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Welding Sculptures

Welding Sculptures

Regular price $1,098.00
Regular price $1,220.00 Sale price $1,098.00
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On Campus
8-12 Jul 2024 (Mon - Fri)
9:30am - 4:30pm

Learn fundamental welding skills and complete small-scale welded steel sculptures. Discover how to use arc and MIG welders and oxyacetylene to cut, shape, bend and grind steel, and use surface treatments suited to steel sculptures.

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Course Details

Course Program: Winter School 2024

Start Date: 8 July 2024

End Date: 12 July 2024

Day: Monday - Friday

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Number of classes: 5

Discipline: Sculpture

Lecturer: Paul Hopmeier

Age: 18 years and over

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Location: National Art School

Course Overview

In this course you will learn fundamental welding skills and complete small-scale welded steel sculptures. Paul Hopmeier demonstrates techniques using arc and MIG welders and oxyacetylene to cut, shape and bend steel, as well as ways to grind steel and use surface treatments suited to steel. He discusses the aesthetics of form and space and introduces students to sculptors who have made significant contributions to the field.

Note: course fee is higher due to safety considerations and limited student numbers.

*Welding Sculptures is suitable for students aged 18 years and over.

Lecturer Profile

Paul Hopmeier has been exhibiting since 1977; he has taught sculpture for over 40 years in many art colleges and has experience and knowledge in all aspects of sculpture. Originally trained as a stonemason, Paul developed skills in bronze casting, timber, steel, stainless steel and aluminium as a student at NAS. After graduating 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 28 years.

Art Materials

Mild 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 of 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.

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.

Enclosed shoes and protective clothing are essential.


    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