The course is intended to enable individuals to construct projects through various welding, joining and manipulation processes (ARC, MIG, weld preparation, hot shaping, forgework, hot wrapping, thread tapping, riveting, drill work, torch bending and abrasion).
You will gain experience of these processes and may utilise them in a final piece of work. The option exists to concentrate primarily on technique throughout the course, creating a series of samples. Alternatively, you may concentrate on a single piece, using taught techniques as necessary, and following discussion with the tutor as to suitability.
If you wish, you may bring ideas with you as maquettes or sketches, but this is not essential. Ideas will inevitably develop in relation to available time, practicality and process.
Tools are provided for the course, and advice can be given by the tutor if you wish to purchase tools following the course. It is not necessary to buy tools for the course other than the items listed below.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Andrew, an experienced artist, craftsman and tutor, has a BA (Hons) from West Surrey College of Art and Design and an MA from the Royal College of Art. He has a large portfolio of architectural and public art commissions, from sculpture to functional metalwork. Andrew has substantial teaching experience at University level and has been teaching metalwork at West Dean College since 1987.
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