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Chill Clay Night $40 Purchase required to enroll

An evening outing of fun! Our monthly Chill Clay Nights allow anyone, regardless of their familiarity with clay, to come to our Ceramics Center and get their hands dirty. Beginners will benefit from the introductory instruction in a laid-back setting, and more experienced makers will enjoy practicing their skills in our welcoming community studio. We invite you to attempt functional forms for everyday use - bowls, mugs, and maybe more. While there is no pressure to create a masterpiece in two hours, we are happy to fire 1-2 small pieces for those of you who want to keep your works of art. This is a low-key creative social gathering, and great for dates, friends, coworkers, parents with older children, and anyone else who wants to give the potter’s wheel a spin!

Ceramic Center Open Studios $20 per class $750 No purchase required to enroll

Reserve time in our Studio to use our wheels - just for practice, or to continue your ongoing projects during staffed hours. Our studio managers will be on hand to lend support and pointers when needed. Open Studios are open to members and the general public alike.

Beginning Clay $300 Purchase required to enroll

If you are brand new to clay, or are looking to build up your pottery skills, this class is for you! In this course we will go through the basic steps and processes to make pottery in a variety of ways. These sessions will provide the tools, materials, and space to learn new techniques in hand building, wheel throwing, trimming, and glazing, with guidance and time for creative exploration along the way. Level: Beginner

Teapot Workshop $125 Purchase required to enroll

with Sam Deering

Session 1: Sunday November 5th 1:30-4 PM
Session 2: Sunday November 12th 1:30-4 PM
Session 2: Sunday November 19th 1:30-4 PM
Session 2: Sunday December 3rd 1:30-4 PM

A quintessential form in ceramics, the teapot is a combination of multiple parts working in unison to serve a specific purpose. In this workshop, students will learn how to create the body of a teapot, its lid, spout, and handle, then combine them together to make a finished form that is balanced and functional. Combining many pieces to make one form with clay is challenging, and a large part of this workshop will be learning not just how to make the various aspects of a teapot, but how to combine them in a way that maintains the visual tension of the vessel while still being useful and easy to handle. We will make multiple versions of each respective part to get the hang of each form, working iteratively, coming away with at least one complete teapot at the end. (Weekend workshop; 4 sessions) Some experience on the wheel required.


Ceramics - All Levels with James Mitschmyer $300 Purchase required to enroll

With a focus on the wheel and incorporation of hand-built elements, James Mitschmyer will shepherd students, from beginners to veteran potters, to taking their work to the next level. From Sprig molds, hand-building to perfecting or learning basic wheel-throwing techniques, this class focuses on the individual interests of the participants. (Once a week; 8 sessions) Level: All levels welcome.




Hard and Soft: Mixed Media Sculpture w/Rachel Montroy $172 Purchase required to enroll

In this workshop we will explore combinations of hard (ceramic) and soft (felted wool) mediums to create a mixed media sculpture. We make the clay forms on the first day, fire them in the kiln, and then incorporate felted elements on the second Saturday of the workshop. We will also discuss how a sculptor’s choice of media can influence how a sculpture is interpreted. No experience in either technique is necessary. Ages 15+



CNC Group Meetup Free No purchase required to enroll

Vince Dovydaitis will take you through the ins and outs of the space's CNC router operation. Includes recommendations on design tools, software used to operate the CNC, and how to prepare the machine and your work.


Intermediate/Advanced Wheel-Throwing with Sam Deering $300 Purchase required to enroll

Using the potter’s wheel, students will learn how to throw clay into a variety of shapes and sizes. Every class will start with a brief demonstration of clay preparation, basic throwing skills, and some examples of how to push things a little further for those who are ready and those who want to try. We will then move to trimming and finishing our pieces, and finally glazing. Wheel-throwing is a challenging yet meditative way to work with clay, and whether you're new to the wheel, or an experienced thrower, we’ll improve your skills and ability to really finish a piece for firing. (Once a week; 8 sessions) Experience Level: Beginning through Advanced.

Clay Class for Middle Schoolers $180 Purchase required to enroll

Students in grades 5-8 can join us for our kid-centric class, expanding on skills they may have learned at school, or getting the chance to play with clay for the first time! Focusing on pinch pots, small sculptures, coil-, and slab-building, students will build fundamental skills while creating their own fun and functional ceramics. Working together in a safe and welcoming environment, instructors will introduce good habits with clay, and inspire students to continue on in their own creative endeavors. No experience necessary; can be repeated.

Ceramics Center Open Studio $20 per class No purchase required to enroll

Pit-Firing Team-Taught Workshop $175 Purchase required to enroll

With Kimberly Kersey-Asbury and Sam Deering

Session 1: Saturday, June 17 9:30am-12:30pm (3 hours)

Session 2: Saturday, July 2 9:00am-12pm

The oldest known form of firing pottery, pit firing remains an accessible and fun way to interact with clay and create beautiful surfaces on pottery. Students will learn the basics of pit firing, its history, how to make pieces for it, how to decorate clay before firing, and then how to fire the pots with nothing more than a hole in the ground and some wood. We will cover the advantages and disadvantages of pit firing, and learn how to navigate this ancient process with a modern eye and a curious mind. (Weekend Workshop; 2 Sessions) All levels welcome.

Textiles Open Studio Free No purchase required to enroll

Get your textiles questions answered and build your skills with our Open Studios! This season we're adding something new, the studio will be open for all projects but we'll have special focus on some skill building and social time!

Weeks 1 and 3 of each month: Simple starter sewing, we'll have a project each month to help new sewists and those who need to dust of their skills to get comfortable using the machines

Week 2: Mending circle, Sunday's after Repair Café are a great time to learn your own fixing skills from zipper replacements to visible mending and embellishments

Week 4: Fiber circle, bring your knitting, crochet or other fiber art and join our cozy group stitch and chat in the textiles room with expert advice from our textiles leads on those stubborn stitches.

This is a By Donation event. Your contributions keep our textiles space thriving.

Flower Vases (Ikebana Style) $125 Purchase required to enroll

Using multiple techniques including the wheel and hand building, we will create interesting and unique vessels that can be used for this unique and poetic art form. Making forms for flower vases is a wonderful way to push our creative limits, it challenges us to look at our work in a different way and to explore methods we otherwise wouldn’t have considered while working with clay. (Weekend workshop; 3 sessions)

Furniture for Beginners: Milking Stool $175 Purchase required to enroll

Make your own stool to take home, holy cow! Perfect for new woodworkers, this class covers everything from measuring, cutting, shaping and planing the wood to sanding and staining the finished stool. Don't worry if you have never used any of these tools before, our instructor Alan will draw upon his decades of experience as a professional woodworker to guide you through each step of the process.

Age Range: 18+
Level: Beginner / All Levels

Bubbles Chopping Board $175 Purchase required to enroll

A beginner woodworking course where you will learn how to make a unique cutting board with 'bubble' inlay! In this course, our instructor Alan will teach you the basics of woodworking and guide you through the process of creating a practical and stylish art piece. No two will look alike! At the end of this course, you will not only have a beautiful cutting board to use in your kitchen, but you will gain valuable woodworking skills including the tricks that Alan uses to get perfect inlay in his boards.

Age Range: 18+
Level: Beginner / All Levels

Let's Turn a Bowl $175 Purchase required to enroll

Woodturning Lvl. 1 Class

This course will teach you the basic steps needed to turn a small wooden bowl from tree to finished piece. Through discussion, question and answer periods, as well as demonstration and hands on experience, you will gain the knowledge and confidence needed produce a wooden bowl. Our goal, is to make you feel comfortable enough continue to visit MAXT and explore woodturning on your own. The small class size and abundance of tools and attention is designed to help you through the exploration of this craft.

The class will include instruction on wood selection, design, and finishing techniques all while focusing on safety and control.

One Good Turn Deserves Another $250 Purchase required to enroll

Woodturning Lvl. 2 (intermediate)

This course will further your understanding of the steps needed to turn a small wooden bowl or enclosed vessel from tree to finished piece. Our goal, through creative class projects, is to make you feel more comfortable around the shop and challenge your design sense. Membership at MAXT is recommended but not required. The intent is for you to continue to explore woodturning on your own and build a community that supports wood turning and woodturners. The small class size and abundance of tools and attention is designed to help you through the exploration of this craft.

We will discuss wood selection, design, and finishing techniques all while focusing on safety and control. Natural edge bowls, turning “air”, and hollow forms will be discussed and supported. All meetings will start with a demo and then convert into supported design and production time. Surface treatments and carving will be discussed as well.

All Levels Ceramics with James Mitschmyer $275 Purchase required to enroll

April 4 - May 23, 2023

Tuesday Evenings, 6:00-9:00pm

With a focus on the wheel and incorporation of hand-built elements, James Mitschmyer will shepherd students, from beginners to veteran potters, to taking their work to the next level. From Sprig molds and hand-building to perfecting or learning basic wheel-throwing techniques, this class focuses on the individual interests of the participants. (Once a week; 8 sessions) Experience Level: Beginning through Advanced.



Tondos & Shields Revisited: A Sculptural Tile Workshop $120 Purchase required to enroll

"Panta Rhei" means everything flows, everything changes, said the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. But the circle stays unbroken... and is still a powerful vehicle for narrative. The Tondo, or Tondi/Tondos, is a renaissance term for a circular work. The Circle is one of the most enduring forms in Art. We will explore this form starting with circular tiles, working small and large-scale and in series. Watch as the work grows from a narrative to a Shield prototype, echoing the great shield of Achilles in Homer's Iliad. For this workshop students will create two mid-sized sculptural shields with accompanying painted designs on paper. All materials provided. No experience required. All levels.

Jewelry Making Workshop Series $40 Purchase required to enroll

Woodturned Gifts $75 Purchase required to enroll

The wood lathe is a wonderful tool for creating quick, quality projects… basic forms are easy to learn, and the creative possibilities are endless. This class will introduce beginners to the safe and thoughtful use of the wood lathe. The projects, including key rings, bottle stoppers, spinning tops, and tree ornaments, are perfect for learning basic techniques while exploring form, color, and texture. They also make great gifts.

Age Range: 18+
Level: Beginner / All Levels

Wooden Bowl Turning for Beginners $75 Purchase required to enroll

Craft a beautiful, functional bowl in this fun class. Doug will guide students through taking a rough sawn board to a complete bowl ready for your morning cereal Bowls start with kiln-dried lumber. We’ll mount the blanks on the lathe then use gouges and scrapers to bring our bowls to shape. We’ll also learn about reverse-chucking, which will allow us access to both the outside and the inside of our projects. Finally, we will sand, apply finish, and clean-up the bottom. We will also touch on design considerations and various surface treatments.

Age Range: 18+
Level: Beginner ? All Levels


Woodturning Lvl. 1 - Tool Handles $75 Purchase required to enroll

It is a handy skill to be able to quickly turn a tool handle. Whether for new tool tips or old tool restoration, making your own handles saves time, money, and offers a chance to customize the handle to your needs. In this class, we’ll cover such things as pre-drilling, keeping the tenon concentric, adding the ferule, and other basic turning and design considerations. If you’ve got a tool in need of a handle, bring it along.



Woodturning Lvl. 1 - Captive Rings $75 Purchase required to enroll

Captive rings offer an interesting and playful design element that can be added to a variety of spindle projects. They add movement and sound, and often leave folks wondering “how did they do that anyway?” Captive rings are not difficult to turn, but there are a few tools and tricks that can aid in consistency and help to finish them off nicely. In this class, we’ll cover a variety of tools, techniques, and projects designed to make captive rings a part of your turning arsenal.



DIY Resin Charcuterie Board $75 Purchase required to enroll

Resin and wood combine to make beautiful one of a kind creations and you can learn how they’re made in this workshop brought to us by SL Creations and Sarah Laperle. Sarah has designed a ocean themed charcuterie board for students to recreate.


Each student receives a pre-cut board for them to apply the resin. Mix your own colors and watch as the ocean comes alive as you pour over the board.


Day 1 - Lay the resin and cure overnight
Day 2 - Sand and finish
Board size 1”x10.5”x13.3”

Stitch Resist Shibori: Indigo Art $40 Purchase required to enroll

Shibori is a centuries old art using resist techniques and indigo dye to create patterns on fabric. In this three hour class, students will create patterns on a cotton tea towel using simple stitches and learn how gathering can alter the dye process. We will use a vat of true indigo dye to bring the patterns to life, and provide inspiration on how to create future projects at home. Wear dark clothing or items you don’t mind getting messy!

All materials provided

The Bowls on the Wheel $120 Purchase required to enroll

Session 1: Throwing Session I - 9:30am-1:30pm, Saturday, June 24th

Session 2: Throwing & Trimming Session II - 9:30am-1:30pm, Sunday June 25th

Join us for a weekend of throwing and trimming, as we use the pottery wheel to learn the ins and outs of bowls. This form is a common sight in the home, is as functional as it is versatile, and can be altered and personalized in so many ways. This workshop will guide participants through both wheel basics, and the throwing and glazing skills needed to design and create bowls of your own.

All Levels.

Craft + Beer at Post and Beam: Playful Watercolor $40 Purchase required to enroll

Craft + Beer is an opportunity to make something awesome with your friends in a relaxed setting. A pint is included in the cost of admission!

If you’ve been curious about watercolor or have some experience and just want to play, please join us at Post and Beam on August 30th, We will explore the world of how watercolor moves, blends drips and drys. There are no expectations. It’s a chance to learn and explore the wonders of watercolor. All of the materials will be supplies, but if you have your own, please feel free to bring them.

Craft + Beer happens at Post and Brewery in Peterborough, monthly.

Jars $150 Purchase required to enroll

Session 1: Session I - 9:30am-1:30pm, Saturday, July 8 (4 hours)

Session 2: Session II - 9:30am-1:30pm, Sunday, July 9 (4 hours)

Session 3: GLAZING Day - 10:00am - 1:00pm, Sunday, July 22 (2 hours)

Used for millennia to store and transport goods, age and ferment food and drink, and show off social status, the jar is synonymous with pottery and its rich history. In this workshop students will use the potters wheel to throw a form, learn how to throw a lid, how to trim both, use texture or color to decorate, and in the final session how to glaze the jar so it’s visually appealing and functional. Combining these techniques participants will create their own jar to use in the home, or simply admire.

Some experience on the wheel is recommended.




Mugs $125 Purchase required to enroll

Session 1: Session I - 6-9pm, Tuesday, August 8 ______ (3 hours)

Session 2: Session II - 6-9pm, Thursday, August 10 _____ (3 hours)

Session 3: GLAZING Day - 6-8pm, Tuesday, August 22________ (3 hours)

There’s nothing better than enjoying your morning coffee out of your own handmade mug. So join us in this mug making workshop where we’ll learn about and use different techniques to craft our own unique mugs. Participants will use the potters wheel to throw a vessel, learn how to pull and attach handles, decorate with texture or color, and in the next session do any final decorating and glazing to get our finished work. We’ll cover all the steps necessary to create your morning masterpiece.

This workshop is beginner friendly.



Fun with Forms: A Bottles Workshop $100 Purchase required to enroll

Session 1: On the Wheel - Saturday Morning, July 1, 10:00am-2:00pm

Session 2: Glaze Session - Saturday Morning, July 15, 10:00am-1:00pm

Description:

Spend a day playing with form and experimenting. Bottles are a fun and classic shape that can be made on the wheel. During this workshop, we will practice pressure and pulling methods to create a small series of bottles. Students will be encouraged to use creativity and add their personal style to their artwork. Intended for potters with some wheel throwing experience, this workshop includes one day for creation and finish work, and another for glazing.



Sound Through Clay $150 Purchase required to enroll

Session 1: Handbuilding Session I - 9:30am-1:30pm, Saturday, August 12 (4 hours)

Session 2: Handbuilding Session II - 9:30am-1:30pm, Sunday August 13 (4 hours)

Session 3: GLAZING Day - 10:00am - Noon, Saturday, August 26 (2 hours)


Description:

Ceramic whistles, ocarinas, shakers, and horns each balance form and space in miraculous ways to make noise! join us at the studio as we explore different clay instruments, how they work, and how you can design and make your own. There will be clay, space, time, and firings provided so you can play and discover new sounds through clay. All Levels



Exploring Slab Bowls Workshop $75 Purchase required to enroll

Session 1: Handbuilding Day - 2:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, July 11 (2 hours)

Session 1: Handbuilding Day - 2:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, July 18 (2 hours)

Session 3: GLAZING Day - 2:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, July 18 (2 hours)

A different spin on making clay bowls! Ceramicist and art educator Karrie Mitschmyer will guide you through creative approaches with slabs to construct one-of-a-kind eye-catching bowls. Beginner’s welcome.



Screenprinting Workshop $100 Purchase required to enroll

Pen Turning $75 Purchase required to enroll

Get on the Lathe for this quick primer on how to create your own custom turned pens! Working from kits and your choice of wood, penmaker Bryan Field will walk you through the process of making your own pen. You'll learn how to safely use a lathe and turning tools, precision measuring and shaping, adding hardware, and finishing techniques. It's a perfect beginning turning class and you will go home with a beautiful pen of your own making!

Age Range: 18+
Level Beginner / All Levels

Altering Thrown Vessels $150 Purchase required to enroll

This 8-week class will be focused on throwing shapes and then manipulating them off the wheel. Using the wheel as a tool for creating instead of the entirety of creation will change your perspective of how to produce great artwork. Removing pieces from the wheel also allows for more sculptural exploration. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and combine throwing and hand building skills. Artists who attend will be encouraged to cut and re-assemble their pieces to challenge themselves. Students will throw cylinders, alter them into other shapes and use a variety of techniques to develop unique and creative artwork. This class requires fundamental throwing skills and is geared towards intermediate and advanced students. Tools are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own set. (Once a week; 8 sessions)

Ceramic Jewelry Workshop $95 Purchase required to enroll

Ceramics can take many forms, and this course will explore a delicate side of the clay experience. Handbuilding is a simple and accessible way for all to enjoy clay. During this weekend workshop, we will explore ways to manipulate clay into wearable artwork. Prepare to create beads, pendants, earrings and more! Silver jewelry clasps, hooks, and other additional pieces will be provided so you can walk out of the studio at the end with finished pieces to wear right away. (2 sessions; 5 hours total) All Levels.

Introduction to 3D printing $30 Purchase required to enroll

Join our 3D printing expert John for a full introduction to using the FormLabs resin printers here at MAXT! Learn about the properties and capabilities of resin prints and the printing process. Students will then prepare an stl file for a miniature model for printing and see their creation starting to emerge. Fully printed and cured prints will be available to pickup within approximately 1 week.

Age Range: 18+
Level: Beginner

Urban Sketching $50 Purchase required to enroll

Urban Sketching is a way of visually recording a place or experience. It is often an activity shared with other artists on location, but it can also be a personal visual record of your life and travels. The drawings are loose and quick impressions done with any medium, but often with pen and watercolor. In this workshop you will be introduced to simple methods of drawing buildings and outdoor environments around Peterborough. You will learn how to create a sketch by understanding shapes, details and color. Basic perspective and simple watercolor techniques will be introduced. Playful experimentation is encouraged and perfection is not required. If you have a portable chair, please bring it along. Simple watercolor and pen/paper supplies will be provided, however if you already have these or other tools you would like to use, please bring them along.
Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner


Funky Upcycled Earrings $50 Purchase required to enroll

Turn forgotten trinkets and dusty knick-knacks into gleaming new earrings to treasure with this fun class. Jen will guide students through selecting, disassembling and recombining thrifted and sentimental pieces of jewelry into new and exciting creations. Materials are provided but students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own pieces to revive.
Age Range 18+
Level: Beginner

Sparkling Gemstone Trees $40 Purchase required to enroll

Create a stunning ornamental gemstone tree with our wire wrapping teacher Gabby. Each unique tree is assembled from gemstone chips and jewelers copper wire then anchored to a beautiful section of natural stone. Perfect to add some extra ambience to a peaceful place in your home

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Chunky Chain Upcycled Bracelets $50 Purchase required to enroll

Turn forgotten trinkets and dusty knick knacks into a funky, chunky bracelet to treasure with this fun class. Jen will guide students through selecting, disassembling and recombining thrifted and sentimental pieces of jewelry into new and exciting creations. Materials are provided but students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own pieces to revive.

Age Range: 18+
Level: Beginner

Hammered Wire Rings $50 Purchase required to enroll

Get your hammer arm ready for our ring making class! Instructor Gabby will guide you through the process of taking jeweler's copper wire and a variety of beads and stones to create your own unique hammered ring, sized to fit you or a special someone!

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Knitting Needle Necklace with Bur Oak Studio $50 Purchase required to enroll

A special class with Bur Oak Studio, travelling from Indiana! Whimsy and repurposing are at the heart of these fabulous, adjustable necklaces! Jennifer will walk you through simple jewelry making techniques to make a one of a kind necklace using parts of colorful, old aluminum knitting needles & crochet hooks. You will choose from a large selection of more beads in glass, ceramic, semi-precious stones and more- whatever catches your eye & tickles your fancy! Necklace is a braided cotton or hemp with a sliding macrame clasp for adjustability.

Age Range 10+
Level: Beginner

Knitting Needle Earrings Trio with Bur Oak Studio $50 Purchase required to enroll

A special class with Bur Oak Studio, travelling from Indiana! We’ll take cut up ‘beads’ from aluminum knitting needles, and use the wonderful palette of colors to make 3 pairs of bright and unique recycled material earrings to keep or give as gifts! Several ear wire choices available. Please let us know if you have metal allergies.

Age Range: 10+
Level: Beginner

Statement Upcycled Necklace $50 Purchase required to enroll

Turn forgotten trinkets and dusty knick knacks into a big statement necklace to treasure with this fun class. Jen will guide students through selecting, dissasembling and recombining thrifted and sentimental pieces of jewelry into new and exciting creations. Materials are provided but students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own pieces to revive.

Age Range: 18+
Level: Beginner

Wire Wrapped Jewelry $50 Purchase required to enroll

Get to grips with wire wrapping and be ready to design your own pieces after this class. Instructor Gabby will guide students first through a basic wrapped gemstone pendant, then through a more advanced piece to really show off a beautiful stone cabochon.

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Yarn Dyeing Crash Course $90 Purchase required to enroll

Get creative with color and fiber with Dave! Students will explore the world of acid dyeing yarn through creating 3 custom colorways using kettle, hand paint and speckling techniques on beautiful wool yarn bases. A perfect crash course in dyeing for knitters, crocheters and more. Dave will guide you every step of the way to creating stunning colors with over a decade of experience in indie dyeing and fiber arts teaching.

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Colorful Coil Baskets $80 Purchase required to enroll

Dive into the meditative art of coil basketry with local artist Devin. Using natural rope and locally produced yarns, students will learn the foundations of coil basketry and build up unique and beautiful small vessel. A perfect beginners class for relaxation and colorful expression!

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Introduction to Oil Painting $125 Purchase required to enroll

Step into a world of rich color and textures with oil paints! Instructor Alicia will guide students through techniques and materials in traditional and water mixable oils. After practicing skills and composition, students will work on producing their very own 8" x10" masterpiece!

Age Range: 18+
Level: Beginner

Playful Watercolors $40 Purchase required to enroll

Come play with watercolors and enjoy watching your colors flow and merge. In this workshop we will learn the basics of how to work with watercolors by mixing colors, exploring the amount of water to use and how these elements respond on different papers. We will learn different techniques, from wet on wet to wet on dry and more. We will begin the class with experimentation and loose play, getting you comfortable with the magic that can happen with watercolor. From your playful explorations, you will create several handmade cards to take home, inspired by the fall foliage or from your own imagination. Basic materials and card sets will be supplied but if you have your own watercolor and paper, please bring them to the class.

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

CNC for Beginners: Make a Sign $150 Purchase required to enroll

The perfect introduction to CNC with expert Vince! V-Carve a sign or decorative item on our CNC. Over 3 sessions, the class will cover: What is v-carving? Compiling and customizing a 2D design using Inkscape. Sample designs and fonts will be provided. Importing and preparing your design for v-carving using Fusion 360. Simulating your toolpaths. Setting up and cutting your design on the CNC. Finishing your item


Age Range: 18+
Level: Beginner

Python Programming with the MicroBit $100 Purchase required to enroll

Dive into programming with Python and take away your very own MicroBit computer to experiment and grow your Python skills! Chris will guide students through a series of mini tasks using the MicroBit mini computer and a simple web based interface. Students will build programs to use the MicroBit's inbuilt LEDs, buttons and sensors to see their programs at work in the real world. Bringing your own laptop is advised, PCs are also available for use in our computing lab.
Age Range 14+
Level: Beginner

Introduction to CAD in 3D Studio Max $60 Purchase required to enroll

This course provides you with instruction on the use of one of the most powerful 3D modeling software available - 3DS Max. 3DS Max is used in a wide variety of applications: from animation, to gaming, to architectural rendering. The first class will help you familiarize yourself with the 3DS Max user interface and features, and get started on your first modeling and animation projects. Students can start a free trial version of 3DS Max or decide to purchase an annual indie license for $280. This course is taught by John Anderson of Ragdoll Animation Studio in Antrim. How far you go is up to you - this class will be repeated and students can advance and practice by joining future sessions.

Age Range 14+
Level: Beginner

Linocut Prints Inspired by Nature $50 Purchase required to enroll

Join experienced art educator Kelsey for this fun and creative linocut course. Students will explore nature themes through sketching and carving their own linoleum block design. Students will have the opportunity to print their design on a variety of paper and cards to show their work to the world!

Age Range: 18+
Level: Beginner

Linocut Prints Inspired by Nature - Youth Session $50 Purchase required to enroll

Join experienced art educator Kelsey for a special youth session of this fun and creative linocut course. Students will explore nature themes through sketching and carving their own linoleum block design. Students will have the opportunity to print their design on a variety of paper and cards to show their work to the world!

Age Range: 12-18
Level: Beginner

Sewing for Beginners: Corn Filled Heating Bag $40 Purchase required to enroll

Get ready for Fall and warm up with a new skill. The perfect class for absolute beginners, students will learn to measure, cut, sew and fill a handy microwavable heating bag. A great first piece for learning the foundations of sewing and working with fabric, ready to take on any project or MAXT course!

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Spooky Screen Printed T-Shirt Make + Take $40 Purchase required to enroll

Get into screen printing with this fast and fun workshop! Professional screen printer Carrie will give a short talk on the screen printing process from digital design to screen preparation and printing. Students will then get to try their hand at printing a spooky design from our premade screens.

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Valentines Screen Printed T-Shirt Make + Take $30 Purchase required to enroll


Get into screen printing with this fast and fun workshop! Professional screen printer Carrie will give a short talk on the screen printing process from digital design to screen preparation and printing. Students will then get to try their hand at printing a design filled with love from our premade screens.

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Big and Bold, Crochet Granny Square Sweater $75 Purchase required to enroll

Make a statement with this beginner crochet project! Nicole will guide students through basic crochet stitches to learn the versatile granny square construction. Students will then have a month to hook away before turning their creations into a fun and funky simple statement sweater. Materials generously provided by donations to MAXT.

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Quilting for Beginners: Tablemat $50 Purchase required to enroll

Join seasoned textile arts instructor Erica for this quick and easy introduction to quilting. Students will learn how to select, measure, cut and stitch fabric into a pieced quilt top. This top will then be used to create a simple quilted tablemat by layering with batting and backing fabric, then using a simple 'stitch in the ditch' quilting method. Perfect for beginning sewists, no experience required!

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Beginning Sewing - Pincushion / Thread Catcher $40 Purchase required to enroll

Are you ready to dust off your sewing skills or get started in learning the basics of machine sewing? Join us in the textiles studio to make a thread catcher with a pin cushion. This fun and useful project is perfect skill builder for beginner sewists and a quick and easy project for those who are more advanced. Feel free to bring your own special fabric (approximately 1/2 yard), or use some of the fabric we have on hand in the studio. Quilting cotton, linen, or any moderately stable woven fabric will be suitable for this project.

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Macramé Witch Bells $40 Purchase required to enroll

Get ready to scare away enchantments this spooky season - or just add a little bit of Boho charm to your living room! Learn the basics of macramé with talented cord handler Kate and produce your very own witch bell decoration in soft colored cotton with cheerful chimes.

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Ghostly and Ghastly Fiber Arts Workshop $35 Purchase required to enroll

Create a dastardly duo of spooky projects in this special Friday the 13th workshop. Nicole will guide students through summoning an adorable amigurumi crochet ghost. In this class you will learn the basics of 3 dimensional shapes and finishing techniques for stuffed creations.Dave meanwhile will lead a group through extracting a needle felted eyeball pincushion from nothing more than wool roving. Costumes encouraged, basic crochet experience (single, increase and decrease) a plus but beginners welcome.

Age Range: 14+

Level: Beginner / All Levels

Beginning Knitting $40 Purchase required to enroll

Go from needle novice to knitting ninja in this fun class. Join experienced fiber arts teacher and knitwear designer Erica as she guides you through the knit, purl and a few extra tricks. Students will have the skills, pattern and materials to complete their very own beginning hat at home.

Age Range: 14+
Level: Beginner

Macramé Plant Hanger $50 Purchase required to enroll

Gardening season may be coming to an end, but there's still time to play with plants! Add some retro charm to your home with this beautiful Macramé Plant Hanger class. Our instructor Kate will guide you through the basics of macramé and each student will leave with their very own potted plant buddy in a stylish cord hammock.

Age Range: 14+

Level: Beginner

Garment Sewing for Beginners - Estuary Skirt $180 Purchase required to enroll

The Estuary skirt from Sew Liberated is a timeless A-line skirt that is easy to sew and to wear. It features several elevated details such as the angled patch pockets and the front button placket, both of which are optional and customizable. The elasticated back waist allows for comfort and fitting ease. This skirt is a workhorse in your wardrobe and can be customized to suit your unique preferences. This class is suitable for all levels. If you don’t have any sewing experience at all, we advise completing an intro to sewing class prior to the start of this class. Students will need to provide 2.5-3.5yds of garment fabric for the size and style of their choice

Age Range: 18+
Level: All Levels

Understanding Natural Edge Turning $120 Purchase required to enroll

Explore the world of green wood turning and rustic texture in this two part class. Students will work with instructor Jim to get familiar with the wood lathe and safety before embarking on turning their final piece from a green wood bowl blank cut straight from the tree!

Age Range: 18+
Level: All Levels

Beautiful and Practical Wooden Tool Caddy $195 Purchase required to enroll

Join professional maker of fine furniture Louie for this fascinating class, Students will be guided through the fundamentals of working with wood from selecting timber to measuring, cutting, milling and joinery. Louie will be on hand to offer expert guidance every step of the way as students move into finishing and decorative details to create a unique tool caddy.

Age Range: 18+
Level: All Levels

Beginning Woodturning - Youth Session $75 Purchase required to enroll

A great beginning course for middle school students with experienced instructor Doug. Students will learn how to safely work in the woodshop using lathe tools to turn a wood block into a fast and fun finished piece. Perfect for kids who want to explore, build and create!

Age Range: 12-18

Level: Beginner

Spoon Carving for Beginners $95 Purchase required to enroll

Learn to carve a spoon from a tree. This class will focus on gaining skills with two main tools of spoon carving – the sloyd (straight) knife and the hook knife. We will explore wood grain, learn different strokes and maintenance with each knife, and learn how to care for your body while carving. Students will leave the class with their own spoon, handouts of further resources, and the empowerment to continue learning and making things out of wood. This is a great class for beginners, as well as folks with some experience carving who are looking to brush up / reengage!

Age Range: 18+

Level: Beginner

Turned Boxes $150 Purchase required to enroll

Dive a little deeper into woodturning with this beginner friendly two part class. Students will learn to turn the box shape and then create a close fitting lid. Perfect for a first project to keep or gift! Jim will guide students through all the steps from box blank to finished piece, whilst learning about the fundamentals of wood turning and lathe safety.

Age Range: 18+

Level: All Levels

Become a Wood Carver - Serving Spoon Set $190 Purchase required to enroll

Dig into wood carving with this weekday evening multiseries with Lee Spoons. In this class, which meets 4 Tuesday evenings in November from 6-9, you will learn the skills to carve your own wooden utensils, and enter into the world of green wood carving. Students will work with a sloyd knife and hook knife to create a set of spoons, perfect for gifts over the winter holidays, or for use in your own kitchen.

Students will leave the class with their own sloyd knife, as well as a finished set of spoons they have made over the course of 4 weeknight sessions. Students will learn in-depth spoon carving techniques, as well as how to sharpen and maintain their tools and stretch your body. Come join us, and leave with a new skill to last a lifetime.

Age Range: 18+

Level: All Levels

Jewelry Upcycling Open Studio $10 per class Plans available from $48 No purchase required to enroll


Come and get creative in our jewelry space! Grab some vintage goodies, bead and findings from our stash and let your creativity take off. MAXT volunteers will be on hand to help break apart, recombine, clean and polish forgotten relics into new shining treasures. Bring your own broken pieces and we’ll even help you give them a new lease of life!

Tools and materials are provided. Free for members and students in ongoing jewelry classes. $10 for public entry.

Every third Wednesday of the month 6-8p

Craft + Beer @ Post and Beam - Wire Wrapped Pendant $40 Purchase required to enroll

Join MAXT and Post and Beam Brewery for a relaxing evening of jewelry making with a side of craft beer. Our instructor Gabby will lead us through making a wire wrapped pendant with your choice of semi precious stone. All materials and a pint are included!

Craft + Beer @Frogg - Frog Embroidery $40 Purchase required to enroll

Hop down to Frogg's brand new location in Swanzey for our Craft + Beer. Join instructor Hallie of The Blank Space Collection to learn the basics of embroidery and make a cute little frog, designed just for this event! Have a relaxing evening crafting, all materials included and enjoy your first beer on us.

Shapely Charcuterie Board $150 Purchase required to enroll

Serve your holiday appetizers in style with this Shapely Charcuterie Board!

Doug will guide students through turning a rough board into a beautiful, smooth and shapely piece to brighten up your dinner table. We'll learn how to select wood, mill, cut, cut, shape and finish a piece that you'll be proud to show off. Doug's classes are always a fun time and with years of experience teaching woodshop he'll make sure everyone leaves with some great new skills!

Craft + Beer @ Post and Beam - Knit Gemstone earrings $40 Purchase required to enroll

No knitting or jewelry experience required and it comes with a beer?! It's our ever popular Craft + Beer at Post and Beam. Join MAXT instructor Sarah for a fun class turning wire and beads into statement knit earrings. A great relaxing evening crafting and your first beer is included!

Craft + Beer @ Post and Beam - Silk Scarf Dyeing $40 Purchase required to enroll




Have a relaxing evening of crafting with MAXT Makerspace at Post and Beam Brewing! Learn the basics of acid dyeing in this fast and fun class! Students will dye a large, 5ft long fringed silk scarf using premixed dyes. Make beautiful and colorful, organic mixes and patterns with this foolproof technique. Plus your first beer is on us!

This is a 21+ event. Hosted at Post and Beam Brewing, 40 Grove St, Peterborough NH









Craft + Beer @Post and Beam - Block Printed Coasters $40 Purchase required to enroll

Celebrate New Hampshire Pint Days with MAXT at Post and Beam! Learn the basics of block printing whilst enjoying a craft beer in a beautiful building. Each student will produce a set of 4 wooden coasters with their very own beer themed print,. Tickets also include your first beer to test them out!

Wood Turning for Homeschoolers $75 Purchase required to enroll

This class will introduce beginning students to the safe and thoughtful use of the wood lathe. Here students will learn to easily create simple shapes while discovering how woodturning can open the door to an infinite variety of creative possibilities. The class will begin with a discussion of shop safety as well as a discussion of wood as a material.

Students will leave with a few small projects such as key rings, spinning tops, light pulls, tree ornaments, or mini baseball bats.

Designed for students aged 12+

Bowl Turning for Homeschoolers $75 Purchase required to enroll

Learn lathe and woodshop safety, then craft a beautiful, functional bowl in this fun class. Doug will guide students through taking a rough sawn board to a complete bowl ready for your morning cereal Bowls start with kiln-dried lumber. We’ll mount the blanks on the lathe then use gouges and scrapers to bring our bowls to shape. We’ll also learn about reverse-chucking, which will allow us access to both the outside and the inside of our projects. Finally, we will sand, apply finish, and clean-up the bottom.

Age Range: 12+



Wood Turning - Holiday Ornaments $75 Purchase required to enroll

Get in the holiday spirit in the woodshop!

A great introductory class to wood turning. Students will learn the basics of lathe and tool safety with our experienced instructor Doug. Then it's on to making some jolly holiday ornaments with some beautiful woods in a variety of forms. Learn the same skills as our other beginning wood turning courses with a holiday twist. It's a regular Santa's workshop!

Felted Tapestry - Woodland Scene $80 Purchase required to enroll

Join fantastic fiber artist Devin Donohue for this creative class. Students will learn the principals of needle felting and creating compositions with fiber. Each student will head home with new skills and a unique 10"x12" landscape of a beautiful woodland scene.

Gnomes! $50 Purchase required to enroll

Make new friends at MAXT with this fun class. Students will make two gnomes with distinctive personalities, working with our lathes, hand tools, paints, faux fur and 3D printed accessories A fun class to bring some more whimsy to your holiday season or simply make a buddy to live on your desk..

Ugly Sweater Factory! $20 Purchase required to enroll

Bring your old sweater and we'll bring the bling! It's a fun holiday upcycling adventure at our Ugly Sweater Factory.

We've been saving goodies all year to make some truly wild creations, we've got ornaments, battery powered lights, glitter and tinsel galore ready to create your own garish fashion faux pas. We'll have some hot chocolate, holiday music and even a photo booth set up to model your creations.

Just bring your enthusiasm and a garment you'd like to decorate, leave your good taste at home.

Two sessions
2-5p for families with kids age 8+ (must be accompanied by an adult)
6-8p for 18+, 21+ are welcome to BYOB.

Introduction To Papermaking $75 Purchase required to enroll


This workshop guides you through every step in the process of hand-making paper with recycled materials, using traditional papermaking methods. You’ll also get to experiment with different methods such as stenciling and embossing to make your paper that much more unique! Materials are generously provided by donations to MAXT, though you’re encouraged to bring some of your own junk mail and other paper items to recycle.

Linocut Printing for the Holidays $50 Purchase required to enroll


Join experienced art educator Kelsey for a holiday linocut printmaking workshop. Choose between card making or gift tags. Students will design and carve their own linocut block and have the opportunity to print their design on cards (envelopes provided) or gift tags.



Holiday Tea Spoon Carving Class $75 Purchase required to enroll

Come celebrate the cold, dark months of winter learning how to carve a spoon to stir honey into your tea. You’ll carve this spoon from a branch of white birch, and learn to work with a sloyd knife and hook knife. Students will come away from the class with an *almost* finished spoon, a tin of spoon finishing butter to finish their spoon at home, and an introduction into the world of green wood carving.

We'll even send you home with some holiday tea blend and a cute little ribbon for the perfect mini gift package, cute as a button!

Ceramic Tile Making Demo Free Purchase required to enroll

With its origins dating back to 1000 BC in Egypt, China and Mesopotamia, the art of making Ceramic Tiles reached intricate levels of craftsmanship across the world, from Persia to the East and Italy to the West. Join us for an overview of Ceramic Tile Making, including the design process, from abstract to realistic relief, embossment or impression, techniques such as slab cut, press molding and traditional plaster cast and modern rubber mold making and production, as well as a discussion and presentation of the wide range of decorating techniques available to this craft. *FREE


This informative demo is a preview of the Ceramic Center’s New Tile-Making workshops over the coming year!



Craft + Beer @ Frogg - Linocut Notebooks $40 Purchase required to enroll

Craft + Beer is back at Frogg, dave is returning with this fun linocut class. Bring your imagination and we'll provide the rest. Learn to sketch, cut and print your own unique linocut design on a cute notebook - perfect for collecting those family recipes this holiday season. Plus as always your first beer is on us!

This is a 21+ event

Brass Holiday Ornaments: Introduction to Jewelry $40 Purchase required to enroll

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Join us for a fun and festive class of beginner friendly metalsmithing! Smithing instructor Krystal will guide students in making a shiny new addition for their tree. We will learn proper sawing, filing, texturing, and polishing techniques on brass sheet metal to create your own unique ornaments. Students will walk away with a finished piece ready for holiday display!



MAXT Junior Creatives $100 Purchase required to enroll

Climb aboard our entrepreneur-ship and sail off on a new adventure with Junior Creatives, sign ups are now open for our Spring session.

Each themed session brings new and exciting ways for middle schoolers to express their creativity, build some fantastic maker skills and work as a team to produce a final piece they can all be proud of!

Chapter 2: Maker's Market

Wednesdays 3-5p

Mar 20-Apr 17 / May 1-15

This session our Junior Creatives mean business!

On May 15, MAXT will be turned into a beautiful miniature market full of fantastic creations, open to friends and family. Only one problem, we have no booths, no goods, we don’t even have any artisans!

Time to get to work! Our Junior Creatives will start with getting right into making, creating pieces with 6 different types of media and skills in the Makerspace. Each week they’ll be given the freedom to pursue their own theme and designs.

Then it’s on to designing their booths, turning their works into a display they can be proud to say is all their own work.

Finally we invite friends and family to the big party, if you’ve been to Night Market, you know that MAXT likes to make a big splash to show off our artists!

Exercises for a Mindful Studio Practice $40 Purchase required to enroll

In this two-hour workshop participants will go through a series of guided making exercises that are intended to bring both novelty and grounding to their making practice. Pairing a mindful approach to the creation of forms, marks and language, participants will leave with new conceptual tools and ways of being in their studio practice. Whether one is new to their art practice or have been making for decades there will be something of value and consideration for every one.

Requirements include: A willingness to work in periods of silence. A willingness to play. A desire to prioritize your process. All Levels

"The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable." Robert Henri

Large Vessel Wheel Workshop $95 Purchase required to enroll

This class will be focused on working with larger amounts of clay and throwing bigger pots. Students will increase the amount of clay, and exercise their ability to build wider and taller. This concept will be explored through stacking smaller vessels to create larger pieces as well as using quantities of clay 5lbs or greater. If you have foundational wheel skills and are ready for a new challenge, this is the class for you! We will explore historical pottery of large shapes and sizes that will inspire our own work. This class is targeted to intermediate level ceramic artists. Tools are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own set.

Level: Intermediate



Hand Cut Slab Tile Workshop $150 Purchase required to enroll

Utilizing a hand-cut slab method, instructor Jim Cusmano will lead you through the design process, whether you choose to work in the abstract or realistically, to create interesting pictorial tile surfaces. Time will be spent finishing your works with a variety of decorating techniques, from stains, to underglazes to traditional glazes. Use these techniques to decorate your home or create a portable work of art. Students will make two 7x7 designs.

No experience necessary.



Abstraction & Sculpture Clay Workshop $120 Purchase required to enroll

Using a variety of hand building techniques, students will create detailed sculptures. These sculptures will focus on abstraction of form and shape through clay. Starting with sketching ideas, students will be challenged to explore how volume is created in three dimensional space without specific realistic sculptural goals. Slab, coiling, and pinching methods will be used to develop unique abstracted ideas. If you are curious about clay and are ready to explore new ways of playing with it, sign up now!


Upcycled Feed Sack Totes $40 Purchase required to enroll

Start your sewing journey this year with a unique recycled project. Sarah will guide students on how to transform an animal feed bag into a durable, waterproof and reusable tote. A fantastic beginner sewing project for something fun and practical and a perfect introduction to our textiles studio at MAXT.

Winter Sports Tune Up - Seminar Free Purchase required to enroll

Get ready for the snowy slopes with our winter sports expert Zach! We've been helping out with winter sports tune ups with our Repair Café and now it's time to teach you! Come and join us for this demo and seminar on how to tune up your own winter sports gear, then come on by to MAXT during our Repair Café or Open Studio days to use our kit.

This is a free event, donations are appreciated.

Gel Plate Monoprints $80 Purchase required to enroll

Learn a new fun and additive skill! Students will create monotype prints with acrylic paints and stencils on a gel plate, using everything from rice paper to tissue paper. These monoprints can be used as individual pieces of art or as part of a collage. Working with experienced artist Kate Allen, students will explore color, texture and technique to create a collection of pieces on different media.

Silver and Turquoise Bezel Ring $110 Purchase required to enroll

Dive into the world of silver smithing with this introductory class with Krytsal Hjelm. Students will learn how to work with sheet silver, wire and prepared turquoise stones to create their own unique piece of fine jewelry. A fantastic introduction to the use of our jewelry shop from hand tools to bench top polishers, rotary tools and our high temperature soldering setup.

Drawing Basics: Still Life Studies $60 Purchase required to enroll

If you’ve had that little itch to pick up a pencil and learn to draw, this might be the class for you. Learning to draw is about taking the time to see and observe the world around you more closely. We will practice drawing with a variety of simple objects, both natural and man-made. We will learn how to make observations and transfer what we see onto paper. There will be playful exercises to help get us started and a range of materials to use during the two day sessions. Materials are provided, students are also encouraged to bring their own media to work in.

Practical 3D Printing: Stamps $60 Purchase required to enroll

Get to grips with the basics of digital design and turn your ideas into reality with this practical 3D printing class. John Anderson will guide students through image sourcing, manipulation in vector graphic software and converting into a printable stamp face object in 3DSMax. Students will then be guided through the basics of printing, cleaning and creating their own papercrafts with personalized stamps produced on our FormLabs printers.

Introduction to Bookbinding: Custom Sketchbook $60 Purchase required to enroll

Explore the fascinating world of bookbinding and create a unique home for your artistic exploration with this course. Students will learn how to create folded signatures using a variety of papers, cut, stack and bind them into a cover of their own design and finish with a tough waxed cord binding. The perfect class to accompany our wide variety of art courses this season!

Exploring Pen Making $95 Purchase required to enroll


Take some extra time with Bryan to explore the world of pen turning on our lathes here at MAXT. Students will start with a simple two piece pen, learning to cut blanks, drill, turn and assemble a pen. This class then dives deeper into creating more advanced pen designs using the same slimline kit, students will learn different ways of building and embellishing turned pens. Each attendee will leave the class with am minimum of two finished pens. This is a great class for true beginners or as a follow on course from Bryan's previous Pen Turning classes.

Drawing Basics: The Human Face $50 Purchase required to enroll

Drawing facial features can be intimidating , but in this class we will simplify the process by breaking down the process into easy steps. Bring a black and white copy of a face of choice ( your own, a friend…) or use images that we provide to study the facial features. If you already have your own favorite drawing supplies bring those . We supply a variety of pencils and grafite sticks and drawing paper for this class. Bring a curious mind and you are all set.

Introduction to Miniatures Painting for Gamers and Collectors $90 Purchase required to enroll

Get your geek on with this multi week miniatures painting course. Students will learn how to prepare a commercial minature, collectable or 3D print for painting then work with a pre-prepared example piece to learn techniques. This class wil cover the principals of lighting, airbrush use, brush layering, washes, drybrushing, metallics, organic textures and weathering. We'll also cover the best practices for choosing paints and tools for future projects.

A Musical Introduction to Woodworking: Door Harp $190 Purchase required to enroll

A perfect introduction to the MAXT woodshop, students will learn to create their very own door harp in a custom design. In this class you'll create a unique instrument from an a beautiful piece of ash. Students will be using the table saw, band saw, scroll saw, learn about milling, basic joining and finishing as well as thinking about design and function. Come and make music with us!

Continuous Strand Weaving: Fingerless Mitts $50 Purchase required to enroll

Get your mitts on a great fiber arts project! Fabulous fiber artist Chris Huntington will take students through the basics of continuous strand weaving on her specially made looms. Then, those squishy woven squares will be turned in to soft, warm fingerless mitts to wear home. A great fast fiber arts class and some classy finished pieces in locally hand dyed colorways of fine merino wool.

Smash the Stash - Upcycled Jewelry $40 Purchase required to enroll

Smash! Dig deep into our treasure trove of jewelry parts and pieces with Gabby to create your very own upcycled creations. We have pound and pounds of vintage goodies here at MAXT to harvest for parts and expert guidance from Gabby to use our jewelry tools and notions to create something new and unique. Students will leave with a minimum of one finished bracelet, necklace or set of earrings - anything you can make, you get to keep!

Pot Holder Loom make and weave (Family 10+) $40 Purchase required to enroll

Have pots of fun with the whole family in this fiber arts class. Students will learn to make simple potholder looms from kits made here at MAXT and them produce their very own potholders using a simple weaving method. A great way to pick up a fun new skill.

Fair Isle Hat $50 Purchase required to enroll

Get a head start in the art of stranded colorwork knitting with this fun fair-isle class. Get to grips with working with multiple colors in this simple beginner friendly pattern. We'll have everything you, just bring a sense of adventure and some basic knitting skills (cast on, knit, purl, bind off).

Handpainted Yarns $40 Purchase required to enroll

Add a big splash of color to your fiber arts with this beginners guide to yarn dyeing. Professional indie dyer Dave will guide students through the basic of acid dyes from color choice to mixing, application and setting. Students will design their own unique colorways and apply them to a beautiful merino wool super chunky yarn. Each student will leave the class with a full kit to turn their creation into a quick, knitted, winter hat!

Springtime Crochet Amigurumi $50 Purchase required to enroll

Make new friends at MAXT! Amigurumi is the art of creating cute, miniature stuffed characters, everything from a classic bear to a coffee cup. Add some extra cuteness to your making, we'll provide everything you need - just bring a sense of fun and basic crochet skills (chain, single and double crochet, fasten off).

Gardeners Hand Lotion $40 Purchase required to enroll

Spring is on the horizon and gardeners hands are going to need some love! Never fear, Katherine Gekas is here to share some expertise in creating a soothing hand lotion with extracts of locally sourced herbs. Students will learn the extraction process and use pre prepared oils and tinctures to blend their own moisturizing salve.

Turning Start to Finish: A Skill Building Series $215 Purchase required to enroll

Have you taken some of our beginning wood turning classes here at MAXT? This is the perfect next step, Turning Start to Finish is a multi week course designed to enhance your skills and learn the art of designing pieces from wood selection to final high quality, finished pieces. Students will have the opportunity to explore different types of gouges, attempt more challenging forms and will produce multiple pieces throughout the series.

Make your own Carbide Lathe Tools $95 Purchase required to enroll

Make lathe tools on the lathe?! Bryan will guide students through his personal process of creating turned tools handles, cutting, grinding and tapping steel bar stock and fitting carbide tips to produce a multi functional tool for wood turning. Perfect for those with their own lathes or some extra street cred when turning in the MAXT studio!

Screen Printing: from Digital Design to Wearable Art $120 Purchase required to enroll

In this three part series, professional screen printer Carrie will take students through the entire production process. Learn to select and edit vector images, produce transparencies and transfer to screens before printing your own designs. This class will take you from the digital realm through a journey into the dark room and finally to our press to learn everything you need to be a screen printing whiz!

Introduction to Quilting: Using the Long Arm Quilter $50 Purchase required to enroll

Stretch your sewing skills and get started with our long arm quilter here at MAXT. Students will learn how to prepare and load a fabric 'sandwich' for quilting and learn the basics of operating the long arm before practicing on a simple whole cloth piece.

Solar Printing $40 Purchase required to enroll

Join us for a unique way to capture the beauty of Spring and the returning sun! Students will use sun activated dyes to print their own unique designs on a cotton tote. A huge variety of images can be captured and the class will include some time to forage for fallen leaves and other natural materials to include in their designs. We'll also have on hand some fun tools and items from the makerspace to incorporate!

Pysanky: Traditional Wax Resist Egg Dyeing $50 Purchase required to enroll

Get eggcited for this cracking class! Learn the satisfying art of Pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian art of wax resist egg dyeing. Students will learn how to use the kitska tool to apply layers of wax, dye their creations in successive colors and how to finish their piece by blowing the egg for preservation. Students will end the class with at least one intricate egg, depending on their pace most students will create multiple pieces.

Silver Bezel Pendant $120 Purchase required to enroll

Dive into the world of silver smithing with this introductory class with Krystal Hjelm. Students will learn how to work with sheet silver, wire and prepared stones to create their own unique piece of fine jewelry. A fantastic introduction to the use of our jewelry shop from hand tools to bench top polishers, rotary tools and our high temperature soldering setup.

Springtime Felted Eggs $75 Purchase required to enroll

Celebrate the coming of Spring with this new class from popular fiber arts instructor Devin Donohue. A common symbol of springtime across cultures, these fuzzy ovoids will brighten up any vernal table. This is a great introduction to needle felting, learning to control, shape and embellish wool forms and end up with a set of seasonal decorations!

Earrings in a Day $120 Purchase required to enroll

Spend a day making your own fabulous earrings! Using wire, we will make french ear wires, dangles, hoops and much more. Making earrings can be easily done using a few hand tools and a little imagination. Wire, and some sheet metal, plus beads will all be used. Silverplated, sterling, goldfilled and copper wire will be used.

Woodshop Open Studio Free No purchase required to enroll

A new Open Studio for 2024! Join our woodshop daring duo, Rick and Rhonda for help with your projects. This is a great time to get assistance with our equipment, get general woodworking advice and to catch up on your projects from our series classes.

This is a free event, donations are appreciated to help with running costs.

MAXT Weekly Tour Free No purchase required to enroll

Wondering what MAXT is all about? Book yourself on to one of our weekly tours and learn all about our mission to get the Monadnock Region making! Meet our staff, take a tour of our workshops, find out all about our programs and memberships and get your making questions answered. These tours are free, family friendly and open to all!

CNC Open Studio Free No purchase required to enroll

Craft + Beer @ Post and Beam - Junk Robots $40 Purchase required to enroll

Start the New Year with a bit of personality and a pint. It's time for a new Craft + Beer at Post and Beam Brewing!

CJ Burton presents Sonderbots! These personalized junk robots are a canvas for your creativity, inspired by the concept of 'sonder'—the profound realization that each of us shares a connection through common objects and experiences. CJ has meticulously curated an array of robot components in a mini factory setting, enabling you to assemble your distinctive Sonderbot. Utilize an eclectic mix of blocks, nuts, bolts, and various other elements to bring your unique vision of a Sonderbot to life.

Make a new friend, get your first beer on us - what a wonderful way to spend an evening.

This event is hosted at Post and Beam Brewing, 40 Grove St Peterborough
This is a 21+ event.

Art and Wine @ diVINE - Accordion Artbooks with Kelsey Fleet $60 Purchase required to enroll

Come on down to diVINE on Main for our first event in the new for 2024 Art + Wine at diVINE. Join Kelsey Fleet for a relaxing afternoon of art exploration. Attendees will begin by creating a simple accordion style sketchbook and then use mixed media to begin to fill it with their own sketches, drawings and ideas. A snack plate or glass of wine is included in the class, with more goodies available to purchase from diVINE.

Craft + Beer @ Frogg - Gemstone Trees $40 Purchase required to enroll

Create a stunning ornamental gemstone tree with our wire wrapping teacher Gabby. Each unique tree is assembled from gemstone chips and jewelers copper wire then anchored to a beautiful section of natural stone. Perfect to add some extra ambience to a peaceful place in your home Plus your first beer is on us!

Art and Wine @ Divine - Creative Collage with Kate Allen $60 Purchase required to enroll


Bring some inspiration to this playful afternoon of Art + Wine @ diVINE. Kate Allen will lead this exploration into the art of mixed media collage, with materials from a huge range of sources from hand made papers, found objects and even music sheets. A snack plate or glass of wine is included in the class, with more goodies available to purchase from diVINE.

This class is hosted at diVINE on Main - 32 Main St, Peterborough


Craft + Beer @ Post and Beam - Macramé Pennant $40 Purchase required to enroll

Join MAXT at Post and Beam Brewing for a fantastic night of knots! At the end of your rope? Need to unwind? Macramé with a beer is what you need. Learn the basic knots with Erica, our fiber arts expert and get all the skills and materials you need to create this cute pennant piece. Plus get your first beer on us!

This is a 21+ event, held at Post and Beam Brewing, 40 Grove St, Peterborough

Intermediate/Advanced Handbuilding $300 Purchase required to enroll

This class is for students who are familiar with the basic methods of coil, pinch, and slab construction, and would like to continue to explore these and other handbuilding techniques. Our work will become a canvas to develop layered surface decoration. We will develop our personal libraries of stamps and found objects for mark-making, pattern, and texture. Using slip and underglaze, we will explore color’s interplay with texture and form. Students will be encouraged to explore their own ideas, combining new concepts with personal style and skills.



Craft + Beer @ Post and Beam - Lego Letterpress $40 Purchase required to enroll

We've got a great new excuse for playing with your kid's toys! Lego Letterpress is a great introduction to relief printing with movable elements. Make your own printed signs and pixel art, plus it's just really fun. As always at Craft + Beer your first drink is on us.

This is a 21+ event hosted at Post & Beam Brewing, 40 Grove St, Peterborough

Co-creating with Clay Coils $150 Purchase required to enroll

This class is perfect for beginners and will cover the basics of coil building and introduce/play with the concept of building something on a team in addition to individually. We will take a unique co-creation approach in this class, with the opportunity to work on pieces collaboratively, sharing ideas and skills along the way. This four week course will introduce and develop the versatile coil building approach to creating with clay and demonstrate ways to combine wheel throwing and handbuilding, adding slips, and glazing techniques.


No experience necessary. Ages 16+



The MAXT County Fair - Junior Creatives Summer Program $240 Purchase required to enroll

Roll up! Roll up! To the MAXT County Fair. There's a whole host of games and fun… or, there will be. Let’s just say our fete is in the hands of the Junior Creatives!

In this intensive summer making program, our wannabe carnival entrepreneurs will build and test fairground games, with expert guidance from MAXT staff and instructors. From boat racing to target practice and ring toss we’ll have a variety of summertime favorites.

They’ll get to work with a wide variety of materials around the workshop: building with wood, sewing, painting and creating something they’ll be proud of. Then, there’s a chance to show off to their families on our final day during the MAXT County Fair with refreshments, fairground prizes and good old fashioned fun.

Junior Creatives programs are designed for grade levels 5-8. If you have questions about if this program is suitable for your child, please contact us.

Don't Stop the Presses! - Junior Creatives Summer Program $240 Purchase required to enroll

This summer program is one that’s sure to make a big impression!

In this intensive art and making program we will explore a host of creative printing techniques in our printshop. We’ll screen print shirts, explore relief, intaglio and mono printing methods, carve, etch, build with Lego, and even make the paper.

We haven’t forgotten it’s summer and they’ll be etching….. I mean itching to go outside - so we’ll be super sizing some printing techniques to print on giant paper!

We’ll wrap the whole week off with an art show for family and a portfolio of work to take home in their own accordion artbooks.

Junior Creatives programs are designed for grade levels 5-8. If you have questions about if this program is suitable for your child, please contact us.


Beginning Woodturning: Green Wood Bowls $75 Purchase required to enroll

A wonderful introduction to woodturning and using green wood, this is a perfect introductory class - but there's plenty for the experienced turner too!

Bryan will take students through the first steps of using of the wood lathe to produce a beautiful bowl that will naturally change shape into a softened organic form as it dries.

Students will explore turning a bowl using only one tool, the 60 degree Ellsworth, or Irish grind, bowl gouge. The key to a good bowl is a sharp tool and we will spend time learning how to put the perfect edge on our gouges. Following the sharpening tutorial we will take our blank, place it between centers and turn a tenon so the bowl can be held in a chuck. The next step is to shape the outside of the bowl. We remove the bowl from centers and place it in the chuck and hollow it out. Bowls are left unfinished until they are dry. As they dry their shape will change and you are left with a bowl that was designed both by you and by nature.


Craft + Beer @ Frogg - Cursing in Cross Stitch $40 Purchase required to enroll

What better way to relax in an evening than drinking a beer and slowly, carefully embroidering some choice language. Vent your frustrations artistically in this fun class. Learn the basics of cross stitch pattern reading, simple design and create a colorful (language) mini masterpiece in cotton or hand dyed (pardon my) French silk. Plus your first drink is on us.

This is a 21+ event, hosted at Frogg Brewing. 580 Sawyers Crossing Rd, Swanzey, NH 03446

Introduction to Travel Sketchbooks $95 Purchase required to enroll

We all take photographs when we travel, but they are fleeting moments captured in our phones. A travel sketchbook is a way to record important memories with words and visuals. This documentation slows down your thoughts and describes your trip with more detail and emotion.


You will learn basic quick sketching techniques that will help you find your style. Perfection is not the goal, taking the time to reflect and draw has more power than a perfect sketch.

There will be an introduction to perspective, techniques for capturing a space or object quickly and insights into light and contrast. We will use pen and watercolor and create a small sketchbook for you to use during the class. There will be two classes held at MAXT and one meet up in Peterborough where we will sketch on location. Practice is encouraged during the week between classes, but not required.

Introduction to Woodworking: Coasters $80 Purchase required to enroll

Take some time to get comfortable in our woodshop with John. This is a perfect introductory course to woodworking, learning how to cut, plane, joint, laminate and generally get a good tour of what our space has available. Students will work with a variety of woods to create their own set of beautiful, patterned coasters.

Are You Drawn to Art? - Introduction to Drawing $120 Purchase required to enroll

Have fun and meet new people while learning about art and drawing.
The class will explore art history while learning basic drawing techniques. If you have
done some drawing and want to hone your skills, you can work at your own level. The
goal of this class is to improve the student’s drawing ability, develop art appreciation,
and to produce at least one finished portfolio piece.

The instructor, Andrew Bills, is an accredited art teacher with decades of experience,
both as a professional artist and as an art educator.

Make Your Own Findings and Chains with Joy Raskin $150 Purchase required to enroll

Learn to make your own jewelry findings and wire chains. Customize your designs by crafting your own ear wires, clasps, pin backs and simple chains by hand without use of a traditional torch and gas tank. In addition, participants will learn to use cold connections (such as rivets) to connect pieces together without soldering. Joy will teach piercing, sawing, drilling, and other low-tech jewelry techniques designed to allow you to work in metal with no need for a lot of tools.

Stacked Rings with Joy Raskin $160 Purchase required to enroll

In this one day class, we will make several rings that will stack together. Each ring is different yet all go together. Using assorted wire of different thickness and width, we will shape them into rings, solder them, and using hammers to create textures. We will also add beads pre-made silver bezel cups with small cabochon stones and other decorative elements on each ring to provide a variety of rings.

Simple Metalsmithing with Joy Raskin $150 Purchase required to enroll

This one day workshop will introduce you to simple metalsmithing skills such as working with wire to make simple wire jewelry and some sheet metal that we will cut out, texture with hammers, drill holes to connect ear wires or link together. Simple hand tools will be used like pliers, metal shears, hammers, and more used to work with metal. Copper and brass will be provided for students to use.

Thrown and Altered Ceramics Workshop $145 Purchase required to enroll

During this two-session workshop, Sarah will demonstrate how to transform wheel-thrown pieces into unique vessels and forms. Participants will learn how to alter your thrown pieces into ovals and other geometric shapes. We will work through simple forms to more complex forms, demonstrating with combining forms and adding brushed clay slips. There will be individual work time along with the demonstrations.

Ceramics Skill Share: Color Slip Hands on Demo Free Purchase required to enroll

Creating Crochet Garments $50 Purchase required to enroll

Crochet yourself a new wardrobe with Nicole! This 2 part class will teach the process of measuring, swatching, pattern adaptation through to crocheting and finishing your pieces. Class one will focus on preparation and getting started. Class 2 will teach you some great crochet techniques, get hands on help with your project and learn techniques to get great finished items.

Practice materials are included. Students will need to provide or purchase materials of their choice for their garment.

Introduction to Woodworking: Book Tree $140 Purchase required to enroll

Get a great introduction to the woodshop at MAXT and make yourself a fun, rustic shelf for your home. In this 3 part class students will learn how to select, measure, cut, plane, use the router and finishing techniques. Your finished book tree can be wall mounted or free standing and makes a beautiful addition to a reading space.

Linocuts: Multi Color Reduction Prints $95 Purchase required to enroll

Have you dabble in linocuts or taken a beginner printmaking course? Are interested in developing your printmaking skills? Come join us as we learn to make a two color reduction print! In this course we will start with a single linoleum block, and go through the process of carving and printing with two colors of your choice, based on your design. We will practice registration and color mixing. At the end of the three classes you will have a finished print to take home!

Get Hooked - Crochet Stitch Series $20 per class No purchase required to enroll

Get Hooked on Crochet with this new series. Join any time in the series, come as often as you like, your $20 registration fee covers all your materials. The Get Hooked series takes you from which way round the hook goes, through basic stitches and pattern reading to more complex stitch designs. You'll end the series with a fun sampler scarf. Get Hooked is also supported by a full learn to crochet booklet, with linked videos and your starting kit comes with a bamboo hook and high quality hand dyed yarn!

Nicole has generously donated her time for this course so donations on site are appreciated to help fund more fiber arts programs at MAXT.

Zippered Feed Sack Bags (Family 10+) $40 Purchase required to enroll

Join Sarah for this family friendly beginning sewing class and journey into upcycling! Learn how to cut, sew and install a zipper into a bag using some fantastic donated feed sacks. Turning heavy duty, plastic feed sacks into rustic treasure and get some great skills along the way.

16 and under must be supervised by an adult.

Cold Process Soap Making $70 Purchase required to enroll

Learn to make 100% natural skin loving soap with Andrea. Now based in Marlborough creating art with her new business Big Barn Pottery, she still makes soap after years of being a professional soap maker in NYC.
In this class you will learn the basics of cold process soap making. As an introductory class we will cover safety procedures, ingredients & adding natural colorants and scent.
During this three hour class as a group we will first discuss what makes a good bar of soap, then measure out ingredients, blend and pour our soap, getting an understanding of saponification.

After 48 hours everyone in the class will be able to pick up and take home several bars of soap.

*** This is an 18+ Class. Soap making requires caustic lye. For Safety students must wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and footwear that completely covers their feet. ****

Stained Glass for Beginners: Suncatcher $100 Purchase required to enroll

Bring some sparkle and shimmer to your life by learning all about stained glass! We're excited to open up a new stained glass area at MAXT for spring 2024 and kick it all off with some great beginner classes.

Learn to create in stained glass, making your choice of a star, kite or bird suncatcher. Students will learn how to safely handle glass, to select the correct pieces for their project, cut, grind, foil, solder, and polish. A full introduction to this beautiful artform.

2 2hr sessions per course

Sew a T-Shirt! $60 Purchase required to enroll

Join Siobhan for this fun, introduction to garment sewing. Learn the basics of measurements, pattern reading, cutting, sewing and finishing all in a single afternoon!

Students will work on the free pattern Augustina, a piece designed for women's sizes XS to 4X. All materials are provided and students will head home with a custom cut pattern for their size to recreate.

Slab-Built Kitchenware: Butter Dishes and Beyond $85 Purchase required to enroll

Have you wanted to make items that are not only beautiful but also useful? Learn how to hand-build a butter dish for your kitchen. Handmade ceramic butter dishes are a simple and beautiful way to keep soft butter available. Your instructor will walk you through a step-by-step process to create your unique and functional work of art! Students will have the opportunity to add details and designs independently with texture and underglazes. Skills learned in this workshop will transfer to other slab-built forms. All experience levels are welcome. Students will have one day to build and one day to decorate and glaze their work. If students cannot attend the second session, the instructor will select and glaze their work for them. (2 Sessions)



Craft + Beer @ Post and Beam - Fly Tying $40 Purchase required to enroll

Craft + Beer is an opportunity to make something awesome with your friends in a relaxed setting. A pint is included in the cost of admission!

For our next Craft + Beer night, Larry Antonuk will introduce us to the world of fly tying. Did you ever want to tie your own fishing flies? Or tie them for someone who fishes? In this class we’ll learn all the basic concepts needed to produce some simple (but very effective) dry and wet fly patterns.

All materials and tools will be provided – you’ll be going home with several flies of your own design. This class is good for all levels, but especially for those just testing the waters.


Craft + Beer happens at Post and Brewery in Peterborough, monthly.

Miniatures Painting - Vehicles and Weathering $80 Purchase required to enroll

In this course we'll cover techniques for making your vehicles look factory fresh with the airbrush and brush painting. Then we'll mess them all up with weathering! Take your model making to the next level.

This class will cover model preparation, preshading, color selection, track and wheels, heat blooms and exhaust soot, glow effects, decals, chipping, dusting, oils and weathering powders.


Some example models will be available for this course but it is recommended you bring your own piece to work on. Please let us know ahead of time if you don't plan to bring a model.

Examples of suitable pieces to work on:
Any 28mm scale wargames piece (Games Workshop or similar). 1/35 scale military models, cars or similar. Fully assembled and primed grey.

Acrylic Pour Art Family Fun $40 Purchase required to enroll

Bring the family for this fun, spontaneous art class with Gabby! Learn how to mix, pour and create with acrylic paints and pouring mediums. We'll have a range of fun colors including neons and metallics to play with. Each student will create multiple pieces on small canvases.

Suitable for ages 10+, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Art and Wine @ diVINE - Abstract Inspirations with Cassidy Kehlenbach $60 Purchase required to enroll

Join Cassidy for an afternoon of free art exploration to create some wonderful abstract pieces. Enjoy a glass of wine or an appetizer from diVINE as you work on blind contour drawings of plants and human figures with a curated playlist of music. Be expressive during this sensory experience to create free flowing designs with markers, pencil and pastel before turning your inspirations into an abstract painting with acrylic on board.

This class is hosted at diVINE on Main - 32 Main St, Peterborough


Wood Turning for Beginners: Candlestick $75 Purchase required to enroll

Join Doug for this fabulous introduction to spindle turning techniques on our lathes! Students will learn how to produce a beautiful, unique candlestick from a single, solid blank. The class will cover basic lathe tools and safety and explore the process of turning straight, concave and convex shapes, learning about sequencing production steps and discussing form and function.

Screen Printing in a Day $125 Purchase required to enroll

Learn the screen printing process from start to finish in a single day class with Carrie!

Students will learn the process of screen coating, development, washing and finally printing their designs. Each student will leave with 3 finished t-shirts from a wide choice of sizes and colors provided by Carrie, plus practice shirts from the MAXT supply.

Students can pick from hundreds of designs for their pieces from Carrie's stock (from years of professional screen printing) or bring their own.

Design parameters:

Design must be printed in black ink using an inkjet printer on an inkjet transparency. Design must fit on an 8.5" x 11" sheet. No lines in any element of the design should be smaller that 2mm.

This class includes a 1hr break for lunch.