Monday, November 29, 2010

LED Hoop-making Workshop POSTPONED

We need a few more hoop-makers to run our LED Hoop-Making class, so we have postponed it until Saturday, December 11. If you've been thinking about signing up, now's the time! Give us a call at 612.294.0400 or register online and soon you'll be hooping and glowing too!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Keeping it hot all winter long!

We've still got space left in our December 4th LED Hoop-Making class, so if you're interested, give us a call at 612.294.0400 or register online. What could be hotter? How about a FREE cup of coffee or hot chocolate at the South City Cafe? Our awesome neighbors down the street are offering a special warm-up to everyone who registers for the December 4th LED Hoop-making WorkshopPick up your coupon at class and then stop by this new neighborhood hot spot anytime to warm up with your FREE hot beverage. South City is located just three blocks north of CAFAC at 3405 Chicago Avenue South. Check them out at or on Facebook.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Winter Break OAW Found Object Sculpture Class

For teachers, college students, and others taking a holiday season break, we're offering our Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture class in a short-term, intensive format this December/January. Complete details:
This beginning class will focus on applying Oxy-Acetylene welding techniques to the fabrication of a sculptural project.  Oxy-fuel cutting, welding and brazing processes will be covered. Learn the limitations and benefits of these processes through the design and fabrication of your own work of art. Discover scrap metal! Methods for identifying metals, surface preparation for scrap welding, along with aesthetic and protective surface treatments for finishing pieces will be covered.  Additionally, we will touch on the history of art welding so that students develop an understanding of the art form’s past as well as the tools to inspire its future.
Please bring or wear the following personal protective gear to class: safety glasses, welding gloves and head covering.  Attendance at the first class session is required, as important safety information will be presented.
Instructor: Roger Karlson has a BFA from UW-Stout, with a concentration in Interior Design. He has been teaching for the last 6 years, assisting students in the creative design process to resolve clients' needs. Roger's exploration of sculptural welding began several years ago, and as an instructor, he finds inspiration in observing the unique way others create objects and resolve problems as they acquire new skills.

Dates/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, December 28 - January 13, Noon to 5 p.m.
Fee: $330

Register online or call 612.294.0400.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Give early, give often - you could win the golden ticket!

Giving - everyone's going to be doing it tomorrow, Tuesday, November 16. It's Give to the Max Day, a 24-hour, massive online fundraising event for hundreds of worthy Minnesota charities. Last year's event blew away all expectations and this year the hope is to beat that record. We hope you'll consider making a donation to yours truly, the little fire arts center that could, as we strive to purchase new equipment that will allow us to grow our already successful programs.

As an added incentive, this year you could be singing like Charlie Bucket, because every hour one donor will be randomly chosen to have his/her donation increased by $1000. So, consider making multiple donations throughout the day - or if you're a night owl or early bird, how about increasing your odds by making those donations during the wee morning hours? Any amount, from $10 on up, is greatly appreciated. Join the fun tomorrow - it really is an amazing experience to see so many generous folks coming together to make a huge difference in a single day.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Who needs daylight?

LED Hoop-making Workshop
Shorter days got you down? We’ve got the solution! Get ready to greet the winter solstice by making your own LED hoop, and you’ll be spinning your own sparks throughout the long nights ahead. In this half-day workshop, you’ll assemble your own LED hoops from scratch, using PVC pipe, wire, LEDs and tape. Then we’ll lower the lights, turn our hoops on, and spin! You’ll also learn the basics of hooping, so no previous experience is necessary. Open to ages 13 and up.

Instructor: Connie Nompelis discovered hooping two years ago, and was instantly enchanted by the activity. She has brought hoops and the joy of hooping to kids and adults across Minneapolis, and as far as Greece and Honduras. When not hooping, Connie sells real estate in the Twin Cities.

Saturday, December 4, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $75 (includes all materials to make your own LED hoop)

Space is limited and you must register in advance. Sign up and pay online or call 612.294.0400 to register today!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Space left in daytime OAW class!

We're starting another Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture class this Wednesday, November 3.  It runs for seven weeks, from 12:30 to 4:30-ish p.m.   We've got enough students to run but have space for more!  Call 612.294.0400 to register.