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Welding Sculptures

Welding Sculptures

Regular price $1,035.00
Regular price $1,150.00 Sale price $1,035.00
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Early fee ends on 11 Dec 2023

On Campus
15-19 Jan 2024 (Mon - Fri)
9:30am - 4:30pm

Learn everything there is to know about welded steel sculpture, and the safe use of oxy acetylene, arc and MIG welding techniques. With demonstrations of joining, cutting, shaping, grinding and bending steel to produce successful sculptures.
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Course Details

Course Program: Summer School Week 2 2024

Start Date: 15 January 2024

End Date: 19 January 2024

Day: Monday - Friday

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Number of classes: 5

Discipline: Sculpture

Lecturer: Paul Hopmeier

Age: 16 years and over

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Location: National Art School

Course Overview

Learn everything there is to know about welded steel sculpture in a technical, historic and aesthetic sense. Paul Hopmeier instructs you in the safe use of oxy acetylene, arc (manual metal arc) and MIG (metal inert gas) welding techniques, and demonstrates complex methods for joining, cutting, shaping, grinding and bending steel to produce successful sculptures.

*Short courses are open to students of ages 16 years and over. For students under 16 years of age there are School Holiday Workshops, Art Club and other youth art programs.

Lecturer Profile

Paul Hopmeier has been exhibiting since 1977; he has taught sculpture for over 30 years in many art colleges and has experience and knowledge in all aspects of sculpture. After training as a stonemason, Paul expanded his art-making to encompass bronze casting, timber, steel, stainless steel and aluminium construction. After graduating in Australia he did a year’s postgraduate study at the New York Studio School. He has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America studying sculpture from all ages and cultures. He has been represented by Defiance Gallery, Sydney, for 17 years.

Art Materials

Mild steel (no galvanised or stainless steel)

Bring an assortment of pieces of mild steel for making your sculptures. Mild steel is the most common metal around us and is the kind that rusts easily if left exposed to the weather. You will be working with mild steel only and need to bring in an assortment of pieces with you. The sculpture department has a small supply of mild steel for demonstration.

You can find off-cuts and refuse from the engineering, manufacturing and building industries. It is available from smaller scrap metal yards, industrial bins (with permission) and rural properties. Machine or car parts containing grease or plastic and heavily painted pieces give off toxic fumes when burnt so are best avoided.

Other materials

  • A4 sketchbook or visual diary and drawing media such as pencils/pens
  • 2 x P2 grade disposable dust masks, purchased from hardware stores
  • Box of disposable gloves
  • Riggers Gloves are compulsory


  • Footwear: Boots or solid covered shoes
  • Shirt and pants, covering skin from neck down (apart from hands) and made of non-flammable material.

Students must purchase their own gloves for this course due to Covid-19 Health Regulations. They are between $10-15 a pair and can be found at hardwarde stores. Here is a link to Bunnings range of gloves, or Weld Guard Premium Welding Gauntlet, $16.00 from BOC.

The Sculpture Department will provide basic personal protection such as earplugs or muffs, helmets and face guards which will be sanitised before and after use. Your lecturer will discuss the specific Work Health & Safety (WHS) obligations of welding in the first class.


    Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers:

    Phone: +61 2 9247 9979


    Parkers Fine Art Supplies Website 

    In line with NAS Covid Safety Guidelines, all students and visitors must be fully vaccinated or have a medical contraindication form completed by a health professional.

    Protective clothing and covered footwear essential