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Welding Sculptures

Welding Sculptures

Regular price $1,098.00
Regular price $1,220.00 Sale price $1,098.00
GST included where applicable.
Early fee ends on 9 Sep 2024

On Campus
12 Oct - 30 Nov 2024 (Sat)
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: Term 4 2024

Start Date: 12 October 2024

End Date: 30 November 2024

Day: Saturday

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Number of classes: 8

Discipline: Sculpture

Lecturer: Jim Croke

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

Jim Croke has been making and exhibiting sculpture for over 40 years. He has held numerous solo exhibitions with May Space and has participated in many group shows. Some years after graduating from the National Art School, Jim undertook postgraduate study at the University of Sydney and UNSW. He has been teaching at the National Art School for 25 years and was Head of Sculpture for seven 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 footwear 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