How to Build a Website: HTML & CSS for Beginners (2-Day Workshop)

Session #1: Monday, June 16 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Session #2: Wednesday, June 18 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

Food & drinks will be provided by Atomic Object on both days. 

Want to learn how to build your own website? Already have your own Tumblr/WordPress/etc. site, but want to have more control over it? Interested in learning to program, but want to start small? This class is for you!

We will guide you through the basics of HTML and CSS, give you some readily-applicable skills, and answer any questions you may have along the way.

The course will be taught by Nicole Rodriguez & Leeann Drees.


Atomic Object 
1407 Randolph St. 
Detroit, MI 48226 

MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: If fewer than 12 students register for this workshop, GDI Detroit may postpone or cancel it.  In that event a refund or class credit will be available to any students who have paid to attend.


There are several flat-fee private parking lots available across from the office on Randolph St. Metered street parking is available on Randolph and adjacent streets. Additional parking is available one block away at the Detroit Opera House parking structure. 


Please bring your laptop and charger to all class sessions. Power strips & Wi-Fi will be provided. 


We're here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact Erika Carlson ([masked]).



Hello everyone! We're looking forward to seeing you in class! A couple of things to give you a heads up on: Detroit Tigers baseball, and parking. When scheduling classes, we try our best to do it on a non Tigers game-day, but sometimes we can't avoid it.

Tigers: Monday's game is at 7pm, and Wednesday's game is at 1pm. There will be extra traffic in the area when we're arriving for class, and we're so sorry for any headaches this causes. Best suggestion: allow an extra 15-20 minutes, and avoid the area of Woodward and Adams, if possible.

Some work-arounds: Coming from the north, try Cass Ave. to Grand River as a way of looping around the congestion.From I-94E, the Grand River exit should get you past most of it as well. From I-94W, getting off at Gratiot is another alternate route.The areas south and east of Atomic Object are generally easier to get through before and after games.

Parking: There's a paid lot across from Atomic Object on Randolph, and another just up the street, and the Opera House parking garage is just around the corner.

If you are running late, no worries - the first 15 minutes of class is us getting settled in. Our wonderful TA's will help you get set up when you arrive.

See you soon!

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  • Leeann

    Hi all! Class is still on for this evening. If the weather prevents you from attending, we will be happy to allow you to make up Day 2 next time we run the class. Thanks & see you tonight!

    June 18, 2014

    • Nancy

      One more it possible for you to email the handout to us?

      June 18, 2014

    • Leeann

      Hi Nancy! Just seeing this now, sorry for the delay. Keep an eye on the Meetup and remind us about needing to make up Day 2 next time we run the class. :)

      June 27, 2014

  • Ann S.

    Great classes this week! I really enjoyed it. Thanks for your help! See you at the next one.

    5 · June 18, 2014

  • Laura H.

    I am so glad I took this class and am really excited to take more. Also props to all my fellow ladies who took the class. Y'all were asking some intelligent questions. Just goes to show, we got this!

    5 · June 19, 2014

    • Nicole R.

      Thanks Laura, we had such a great time! Great group of students! :-)

      June 26, 2014

  • Ann S.

    The GDI staff is fabulous and I loved the easy access to Atomic Object and the cool location. Well done!

    4 · June 19, 2014

  • Patrice

    I'm sorry! I won't be there today. :(

    June 18, 2014

    • Aisha B.

      That's okay, Patrice! We'll look forward to seeing you at the next class!

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • Ashley

    Hi everyone. Is the class still on tonight? This weather is baaaaad.

    1 · June 18, 2014

    • Leeann

      Hi Ashley! We are still on. If you're not able to make it tonight, you are welcome to make up Day 2 next time we run the class. Stay safe & hope to see you this evening!

      June 18, 2014

    • Ashley

      Thank you! I am not going to make it down, unfortunately. I'll definitely take Day 2 when the class is offered again, if that's an option.

      June 18, 2014

  • Nicole M.

    I was about to ask the same thing the thunderstorm is just as bad as the one late last night

    June 18, 2014

    • Leeann

      Hi Nicole! We are still on. If you're not able to make it tonight, you are welcome to make up Day 2 next time we run the class. Stay safe & hope to see you this evening!

      June 18, 2014

    • Chris D.

      I'm not gonna make it....bad tires = sliding all over the road

      June 18, 2014

  • Amy S.

    Are tools or frameworks are being pushed? Or will AO concentrate on straight-up HTML/CSS first using a simple editor and web browser? I started "HTML Prototyping" in I find their approach confusing b/c they use too many tools and frameworks (Zurb Foundation/SASS&Compass/CodeKit/Mamp) before establishing the fundamental HTML/CSS/JS. Its hard to get the big picture.

    June 9, 2014

    • Amy S.

      Thanks for the heads-up.

      1 · June 10, 2014

    • Chris D.

      No problem, I'm happy to answer any questions you have at the class.

      June 10, 2014

  • Angela C.

    I have no experience in HTML and CSS so this class should get me started. I look forward to learning.

    2 · June 4, 2014

    • Nicole R.

      We look forward to meeting you! See you soon!

      June 5, 2014

  • Nicole M.

    Yay! I will be attending, and I have loads of questions regarding the degree I'm working which is Management Information Systems, web development and .Net Developers. See ya in class!!!

    2 · June 4, 2014

  • Nicole M.

    Would this be a class for me if I have little experience with html but interested in web development?

    1 · June 3, 2014

    • Chris D.

      This is definitely the class for you. I will be TAing the class so I will be there to help and fill in the gaps.

      2 · June 3, 2014

    • Leeann

      Hi Nicole! Chris is exactly right -- our HTML & CSS course is a solid introduction to the most fundamental building blocks of web development. It's also totally beginner-friendly! :) Let me know if you have more questions & hope to see you there!

      2 · June 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wanted to find out a bit more about what's covered. Or maybe just ask advice. I've been learning HTML and CSS basics slowly for a few months. So I've done the Codecademy courses and am using Jennifer Robbins's *Learning Web Design* book to make little practice projects. I'm having trouble getting the hang of floats and positioning, but I know the basic terms and can so far make simple, ugly websites. Any organizers have thoughts on whether this is a good class for me to take? Should I wait for the intermediate one? I don't quite feel 'intermediate,' though...

    1 · May 27, 2014

    • Nicole R.

      No problem! Great, we'll see you in class!

      May 27, 2014

    • Chris D.

      Also, that book is a great book for beginners. I will be bringing some books to show and am always available for help after the class is done.

      1 · June 3, 2014

  • wsfabre

    Is there another way to pay besides online?

    May 25, 2014

    • Leeann

      Hello Wynett! We do not have another way to accept payments; they have to come through Meetup. This is a national policy for our organization. Sorry for any inconvenience & hope to see you in class!

      May 26, 2014

  • Chris D.

    I was looking forward to next week. Oh well, a few more weeks won't hurt.

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • Nicole R.

      Us too, Chris! Hopefully this works better for everyone who wanted to take the class but couldn't this week. :-)

      May 19, 2014

  • Ann S.

    Can't wait!

    1 · May 16, 2014

  • Leeann

    Hi everyone,

    Due to low enrollment, we've changed the date for this class. The class will now take place on Monday 6/16 and Wednesday 6/18 from 6:00-10:00 PM.

    We are so sorry for any inconvenience! If you are no longer able to attend due to the rescheduled date, please contact Erika directly ([masked]) and she will arrange a full refund.

    Thanks so much!

    May 15, 2014

    • Prema Q.

      Later is Mo' Better for Me!

      2 · May 15, 2014

  • Yolanda H.

    Will this be covering HTML5 and CSS3?

    May 7, 2014

    • Laura

      Hi Yolanda. We don't get into a lot of HTML5 and CSS3 in this beginner class. Although we do talk about the basics of HTML5 semantic markup.

      May 8, 2014

    • Laura

      We do plan to offer an intermediate course that covers more HTML5/CSS3, later this year.

      2 · May 8, 2014

  • Chris D.

    Who's ready to learn some code?!?

    3 · May 2, 2014

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