ONSITE: Introduction to Laser Cutting + Engraving (A)

Learn how to cut and engrave into a variety of materials using a laser engraver. We will create 2D graphic files in Adobe Illustrator that can be used to experiment with different materials. With a laser cutter you can work with wood, fabric, paper, other organic matter like leaves to create several objects you will leave with at the end of class, including utilitarian items for your desk and home. We'll design our own boxes and learn how to transfer your design to the laser cutter and assemble your finished box! Once you have the basics of box building, you will have a better understanding of the possible builds you can make in the future! Laser cutting is an exciting tool to have access to and this will be the first class using the VisArts Fab Lab’s new equipment!

Special Notes

  • Students are welcome to bring in your their materials but there may be limits on what we can use so we'll discuss projects and what may be compatible.

    Due to a small set of stairs, the Fab Lab portion of this classroom is not wheel chair accessible.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. For more info visit On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit

About the Instructor

Zach Duke

Hey! I describe myself as a multidisciplinary artist, that loves exploring new and exciting mediums of creating. I have a background in Illustration from VCU, and working experience as a graphic designer. During 2022 I was able to work in the Visual Arts studios as a Studio Access Resident where I fell in-love with ceramic and metal working! I love incorporating animal and human narratives into my work and boarding on the fantastical, creating moody emotional and simple visual pleasures along the way.

Social Media: @dookington_

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ONSITE: Introduction to Laser Cutting + Engraving (A)

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Class Details
July 10 - July 1410 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Tuition: $125.00
Member Tuition: $112.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Zach Duke
Level: Beginner