Workshops

 

Blacksmithing | Glass | Metal Fabrication
Painting | Screen Printing

About

SAW's workshops 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. Workshops are taught by practicing artists dedicated to sharing their knowledge and craft. To accommodate students unique schedules and learning styles, we offer both weekend and weekday workshops.

Weekend workshops meet for 6 hours per day one to three consecutive days. Weekly workshops meet for 3 hours once a week during weekdays for 8 consecutive weeks. Students who utilize studio time will acquire and develop their skills more quickly through practice. Each workshop includes one complimentary 4 hour monitored studio time slot. More time is available for an additional fee.

See below for details about beginner to intermediate weekend curriculum, weekly exploration classes, and other workshops available throughout the season!


Weekend Workshops

The weekend workshop sequence is designed to empower students to eventually work independently in SAW's facilities. Your workshop fee includes 12 hours of instruction plus a complimentary 4 hour monitored studio rental with each workshop to achieve this goal. We recommend taking at least two beginner workshops before moving on to an intermediate level workshop. Each workshop in the series, is designed to build on skills you gained from previous workshops.

Participants who sign up for 2 workshops in the series, will get 10% off the total cost, while students who sign up for 4 workshops in the series will get 15% off the total cost.

BEGINNER

Participants learn safety procedures and fundamental skills through live demonstrations and hands on activities. At the end of each workshop, students are encouraged to begin exploring their ideas and projects.

Dates:
Sat-Sun, 06/02-06/03, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 06/09-06/10, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 08/04-08/05, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 08/11-08/12, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 10/06-10/07, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 10/13-10/14, 10-5pm, 2 days

Workshops & Cost:
Blacksmithing, $240
Glass Blowing, $285
Metal Fabrication, $240

Details:
Class size: 6
Level: Beginner and up

INTERMEDIATE

Participants must understand safety procedures and demonstrate the fundamental skills in beginner workshops. Students will learn specific techniques to design, problem solve, and execute their ideas and projects.

Dates:
Sat-Sun, 06/30-07/01, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 07/07-07/08, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 09/01-09/02, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 09/08-09/09, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 11/03-11/04, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 11/10-11/11, 10-5pm, 2 days

Workshops & Cost:
Blacksmithing, $240
Glass Blowing, $285
Metal Fabrication, $240

Details:
Class size: 6
Level: Intermediate and up


art 201 Weekly Workshops

Our new summer youth program, offers beginner level workshops open to participants 14 to 18 as well as parents and teachers. Students choose from Blacksmithing, Clay, Glass Blowing, Metal Casting, Metal Fabrication, and Silk Screen Printing scheduled during summer break; late June through mid August. Workshops meet once a week from 2-5pm on either Wednesday or Thursday for eight consecutive 3-hour sessions. 

Art 201 Weekly Workshops provide participants an opportunity to explore a medium over time, focusing on skills the first four weeks and moving on to pursue student's individual projects the last four weeks. Classes are limited to 3-6 people to increase the exchange of dialogue and techniques between instructor and students for rapid skill development. Studio time also allows for practice.

Students ages 14 to 18 qualify for a subsidized rate of $80. Parents and Teachers may also participate for the full workshop fee of $480.

For full details and our 2018 schedule for Art 201, click here.

 

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.

 

Other WEEKEND Workshops

 

BLADESMITHING

New bladesmith workshops will be instructed by SAW alumni, Jordan LaMothe.

Jordan LaMothe began pursuing his interest in blacksmithing at age 14, taking a class at Salem Art Works and then setting up his own forge in his parents’ barn. Now, Jordan is a full-time bladesmith, making a wide variety of knives, axes, and swords. In May 2017, Jordan became champion of History Channel’s bladesmithing competition: Forged in Fire, season 4, episode 7. Jordan is also a vocalist and a saxophonist, and holds a BA in music from Williams College in Massachusetts. He lives on a small farm in Hebron, NY, and hauls his family’s firewood with a team of oxen.

HUNTING KNIFE

Dates: Fri-Sun, 10/12-10/14, 10-5pm, 3 days
Cost: $350
Instructor: Jordan LaMothe
Class Size: 6
Level: Intermediate and up, students should be familiar with basic forging processes.

This is a fast-paced class that covers the fundamentals of making a high-quality, forged knife without the use of expensive grinding and heat treating equipment. Students will develop their hammer control and filing technique and learn about the metallurgy behind proper heat treatment, as they complete a hidden-tang, hunting knife with a hot-punched guard and a hardwood handle.

 

BLACKSMITHING KNIFE

Dates: Sat-Sun, 09/08-09/09, 10-5pm, 2 days
Cost: $250
Instructor: Jordan LaMothe
Class Size: 6
Level: Beginner and up


The term “Blacksmith knife” refers to a knife with a forged steel handle. Blacksmith knives are excellent, rugged tools for hunting, camping, hiking, and everyday carry. The class will cover blade forging, filing, heat treating, and polishing as students construct a blacksmith knife from start to finish. Some prior blacksmithing experience is recommended, but not imperative for this tricky piece of forge work. Each student will leave with a finished knife ready for his or her next outdoor adventure.

 

LEATHERWORK WALLET

Dates: Sat, 06/30, 10-5pm, 1 day
Cost: $100 plus $25 for materials
Instructor: Luke Claymon
Class size: 6
Level: Beginners and up

In this one day workshop, students will cut and sew a custom sized leather case for their favorite device. Students may choose an optional lanyard or belt loop to attach to their cases.

LEATHERWORK BAG OR PURSE

Dates: Sat-Sun, 09/15-09/16, 10-5pm, 2 days
Cost: $250 plus $50 more materials
Instructor: Luke Claymon
Class size: 6
Level: Beginners and up

In this two day workshop, students will cut and hand sew a leather bag with strap. Using paper patterns and 3 ounce leather, you will make a gusseted 7” X10” “possibles bag” with flap, suitable for carrying the small items you need to survive.

LEATHERWORK CUSTOM KNIFE SHEATH

Dates: Sat, 11/03, 10-5pm, 1 day
Cost: $100 plus $25 materials
Instructor: Luke Claymon
Class: 6
Level: Beginners and up

Bring your favorite knife and custom make a sheath to fit it in this one day class. Whether it’s a hunting knife or a folding knife, you will make a safe, secure sheath to carry it with you.

 

METAL CASTING

Students participating in the "Sand Mold Making" workshop should note that metal will be poured into their molds at the next available iron pour. Students may return to participate in the pour, or leave their work to retrieve after the pour is over. 

Scheduled iron pour dates are Wednesday July 4th and Saturday September 23rd.

ALUMINUM METAL CASTING

Dates:
Sat-Sun, 06/09-06/10, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 07/07-07/08, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 08/11-08/12, 10-5pm, 2 days
Cost: $250
Instructor: Paige Henry
Class size: up to 6
Level: Beginner and up

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.
 

SAND MOLD MAKING

Dates:
Sat-Sun, 06/30-07/01, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 09/08-09/09, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 09/15-09/16, 10-5pm, 2 days
Cost: $250
Instructor: Paige Henry
Class size: up to 6
Level: Beginner and up

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.

SILK-SCREEN PRINTING

Dates:
Sat-Sun, 06/02-06/03, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 08/11-08/12, 10-5pm, 2 days
Sat-Sun, 10/13-10/14, 10-5pm, 2 days
Cost: $200
Instructor: Sam Rathbun
Level: Beginners and up

Students will learn the "in's and out's" of silk screen printing to make custom printed goods on cloth and paper. Starting with either drawings, photographs, or digitally altered images, participants then transfer these designs onto a variety of surfaces using different techniques such as stencil, drawing with screen filler, and using light-sensitive emulsion in our dark room. Using a commercial printing press students can produce large, small and multi-layer prints. Students will create bold, graphic images based on their own text, 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.

 

WRITING

SAW offers two workshops in both poetry and fiction writing, which run simultaneously during this weekend writing intensive. Students are encouraged to attend both workshops of a series, and have the option to stay onsite or in nearby accommodations.

POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP

Dates:
Sat, 10/06, 10-11:30am, Workshop 1
Sat, 10/06, 7:30pm, Reading
Sun, 10/07, 1-4pm, Workshop 2
Cost: $100 plus $75/night onsite housing
Instructor: Christopher Salerno
Level: Intermediate and up

$75 per night for onsite housing includes meals.

Instructor Bio:

Christopher Salerno is the author of four books of poems and the editor of Saturnalia Books. His most recent collection is Sun & Urn, selected by Thomas Lux for the Georgia Poetry Prize and published by University of Georgia Press in early 2017. Previous books include ATM, (Georgetown Review Poetry Prize 2014), Minimum Heroic (Mississippi Review Poetry Prize 2010), and Whirligig (2006). He is a recipient of the Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize, the Prairie Schooner Glenna Luschei Award, and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship. His poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets series, Guernica, Gulf CoastFence, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. He is an Associate Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey where he teaches in the undergraduate and MFA writing programs.

Workshop One: Exploring New Modes in Contemporary Poetry (Saturday, 90 minutes)

In this workshop we will identify and practice writing in various contemporary poetic modes found across the spectrum of well-known poets publishing today. With an eye toward the free verse lyric and narrative poetries, this workshop will employ a range of close readings and exercises to help you generate poems that make the most of the moment and keep the reader engaged. By surveying the current landscape of poetry and its dominant styles, manners, and techniques, we will explore the ways various celebrated contemporary poems work on the page as well as how we can locate and distinguish our own work in the larger conversation of craft.

Workshop Two: (Sunday, 3 hours)

This workshop will provide an opportunity for students to generate and share several pages of their work, whether finished or in progress, and receive positive critical feedback from the group. We’ll use the elements discussed in Workshop One as the framework to address each student’s manuscript.

 

 

 

 

 

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

Dates:
Sat, 10/06, 10-11:30am, Workshop 1
Sat, 10/06, 7:30pm, Reading
Sun, 10/07, 1-4pm, Workshop 2
Cost: $100 plus $75/night onsite housing
Instructor: Ciaran Cooper
Level: Intermediate and up

$75 per night for onsite housing includes meals.

Instructor Bio:

Ciaran Cooper has a BA and MFA from Bennington College, Vermont.  He has received numerous awards for his fiction and poetry, including an Artist’s Fellowship Award for Fiction from the Illinois Arts Council, and a nomination for an O’Henry Prize. He has been an Associate Fiction Editor for The Chicago Review, the University of Chicago’s literary journal, and Senior Editor for CHEW, a series of chapbooks for emerging writers. Ciaran’s short stories and poetry have been published in nationally recognized literary journals. Several of his stories and poems have won national contests. He was a three-time writer-in-residence at Ragdale, an artist’s community outside Chicago. Most recently, Ciaran has been accepted as a writer-in-residence at Salem Art Works for their Salem-2-Salem artist exchange program in Salem, Germany. He is currently at work on a novel.

Workshop One: The Elements of Strong Storytelling (Saturday, 90 minutes)

What makes a great story? We'll address this through the analysis of how character, plot, and powerful language work together to support the narrative arc.

This workshop will employ a range of exercises and close readings to help you create vivid characters and develop strong emotional turning points for them while maximizing the impact of your words to draw your readers in and keep them engaged. We’ll focus on elements of scene, including point of view, character development, dialogue, sense of place, and story movement.

We'll look at writing samples from some of the best contemporary and classic fiction that illustrate the elements of strong storytelling in a range of structures, including short stories, micro-fiction, and novels.

This workshop is open to all levels of writer, whether you’re just starting out, have written a few stories but want to hone your craft, or have already published but want to develop some new approaches in a supportive environment.

Workshop Two: Story Development Roundtable (Sunday, 3 hours)

This workshop will provide an opportunity for students to share up to ten pages of their work, whether finished or in progress, and receive positive critical feedback from the group. We’ll use the elements discussed in Workshop One as the framework to address each student’s manuscript.
 

 

Blacksmithing Curriculum

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

Begining 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.