Teen and Adult Classes

Spring Session

Randall Museum classes provide excellent opportunities for teenagers (age 16+) and adults to expand their creativity, design, science investigation and collaboration skills in a controlled environment. Classes are offered in our diverse subject-themed spaces: art studio, ceramics studio, science studio, woodworking shop, and our new fab lab The Garage. Explore your favorite hobby or establish a new one. Be sure to invite your friends!

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The Art of Floral Design

Brighten up your Spring with indoor flowers! Learn to create floral arrangements for everyday use, gifts, entertaining and special occasions. Your instructor, a professional florist, will cover styles and techniques of floral designs, including crafting armatures from inexpensive natural materials, making flowers to wear like corsages and boutonnieres and more. You will start off working with flowers provided by the instructor and learn to buy you own flowers for specific designs. Start with easier designs and build to more advanced. Finish up with a special Earth Day project on the last day. This class is open to all levels.

Course #:
25891
Day(s):
Mondays
Dates:
3/20 – 4/20
Times:
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Ages:
18 and up
Instructor:
Greg Lum
Fee:
Randall Member: $130
Non-member: $140

Aquarium Keeping for Adults

Ahoy! “Afishinados”! Check out this intro to the world of fish keeping and planted aquarium care. Your class will cover aquarium set up, aquatic plants and intro to equipment, plus a top ten list of easy to care for tropical fish. Learning from our fully established planted aquarium, the class will work in groups to create aquariums that include plants, sculpted caves, and fish. You will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to set up your own sustainable aquarium at home.

Course #:
25790
Day(s):
Wednesdays
Dates:
3/18 – 5/6
Times:
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Ages:
18 and up
Instructor:
Blu Fahey
Fee:
Randall Member: $100
Non-member: $110

Creative Ceramics

Join us at the Randall Museum in our Ceramics Lab! This class welcomes adults of all levels to make both functional and nonfunctional ceramics. Learn basic clay handling, hand building and wheel throwing. Finish up your pieces with investigations and surface decorations and glazing options. Bring your inspiration and curiosity and delve into your creativity through clay in a social and supportive environment. The instructor will work with more advanced students to explore and develop individual techniques and projects.

Course #:
25855
Day(s):
Thursdays
Dates:
3/26 – 5/21 (no class 4/16)
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
18 and up
Instructor:
Crystal Kamaroff
Fee:
Randall Member: $295
Non-member: $305
Course #:
25854
Day(s):
Wednesdays
Dates:
4/8 – 5/20
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
18 and up
Instructor:
Tomoko Nakazato
Fee:
Randall Member: $275
Non-member: $285

Ceramics – Potter’s Wheel

Come learn the potter’s wheel in our new Randall Museum Ceramics Lab! This friendly and supportive studio environment is the perfect place to develop your throwing skills. You’ll learn to wedge, center and pull up the clay walls of your hand thrown clay pieces. Everyone will begin throwing cups and bowls and progress at their own pace to more advanced forms like vases and plates. You will glaze all your work to be fired in the Randall kilns.

Course #:
25867
Day(s):
Mondays
Dates:
3/23 – 5/11
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
18 and up
Instructor:
TBD
Fee:
Randall Member: $295
Non-member: $305
Course #:
25866
Day(s):
Tuesdays
Dates:
3/31 – 5/19
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
18 and up
Instructor:
Jeannie Ichimura
Fee:
Randall Member: $295
Non-member: $305

New Technologies: Basic Video Production

Use your phone as your camera and sound recorder to make great videos! In this class, you’ll learn to shoot video, edit, and compose narratives both traditionally and experimentally. You’ll learn the fundamentals of editing software like Adobe Premiere and Audition. The focus of the class is on helping you create works that express your own individual creativity and way of seeing the world. All you need is a phone with a camera, imagination and basic computer literacy.

Course #:
25627
Day(s):
Fridays
Dates:
3/27 – 5/22 (no class 4/24)
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
TBD
Fee:
Randall Member: $345
Non-member: $355

New Technologies: Build A Simple Website

This class is designed to help students use contemporary web software templates to create personal sites as portfolios, business, community outreach, or other personal interests site. In addition students will learn foundations in design communication. No experience is necessary, but computer proficiency is required.

Course #:
25623
Day(s):
Mondays
Dates:
3/23 – 4/6
Times:
12:30 – 3:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
TBD
Fee:
Randall Member: $125
Non-member: $135
Course #:
25622
Day(s):
Mondays
Dates:
5/4 – 5/18
Times:
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
TBD
Fee:
Randall Member: $125
Non-member: $135

New Technologies: Fab Lab Workshop

Get acquainted with a range of digital fabrication technologies in the Randall’s new Fab Lab, The Garage. We’ll explore 3D printing, digital PCB milling machines, laser cutting and engraving, programming, electronics and related software . We cover the basics as we work our way around the Garage, creating a series of small projects that you can take home. No experience is necessary but computer proficiency is required.

Course #:
25628
Day(s):
Wednesdays
Dates:
3/25 – 5/20
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Twiggy Chen
Fee:
Randall Member: $385
Non-member: $395

New Technologies: Laser Cutting Basics

In this 5-week introduction to laser cutting, you’ll learn to use the Universal 660 industrial laser cutter to cut, etch and engrave designs in a variety of materials, including plastics, woods, leather, cork, cardboard and even food. Along the way, you’ll learn about vector vs raster graphics, and get acquainted with the basics of graphics software such as Illustrator and Corel as you learn to create, download and edit designs for laser cutting. No experience is necessary, but computer experience is required.

Course #:
25667
Day(s):
Tuesdays
Dates:
3/17 – 4/14
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Seth Boeckman
Fee:
Randall Member: $225
Non-member: $235

New Technologies: Laser Cut Boxes

In this 5-week introduction to laser cutting, we’ll focus on using the laser cutter to create 3D objects. Trays, jewelry boxes, bento boxes, finger-joint boxes, book covers, lanterns and light boxes, the possibilities are endless. You’ll learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator and related software, laser cutting and engraving techniques, along with simple construction techniques for creating three-dimensional forms from flat materials. No experience is necessary, but computer proficiency is required. We’ll gladly teach you basic graphics software skills. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop Illustrator will be very helpful.

Course #:
25632
Day(s):
Tuesdays
Dates:
4/21 – 5/19
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Seth Boeckman
Fee:
Randall Member: $225
Non-member: $235

New Technologies: Programming & Electronics

This is a hands-on course for anyone who would like to have electronic processes and microcontrollers demystified. We’ll explore the basics of electronics and Arduino programming to create personal creative projects from ground up. You’ll learn to work with lights, motors, sensors and programmable controls with an emphasis on creative and artistic exploration. No experience is required. Returning students are welcome and should contact the instructor before the first day of class to discuss their projects. Basic Arduino supplies are provided for use during the first class. You will need to purchase additional materials for your individual project(s). This might cost between $25-$100, depending on your project. We recommend you bring your own laptop; laptops can be provided for use in class if needed.

Course #:
25624
Day(s):
Thursdays
Dates:
3/19 – 4/16
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Joel Dream
Fee:
Randall Member: $215
Non-member: $225
Course #:
25625
Day(s):
Thursdays
Dates:
4/23 – 5/21
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Joel Dream
Fee:
Randall Member: $175
Non-member: $185

Woodworking Safety Orientation

This class is a prerequisite and must be taken before your first woodworking class. Tour the entire shop and learn how to safely operate our shop’s woodworking machines. The safety orientation must be taken no earlier than the preceding session. Free refresher available to returning students.

Course #:
25658
Day:
Tuesday
Dates:
3/17
Times:
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
TBD
Fee:
Randall Member: $20
Non-member: $30
Course #:
25657
Day:
Wednesday
Dates:
3/18
Times:
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
TBD
Fee:
Randall Member: $20
Non-member: $30

Woodworking Sampler: Cutting Board

Are you interested in woodworking but don’t have time for a nine week class? Come check out our woodshop and pick up a few woodworking fundamentals as you craft your own custom cutting board in just two class meetings. On the first day, you’ll choose from a selection of dense hardwoods like maple, oak, walnut and ash. Then, you’ll learn how to design and lay up the board in a pattern of your choosing. Day two, you’ll shape, sand and apply finish to your board. Warning! This quick introduction to woodworking may spark a passion for more woodworking skills. There are no prerequisites for this class.

Course #:
25895
Day(s):
Wednesday and Thursday
Dates:
3/18 – 3/19
Times:
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Jodie Prudhomme
Fee:
Randall Member: $100
Non-member: $110
Course #:
25937
Day(s):
Wednesdays
Dates:
4/15 – 4/22
Times:
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Jodie Prudhomme
Fee:
Randall Member: $100
Non-member: $110

Woodcarving: Spoons, Bowls and More

Learn to cut, carve, sand and finish utilitarian and decorative spoons, bowls and bread or cheese boards. You’ll begin by practicing with hand carving tools to learn the basic properties of these tools and the wood itself. Then, you can choose to carve a spoon or small bowl using a combination of traditional and modern tools. Returning students are welcome, and should contact the instructor prior to the first class to discuss your project. A $40 materials fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class. Prerequisite: Woodworking Safety Orientation. Students who have not met prerequisite will be withdrawn subject to the withdraw policy.

Course #:
25653
Day(s):
Wednesdays
Dates:
4/8 – 5/20
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Sheri Tharp
Fee:
Randall Member: $255
Non-member: $265

Woodworking In Small Spaces

Are you interested in woodworking but don’t have space for a full-scale industrial woodworking shop? This hands-on class will introduce you to techniques and tools that you can use in your garage, back porch or even on your kitchen table. We’ll explore the classic hand tools needed to make furniture: chisels, hand planes, measuring and marking tools and various types of saws. We’ll also learn to use, evaluate and select small power tools; drills, saws, biscuit joiners, power planes, sanders and more. We’ll look at shop vacs and dust collection, clamps, fences and hold down systems. With 20+ years as a professional woodworker, instructor Mike Bray knows scores of tricks and techniques for working safely and accurately in small spaces. This is a great class for folks with little or no woodworking experience, and for those looking to refine their skills. There will be an additional $30 materials fee due to the instructor on the first day of class. Prerequisite: Woodworking Safety Orientation. Students who have not met prerequisite will be withdrawn subject to the withdraw policy.

Course #:
25654
Day(s):
Thursdays
Dates:
3/26 – 5/21
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Mike Bray
Fee:
Randall Member: $330
Non-member: $340

Woodworking Level 1: 

Our project-based beginning classes provide a thorough introduction to woodworking tools, techniques and machinery. As you build a small piece of furniture, you’ll learn how to safely operate the workhorses of the wood shop: table saws, jointers, planers, bandsaws and more. You’ll learn about wood selection, milling, joinery, scraping, sanding, assembly and finishing. Classes are centered on specific projects, with a different theme each session. An additional $60 materials fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class. Prerequisite: Woodworking Safety Orientation. Students who have not met prerequisites will be withdrawn and subject to the withdraw policy.

Shaker Bench

Course #:
25655
Day(s):
Tuesdays
Dates:
3/24 – 5/19
Times:
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
TBD
Fee:
Randall Member: $330
Non-member: $340

Shaker Table

Course #:
25656
Day(s):
Tuesdays
Dates:
3/24 – 5/19
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Bob Treanor
Fee:
Randall Member: $330
Non-member: $340

Wall Hung Shelf

Course #:
25659
Day(s):
Fridays
Dates:
3/27 – 5/29 (no class 4/24)
Times:
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Instructor:
Kate Leiserson
Jodie Prud’homme
Fee:
Randall Member: $330
Non-member: $340

Woodworking: Open Studio

The newly refurbished woodshop is pleased to once again offer Open Shop. This is an opportunity for more experienced woodworkers to pursue their own projects in our shop under moderate supervision. Instruction building upon foundational skills is available. Projects are subject to instructor approval. Wood is purchased by students; materials and project storage is limited. Prerequisite: Successful completion of two Woodworking I classes at the Randall Museum, within the last 2 years, plus instructor approval. Please note that the first two meetings of the Session will be devoted to a mandatory safety refresher course and written test. A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class. Students who have not met prerequisites will be withdrawn and subject to the withdraw policy.

Course #:
25660
Day(s):
Thursdays
Dates:
3/26 – 5/21
Times:
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Bob Treanor
Fee:
Randall Member: $330
Non-member: $340
Course #:
25661
Day(s):
Saturdays
Dates:
3/21 – 5/23 (no class 4/25)
Times:
1:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages:
16 and up
Instructor:
Bob Treanor
Fee:
Randall Member: $455
Non-member: $465
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