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Events & Classes


 
 

Mosaic Tile Serving Tray

Make your own mosaic tile serving tray! In this workshop you will learn how to set and grout tile while creating your own custom serving tray design. Enjoy a relaxed evening of using your creativity to design something that you can use to serve your guests through this summers patio season. The trays have been handcrafted by our fabrication staff at Saskatoon Makerspace and feature Baltic birch wood with leather handles made by @just.iedesignco.  If you have a personal item you would like to incorporate into your mosaic tile design, please bring it along. It could be an item like a broken pottery tile, a piece of a sentimental dish, a pendant, coin, stone, or gem. We will provide a variety of neutral coloured tiles, if you have a particular tile you love, we encourage you to bring it and use it on your tray! 

The first night will include breaking the tiles, planning out your design and setting the tiles. The second night will be grouting the trays and putting on the leather handles. 

Your ticket to this workshop will include all materials and a beverage from Road Coffee each night! 

Part 1 / Wednesday July 24 / 6-10

Part 2 / Thursday July 25 / 7-9

Embroidery 101 - Floral Embroidered Tea Towels

Hand embroidery it’s a different way to create and express yourself. In this workshop you will learn some traditional embroidery stitches while creating a beautiful floral decoration on a tea towel. This will be a time to learn, relax and reconnect with yourself. You will leave the workshop with all of the materials required to continue creating embroidery pieces at home including a hoop, embroidery scissors and some thread!

  • All materials included 

  • Snacks and drinks provided 

  • No prior knowledge/skills required

Maye is our talented designer here at Saskatoon Makerspace! She loves creating art on her days off, and is very talented at embroidery. Check out her work on Instagram @mayerly_paulenko.

Session: Thur, 22 August, 6 - 10 pm

 
 

Pinch Pots + Barrel Firing

This workshop will introduce one of the most important techniques used by potters and ceramicists, the pinch-pot. Often overlooked for its deceptive simplicity, the pinch-pot is an essential technique for understanding how to work with clay. Even if you do not usually work with clay, this workshop is an opportunity to re-connect with touch in your practice and will teach you mindfulness techniques that are useful in other creative disciplines.

Your instructor: Rebecca La Marre is a Canadian artist with a writing, research and performance practice. Her research investigates how ritual, desire and technologies like language can shape bodies, and what that contributes to an experience of being a person. Her performances make use of materials that include the human voice, text, and clay.

Part 1 - September 11 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm [ pinch pots ]

Part 2 - September 28 [barrel firing - optional to attend ]

 

METAL SHOP + mig welding 101

In this combined metal shop and welding workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn safe operation of a variety of tools in order to complete a six sided die project. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Safely operate the metal bandsaw, bench grinder, drill press, angle grinder, and MIG welder

  • Inspect, set up, and perform cuts using the metal bandsaw

  • Deburr and clean edges of their workpiece using the bench grinder

  • Set up, including setting speed and fastening the workpiece, and perform drilling operations using the drill press

  • Selecting the appropriate abrasive and use the angle grinder

  • Perform proper start up and shut down procedures for the MIG welder

  • Perform 8 outside corner welds using the MIG welder

 

HEAT TRANSFER 201

If you’d like to customize your own clothes, this class is for you! In this class you will customize a shirt by applying a decal via heat transfer onto clothing. You will learn basic decal design, cutting, and application to fabric. Let those great clothing ideas come to life through heat transfer.

Decal and Heat Transfer combo - participants get $15 Makerspace Gift Card

 

DECAL CUTTING 101

Have you ever wondered where those crazy shaped stickers come from? Are you trying to push your small company and want a creative, but affordable, way to promote yourself? The decal cutter is the answer to both of the above questions. In this class you will be taught about the basics of designing for the decal cutter. You will leave the class with your very own custom designed one colour decal!

 

SILKSCREEN 101

In this course you will learn how to print textiles using plastisol inks on a four colour silkscreen press, as well as the proper curing methods. You will leave this class with your very own Makerspace shirt that you printed and the knowledge necessary to print your own designs! All materials are provided in class!

 

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR 101

Are you interested in design but not sure where to start? In this class your will learn the basics of how to use Adobe Illustrator! Illustrator is a powerful design software that we use at Makerspace to create projects on our laser cutter, decal cutter, CNC router, and silkscreen. It is also used for basic and advanced graphic designs.

*A COMPUTER WITH ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS If that is not possible for you, please contact us at 306-291-6494.

 

LASER CUTTER 101

ZAPP ZAPP! One of our all time favourite tools in the space! The laser cutter is a powerful machine because of all the different types of applications it has. In this class you will have a chance to learn the basics of designing for laser cutting. You will also learn how to safely operate the laser cutter! A basic understanding of adobe illustrator is not required but definitely an asset!

 

WOODSHOP 101 

In this class you will be creating a wooden box. You will learn how to use the table saw, drill press, belt sander and various other small hand tools. You will gain understanding of what tools are used for in the wood shop and how to safely use them. In order to use the wood shop, this class is required.  *We ask that you wear closed toed shoes and long hair must be tied up. Ear plugs and safety glasses will be provided.

 

WOOD LATHE 101

The lathe is a classic wood shop tool, however it takes a little more learning and practice to master. Once you're comfortable on the lathe it can be quite a relaxing tool to use. In this class you will learn how to safely operate the lathe, in turn, helping you create your own small candle holder. This will teach you the basics of chisel handling and chuck usage.  *We ask that you wear closed toed shoes and long hair must be tied up. Ear plugs and safety glasses will be provided.

 

metal lathe 101

Learn the basics of turning on a metal lathe! In this course, you will learn how to precisely perform basic machining operations using the lathe. This training will give beginning students the information they need in order to safely operate the lathe and about basic manufacturing principles!

 

CNC ROUTER 101

In this class you will be learning the basics of designing for the CNC router. This machine is a beast. It is able to cut materials that are 8 feet long and 5 feet wide. By the end of the class you will have a basic understanding about how to safely operate the machine. The next step will be dreaming up crazy things that you will be able to make on it!  *We ask that you wear closed toed shoes and long hair must be tied up. Ear plugs and safety glasses will be provided. 

 

3D PRINTER 101

The 3D Printer is a quickly advancing technology that is blowing people's minds on the daily! In this class you will learn how to print simple objects from the website Thingiverse on a Makerbot Replicator.

 

3d Design 101

Learn the basics of 3D design using Fusion 360. This class will teach you the basic tools to design projects for 3D printers, CNC routers, and laser cutters. 

 

METAL MILL 101

In this course you will learn how to use the metal mill to perform basic precision machining operations. You will learn how to properly set up a project on the milling machine, basic safety, and how to take your idea from concept to reality. This training will give beginning students the information they need in order to safely operate the mill and also as a refresher for people who have used a mill in the past but not recently. This class is a basic beginning to the mill, if you have a specific project in mind, please bring it up with your instructor and consider getting one on one training for your project.


 

Legal Bootcamp for Startups

Considering turning your hobby into a business? Get an introduction to the legal questions that you should consider but were afraid to ask. Come for an evening of legal talk and drinks! A beer from 9 Mile Legacy is included with each ticket.

Instructor \ Shawn Moen traded in a decade of legal practice for an entrepreneurial dream. He is currently the CEO + CoFounder of 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Co. Ltda Instagram @9milelegacy

Session: Wednesday, 26 June 2019 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Macrame Plant Hanger

Come and learn the essential knots to make a macrame plant hanger! We want this piece to fit your style, so please bring your own potted plant/plant pot that is 4" - 8" diameter - smaller than 4" is okay, larger is not, it will be too heavy! After taking this workshop, you will have the essential skills to follow basic macrame designs.

Our instructor \ Cloe is a full time stay-at-home mom to two little ones (with another on the way) and an almost full time volunteer to several different programs for new mothers, children, and youth. Cloe is passionate about the value of a welcoming and warm space for people to feel comfortable in and enjoy together so she loves to craft and cook to create just that. Cloe is excited to lead you through a workshop that can add love and life to your space.

Session: Wed, 3 July, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

HISTORIC PROCESS PHOTOGRAPHY

In this age of ubiquitous cell phone cameras, get back to the origins of the craft.  Make beautiful and archival Cyanotype prints on fine art paper from photographic/digital negatives or shadowgrams from found objects.  Explore the Cyanotype process that was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1843. Bring it to the 21st century.

Sunday, May 26th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

blacksmithing 101 

Before being able to hammer out things like sculptures, swords, and railings a blacksmith must first learn the basics. Things like proper hammer control, striking form, heat control are just some of those basis stepping stones a blacksmith needs to learn and understand before moving on to the big projects. In this course you will learn the basics of blacksmithing and be given the time to practice them. Before you learn to run, you must learn to walk. This course gives you the building blocks and techniques for you to be able to take the next step after mastering the basics.

Classes session: (1 of 3) Friday, May 24th: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (2 of 3) Saturday, May 25th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (3 of 3) Sunday, May 26th: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

canadian style acrylic painting

Come and learn a Canadian style painting technique in acrylic with Robynn Olson. In this workshop you will paint one of Robynn’s pieces along with her - a hands on, visual and fun way of learning! She will give tips on use of colour, her process of layering on paint, brush techniques and other useful tips for a beginner with acrylics.

Check out her pieces at @robynn.olson April 28th 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Image Transfer Art Blocks using Encaustic (Beeswax) and Fire

Create your own personal image transfer art blocks using encaustic (beeswax) and a torch! In this workshop you will be introduced to the exciting world of using ecaustic (natural beeswax mixed with tree resin) together with a torch - yes, you will get to use WAX and FIRE to create your own unique and personal image transfer block. The image you choose is entirely up to you and you will be guided through the process of image preparation, burnishing, and using the beautiful beeswax to prime and seal your image surface.

Check out some of her work at @michelle_plett May 5th 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SEWING 101

If you’ve ever wanted to customize your clothes to fit you just right, or you don’t want to spend money on clothes, you should take sewing 101! In this workshop you will sew your own t-shirt while learning the basics of sewing, including threading and operating your machine, hemming knit fabrics, and attaching a neckband. This workshop is especially great if you’ve forgotten all of your high school Home Ec. skills. \

All skill levels welcome! \ BYO Machine

Women + the Woodshop

In April we are having our very first Women + the Woodshop Class! This class will be taught by Rachel from Sawdust and Smoke. You will learn an overview of the woodshop, and learn how to safety use a wide range of hand and power tools while building a wooden plant stand. Completion of this class gets you woodshop certification, and you can book in to use our woodshop!  Each participant will leave with their own planter and plant stand, all materials  are included! Plant stands will be 4"-6" diameter. Whether you're planning on making a lot of things in the woodshop, or you just want your own plant stand, this class is for you! 

Check out their pieces at @sawdustandsmoke April 6th 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

CONCRETE CLOCK WORKSHOP

Come and learn about concrete! In this workshop you will the basic parts in the concrete process, including how to design, form, color, pour and finish concrete.  All of these fundamentals will be applied to designing and pouring your own concrete clock! Participants will be able to add their own design element to the front of the clock, as well as personalize their clock through different pigment choices in the concrete. Each clock will be approximately 6”w x 6”l x 2”d. The instructors of this workshop are Brady + Shan, the people behind ardor home goods. They love concrete, and minimal modern home decor, and they want to share their passion with you.

Check out their pieces at @ardor.home 

Charcuterie + Charcuterie

If you love charcuterie and are interested in improving your woodworking ability, you need to be here for this workshop! Come and get the wood shop certification through an interactive build your own charcuterie board workshop featuring meat + cheese boards by The Cure SK. Yes, you get to eat charcuterie while making your own board. You will learn about all of the tools in the wood shop including technique for wood lamination and finishing, how to use the drill press, router, planer, and table saw. You will be able to customize your board with different wood types and shape. We will send you home with your own sealer to keep your board looking fresh.

This is a two day workshop and will be catered by The Cure on Friday night. Once you have completed this workshop you will be certified in our wood shop and you can book in to use it. You don’t want to miss this workshop!

Workshop Times: Thursday, February 28: 7pm - 9pm - Friday, March 1: 7pm - 9pm

canadian style acrylic painting

Come and learn a Canadian style painting technique in acrylic with Robynn Olson. In this workshop you will paint one of Robynn’s pieces along with her - a hands on, visual and fun way of learning! She will give tips on use of colour, her process of layering on paint, brush techniques and other useful tips for a beginner with acrylics.

BUILD YOUR OWN SKATEBOARD

How cool would it be to skate something you built? How about you come to our build your own skateboard workshop and find out! Learn how to make a skateboard from start to finish. Get your Woodshop 101 So you can come back and build more. In this workshop we will be learning the basics of how to glue and press your deck.

Workshop Times: Saturday, January 12: 10:30am - 4pm - Sunday, January 13: 1pm - 4pm

Introduction to adobe Lightroom Editing and Organization

In this beginner-level introduction to Adobe Lightroom, you’ll learn the basics of maneuvering through the program, understand the functions of certain tools and commands, and take an in-depth look into the principles of editing. Additionally, we’ll discuss a few general guidelines for shooting photos to be edited in Lightroom.

Workshop Times: Saturday, February 2: 2pm - 4pm

*There are two types of Lightroom as part of Adobe Creative Cloud, we will be using Lightroom Classic CC in this workshop, not Lightroom CC.

weaving + Wine

Join us for an evening of wine and snacks while learning about intuitive weaving. Everyone who participates in the workshop will come away with supplies and basic skills to weave at home as well as a complete weaving of their own. This workshop is appropriate for even the most beginner crafters because we focus more on having fun, creating beautiful items by hand, and learning skills to take home instead of flawless technique. The techniques taught will be based on low-tech, affordable equipment that is accessible and easily transportable. All participants will take home everything they need to continue creating at home, including their own loom. *Allergen information: materials will include wool.

Check out Leanne’s work on Instagram @fibre.and.foil

Workshop Times: Friday, February 1: 6pm - 10pm

HAND EMBROIDERY FOR BEGINNERS

Come and learn the basics of hand embroidery, making your own Christmas ornament. We are going to be learning how to transfer a design into the fabric, different stitches and how to turn your hoop into a beautiful ornament. Hand embroidery is a way to disconnect and connect with yourself, if you are a lover of crafting you know what I mean.

mend your jeans 

Make do and mend! Bring life back into your old jeans, extend the life of your favorite jeans, and learn how to customize your most worn garment. All materials included. If you have a pair of jeans that need mending, bring them with you!

2 COLOUR SILK SCREEN PRINT

In this class you will learn how to design for a 2 colour print, how to expose 2 screens and what mesh size to use, as well as the alignment of these 2 screens to help us get perfect registration.   This class requires you to have taken the Silk Screen 101 class already.

Electronics 101

In this class you'll learn all you need to know about electronics to get started with tinkering. You'll learn about passive components (LEDS, Capacitors, Resistors, etc.), Integrated circuits, and how todo basic soldering. At the end of the class we'll build a simple volume-measuring device using what we've learned about everything in class. No experience required.

cnc router 102 

Come learn the basics of 3D milling using the ShopBot CNC. This course will teach you how to prepare for a 3D milling project, set up the CNC machine, and how to finish the job. You must have taken CNC 101 and you must be familiar with using the CNC

blacksmithing 101 

Before being able to hammer out things like sculptures, swords, and railings a blacksmith must first learn the basics. Things like proper hammer control, striking form, heat control are just some of those basis stepping stones a blacksmith needs to learn and understand before moving on to the big projects. In this course you will learn the basics of blacksmithing and be given the time to practice them. Before you learn to run, you must learn to walk. This course gives you the building blocks and techniques for you to be able to take the next step after mastering the basics.

doodles & noodles 

This is an art collective where we will doodle, chat and eat ramen. Coffee and ramen will be provided, bring a bowl, a mug, and assorted art supplies to doodle what you want.

Map Making Workshop

Where are YOUR roots? Come spend come time with ROOTED Cabinetry & Design as we show you how to make your own Saskatoon map, complete with a laser engraved, personal identity marker. We will show you how to cut, sand, laser etch, color, and oil your own map for a truly unique, personalized piece!

BUILD YOUR OWN 3D PRINTER 

Come build your own 3D printer at Makerfaire with Saskatoon Makerspace!   All you have to bring is yourself! Each 3D printer kit includes everything you need to have a working 3D Printer. You will learn how to assemble the frame, install the electronics, and program the printer.  

NOTE: Children under 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

Hand Lettering with @Kerpanistan

In this class you will learn the basics of creating your own lettering by using simple shapes and math.  Each person will leave with their own personalized chalkboard sign.  Come with your own quote to write (3-5 words), or one will be provided.  

3d Design For Kids 

Tinkercad for kids: 3D Design isn’t just for adults! Kids ages 10-16 will spend an afternoon learning about Tinkercad in a fun, creative and inclusive environment.

In depth 3D Design 

his is an in-depth instruction on 3D Design and Fusion 360. Classes will take place on 4 CONSECUTEIVE SUNDAYS, from 10am-2:30pm each week. (April 15, April 22, April 29 and May 6) 

Spoon Carving 

Learn how to carve spoons with Joel from Burntwood Makery. This will be a fun time with good coffee and great company! Joel has been carving for a long time and wants to share some tricks of the trade with you!  

Custom Light up Sign

Things that light up are cool! Things that you make that light up are even more cool. In this class you will design, cut and assemble your own custom table top light up sign! We will be using basic hand tools and the lasercutter!

BUILD YOUR OWN SKATEBOARD

How cool would it be to skate something you built? How about you come to our build your own skateboard workshop and find out! Learn how to make a skateboard from start to finish. Get your woodshop 101 So you can come back and build more. In this workshop we will be learning the basics of how to glue and press your deck.