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Makerís Basics Sessions
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Please provide your full name, email address, phone number and the class you are interested.
All participants must be 14 years or older (minors [under 18] must be accompanied by an adult).

The Village On Grand will be hosting a series of basic vocational skills training classes that are necessary for the creation of Makerís Art pieces such as furniture, fixtures and sculpture. Makerís work is sometimes referred to as industrial, relic revival, shabby chic, upcycling, etc. and usually incorporates antique pieces, reproductions or are just finished to look vintage.
Jason Chacon, a local Maker and board member with STUDIO 395, will lead these small sessions in his shop at the Village. We are currently signing up an interest list for each of the following classes. Once a group has been compiled, Jason will schedule the date and time (usually to be held weekday evenings).

What is a Maker? Per Wikipedia: "Maker culture emphasizes learning-through-doing (active learning) in a social environment. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment. Maker culture encourages novel applications of technologies, and the exploration of intersections between traditionally separate domains and ways of working including metal-working, calligraphy, film making, and computer programming. Community interaction and knowledge sharing are often mediated through networked technologies, with websites and social media tools forming the basis of knowledge repositories and a central channel for information sharing and exchange of ideas, and focused through social meetings in shared spaces such as hackspaces. Maker culture has attracted the interest of educators concerned about studentsí disengagement from STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in formal educational settings. Maker culture is seen as having the potential to contribute to a more participatory approach and create new pathways into topics that will make them more alive and relevant to learners."

Image Transfer to Wood
The process of transferring any image onto wood.  This class teaches the process from beginning to end with complete instructions on preparation and materials needed.

    Class info
    • All material provided
    • Images provided
    • Class is 2 to 3 hours
    • $18 per person; a max of 5 people per session

Basic Drill Use
This class teaches basic skills in proper drill use and safety.

    Class info
    • The difference and purpose of all types of drills
    • Wood split
    • Proper use of each drill
    • Covers most commonly used bits along with their descriptions and uses
    • Different types of screws and fasteners
    • All tools and materials provided
    • Class is 2 to 3 hours
    • $10 per person; a max of 5 people per session

Furniture Painting Techniques
This class will teach different techniques and processes to use when painting furniture.

    Class info
    • Different types of paint
    • Brush painting and types of brushes
    • Crackle painting
    • Distressed painting "light and heavy"
    • Chippy paint
    • Amateur bloche
    • Pre-prep for all paint
    • Spray can stretch
    • All tools and material provided
    • Class is 2 to 3 hours
    • $10 per person; a max of 5 people per session

Furniture Painting Spray Gun
This class teaches basic skills on proper spray gun use on furniture pieces.

    Class info
    • Spray can prep
    • Spray can function
    • Hands on spraying
    • Spray gun cleaning
    • All tools and material provided
    • Class is 2 to 3 hours
    • $10 per person; a max of 5 people per session

Chandelier and Lamp Wiring
This class covers basic electrical wiring on lighting fixtures.

    Class info
    • Basic electrical instruction
    • Fixture prep
    • Wiring caps, crimps and heat shrink
    • Bulb socket assembly
    • All tools and material provided
    • Class is 2 hours
    • $15 per person; a max of 5 people per session

Mig Welding (non-certification)
This class teaches a simplified version of the basics of proper mig welding techniques.

    Class info
    • Differences in welders
    • Differences in types of welding
    • Different types of metal and the best applications
    • Set up
    • Metal prep
    • All tools and material provided
    • Class is 2 to 3 hours
    • $25 per person; this is one-on-one instruction only


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