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You do not need to be a member of Ideaworks to take our classes. Click on the name or "Show details" for a description, prices, and times.

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
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    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"


    • 05 Jun 2024
    • 06 Jun 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Fresno Ideaworks
    • 7
    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

    CANCELLATION, CHANGE, AND REFUND POLICY

    This is a high demand event with limited spaces available. A request of change/cancellation must be received by email to info@fresnoideaworks.org 72 Hours prior to the event date to be eligible for a refund. Please note, a $15.00 processing fee will be assessed per cancellation from the total refund.

    Regretfully, we are unable to issue refunds and/or credit for a missed class. THE FIRST CLASS IS MANDATORY and you will forfeit your registration fees if missed. There are no makeup classes. Please plan accordingly.

    In the case Ideaworks must cancel a class, full registration fees based on the original form payment was made will be refunded.


    • 05 Jun 2024
    • 19 Jun 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Ideaworks - 1730 H street, Fresno, CA. 93721
    • 0
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    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.


      CANCELLATION, CHANGE, AND REFUND POLICY

      This is a high demand event with limited spaces available. A request of change/cancellation must be received by email to info@fresnoideaworks.org 72 Hours prior to the event date to be eligible for a refund. Please note, a $15.00 processing fee will be assessed per cancellation from the total refund.

      Regretfully, we are unable to issue refunds and/or credit for a missed class. THE FIRST CLASS IS MANDATORY and you will forfeit your registration fees if missed. There are no makeup classes. Please plan accordingly.

      In the case Ideaworks must cancel a class, full registration fees based on the original form payment was made will be refunded.


      • 10 Jun 2024
      • 13 Jun 2024
      • 2 sessions
      • Fresno Ideaworks - 1730 H Street Fresno, CA 93721
      • 0
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      This is an introductory course on how to use the CNC machine with an emphasis on safety. In this class, you will examine the entire work flow of the CNC process, learn how to import geometry, investigate certain editing techniques, and the necessary requirements to create the g-code for tool calibration.  This final process will include setting feed and speed, how to input specifications of the raw material, etc. Finally, students will be able learn how to setup the device, how to load and secure materials, and how to set the home position and run a simple job.  This introductory class does not include any Computer Aided Design (CAD) instruction. 

      This unique class provides information and techniques that differ from those used on other CNC machines at Ideaworks. Certification on other similar machines does not grant permission to use others. Ideaworks members who have completed another Ideaworks CNC certification may register for this course at the "I Want More!" rate.

      Upon completion of this introductory class, students will have earned their Programming Level 1.  Programming Level 2 can be earned after running a minimum of 5 successful jobs while under instructor supervision.  This level includes programming and operation. Unsupervised access will be determined by instructor approval only.

      Prerequisites:

      • Basic understanding of Windows File Structure
      • Basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)

      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

      Upon completion of the class and projects, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the CNC 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.

      CANCELLATION, CHANGE, AND REFUND POLICY

      This is a high demand event with limited spaces available. A request of change/cancellation must be received by email to info@fresnoideaworks.org 72 Hours prior to the event date to be eligible for a refund. Please note, a $15.00 processing fee will be assessed per cancellation from the total refund.

      Regretfully, we are unable to issue refunds and/or credit for a missed class. THE FIRST CLASS IS MANDATORY and you will forfeit your registration fees if missed. There are no makeup classes. Please plan accordingly.

      In the case Ideaworks must cancel a class, full registration fees based on the original form payment was made will be refunded.



      • 16 Jun 2024
      • 30 Jun 2024
      • 3 sessions
      • Ideaworks - 1730 H Street, Fresno, CA. 93721
      • 0
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      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.

      CANCELLATION, CHANGE, AND REFUND POLICY

      This is a high demand event with limited spaces available. A request of change/cancellation must be received by email to info@fresnoideaworks.org 72 Hours prior to the event date to be eligible for a refund. Please note, a $15.00 processing fee will be assessed per cancellation from the total refund.

      Regretfully, we are unable to issue refunds and/or credit for a missed class. THE FIRST CLASS IS MANDATORY and you will forfeit your registration fees if missed. There are no makeup classes. Please plan accordingly.

      Please do not open a dispute with PayPal... talk to us. Otherwise it fouls things up and refund can take up to a month.

      In the case Ideaworks must cancel a class, full registration fees based on the original form payment was made will be refunded.


      • 22 Jun 2024
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Fresno ideaworks
      • 4
      Register