The University of the arts

Metal Sculpture - Fabrication + Welding
The University of the Arts

ADSN 1619N 01 Metal Sculpture - Fabrication + Welding

ADSN 1619N 01

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Paige Miller



Spring 2019

  • (Jan. 31 to Apr. 11)
  • Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 0.00 Credits
  • 0.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $430 / Fees: $75
Appropriate for the beginning or advanced student, this course focuses on developing or improving metal fabrication techniques through practice for your sculptural and/or functional pieces. You are encouraged to bring ideas to the class, which could be sketches, moquettes or even 3D CAD drawings. Techniques covered include: MIG, TIG and oxyacetylene welding; plasma cutting, hot + cold bending and forming; drilling + grinding; and patinas. You will get demonstrations on all these techniques adn encouraged to explore a number of them in depth while creating your own work.

Note: The meeting dates of this course have been updated since the publication of the brochure.

Course Overview

Techniques covered include oxyacetylene cutting + welding; MIG + TIG welding, as well as plasma cutting, re-sistance spot welding, hot & cold bending, drilling + grinding techniques. You will get demonstrations on all of these techniques and be encouraged to explore a number of them in greater depth while creating your own work.

What will you learn in this course?

At the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of fabrication in steel. You will have time to work in class toward the completion of your own metal sculptures & constructions and practice the techniques demonstrated.

What topics will be covered?

Safety discussion

Materials + Sheet metal/Bar/ tube/ pipe/ angle iron

Equipment including: horizontal band saw, chop saw, MIG welder, Angle grinder, TIG welding, bending jigs, Hossfeld bendes, gas forge, plasma cutting, oxyacetylene torch, Jump shear

Techniques including: fabrication, Cold/ hot bending bar stock techniques, cold fastening techniqes, and metal finishing


You can purchase steel and other basic fabrication consumables through the university’s departmental resale program. You should come to the first class prepared to work. This studio requires you to wear hard sole boots and long cotton pants (blue jeans), and either cotton or wool shirts to work in the shop. Synthetic fabrics should be avoided.