tools, shortcuts and techniques to create files that are ready for web, print, vinyl cutting, CNC embroidery and more! Learn how to interface with Photoshop and Illustrator!

Dates:

Wednesday, Mar. 22 @ 6 PM

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Adobe InDesign

Cost: $55
Difficulty: Beginner

Crash Course: InDesign covers graphic design for publishing basics with this section of the Creative Cloud. Learn to set up documents and art boards, learn the tools, shortcuts and techniques to create postcards, fliers, zines, magazines and more! Learn how to interface with Photoshop and Illustrator!

Dates:

Wednesday, April 19 @ 6 PM

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Electronics

Cost: $55
Difficulty: Beginner

Crash Course: Electronics goes over the basics of the tools, processes, and equipment in the electronics shop at Open Works to give you the confidence to make things with circuits, lights and motors.

Dates:

Thursday, Feb. 23 @ 6 PM

Thursday, April 20 @ 6 PM

 

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Adobe Photoshop

Cost: $55
Difficulty: Beginner

Crash Course: Adobe Photoshop covers graphic design basics using this image editing and designing software. Learn to alter and resize images to get them ready for print and web, and give yourself the foundation for the next steps of the Creative Cloud: Illustrator and InDesign.

Dates:

Wednesday, May 24 @ 7 PM

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Vinyl Cutter

Cost: $35
Difficulty: Beginner

Crash Course: Vinyl Cutter gives you a run through of the vinyl cutter, bringing your design from file to machine in the digital media lab at Open Works.

Dates:

Thursday, Mar. 9 @ 6 PM

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3D Printing

Cost: $65
Difficulty: Beginner

Have you ever wanted to 3D Print something but didn’t know where to begin?

This crash course will lead you through the basics of using the 3D printers at Open Works, covering several methods of creating and downloading 3D models, methods for preparing files for printing and proper 3D Printer operation.

Dates:

Thursday, March 23 @ 6 PM

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MIG Welding

Cost: $90
Difficulty: Intermediate

This class teaches the basics of MIG welding, focusing on how to move beyond sticking metal together and how to start getting even beads. It covers an introduction to metal alloys, material preparation, amperage, wire speed, and weld pattern. Get experience with various material thickness and weld joints. Come away with quick tips for strong and consistent welds.

Tools used: MIG welder, angle grinder, stationary sanders

Dates:

Saturday, March 18 @ 10AM
Thursday, April 27  @ 6 PM
Saturday, May 20 @ 10AM
Thursday, June 22 @ 6 PM

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Rhino 3D

Cost: $55
Difficulty: Beginner

Learn the basics of 3D modeling with Rhino 3D, a powerful CAD program used for creating 2D and 3D geometry for 3D printing, CNC milling, Laser cutting, product design, and more.

In this crash course, you will learn how to navigate the Rhino environment and create a basic digital 3D model from scratch!

Dates:

Thursday, April 13, 6-9PM

Thursday, June 22, 6-9PM

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TIG Welding

Cost: $125

Learn the basics of TIG welding for highly controllable welds, applicable to various types of metals. The classes uses mild steel, but the same general processes can be applied to stainless, bronze, and aluminum. This versatile welder can be learned by any skill level and is especially useful for aesthetic welds on anything from tiny projects to larger furniture.

Tools used: TIG welder, angle grinder, stationary sanders

Dates:

Thursday, March 30 @ 6PM
Saturday, April 22 @ 10AM
Thursday, May 25 @ 6PM
Saturday, July 1 @ 10AM

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Make Your Own: Project-based Ongoing Classes

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Make Your Own is a series of project-based classes designed to give you the skills and step-by-step instruction to plan, create and finish a product at Open Works!

T-Shirt

Cost: $110

Make Your Own: T Shirt is a 2-session class that brings you through making a shirt from fabric to finished product, covering designing and cutting patterns to form and machine sewing to fabric choice and decorating.

Dates:

Thursday, 3/2, 6-9 PM

Thursday, 3/9, 6-9 PM

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Skirt

Cost: $170
Difficulty: Intermediate

Make Your Own: Skirt is a 3-session class that brings you through making a skirt from fabric to finished product, covering designing and cutting patterns to form, machine sewing, darting and adding a zipper resulting in a custom made skirt that fits!

Dates: Saturdays, April 8-22, 10AM-1PM

Cost: $160

Materials Fee*: $10

*Materials: Sample fabric, thread, buttons and zipper provided but BYO Fabric! Some sample fabric proivided but bring the fabric of your choice to make a skirt you’ll love.

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3D Printed Speaker

Cost: $215

Try your hands at basic electronics and 3D printing in this introduction to electronics class!

Learn basic electronics using soldering, breadboards and DIY tools resulting in your own custom speaker and the knowledge to make other things make noise, flash, roll or fly!

Dates: Tuesdays, 5/9-5/30, 6-9PM

Cost: $215

Materials Fee: $30

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Laser Cut Coasters

Cost: $110

Take your idea through the design process and software integration to the final step of laser cutting, resulting in your very own set of wooden coasters and container in this 2-day course. Fine lines and small text welcome!

Cost: $100

Materials Fee: $10

Dates: Thursdays, March 16-23, 6-9 PM

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Makerspaces Unite! Multi-campus Classes

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Open Works is excited to launch our flagship Makerspaces Unite! class series. We're partnering with different Baltimore area makerspaces to bring you a unique, hands-on, learning experience. You'll learn new skills, make new friends, and explore makerspaces around town. Learn all of the skills and about all of the resources in town for making.

3D Printed and Metal Cast Jewelry

Cost: $230

Learn the basics of 3D printing and electroforming in this 4-week, 2-campus course!

Spend the first half of the course at Open Works turning your simple design into a 3D file to make a 3D print before hopping over to the Baltimore Jewelry Center for the last two sessions and casting your printed object into metal.

Open Works is proud to partner with the Baltimore Jewelry Center in this Makerspaces Unite! course.

Dates*: Tuesdays, 3/7-28, 6-9PM

Tuesdays, 3/7 and 3/21 at Open Works (1400 Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202)

3/28 and 4/4 at the Baltimore Jewelry Center (10 E North Ave, Ste 130. Baltimore, MD 21202)

 

*revised scheduled due to snow on 3/14

 

 

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Safety First: Certification and Safety Classes

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Our intensive certification and safety courses will cover safety and how-to on several of the most user-friendly machines, in addition to best practices for working in a community shop.

CNC Plasma Cutter

Cost: $85
Difficulty: Beginner

Safety and Certification: CNC Plasma Cutter gives you a two-day run through of the CNC plasma cutter in the metal shop from file to machine, giving you the confidence to take the safety and certification and launch into CNC metal working at Open Works. The first sesion will cover Rhino 3D software basics and how to design for the CNC Plasma Cutter. Day two covers machine operation and technical trouble shooting when printing a file. Required before open shop access to the CNC plasma cutter.

Date: Mondays, 5/8-15

Time: 6-9PM

Cost: $85

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CNC Embroidery Machine

Cost: $55
Difficulty: Beginner

Take your ideas, design and thread work to the next level by learning the basics of our computerized embroidery software and machine in this intensive safety and certification workshop. Required before open shop access.

Bring your own garment or hat to embroider or use available onsite options!

Prerequisites: None (for general textiles shop access must take Sewing Safety and Certification class)

Dates:

Thursday, April 6 @  6 PM

Thursday June 1 @ 6 PM

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Wood Shop Basics Certification and Safety

Cost: $65

Required prior to taking any other woodworking classes and using the shop during open work hours, this course provides an overview of the woodshop and supplemental class offerings. It covers basic safety and how-to for several of the most user-friendly machines, as well as best practices for working in a community shop. This class is the first of two wood shop safety and certification courses that will get you checked off to use the majority of the woodshop including the table saw, miter saw, bandsaw, drill press, stationary sanders.

Interested in scholarship or payment options? education@openworksbmore.com

Dates:

Tuesday, March  7 @ 6 PM

Saturday, March 18 @ 10 AM

Tuesday, April 4 @ 6 PM

Saturday, April 22 @ 10 AM

Tuesday, May 2 @ 6 PM

Saturday, May 20 @ 10 AM

Tuesday, June  6 @ 6 PM

Saturday, June 17 @ 10 AM

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Sewing Safety and Certification

Cost: $65

Required prior to using the sewing machines in the textiles shop during open work hours, this course provides an overview of the textiles shop and supplemental class offerings. It covers safety and how-to for using the sewing machines with hands-on instruction as well as best practices for working in a community shop.

Open Works is proud to partner with Sew Lab USA to offer these adult educational classes.

Dates:

Tuesday, February 7 @ 6 PM

Tuesday, February 21 @ 6 PM

Tuesday, March 7 @ 6 PM

Tuesday, March 21 @ 6 PM

Tuesday, April 1 @ 6 PM

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CNC Safety and Certification

Cost: $75

Do you have a project in mind that requires the precision of a CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) Router, but are unsure of how to proceed? Are you curious about Open Works and interested in a group class? Here’s a perfect opportunity for you!

In partnership with CCBC, Open Works hosts Introduction to CNC Routing Safety and Certification classes!

This class focuses on the fundamentals of designing for the ShopBot CNC Router, often used in industry and art to carve and cut a variety of large material. Learn the basics of 2D Design software and 2.5D Cutting, and take your idea straight to the machine safely.

The instruction lasts approximately one hour with time for questions, and additional time to create and cut your design. Approved materials for this session include wood (up to 1” thick for cutting, up to 3” for engraving, 96×48” bed size).

Required prior to using the CNC machines in the digital fabrication shop during open work hours, this course provides an extensive overview of the CNC half of the digital fabrication shop as well as best practices for working in a community shop.

Dates:

Saturday, March 4 @ 10 AM

Saturday, March 18 @ 10 AM

Saturday, April 1 @ 10 AM

Saturday, April 15 @ 10 AM

Saturday, April 29 @ 10 AM

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Laser Cutting Safety and Certification

Cost: $65

Do you have a project in mind that requires a laser cutter, but are unsure of how to proceed? Are you curious about Open Works and interested in a group class? Here’s a perfect opportunity for you!

Introduction to Laser Cutting Safety and Certification focuses on the fundamentals of designing for 60w and 100w CO2 Lasers, commonly used in industry and art to engrave and cut a variety of material. Learn the basics of 2D Design software and take your idea straight to the machine safely.

Instruction lasts approximately one hour with time for questions, and additional time to create and cut your design. Approved materials for this session include wood (up to 1/4” thick for cutting, up to ½” for engraving, 24×36” bed size), Acrylic, and heavyweight paper such as cardstock.

Required prior to using the laser machines in the digital fabrication shop during open work hours, this course provides an overview of the laser cutting machines as well as best practices for working in a community shop.

Open Works is proud to partner with CCBC to offer these adult educational classes.

Dates:

 

Saturday, March 11 @10 AM

Saturday, March 25 @10 AM

Saturday, April 8 @ 10 AM

Saturday, April 22 @ 10 AM

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Metal Shop Certification and Safety

Cost: $65

Required prior to using the shop during open work hours, this course provides an overview of the metal shop and supplemental class offerings. It covers safety and how-to for using the drill press, angle grinders, and MIG welder, as well as best practices for working in a community shop.

Dates:

Saturday, March 4 @ 10 AM

Thursday, March 16 @ 6 PM

Saturday, April 8 @ 10 AM

Thursday, April 20 @ 6 PM

Saturday, May 6 @ 10 AM

Thursday, May 18 @ 6 PM

Saturday, June 3 @ 10 AM

Thursday, June 15 @ 6 PM

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Wood Shop Advanced: Jointer, Planer and Router Table Safety and Certification

Cost: $65

This class is the second safety and certification offering in the wood shop and introduces the jointer, planer, and router table. It covers how each machine can help you prep wood for your projects and which order of operations will give you the best results. These tools are key for resurfacing and dimensioning rough sawn and reclaimed lumber into flat, smooth, and usable boards.

Completion of this intensive grants you access to use these machines during open work hours.

Prerequisites: Wood Safety Basics

Dates:

Saturday, April 1 @ 10 AM

Tuesday, April 11 @ 6 PM

Saturday, April 29 @ 10 AM

Tuesday, May 9 @ 6 PM

Saturday, May 27 @ 10 AM

Tuesday, June 9 @ 6 PM

Saturday, June 24 @ 10 AM

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