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Saturday Afternoon Metalwork – IN-PERSON with Sam Nichols
With an emphasis on Steel and Metal Fabrication & Forming Techniques, this class will explore the phenomenon of the Sculptural Presence, the Activation of Sculptural Space and the Resonance of the Sculpture Object. The course is open to students of all levels with an interest in sculptural objects and their potential to transform the human experience.
Class instruction will occur in the School’s welding room and adjacent common areas within the sculpture department. While focusing on personal safety and responsible practice, students will learn about materials and how to use the School’s equipment and hand tools to complete class assignments and independent work. The history of iron and steel within the evolution of sculpture and the visual arts will be introduced through visual presentations and group discussions. In addition to several hands-on demonstrations, students will learn to transform their sketched shapes into forms by learning helpful drafting methods commonly used in patternmaking.
Projects and assignments will be structured to ensure mastery of these techniques while simultaneously strengthening the students’ abilities to articulate the significance of their own work. In the latter half of this course, students will be encouraged to incorporate nonmetallic materials into their work. This course will also include instructor presentations, reading handouts, group discussions, and group critiques.