My undergraduate art majors have just finished the wood portion of my foundation class. There was some stellar work turned out from these 11 class periods in the woodshop (7 week) project. Nearly all are women, from Freshmen to Seniors, thowing down with the big power tools. I just gave them some simple parameters, including ideas about finger joints and wood joinery- the rest was all their individual innovation.
Although they are all glad to be done with the wood portion, they can all feel confident about their woodshop craftsmanship and artistry.