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 ...

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Intro to Metal Sculpture

Oakland, CA, United States
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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 10 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 will be provided. Heavy cotton or denim pants, cotton long sleeved shirt. Leather or canvas closed-toed shoes must be worn, and covered ankles. DO NOT WEAR POLYESTER OR SYNTHETIC CLOTHING. ALSO, WEAR CONTACT LENS IF YOU HAVE ANY. Be prepared to get dirty, but most of all, have fun! Healthy snacks will be provided. Email me if you have any questions. ALL 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 a 5 hour session. I offer additional class visits at the rate of $75 per session (4~5hr). 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. This offers a savings of $50. This class is located: West Oakland, CA


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I am a Bay Area metal Artist. After a mid-life career change, I found apprentice work with metal sculptor, Brad Howe. I was so deeply inspired by Brad, I immediately took local Welding classes then moved to the Bay Area to pursue my dream of becoming metal artist myself. I worked in local fabrication shops for two years. Performance Structures is a fab shop specializing in large scale art, designed by prominent artists such as Anish Kapoor. I also worked at American Steel Studios in Oakland, CA with local Metal Sculptor, Karen Cusolito. I also joined a SF collective, the Flaming Lotus Girls, with whom I volunteered 4 years of building large-scale projects together. All projects designed by FLG are interactive and usually incorporate both fire & lighting effects. All were funded by and later installed at the Burning Man Festival. One of the project, titled SOMA, is currently located at Pier 14, in San Francisco, CA. After a visit to this sculpture, you WILL be inspired to take a Welding/Sculpture class. It is a thrill to have the power to manipulate such an incredible element. I promise you will love my class! It's important you know that one-third of the proceeds from the Welding classes will fund an after-school Art Apprenticeship program, managed by the Young Sparks Foundation. This art program is offered to under served Bay Area youth. So, not only will you be thrilled to have learned a new powerful "maker" skill but, you'll be providing an opportunity for disadvantaged teens to succeed in life, as well. So, thank you kindly in advance!


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