MakeHaven's physical location is temporarily closed due to Covid -19, however we are hosting many virtual activities and classes for makers.

Intro to Inkscape

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Registration Requested

 In this online class designed for Inkscape newbies, learn to build and edit an SVG using the free software Inkscape. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) files are the file type used for our laser cutters and the base files for the vinyl cutter, plus they have many other applications. The session will end with an interactive question and answer period. Preregister to take advantage of the interactive portion.

We require you downloading the free Inkscape software prior to class. Mac users using Catalina (latest OS, 10.15) be sure to download the Upcoming Version.

Logging on for class: We recommend clicking the link with the Google Chrome browser from a desktop/laptop computer. If you are using a phone or tablet, you may be prompted to download an app. Please log on a few minutes prior to the start of the class to be sure you have all the technology ready to go. 

Need help with the technology? If you are new to using google meetup or just want some time to say hi and settle in, log in 10 minutes before the start of class (12:50). We will go over the controls, how to mute and unmute, how to send comments and quesions to the group, and so on.

Note that if you are doing the livesteam (View Only), you must login with a google account! This is not required for registered participant login.



  • Introductions (5 minutes)

  • What is SVG  (5 minutes)

  • How makers SVG (5 Minutes)

  • What is Inkscape (5 Minute) 

  • Lecture Common Tools in Inkscape (10 Minutes)

    • Object Select, Node Selecting and editing, Box, Circle, Group,

  • Student Try Common Tools (10 Minutes)

  • Lecture Advanced Useful Tools (10 Minutes)

    • Object to Path, Stroke Paint, Beizer, Text, Raise/Lower, Layers, Union, Difference, Trace Bitmap, Fill, Distribution and Alignment, XML Editor

  • Students Try Advanced Tools (10 Minutes)

  • Q & A - Stay after for individualized help

Real name: 
J.R. Logan


Instructor Bio: 

J.R. is a cofounder and executive director of MakeHaven, a nonprofit makerspace and FabLab in New Haven, Connecticut.  J.R. has a history of nonprofit leadership at United Way, in New Haven he currently serves on the board of the Eli Whitney Museum and Elm City Innovation Collaborative. He has been involved in local environmental initiatives and is an advocate for urban river restoration and access. He has earned a master's degree in Public Affairs from the School and Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University with a focus on nonprofit management.

When capacity of event is full you may join the Waiting List. For online events a link to join the session will be automatically emailed after registration.
Terms and Conditions: 
Arrival more than 15 minutes late will result in not being able to participate.