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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
    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"


    • 07 Feb 2024
    • 13 Mar 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Ideaworks - 1730 H street, Fresno, CA. 93721
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    This fun introductory class with George and Jeff focuses on wheel throwing and basic glazing. It is perfect for a group of friends, family, couples or even by yourself (you will make friends in this class, we promise). In this class, you will be learning the basics of forming a ball of clay into a beautiful vase, cup, mug, bowl, or plate using an electric potter's wheel. If you’re feeling especially inspired to take on more… how about a bird feeder or planter!?! The possibilities are endless with pottery.

    All materials will be provided. Additionally, the items you create go home with you to share with your friends and family. All items made are food, dishwasher, and microwave safe.

    What Not to Wear:

    • Do wear comfortable clothing that is easily laundered.
    • Please trim fingernails short. Long nails make manipulating clay on the potter's wheel very difficult. Similarly, rings, bracelets, and wristwatches will damage your creations.
    • 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 must be securely tied back.
    • Currently face masks are recommended but not required in the facility. A cotton cloth mask with ties instead of ear loops must be well secured with no dangling tie ends.


    We will provide
    all materials for class projects.

      Upon completion of the class, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the covered ceramics studio tools unsupervised during business hours.

      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.



      • 09 Mar 2024
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Fresno ideaworks
      • 6
      Register