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We offer a variety of fun classes, like screen printing and laser cutting. All of the programs are developed and taught by volunteers, and are offered at cost of materials. We’re always working on adding new classes, so be sure to check back often, follow us on Eventbrite and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletter

Want to learn something but don't see it here? Join our Course Interest List to help us plan classes that will best serve our community. We'll let you know when the classes you want are available.

WE OFFER 3 TYPES OF CLASSES:

TOOL 
TRAINING

Gain access to our major tools by learning how to safely use them.

MAKE & TAKE
CLASSES

Produce a cool piece of art while learning a new maker skill and having fun!

MULTIDISCIPLINARY  CLASSES

Gain an understanding of a combination of tools to create a fun piece of art.

TOOL TRAINING

We offer each of the courses below on a regular basis, to grant you access to our tools:

CNC LASER

CoLab has a huge 3’ x 4’ CNC laserbed, and we’ve recently upgraded our laser! You can become certified to use our laser after a weekend afternoon class.

• Laser Certification Class
Email class@colaser.org to join waitlist

• Laser Safety & Operation Video

CNC ROUTER

Certification to use our CNC Router requires taking our Level 1, 2, and 3 training courses:

• CNC Router Level 1
• CNC Router Level 2
• CNC Router Level 3

• CNC Router Quick Refresher video

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WOODWORKING

Curriculum coming soon.

3D PRINTER

Come use our brand new Lulzbot Taz Workhorse printer! You must take our training course in order to be certified to use it. Students should prepare for the class by watching this 30 minute video.

  • 3D Printing Basics
  • 3D Printing Refresher (Video coming soon!)

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SCREENPRINTING

We offer a sequence of courses to help you learn to screen print:

  • Screenprinting Level 1
    Observe the preparation of a screen for printing, and print your shirt using our screens!

  • Screenprinting Level 2
    Come with your simple illustration, and learn to burn it to a screen.

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ELECTRONICS

We have soldering irons, volt meters, and a variable power source for you to use to complete your electronics projects. Come learn some electronics in our intro course:

  • Soldering Basics
    We discuss the purpose of all the equipment, learn and practice basic soldering techniques such as through-hole soldering and surface mount soldering, and you leave class with an LED pendant that you’ve created yourself.

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MAKE & TAKE CLASSES

We offer fun maker and art classes that guide you through learning techniques to make your own awesome art! New interesting classes will be rotated in along with some popular demand repeats of the following:

Want to learn something but don't see it here? Join our Course Interest List to help us plan classes that will best serve our community. We'll let you know when the classes you want are available.

Acrylic Pour Painting

Acrylic Pour Painting

Acrylic Pour Painting
Learn to make wild organic paintings by pouring fluid acrylics onto canvas.

Animating Art

Discover a VERY low cost, fully open source, easy to use system for animating physical objects.

Befriend your Sewing Machine - and sew something cool!

Learn basic stitches, dos and don’ts about sewing machines and create your own unique pocket or cell phone sleeve.

Canjo - The one-stringed musical instrument!

Explore and construct a functional and fun musical instrument!

Intro to Adobe Illustrator

Learn how to be organized and create vector images using a variety of tools.

Intro to Collage Art

Have fun creating their own collage art piece, exploring composition, color, and narrative.

Intro to Microcontrollers

Learn to use a microcontroller to run animations on an LED strip

Silk Painting

Enjoy the experience of playing with color by applying dye to silk.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY CLASSES

A great way to get introduced to the capabilities and uses of some of our tools! For example, in the past we offered:

Mid Century Lamp:
Screen Printing, CNC Laser & Electronics Lab

Build a desktop or pendent lamp complete with screen printing, cnc laser and programmed arduino lights.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Do you have a cool skill you want to share with the community? We’re always looking for volunteers to help build programs and teach classes.
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