Open Works 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, 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!

Scroll through the list or call 410-862-0424 to find out about upcoming classes.

Anyone can take classes, although some options are set to get members certified to use the shops, all classes are open to members and non-members alike.


Safety and Certification– mandatory before using certain shops and machinery and to give you a great base for making! 1 or 2 day options available in most shops. Single Day classes for fast track makers, 2-Day classes for intermediate or beginners who want more guided shop time.

Maker 101–Just getting started in the making world? These 4-week beginner courses cover shop safety, machine and material basics as well as guide you through projects from start to finish giving you confidence in using the shops and making on your own. Satisfies safety and certification requirement for shop access.

Crash Courses –cover hardware and software basics at shops and labs at Open Works to give you a great base for making. Not mandatory but a great overview or introduction. Single Day classes for fast track makers, some 2-Day options available for more guided shop time.

Senior Shop – 6-week courses for senior adults 55+ offered seasonally that cover safety and best practices for working in a community shop as well as lots of guided hands on time. You walk away with the certification and access to the space, confidence to use the machines and sewn projects from the course. Textiles and Wood Shop currently offered!

Make Your Own- project-based courses that give you the safety and shop basics and leave with a completed project to take home.

We’re proud to partner with Sew Lab USA 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! Please note that ALL classes take place at Open Works.

Adult classes ages 16+: classes listed as ‘safety and certification’ must have guardian register and attend with young person.

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Enrollment Policy: To have enough folks to run a class, Open Works must have at least 3 folks enrolled to run a class. Please sign up in advance through this site, by calling 410-862-0424 or stop in person. A member associate will be happy to help get you enrolled. Encourage a friend to take a class with you!

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

Lateness Policy: Arrivals 20 minutes or more of the class start time will not be admitted into classes and registrations are non-transferrable.

Please wear closed-toed shoes, avoid loose clothing and pull back hair or scarves to all classes. Safety first!

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