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Intro to Metal Sculpture

Harness the power of lightning! Just like THOR, the God of Thunder (and Lightning) you too can control the arcing power of electricity, direct it, aim it, and ...

Intro to Metal Sculpture
Oakland, CA, United States
5 h
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Harness the power of lightning! Just like THOR, the God of Thunder (and Lightning) you too can control the arcing power of electricity, direct it, aim it, and melt cold hardened steel into a wimpy little puddle. Sounds pretty cool, right? Well, actually IT IS just as exciting as it sounds! If you are interested in taking on this experience or possibly "gifting" it to someone then, read on to understand what this 4-hour class entails. Students will be briefed on safe behavior in an industrial work space environment. Instructor will demo proper use of a manual Plasma Cutting Machine. Using the Plasma Cutting Machine, Students can manually cut any design or shapes out of metal sheet. Shapes which they can either keep as they were cut or include in part of their final project. Next, Instructor will train students on use of metal shop electrical tools, such as an Angle Grinder, and other sanding machines; these tools are most often used in cleaning and shaping metal for fabrication and sculptures. Students will closely watch the Instructor demonstrate welding then, under the Instructor's guidance, each Student will practice welding themselves. Using their new skills, each Student will then build a 6 to 12 inch sculpture from a selection of scrap metal, or using a metal piece they cut out themselves. Upon completion, Students will take their fabulous art project home!** ALL SAFETY GEAR AND SUPPLIES WILL BE PROVIDED. HOWEVER, you must wear heavy cotton or denim pants, cotton long sleeved shirt, Leather or canvas closed-toed shoes, with ankles covered. Long hair should be braided or in a pony-tail. PLEASE, DO NOT WEAR POLYESTER OR SYNTHETIC CLOTHING. ALSO, WEAR CONTACT LENS IF YOU HAVE THEM. Prepare to get dirty but, most of all, to have fun! NOTE: A waiver must be signed prior to participation. Email or text me if you have any questions. MORE DETAILS WILL BE EMAILED IMMEDIATELY AFTER A SEAT IS RESERVED. **ADDITIONAL NOTE: On rare occasions, a sculpture project may end up requiring more time than can be completed within the 5 hour max. I offer additional class visits at the rate of $75 per session (4 more hours). If you're one not to rush or you already have in mind something unique that you'd like to build, I will make an exception and permit you (as a beginner) to sign up for the "Intermediate Level" class @3 visits to ensure your desired piece will get finished. That next level class offers a savings of $50. CANCELLATION POLICY: For Refunds, a request to cancel must occur 2 full days prior to scheduled class date otherwise, a "Credit" toward a future class date will be granted. If NO request for cancellation is received before 2 hours prior to start time on date of class then, NO REFUND and NO CREDIT will be granted. Sorry. This class is located: West Oakland, CA

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Twelve years ago I sought a change in careers. During 6 months as an Apprentice to the successful Los Angeles metal artist, Brad Howe, I found my inspiration. I attended Welding classes there then, immediately moved to the Bay Area to pursue the dream of becoming metal sculptor. I gained the most extraordinary experiences working in Bay Area creative fabrication shops, built custom decor, furniture, and large scale art pieces by prominent artists such as Anish Kapoor (who designed Cloud Gate). Since 2007, I've worked on many other large scale project at American Steel Studios in Oakland with metal sculptor, Karen Cusolito and, with the Flaming Lotus Girls artist collective of San Francisco, since 2008. Sculptures by Ms. Cusolito, and the FLG collective are always designed to have "interactive" features, such as fire & lighting effects, and strong enough to be climbed upon. Most of the large scale "interactive" art you see in the Bay Area was originally designed for installation at the Burning Man Festival, held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada USA. However, many of the same art projects later travel across the globe for temporary enjoyment at cultural events and music festivals. It was during my time volunteering on the Flaming Lotus Girls projects that I was inspired to share my knowledge as a metal artist and become an Instructor. Obtaining the power to manipulate such an incredible element is a tremendous thrill that drives my desire to share that experience with all my students. I promise... you WILL love this class and be just as thrilled you took it! It's important to me, that all my students know that 50% of the profits from the classes, provide funding for an Apprentice Program offered to local teens. It is the Young Sparks Foundation that manages the program. So, not only will you be taking home a new personal skill but, you'll be providing an opportunity for disadvantaged youth to succeed in life, as well. Thank you for choosing this class and helping the community! ~Day
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