Workshops

Glassblowing | Welding | Blacksmithing

 

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SAW workshops are taught by artists dedicated to sharing their knowledge and craft. Sign up for any one workshop, or multiple workshops, to develop new skills in your area of interest. 

Each department outlines four levels of skill development specific to the medium in the descriptions below. Beginner workshops are taught to level I and II students. Intermediate workshops are taught to level III and IV students. Students who take all four levels will gain the necessary skills and confidence to work in SAW facilities independently.

To accommodate students unique schedules and learning styles, we offer both a weekend and a weekly beginner workshop schedule. Weekend Intensives meet 6 hours Saturday and Sunday, while Weekly Explorations meet from during the week for a 3 hour session. Students will develop level I and II skills in either track.  We currently offer Weekly Explorations by appointment only, please contact the SAW office for availabilit.

All of SAW workshops include one complimentary 3 hour monitored studio time slot to give participants an opportunity to practice and develop their skills. Additional monitored studio time slots are available for a modest fee. Students who utilize studio time will acquire and develop their skills more quickly.

Participants who sign up for multiple workshops receive a discount, 10% off two or more workshops or 15% off four or more workshops.


Monitored Studio Time

Each workshop includes one complimentary 4-hour monitored studio time to give participants an opportunity to practice. More studio time is available for an additional fee, rates vary per discipline.

Monitored studio time is available by appointment only.


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BLACKSMITHING

Blacksmithing workshops at Salem Art Works are designed to develop students’ skills in metal working and to encourage them to explore their individual interests in this diversified field of study. Building upon fundamental techniques, students progress to create work both functional and artistic, serving to increase an awareness of our tactile world and the work that goes into making it.

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.

Beginner Level I: Little to no experience

General shop protocol and safety issues will be introduced to begin this class. Students will learn fire starting and management of coal forge fires to achieve optimum working temperatures. Hammer and anvil use to perform the basic techniques of drawing out, tapering, hot cutting, upsetting, bending, and curling will be covered. Students will develop skills and confidence to work independently on basic blacksmithing projects suggested by individual instructors.

Beginner Level II: Beginner with level I experience or equivalent

Beginning with safety and shop protocol, students will review knowledge and skills learned in the Level I class. Building upon these skills, students will be introduced to basic metallurgy including hardening, tempering, and forge welding. Techniques of splitting, punching, and riveting will be taught to round out students’ basic skill sets. As students progress in ability and confidence, they will be encouraged to pursue individual projects and interests with the assistance of the instructor.

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

Building upon introductory classes or prior experience, students will explore more advanced techniques and projects which will allow them to work independently while enjoying the benefits of professional instruction. Individual instructors will suggest and assist with these more technical projects such as, but not limited to forge tongs, knives, and traditional hardware.

Intermediate Level IV: Intermediate with level II experience or equivalent

In this class, students will work on smithing projects developed and taught by professional blacksmiths. These projects will enhance and inform students’ abilities learned in previous classes or instruction, allowing them to further their interests and skills. This level class will provide students with instruction in specialized fields of blacksmithing dependent on personal preference.


GLASS BLOWING

Salem Art Works glass program is a reflection of glassmaking practice through history, including both traditional and contemporary achievements in the material. The glass studio challenges students, both technically and conceptually, to push the boundaries of glass making in the broader context of contemporary art. Students are encouraged to become innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers when approaching the material, and projects that involve other materials are encouraged and supported.

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.

Beginner Level I: Little to no experience

Students will go over glass studio safety, working as a team, glass studio etiquette, basic hand tool use, gathering, marvering, shaping, and basic color applications. Students will get their hands and heads into the material.

Beginner Level II: Beginner with level I experience or equivalent

Students will go over glass studio safety, working as a team, glass studio etiquette. Students will begin basic hollow formed vessels. Level II will cover gathering, blowing a bubble, stretching and blowing glass, puntis, and finishing vessels. We will build upon the color applications that were presented in the level I course.

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

Students will continue to build their base of knowledge from levels I and II. Students will be required to bring a sketchbook in order to facilitate making of their ideas. Complex vessels and shaping processes will be covered in addition to solid bit work. Hot color applications will be introduced in Level III. (i.e. overlays) and more advanced pattern work.

Intermediate Level IV: Intermediate with level II experience or equivalent

Students will be required to bring a sketchbook. We will move away from the basic vessel and pursue more sculptural endeavors, both hollow and solid. Students will work as a team to make their ideas come to fruition. We will build upon all previous glass experience, utilizing processes that were touched on in previous classes. Level IV will continue to explore more in depth hot color applications and more advanced techniques to achieve color combinations.


WELDING & METAL FABRICATION

Welding and Metal Fabrication workshops allow students to pursue artistic and functional projects (i.e making a big sign, sculpture, or working on your car). Whether you use these skills on their own, or combine with blacksmithing techniques, students will be able to heat, cut, bend, and weld different metals. Instructors will demonstrate techniques while discussing the use of equipment and tools in a creative context.

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.

Beginner Level I: Little to no experience

Beginners will learn safety, tool and equipment use, time management, and shop etiquette. Instructors will demonstration fundamental techniques using an Oxyacetylene torch to show cutting, bending and heating. Students will practice these techniques and then move onto using a MIG welder and Plasma cutter for efficiency. Students will use these techniques to make something they take home. Using scrap materials, students will explore composition and how to make what they take home practical for the space it is in.

Beginner Level II: Beginner with level I experience or equivalent

Students who return will cover the basics focusing on steel only. Instructors will respond to their previous experience, introducing shop protocols including setting of tanks, draining lines, cleaning tips, and cleaning tools and equipment. Students will make something using our Oxyacetylene torch, MIG welder, and Plasma cutter and learn how to problem solve.

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

Students will understand basic techniques and shop protocols, so they can learn how to identify and sort metals, adjust equipment settings, and incorporate Stick welding. Instructors will demonstrate the use of Oxyacetylene torch for Cutting, bending, heating with oxyacetylene torch, MIG welding, and Plasma cutter and then work with students to learn Stick Welding. Students will create something they can take home, incorporating several different types of metal.

Intermediate Level IV: Intermediate with level II experience or equivalent

Students are encouraged to share their goals for the class as there are many techniques which can be covered. Students should be confident with safety, basic techniques, and shop protocols. Instructors will discuss sourcing and choosing materials, project management, keeping track of and adjusting inventory, and trouble shooting equipment and tools such as swapping out parts, preventative maintenance, and basic repairs. Areas of focus may include using oxyacetylene torch for cutting, bending, heating, as well as, welding using Oxyacetylene gas, MIG, stick. More advanced techniques such as TIG welding, silver soldering, stainless steel welding, and braising must be requested in advance to prepare.


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