Workshops

Blacksmithing | Glass Blowing | Metal Fabrication
Painting | Screen Printing

About

SAW's workshops are taught by practicing artists dedicated to sharing their knowledge and craft. Our goal is to provide the necessary training and support for students to work safely on their own while building their technical abilities, honing their ideas, and expanding their understanding of contemporary art practices through interacting with their instructors and artists in residence.

Each department offers beginner to intermediate level workshops open to anyone. Whether you have previous experience or not, you can sign up for any one workshop or a series of workshops to develop your skills. 

To accommodate students unique schedules and learning styles, we offer one on one instruction, weekend intensives, and weekly explorations. Weekend and weekly workshop includes a three hour complimentary studio rental so students can work on their projects outside class hours. Additional studio time is available for an additional fee. 


Discounts

10% off for SAW Alumni and Volunteers!

SAVE 15% when you sign up for 2 or more workshops
SAVE 20% when you sign up for 4 or more workshops


Weekend Workshops

Beginner

Participants learn safety procedures, fundamental skills, and can work on assigned projects or begin to explore their own projects

Workshop Options
Blacksmithing
Glass Blowing
Metal Fabrication
Silkscreen printing

Schedule
Sat. & Sun. | 06/02-06/03 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 06/09-06/10 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 08/04-08/05 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 08/11-08/12 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 10/06-10/07 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 10/13-10/14 | 10-5pm | 2-day

Intermediate

Participants understand safety procedures, and develop their basic skills in areas of interest to pursue their own projects

Workshop Options
Blacksmithing
Glass Blowing
Metal Fabrication


Schedule
Sat. & Sun. | 06/30-07/01 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 07/07-07/08 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 09/01-09/02 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 09/08-09/09 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 11/03-11/04 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 11/10-11/11 | 10-5pm | 2-day


Weekend Workshop Costs

$200 ea.

$340 for any 2 Workshops with 15 % discount
$510 for any 3 Workshops with 15 % discount
$640 for any 4 Workshops with 20 % discount


Weekly Workshops

Thursdays

Beginner weekly workshops provide participants 14 and up an opportunity to explore the medium over time, focusing on skills the first four weeks and move on to pursue a project of their own creation the last four weeks

Schedule
Thursdays, 2-5pm, 8 Sessions
6/28-8/23, no class 7/26

Workshop Options
Ceramics

Wednesdays

Beginner weekly workshops provide participants 14 and up an opportunity to explore the medium over time, focusing on skills the first four weeks and move on to pursue a project of their own creation the last four weeks

Schedule
Wednesdays, 2-5pm, 8 Sessions
6/27-8/22, no class 7/25

Workshop Options
Metal Casting


Weekly Workshop Costs

$400 ea.
$680 for two workshops with 15 % discount


Weekend and Weekly Workshops
include a complimentary 3 hour studio rental


Monitored Shop Time

Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am to 3pm

by appointment only

$30 per 4-hour session

 


NEW WORKSHOPS


METAL CASTING

SAND MOLD MAKING
with PAIGE HENRY

Sat & Sun | 06/30-07/01 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat& Sun | 09/08 and 09/09 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat & Sun | 09/15-09/16 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Level | 14 and up
Instructor: Paige Henry
Cost | $250

Participants will bring patterns to make multi-part and/or wax melt-out sand molds. Opportunities for first time mold making available as well as more advanced mold making with a project proposal. Molding will take place over the two days until the completion of the molds.

ALUMINUM METAL CASTING
with PAIGE HENRY

Sat & Sun | 06/09-06/10 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat & Sun | 07/07-07/08 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat & Sun | 08/11-08/12 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Level | 14 and up
Instructor: Paige Henry
Cost | $250

Participants will utilize Direct Carving Methods and two-part sand molding techniques to make molds on Day one and will pour their molds in Aluminum on Day two. The castings will be opened from the molds, sprues/vents cut off, and the castings reviewed on the second day.
 


Molds made in the sand molding workshop will be completed at the next available iron our.
Scheduled iron pour dates are Wednesday July 4th and Saturday September 23rd.


BLADESMITHING

HUNTING KNIFE
with JORDAN LAMOTHE

Fri-Sun | 10/12-10/14 | 10-5pm | 3-day
Level | 14 and up
Instructor | Jordan LaMothe
Cost | $350

coming soon...

BLACKSMITHING KNIFE
with JORDAN LAMOTHE

Sat-Sun | 09/8-09/9 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Level | 14 and up
Instructor | Jordan LaMothe
Cost | $250

coming soon...

 


WRITING

STAY AT SAW
10% off every day after 5

Indoor room or Art House
$75 per night

Camping and meals
$45 per night
 

FICTION WRITING RETREAT
with CIARAN COOPER

Sat-Sun | 10/06-10/07 | 2-day
Level | Advanced
Instructors | Ciaran Cooper
Cost | TBA

coming soon...


INTERCOLLEGIATE


WOOD-FIRED KILN BUILDING
with JORDAN BECKER

Thur-Sun | 09/20-09-23  | 4-day
Level | Intermediate to Advanced
Instructor | TBA
Cost | TBA

coming soon...

ADVANCED GLASS BLOWING
TBA

Thur-Sun | 09/20-09-23 | 4-day
Level | Intermediate to Advanced
Instructor | TBA
Cost | TBA

coming soon...


PAINTING

ENCAUSTIC PAINTING
with SAM RATHBUN

Sat. & Sun. | 10/06-10/07 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Sat. & Sun. | 11/03-11/04 | 10-5pm | 2-day
Level | 14 and up
Instructor | Sam Rathbun
Cost | TBA

coming soon...

WATERCOLOR PAINTING
with TONY CONNER

OIL PAINTING MENTORSHIP
with HARRY ORLYK

May-June | 1 hour a week | 8-weeks
August-September| 1 hour a week | 8-weeks
Instructor | Harry Orlyk
Cost | $500

coming soon...

OIL PAINTING
with MATT CHINIAN

coming soon...


blacksmithing

SAW CURRICULUM

Blacksmithing

The Blacksmithing shop is outfitted to support 6 people working in the shop at a time. Beginner through advanced students will be accommodated with tools, tongs, hammers, and propane and coal forges during workshops and studio rentals. 

Our upcoming workshops in Blacksmithing can be found here.

Skill Level & Development

+ Level I: Little to no experience

  • Shop protocols: Safety, nomenclature, metallurgy, basic white work, temperature control and fire lighting techniques.
  • Techniques: Hammer control, drawing out, flattening, pointing, curling, simple twist, bending, shouldering punching, riveting, and cutting
  • Projects: Hooks

+ Level II: Beginner with level I experience or equivalent

  • Shop protocols: Safety, nomenclature, metallurgy, basic white work, temperature control and fire lighting techniques.
  • Techniques: Hammer control, drawing out, flattening, pointing, curling, simple twist, bending, shouldering punching, riveting, and cutting
  • Projects: Hooks, candle holder, bottle opener, pot holder, etc

+ Level III: Advanced beginner with level II experience or equivalent

  • Shop protocols: Safety, nomenclature, metallurgy, basic white work, temperature control and fire lighting techniques.
  • Techniques: Hammer control, drawing out, flattening, pointing, curling, simple twist, bending, shouldering punching, riveting, cutting, drifting, grinding, heading, upsetting, collaring, and basic heat treatment
  • Projects: Joinery and collaring; Decorative elements; twists, leaves, architectural, Tools; custom tools for blacksmithing, wood work, cooking etc. Twists; simple, 4-in-1, ladder, vine, rope, pineapple, reverse (back & forth); Cooking tools; tripod, bi-pod, grate, trammel cool, trammel hook, s hook; Hinges; 1/2 barrel, 2/3 to 1/3 split, driven loop and pin, split and loop; and wood working tools, etc

+ Level IV: Intermediate with level II experience or equivalent

  • Shop protocols: Safety, nomenclature, metallurgy, basic white work, temperature control and fire lighting techniques.
  • Techniques: Hammer control, drawing out, flattening, pointing, curling, simple twist, bending, shouldering punching, riveting, cutting, drifting, grinding, heading, upsetting, collaring, wraps, chasing, raising, and basic heat treatment
  • Projects: Joinery and collaring; Decorative elements; twists, leaves, architectural, Tools; custom tools for blacksmithing, wood work, cooking etc. Twists; simple, 4-in-1, ladder, vine, rope, pineapple, reverse (back & forth); Cooking tools; tripod, bi-pod, grate, trammel cool, trammel hook, s hook; Hinges; 1/2 barrel, 2/3 to 1/3 split, driven loop and pin, split and loop; and wood working tools, etc
glass

GLASS Blowing

The glass shop is outfitted with two work stations for glass working. Beginner through advanced students will be accommodated with hand tools, furnace, kiln, and reheating equipment during workshops and studio rentals. 

Our upcoming workshops in Glass can be found here.

Skill Level & Development

+ Level I: Little to no experience

  • Shop protocols: Safety, tool and equipment use, maintenance, and shop etiquette
  • Techniques: Solid forming: gathering, pipe handling, turning, marvering, use of hand tools; Color applications: use of powdered glass and frit color
  • Projects: Paper weight, flower, basic sculptural forms

+ Level II: Beginner with level I experience or equivalent

  • Shop protocols: Safety, tool and equipment use, maintenance, and shop etiquette
  • Techniques: Solid forming: gathering, pipe handling, turning, marvering, use of hand tools; Bubble/vessel forming: blowing, pipe handling, stretching, opening, puntying and transferring, team work, and use of hand tools; Color applications: use of powdered glass and frit color
  • Projects: Small vases, cups, and/or sculptural forms with basic

+ Level III: Advanced beginner with level II experience or equivalent

  • Shop protocols: Safety, tool and equipment use, maintenance, and shop etiquette
  • Techniques: Solid forming: gathering, pipe handling, turning, marvering, use of hand tools; Solid forming: gathering, pipe handling, turning, marvering, use of hand tools; Bubble/vessel forming: blowing, pipe handling, stretching, opening, puntying and transferring, team work, and use of hand tools; Combining basic solid and hollow forms and incorporating basic bit work; Color applications: use of powdered glass and frit color, hot color application, overlays, and cane application
  • Projects: Variety of vases, cups, bowls, plates, and/or more complex sculptural forms

+ Level IV: Intermediate with level II experience or equivalent

  • Shop protocols: Safety, tool and equipment use, maintenance, and shop etiquette
  • Techniques: Solid forming: gathering, pipe handling, turning, marvering, use of hand tools; Solid forming: gathering, pipe handling, turning, marvering, use of hand tools; Bubble/vessel forming: blowing, pipe handling, stretching, opening, puntying and transferring, team work, and use of hand tools; Combining advanced solid and hollow forms, and incorporating advanced bit work; Color applications: Use of powdered glass and frit color, hot color application, overlays, and cane application, making cane and murrine, other color and form development
  • Projects: Advanced solid and hollow forms, combined solid and hollow forms, and advanced color application
metal

Welding & Metal Fabrication

The welding bay is outfitted to support 6 people working in the shop at any time. Beginner through advanced students will be accommodated with hand tools, cutting, heating, bending, finishing equipment, and gas, MIG, TIG, and Arc welders during workshops and studio rentals. Below is SAWs welding curriculum and schedule.

Our upcoming workshops in Welding and Metal Fabrication can be found here.

Skill Level & Development

+ Level I: Little to no experience

  • Shop protocols: Safety, tool and equipment use, time management, and shop etiquette
  • Techniques: Oxyacetylene torch; Cutting, bending, heating with oxyacetylene torch; Welding; Oxyacetylene gas welding and MIG welding; and Plasma cutter
  • Projects: Steel projects only: E.g. garden sculpture, wall art, etc

+ Level II: Beginner with level I experience or equivalent

  • Shop protocols: Setting of tanks, draining lines, cleaning tips, identifying and sorting metals, cleaning tools and equipment, adjusting equipment settings
  • Techniques: Oxyacetylene torch; Cutting, bending, heating with oxyacetylene torch; Welding; Oxyacetylene gas welding and MIG welding; and Plasma cutter
  • Projects: Steel projects only ; E.g. garden sculpture, wall art, mobile, sign, etc

+ Level III: Advanced beginner with level II experience or equivalent

  • Shop protocols: Setting of tanks, draining lines, cleaning tips, identifying and sorting metals, cleaning tools and equipment, adjusting equipment settings
  • Techniques: Oxyacetylene torch; Cutting, bending, heating with oxyacetylene torch; Welding; Oxyacetylene gas , MIG, and stick welding; and Plasma cutter
  • Projects: Steel and other kinds of metal projects; E.g. garden sculpture, wall art, mobile, sign, etc

+ Level IV: Intermediate with level II experience or equivalent

  • Shop protocols: Keeping track of and adjusting inventory, trouble shooting, swapping out parts, preventative maintenance, repairs, sourcing and choosing materials, project management
  • Techniques: Oxyacetylene torch; Cutting, bending, heating with oxyacetylene torch; Welding; Oxyacetylene gas , MIG, stick, TIG welding, silver soldering, stainless steel welding, and braising; and Plasma cutter
  • Projects: Steel and other kinds of metal projects; E.g. garden sculpture, wall art, mobile, sign, etc
painting

Painting

Oil Painting Mentorship with Harry Orlyk

This painting mentorship is an opportunity for intermediate level painters, to work one-on-one with Harry Orlyk over 8 weeks meeting once a week for about an hour. Participants should be self-motivated and eager to exchange dialog on a regular basis. Those interested should contact the SAW office.

Our upcoming workshops in Painting can be found here.

screen

Screen Printing

Adventures in Screen Printing

Participants with little to no experience will be introduced to creating stencils, using the dark room, and printing techniques. Techniques covered include; Stencil techniques; rendering art for screen printing, creating multiple layered images, overview inkjet printer transparencies and settings; Darkroom procedures; coating screens with emulsion, transferring stencils into a print ready screen, recycling emulsion; and Printing techniques; preparing screens, registration for single multiple colors, mixing inks, squeegees, safely heat curing commercial fabric inks (plastisol), ink cleanup, paper printing on backboards, printing on fabric using SAW’s commercial print shop.

Students will create bold, graphic images based on their own sketches or images they bring to class. Students are encouraged to bring along several images and items to print on. Usable materials include heavyweight paper, cotton shirts, canvas rag, and linen. No fuzzy material or nylon.

Our upcoming workshops in Screen Printing can be found here.