Classes & Workshops

We’re always coming up with more class ideas (and welcome your suggestions). Below is a list of our most commonly taught classes, followed by a list of currently scheduled dates and offerings. Don’t see anything offered? Chances are we’re working on the next several weeks of classes and will have dates posted soon! Keep an eye on this page, our Facebook Page, or Instagram for the class announcements.

See a class you’d like to take but not a time that fits? Want to schedule a private class or one-on-one lessons? Contact me and we’ll set something up!

Why do we specify gender? Are scholarships available? Scroll to the bottom of this page for all the answers and more!

There’s no age too young to begin working with tools. In fact, the littles are some of my favorite kiddos to work with!

This class introduces the little ones to basic hand tools and allows them the time and space to become familiar with how tools feel in their hands, what they do, and how empowering it can feel to drive a screw in or hammer a nail all the way in!

Kiddos will learn the difference between a hammer and a screwdriver, gain hands-on practice with each, and then create their own design/drawing accented with nails and screws to their heart’s content!

A class for kids, created by kids! After spending the holiday season making dozens of cutting boards, planters, and candle holders, I was left with buckets of really cool scraps and off cuts. My kids came to the shop with me one evening and while I was cleaning, they raided the scrap bin and started sanding, gluing, nailing, and screwing these scrap pieces together into what my daughter called “Scrappy Sculptures.”

In this class, youth will learn about different varieties and colors of wood, learn to use sanders, screwdrivers, and hammers, and most of all – their imagination! There’s no limit to what kids can create with the time and space to explore new ideas.

This class also serves as a great (but not required) introduction to the Carpentry 101 class and gives youth the chance to work in the shop and become familiar with new tools and shop safety practices. Every kid will take home their own Scrappy Sculpture!

Yes, kids can build, too!! Whether your youth is completely new to tools, or has been unscrewing your kitchen cabinet handles for years (a favorite past time of young Darnell kiddos), this is the class for them!

Carpentry 101 is a safe, supportive environment for youth to explore new tools, learn new skills, and inspire themselves and others with their imagination. This class is a fun introduction to measuring, marking, cutting with the miter saw (a crowd favorite!), sanding, and hammer/screwdriver/power drill experience!

We will chat about shop safety, try our hand at a variety of tools, and work on an individual project, which each youth will take home with them at the end of class (and hopefully enjoy all summer long)!

Art has a powerful capacity to illustrate narratives and perspectives. Due to the expressive nature of art, artists are often activists who build their artistic output for a cause near and dear to their hearts. From fighting for AIDS awareness, to protesting government censorship, artists have been at the forefront of activist movements throughout time.

In this 4 day summer camp experience students will build their own wooden canvas stretchers, stretch their own canvas, and create an original protest painting. Students will prepare for this endeavor by learning about the life and history of protest artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Zanele Muholi, Banksy, The Guerilla Girls, Marcel Duchamp, and Judy Chicago. Participants will also learn about protest art through music and the written word.

We recognize the serious and sensitive nature of some artist’s works and have built a curriculum that is age appropriate. All materials and safety equipment will be provided.

In this 4 day summer camp students learn about the life and work of Louise Nevelson and use this knowledge as inspiration to create their own dreamlike construction in wood. Students will explore tools & carpentry, basic design, sculpture, teamwork, and delight in the process of combining created wood pieces with found objects. All materials and safety equipment will be provided. Students are welcome and encouraged to bring found objects to include in their work or share with the group.

In this 4 day summer camp students will explore the wonder of mobile art! A mobile is a type of sculpture that is formed from a variety of components which are suspended and move in response to air currents. Students will explore carpentry and drawing to create wood components and combine them with a wide variety of other materials to find balance and design in a finished piece. All materials and safety equipment will be provided. Students will also learn about the lives and work of mobile art makers such as Alexander Calder and Gertrud Louise Goldschmidt (Gego).

In this 4 day summer camp students will explore carpentry, basic design, drawing, painting and sculpture to create their own original art. Students will deepen their knowledge of the creative process through teamwork and group observation — which will support them in making their own individual sculpture. Participants will also learn about and be inspired by the art and work of Alison Elizabeth Taylor and Rachel Beach. All materials and safety equipment will be provided.

In this 4 day summer camp students will explore the world of miniature models, maze making and puzzles through carpentry, drawing, painting, and fiber arts! Students will deepen their knowledge of the creative process through teamwork and group observation – which will support them in making their own individual art. Participants will also learn about the history and process of maze making, the labyrinth, miniature making, puzzles, and optical illusion. All materials and safety equipment will be provided.

Yes, you can build, too!! Whether you are completely new to tools, or have been DIY’ing home projects for years, this is the class for you!

The Adult Carpentry 101 class is a safe, supportive environment for you to be you as you explore new tools, learn new skills, and inspire yourself and others with your imagination. This class is a great introduction to measuring, marking, cutting with a variety of saws, sanding, and power drill experience. And if you already have some experience under your belt, come join us and try something new!

We will chat about shop safety, try our hand at a variety of tools, and work on an individual project, which you will take home at the end of class.

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Art has a powerful capacity to illustrate narratives and perspectives. Due to the expressive nature of art, artists are often activists who build their artistic output for a cause near and dear to their hearts. From fighting for AIDS awareness, to protesting government censorship, artists have been at the forefront of activist movements throughout time.

In this workshop, you will build your own wooden canvas stretchers, stretch your own canvas, and create an original protest painting. We will prepare for this endeavor by learning about the life and history of protest artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Zanele Muholi, Banksy, The Guerilla Girls, Marcel Duchamp, and Judy Chicago. Participants will also learn about protest art through music and the written word.