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Ideaworks’ approach to learning differs from classrooms where books and theory take precedence. At Ideaworks, we take the learning process into the shop or studio and experience learning through our hands.

We believe in encouraging a hands-on approach with a clear emphasis on safety, skill, and process. This foundation enables students to build on their interests personally and professionally. After initial classes, members will find infinite possibilities to explore and refine their abilities at Ideaworks.

Young people are welcome in most of our classes, but please note that a parent or designated adult may be required to accompany minors under the age of 18. Feel free to call or email for clarification. -Thanks

Upcoming Classes

    • 20 Jan 2024
    • 21 Dec 2024
    • 12 sessions
    • Fresno Ideaworks
    • 6
    Register

    Quilt Block Club 2024 will gather every third Saturday at Ideaworks, a space buzzing with creativity.

    Our focus for the year is the classic Sawtooth Star block, but with a twist – we're filling the centers with various traditional American block patterns.

    The goal is to take these familiar "sampler" blocks to new and modern places, playing with colors and prints to make them uniquely yours.

    By December you'll have a collection of blocks that you can use to make a quilt, throw pillow covers, individual framed art, appliques on jacket backs or dish towels... the choice is yours! The aim is to instill the confidence to keep experimenting and creating beyond the club.

    (Unable to commit to the whole series? Email janelleo@fresnoideaworks.org about joining in an individual session).

    Important Stuff:

    • All materials are provided, but if you have specific quilting fabrics you'd love to work with, bring them along!
    • Quilt Block Club is suitable for anyone familiar with simple straight stitching on a domestic sewing machine. It's a welcoming space for both beginners and seasoned quilters.
    • For our younger participants, minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for a shared creative experience.

    Safety First:

    • We're serious about safety. Closed-toed shoes are a must in all areas of the facility.
    • Avoid dangling jewelry, lanyards, and the like around machinery.
    • Keep hoodie and apron ties, long hair, and long beards securely away from the machines.
    • Dates are subject to change. We'll do our best to ensure that everyone has a chance to make every block.

    Get ready to stitch, share, and create lasting memories with fellow quilting enthusiasts. Quilt Block Club 2024 is not just about crafting beautiful pieces; it's about embracing the joy of quilting in a welcoming and inspiring community. See you on the third Saturday!

    Questions about Quilt Block Club? email janelleo@fresnoideaworks.org, subject line "Quilt Block Club"


    • 10 Apr 2024
    • 24 Apr 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Ideaworks - 1730 H street, Fresno, CA. 93721
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Beginning Welding is a 3-session course; each session is 3 hours. Students will gain a core understanding of how to operate welding equipment safely and get familiar with basic techniques.  This class is for hobbyists, makers, artists, or anyone wanting to try something new and challenge themselves a bit in a comfortable collaborative environment.

    Check the class times shown to ensure you can make it to every session.

    What Not to Wear:

    • Do not wear rings or other jewelry. 
    • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
    • Do not wear clothing made from synthetic or synthetic blends. The synthetic fabric can burn vigorously, melt and produce skin burns.
    • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back.
    • Currently face masks are recommended but not required in the facility. A cotton cloth mask is safest around open flame. Your instructor will explain the safe use of face masks around welding equipment.


    We will provide:

    • Eye protection
    • Face hood/shield
    • Leathers
    • Insulated gloves
    • Ear plugs
    • Materials for class projects
    • Please bring any hoods/gloves/leathers if you have them
    Upon completion of the class, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the Weldatorium tools unsupervised during business hours.
      Free Month of Membership For First-time students

      This class includes a free one-month conditional membership to Ideaworks. This offer is only valid for classes $100 and over. Your conditional membership starts on the day of your last scheduled class. It is only valid for the same shop areas and tools that were used in class. Your instructor will provide a temporary card verifying that you completed the class and are approved for those tools. If you would like to continue your membership beyond the 30 days, please visit us here:  

      Join us

      Current members of Fresno Ideaworks are not eligible for this promotion. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

      • 14 Apr 2024
      • 28 Apr 2024
      • 3 sessions
      • Ideaworks - 1730 H Street, Fresno, CA. 93721
      • 0
      Registration is closed

      Beginning Woodshop runs for 3 sessions of 4 hours and assumes no previous woodworking experience.  The goal is to train students in the basic use and safety aspects of the major tools in the woodshop.  

      Students should plan to attend all three classes.  

      The first meeting will cover  basic safety and project selection.  The second and third sessions will be devoted to a project that will reinforce the skills learned on day 1.  We will be using many of the tools we practiced on, as well as some layout and marking skills, to build a small project that you will be able to take home and be proud of!

      What Not to Wear:

      • Do not wear any dangling jewelry or lanyards that can get caught in machinery. 
      • Do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or draped or dangling elements that can get caught in machinery
      • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
      • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back.
      • Currently face masks are recommended but not required the facility. A cotton cloth mask with ties instead of ear loops must be well secured with no dangling tie ends.


      We will provide:

      • Eye protection
      • Ear plugs if requested
      • Materials for class projects

      Upon completion of the class, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the covered woodshop tools unsupervised during business hours with instructor's approval.

      FREE MONTH OF MEMBERSHIP - New members only

      This class includes a free one-month conditional membership to Ideaworks. This offer is only valid for classes $100 and over. Your conditional membership starts on the day of your last scheduled class. It is only valid for the same shop areas and tools that were used in class. Your instructor will provide a temporary card verifying that you completed the class and are approved for those tools. If you would like to continue your membership beyond the 30 days, please visit us here:  

      Join us

      Current members of Fresno Ideaworks are not eligible for this promotion. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
      • 27 Apr 2024
      • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Fresno Ideaworks
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Welcome to Lampwork Glass Art, where we're turning up the heat to create some incredible pieces! In this relaxed and hands-on class, we'll explore the basics of lampworking and send you home with something entrancing of your own making.

      In this class you will learn to melt borosilicate glass on an oxygen-propane torch and shape it into a sphere using heat, gravity, and a graphite mold. I will demonstrate techniques for decorating your marbles with colored stripes and spirals. Your marbles will anneal in the kiln overnight and can be picked up the next day.

      • In this 4 hour workshop we'll start with the do's and don'ts, throw on some safety glasses, and ensure our workspace is good to go.
      • Wondering what those colorful glass rods are all about? We'll take a look at the essential tools – torches, brass stamps, and shaping gear – that turn those rods into artistic wonders.
      • Your instructor, local artist Emily Johnsen, will showcase the craft – melting, shaping, and transforming glass into some seriously awesome shapes.
      • Then you’ll dive in! It's your turn to grab the torch (figuratively) and start crafting your own beginner-friendly project as you try the layering, mixing, shaping and stamping that will make your glass pieces stand out.
      • Finally, you’ll find out how to cool and anneal your pieces properly to keep them looking fantastic.

      Whether you're a complete beginner or looking to hone your skills, this lampwork class is all about enjoying the process while crafting some impressive art. Let the fiery adventure begin!

      Important stuff:

      • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
      • Do not wear clothing made from synthetic or synthetic blends. The synthetic fabric can burn vigorously, melt and produce skin burns.
      • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back. No lanyards or dangling jewelry.
      • Currently face masks are recommended but not required in the facility. A cotton cloth mask is safest around open flame. Your instructor will explain the safe use of face masks around torches.
      • Upon completion of the class, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the lampworking station unsupervised during business hours.

      We will provide:

      • Eye protection
      • Insulated sleeves
      • All tools and materials for class projects

      NOTE: This class DOES NOT qualify for the free one-month conditional membership.

        • 01 May 2024
        • 02 May 2024
        • 2 sessions
        • Fresno Ideaworks
        • 6
        Register

        This short course is designed for people who have completed the basic wood course offered at Ideaworks. Students will not only be able to improve upon the skills learned in the basic class, but will learn some new ones as well. The class is oriented around a predetermined project. Materials for the class project are included.                                                                                     

        The course will include:

        1. Safety - general shop safety review


        2. Use of power tools - All can hurt you, but proper use and practice will improve your woodworking!

             A. Miter/chop saw

             B. Jointer

             C  Router table

             D. Table saw


        3. Skill refinement -

             1. Planning

             2. Measurement

             3. Cutting to dimension

             4. Gluing & assembly

             5. Sanding

        4. Class outcomes:

        Students will refine skills that can be applied to future projects, and become more practiced on the tools. This class is a gateway to projects that are bigger, better, and requiring more skill in the future.  Participants will experience a feeling of accomplishment, and have a good time in the class!

        Students should plan to attend all classes.  

        The first meeting will cover  basic safety and project selection.  The second session will be devoted to a project that will reinforce the skills learned on day 1.  We will be using many of the tools we practiced on, as well as some layout and marking skills, to build a small project that you will be able to take home and be proud of!

        What Not to Wear:

        • Do not wear any dangling jewelry or lanyards that can get caught in machinery. 
        • Do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or draped or dangling elements that can get caught in machinery
        • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
        • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back.
        • Currently face masks are recommended but not required the facility. A cotton cloth mask with ties instead of ear loops must be well secured with no dangling tie ends.


        We will provide:

        • Eye protection
        • Ear plugs if requested
        • Materials for class projects
        • 08 May 2024
        • 22 May 2024
        • 3 sessions
        • Ideaworks - 1730 H street, Fresno, CA. 93721
        • 0
        Join waitlist


        Beginning Welding is a 3-session course; each session is 3 hours. Students will gain a core understanding of how to operate welding equipment safely and get familiar with basic techniques.  This class is for hobbyists, makers, artists, or anyone wanting to try something new and challenge themselves a bit in a comfortable collaborative environment.

        Check the class times shown to ensure you can make it to every session.

        What Not to Wear:

        • Do not wear rings or other jewelry. 
        • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
        • Do not wear clothing made from synthetic or synthetic blends. The synthetic fabric can burn vigorously, melt and produce skin burns.
        • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back.
        • Currently face masks are recommended but not required in the facility. A cotton cloth mask is safest around open flame. Your instructor will explain the safe use of face masks around welding equipment.


        We will provide:

        • Eye protection
        • Face hood/shield
        • Leathers
        • Insulated gloves
        • Ear plugs
        • Materials for class projects
        • Please bring any hoods/gloves/leathers if you have them
        Upon completion of the class, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the Weldatorium tools unsupervised during business hours.
          Free Month of Membership For First-time students

          This class includes a free one-month conditional membership to Ideaworks. This offer is only valid for classes $100 and over. Your conditional membership starts on the day of your last scheduled class. It is only valid for the same shop areas and tools that were used in class. Your instructor will provide a temporary card verifying that you completed the class and are approved for those tools. If you would like to continue your membership beyond the 30 days, please visit us here:  

          Join us

          Current members of Fresno Ideaworks are not eligible for this promotion. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

          • 10 May 2024
          • 11 May 2024
          • 2 sessions
          • Fresno Ideaworks
          Register

          Step into the realm of classical woodcarving with this exclusive intensive event, designed for beginners eager to explore the intersection of craft and fine art. This long-format workshop promises an exhilarating journey into the art of fine woodcarving.

          In this workshop, you will learn the proper control and use of chisels and gouges while concentrating on creating the Acanthus leaf motif, an elegant hallmark of classical European woodcarving.

          Don't miss this unique opportunity to unleash your creativity and discover the timeless beauty of classical woodcarving for architectural and furniture embellishment. Join us for an unforgettable workshop that promises to inspire and delight as you as you begin to bring your artistic vision to life in wood.

          Please note the schedule carefully:

          • Friday evening, 6-8pm - required orientation, safety overview, introduction to tools, overview of project.
          • Saturday morning, 8am-12pm - review of safety, prepare materials, begin the project. At noon we'll take a one hour break for lunch (you'll also need a good stretch!)
          • Saturday afternoon, 1pm -3pm - complete project, bask in accomplishment

          Additional Important stuff:

          • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
          • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back. No lanyards or dangling jewelry.
          • Currently face masks are recommended but not required in the facility.
          • Upon completion of the class, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the makerspace handcarving tools unsupervised during business hours.

          We will provide:

          • Eye protection
          • All tools and materials for class projects

          NOTE: This class DOES NOT qualify for a free one-month conditional membership.




          • 11 May 2024
          • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
          • Fresno ideaworks
          • 8
          Register