Friday, October 22, 2010

Daytime Oxy-Acetylene Welding Class Added

Classes are officially up and running!  We have a great group of students, and we’ve heard from a few more of you that had your hearts set on taking the Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture class, but these filled up pretty quickly. Good news - we’re adding another one!   We're trying a daytime class this time, so this one will run Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  We’ll need a minimum of six participants to run it, and the maximum is ten, so if you’re interested please give us a call at 612 294 0400.

Complete details:
 
Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture 
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.

7 Wednesdays, November 3 - December 15, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Price: $320
 

*Please call 612 294 0400 to register, and don't forget, we do have scholarships available!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall class dates

For those of you registered for a class this fall, or those interested in one of the spots still available, here's a handy list of all classes, with dates and times!

Blacksmithing Basics
Mondays, 10/11 - 12/13, 6 to 9 p.m. - 3 SPOTS AVAILABLE

Blacksmithing Basics
Tuesdays, 10/12 - 12/14, 6 to 9 p.m. -1 SPOT AVAILABLE

Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture 
Wednesdays, 10/13 - 12/15, 6 to 9 p.m. - SPACE STILL AVAILABLE

Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture
Thursdays, 10/14 - 12/16, 6 to 9 p.m. - FULL

Build Your Own Propane Forge
Mondays, 10/18 - 11/22, 6 to 9 p.m. - 2 SPOTS AVAILABLE

Give us a call at 612/294.0400 to register!

Note to those already signed up: please bring/wear safety glasses, welding/leather work gloves, natural fiber clothing including long pants/long sleeves, work boots/shoes.  Head covering (hat, scarf) is also recommended for welding classes.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Space left in our first round of classes!

We've filled a few classes so far (thank you!) but still have space available in these two classes:

Blacksmithing Basics (If I Had a Hammer...)
If you had a hammer, would you use it to drive a nail? Or, would you use it as a means to discover the fundamentals of forging iron? This course is designed to ignite your passion for blacksmithing and to introduce you to the seemingly endless ways of expressing yourself by shaping iron with fire and hammer. You’ll gain basic knowledge of iron and its characteristics, and understanding of the dynamics of forging, and the ability to safely shape iron with heat and a hammer. You’ll have the opportunity to learn by making basic forging tools and then use those tools to make some really cool stuff !

Please bring or wear the following personal protective equipment to class: safety glasses, gloves, steel toed shoes or boots, all cotton clothing with long sleeves. A Nomex lab jacket or leather apron is advisable.

Instructor: David Mariette

Mondays, October 11 - December 13, 6 - 9 p.m., $340

Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture
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 you 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: Heather Doyle/Ryan Salmon

Wednesdays, October 13 - December 15, 6 - 9 p.m., $320

To register, please call us at 612.294.0400 or email fireartscenter@gmail.com.  If you don't reach us, please leave your contact info and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.