classes & Programs
CLASSES & PROGRAMS / ADULT PROGRAMS
Adult Programs at Every Level.
We are pleased to reintroduce our in-person Shop Safety Certification Classes in wood, metal, digital fabrication, sewing and embroidery! These in-person, 3 or 6-hour sessions will give you the confidence to safely explore machines, tools and technology and are required before shop access.
Are you an expert maker looking for a quicker entry into the shops? Our new Fast Track pathway to shop access may be for you. Register and complete the online half of the instruction on Teachable.com (free), then return to this page to schedule your Fast Track class ($55). The online quiz and in-person class are required to gain access to Open Works’ shops.
Interested in teaching? We’re always looking for expert makers. Contact Us.
Class prices a hardship for you? Apply for a scholarship.
If there is no “sign up” button under the class description and date, the class is full.
Note: All adult classes are available for makers ages 16 and up. Any student under 18 must co-register with a parent or adult guardian
Shop Safety Certification Classes
Shop Safety classes are required to use our Textiles, Wood, Metal, and Digital Fabrication shops. They provide instruction in basic tool usage as well as a general shop orientation so you know where to find the emergency shut-offs, dust collection, and hand tools.
Shop Safety, Fast Track and Foundation Classes are Safety Certification Classes and qualify you for shop access.
Skill & Software Classes
Skill & Software classes are not required for shop access and give an introduction or refresher to some main programs used for digital and graphic design.
Workshops are organized around making something specific, from tote bags to pour-over coffee stands and more! We offer in-person and virtual options.
Foundation classes are 4-session introductions to a specific fabrication discipline to take you from beginner to confident maker in four successive weekends.
Foundation Classes qualify as Safety Certification and will grant shop access upon completion.
Safety and Certification
Workshops and Skills
Arrivals 20 minutes late or more will not be admitted into class and registration is not transferable.
Appropriate & Safe Attire
To avoid accidents with machinery, please avoid wearing loose clothing, pull back hair and scarves, wear closed-toe shoes.
Wear a mask covering both your nose and mouth.
Open Works must have at least 3 participants enrolled in the class 48 hours prior to start date in order to run the class.
Open Works follows Baltimore City Government schedule for closures. Classes will run according to this schedule unless otherwise informed by Open Works staff.
In order to exchange or be reimbursed for class fees, it is your responsibility to notify Open Works at least 24-hours in advance of class start date.
Make it Happen at Open Works
Looking for something else? Open Works has all the tools and resources you need to bring an idea to life, learn a new skill, find a space for your new business and so much more.