Wednesday, October 30, 2013

*New* November/December Workshops

Aluminum Casting

1-Day Intensive
Saturday, December 14, 11:00-5:00pm 
Instructor: Gustavo Actis
Price: $110.00 (materials Included)

The Aluminum Casting Workshop is a 6-hour workshop where you will learn how to make a simple 2 part Greensand mold of a pattern and then how to cast the piece in aluminum. Each participant does the entire process from start to finish and will have a finished piece to take home with them at the end of class. No prior experience is necessary.

Face Casting

1- Day Intensive
Saturday, November 23, 10:00-4:00pm
Instructor: Jenny Lee Maas
Price: $125.00 (materials included)

Details: This class will teach the basics of face casting in a  rubber mold.  You can cast your own or cast bring a face model with you.  We will be taking a mold and casting it in plaster.  If the rubber mold is taken care of properly, it can last for years of projects & experiments.  Please note skin allergies, we are using rubber, soap and baby oil.

Welding 101

3 Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm
12/3, 12/10, 12/17
Instructor: Laura Conklin
Price: $250.00 (includes materials)

3 Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm (ONE SPOT LEFT) 
12/4, 12/11, 12/18
Instructor: Rea Walsh 
Price $250.00 (includes materials) 

Details: This 3 week class covers Oxygen-Acetylene welding and cutting, MIG, TIG, Plasma Cutter, and various grinding and metal finishing techniques.  Students will learn all the processes and have the opportunity to create a small-scale sculpture or functional craft. No previous experience necessary.

TIG Basics

1 Day Workshop, Sundays 7:00-9:00pm
12/8, 12/22
Instructor: Rea Walsh
Price: $80.00

Details: This 2-hour session will teach you the basics of TIG Welding and give enough time to practice the skills needed & ask questions. Working 2 on 1 with the instructor there is a lot of time for one-on-one instruction.  No prerequisites.

Sculptural Metalworking

3 Thursdays 7:00-9:30pm
12/5, 12/12, 12/19
Instructor: Bevan Weissman
Price: $200.00 (includes materials)

Details: This three-session introduction to metalworking and welding is focused on creative
exploration through steel. Students will learn plasma and oxy-acetylene cutting, MIG
welding, grinding & polishing, and other techniques while creating pieces of their own
design. Students may opt to make instructor-directed projects if they desire a more
structured class experience. No prerequisites.

Animal Skull Sculpture

2 Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm
12/10, 12/17
Instructor: Darla Jackson
Price: $125 + $25 materials fee

Details: This class is perfect for all levels, from the beginner interested in learning basic animal anatomy and proportion to advanced students. Students will work from real animal skulls over the course of 2 weeks. No previous experience necessary.

Animal Sculpture

1-Day Intensive
Dec 28th, 10-3pm
Instructor: Darla Jackson
Price: $100 + $25 materials fee

Details: This one day intensive is open to all skill levels, from the beginner interested in learning basic animal anatomy and proportion to advanced students. Students will work from a live animal model over the course of 5 hours. No previous experience necessary.

BYO Bicycle Frame Class

Finally, Paul Carson is back with his Bicycle Frame Class!  There is a limited amount of space available (only 5 people!) so please email Programs Manager Jenny Welsh at to sign up asap.


Ever frustrated by riding a bike just not shaped well for you? Ever tempted to try and build your own frame, but not sure where to start? This is the class for you!
In this class, students will learn how to build their own bicycle frame from steel tubes, using lugged construction. They will learn about bicycle geometry and handling, and what configurations are typically applied to what kind of riding applications. They will learn the basics of fitting a bicycle frame to a rider, and how to set up a bicycle frame jig.
You will come out of the class with an unpainted steel roadbike frame set up for fast city riding, commuting, or touring, It will accept caliper brakes and 28.6mm threadless headset. Extras (handlebars, seat, pedals, and wheels) are totally up to you!

Class Goals:
Students will leave the class having built their own bicycle frame, fitted specifically for them (or for the person of their choice) from steel tubing. Students will learn about fabricating structures made of thin wall tubing, and about brazing techniques.
(Outside the scope of this class, but highly recommended:  build up your bike. paint your name on the side. ride it around. impress your friends.)

No previous experience required. 

This is a week long workshop taking place Monday, January 6th through Friday, January 10th from 4-10pm.
Students will need to attend each night of class, from 4-10pm, Monday through Friday.

Class fee is $450. Does not include materials.

Materials are provided, for a materials fee of $250.  Students may customize their build with a selection of dropouts and braze ons.

Instructor Biography:

Paul Carson is an engineer by training and metalworking enthusiast.  After years of making bicycle powered sculptures, a recumbent trike, gas powered bumper cars and other contraptions, he designed his own bicycle building process using the fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer.


If you want to sign up or have any questions about the workshops please email: 

Programs Director, Jenny Welsh 
(215) 870-1081

All of our instructors are available to answer more specific questions before & after signing up for workshops. Email Jenny and she will get you in contact with them. 

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