Workshops

Blacksmithing | Glass | Metal Fabrication
Painting | Screen Printing


About

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 weeknight beginner workshop schedule. Weekend Intensives meet 6 hours in the morning and afternoon for two days, while Weekly Explorations meet Friday evening for 3 hours over 6 consecutive weeks. Students will develop level I and II skills in either track.  We currently do not offer Weekly Explorations for Intermediate students. If you are an intermediate level student and are interested in an alternative schedule, please contact the SAW office for availability.

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.


Weekend Intensive

SAW offers beginner and intermediate Blacksmithing, Glass Blowing, and Metal Fabrication June thru September. Beginner workshops are offered the 2nd weekend of the month, and Intermediate workshops are offered the 4th weekend. We also offer beginner Screen Printing and Projects in Blacksmithing beyond the beginner and intermediate roster. Details described in the SAW workshop calendar.

Participants who sign up for multiple workshops receive a discount, 15% off two or more workshops or 20% off four or more workshops.

+ Schedule

Beginner Weekend Intensive

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:30 to 4pm, June 10 and 11, 2017

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:30 to 4pm, July 8 and 9, 2017

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:30 to 4pm, August 12 and 13, 2017

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:30 to 4pm, September 9 and 10, 2017

Intermediate Weekend Intensive

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:30 to 4pm, June 24 and 25, 2017

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:30 to 4pm, July 22 and 23, 2017

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:30 to 4pm, August 26 and 27, 2017

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:30 to 4pm, September 30 and October 1, 2017

+ Prices

Blacksmithing

  • Beginner/Intermediate Blacksmithing $200.00

  • Tools and Tongs $200.00

  • Hammer Making $150.00

  • Make a Box Forge and Burner $430.00

Glass Blowing

  • Beginner/Intermediate Glass Blowing $285.00

Metal Fabrication

  • Beginner/Intermediate Welding $200.00

Screen Printing

  • Beginner Screen Printing $170.00

+ Discounts

  • 10% off for volunteers, SAW supporters, or with promo code

  • 15% off 2 workshops

  • 20% off 4 or more workshops

Weekly Exploration

SAW offers beginner Blacksmithing, Glass Blowing, and Metal Fabrication for 6 consecutive weeks June thru July or September thru October. Workshops are scheduled on Friday evenings for three hours. We also offer an optional three hour monitored studio time on Wednesday evenings for an additional fee.  Details described in the SAW workshop calendar.

Participants receive one complimentary 3 hour monitored studio time, with additional time available for an additional fee. Participants who wish to schedule multiple studio time slots will receive a discounted rate of 10% for two or more sessions or 20% off four or more sessions.

Please note: We currently do not offer Weekly Explorations for Intermediate students. If you are an intermediate level student and are interested in an alternative schedule, please contact the SAW office for availability.

+ Schedule

Summer Explorations

  • Fridays 6 to 9pm, June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 2017

Fall Explorations

  • Fridays 6 to 9pm, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 2017

+ Prices

  • Blacksmithing $300.00
  • Glass Blowing $350.00
  • Welding $300.00

+ Discounts

  • 10 % off for volunteers, SAW supporters, or with promo code
  • 15 % off 2 or more studio slots
  • 20 % off 4 or more studio slots

Monitored Studio Rental

Each workshop includes one complimentary 3 hour monitored studio time to give participants an opportunity to practice. Additional monitored studio time is available for an additional fee.

Studio time includes use of equipment, hand tools, and scrap materials.

+ Schedule

Weekend Intensive Studio Time

  • Wednesday thru Sunday by appointment

Weekly Exploration Studio Time

Summer

  • Wednesdays 6 to 9pm, June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017

Fall

  • Wednesdays 6 to 9pm, September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2017

+ Prices

  • $75 per 3 hour monitored studio time slot

+ Discounts

  • 10% off for volunteers, SAW supporters, or with promo code
  • 15% off 2 workshops or 2 monitored studio time slots
  • 20% off 4 workshops or 2 monitored studio time slots
blacksmithing

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 Painting can be found here.