Instructor Handbook

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Getting Started

See our website for information about first steps

Shop Safety & Etiquette

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HIRING PAPERWORK Instructors: Contract Enrollment Information

Instructors are enrolled as Independent Contractors.

  • You can use this Class Ticket Split worksheet to figure out how your class profit shares with the Asylum will work out for your ticket pricing.
  • Insurance
    • Individuals acting on behalf of Artisan's Asylum as instructors are covered by our General Liability insurance. (Limited to natural born persons - i.e. people but not corporate entities.)
    • If you'd like to receive payment for your teaching as part of your business entity, you are expected to provide their own insurance, and name Artisan's Asylum as an additionally insured.

Forms Required

  • Please register on our website if you haven't already as a member/student. Choose "Friend/Instructor/Other" as your registration type.
  • Once you have an account on our website, log-in and sign our Instructor Agreement online
  • Direct Deposit Enrollment Form
    • Complete Payroll Solutions administers our payroll. You will be emailed instructions to create a login to a self service portal" through which you will be able to view your own payment details. Payment is "paperless": set this up, remember your login, as this is how you will be able to view your paystubs: online.
      • Please read the form! You need to provide a voided check (or some other "bank official" documentation) with your filled out direct deposit form.
    • W-9 Tax Form - fill out first page and return to us
      • please email teach@ in order to set up a short appointment with us so we may intake your forms.

Private Lesson Reporting

Please make sure the total lesson amount includes materials (if you have a material fee, enter that amount to be broken out of the total).

  • Students will be billed via Paypal via Education. Class will be entered into payroll and paid according to date of class (Please allow 24 - 72 hours for your request to be processed.
  • A2 suggests a one-hour minimum for all private lessons.
  • For private lessons Instructors will be paid 75% of total amount (%25 to Asylum) of class via payroll the week following the lesson. Materials entered into form will be broken out before this split.
  • Please loop in the Front Desk ( and let them know you are expecting student(s) for private lesson(s). Providing Front-Desk with the student's name(s) will allow your Deskie of the hour to do their job and look up your student to make sure they've registered with us.
  • Please meet your student at the Front Desk as default, if other arrangements are necessary, please communicate with (front-desk@) so they can direct the student.

Expectations of Instructors

Here's what we expect of our instructors:

  • Be organized, responsible, and flexible. Represent our organization well.
  • Once you have been hired by Education Program Manager and run your first class, be proactive about your class programming in Eventbrite: you have the power to program your own classes and manage students through your Eventbrite access. You have editing power if there are errors / date changes. Class drafts should be proposed 6 weeks prior to class start date.
  • Prepare a syllabus well in advance - some instructors run a test version of their class (Deskies are a great resource for trial runs of classes)
  • Tell us what you need for the class. That includes:
    • What kind of space you need; quiet, clean, fireproof, etc.
    • What tools you need in the space, whether that's a welder or a projection screen
    • Raw materials issues. Figure out whether you're providing it, the student is providing it, or - by special arrangement, if Artisan's Asylum is. If we need to stock up on something, let us know well in advance. Check out the payment for class materials section.
  • Double-check that the course descriptions we publish are accurate: check the links on the website. Check the listing on the Class Calendar you are invited to. Email teach@ with any issues.
  • Monitor your class enrollment - not only for your materials, also for meeting your desired class minimum. Classes are generally canceled within a 48-24 hr range prior to class start. If you are under your enrollment target, please check in with Education: all cancellations are manually processed by Education Program Manager.
  • Be prepared to teach to a wide range of ability and skill levels. If the class has prerequisites, make sure we know them and that they are in the class description.
  • Teach by example: Don't weld while wearing shorts and sunglasses, treat the tools well, clean up your messes, etc.
  • Tell us what skills will your students need to have before they enroll
  • Figure out how much time you need; be realistic in planning what the class will cover in each session - it is better to over-estimate than under (students may have questions after class, etc.)
  • Manage time during classes
  • Help sell the class; see below.
  • Teach your class like someone in it is going to get hooked. Convey the fun, art, love, and passion, show them why they want to do this. You are an Asylum Embassador - enroll people in the Awesome!
  • If an emergency comes up and you will not be able to teach a class session, please contact us as soon as possible at AND our Front Desk at (617) 284-6878. Please also contact your students.

Posting Classes

For instructions on how to post classes to EventBrite, see A2 Instructor Eventbrite Tutorial and/or Eventbrite Posting Instructions

Contacting Students

Contact your students before class.

  • The Education Team will give you access to EventBrite which has your students' contact information.

Promoting Classes

The Asylum promotes in broad strokes through the community, but often it's an individual instructor getting really excited about their class and expressing that in one-on-one interactions that sells spots. Here are some ideas on how to reach out:

  • Make a Facebook event and invite all your friends! Alternatively, write a Facebook post and tag people you think would be specifically interested. If you do either, make them public and either tag us @ArtisansAsylum or send the link to - we'll cross-post it onto the A2 page. Same thing with Twitter or Instagram!
  • Ask individual people if they'd be interested in your class in a one-on-one setting (whether by email or face-to-face). We're all pretty immune to advertisements these days, but simultaneously always looking for stuff to do - if you can get someone's attention and talk yourself up, you might just have yourself a student! Alternatively, if they themselves are not interested, ask if they know anyone who might be.
  • Post online to anyplace that you think is appropriate and would not harm our reputation; please don't make us look like spammers; check to see if anyone else has posted about us recently, and make sure commercial (but not-for-profit) postings are acceptable. Look for online forums or groups that do things similar to what you're proposing, and approach them and see if their members might be interested. For instance, a perfect group for our Forming Sheetmetal class might be LARPers who want to make their own armor.
  • In the past - We had fliers for class that you could download, print, and hand out or post. You're welcome to use these as a model and make your own class-specific flyers. If you make fliers and post them, let us know - we'd love to be able to let other instructors know what's working, what's not, as well as to maximize areas. If you want suggestions as to where your fliers might be most effective, send us a note and we'll brainstorm with you. If you have examples of class Flyers you've used in the past you'd like to share here, please do! Check Flyers for Historical reference of a set of fliers. These fliers were designed to be used as handouts - each is 1/4 of a sheet of paper - rather than big posters.
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