Blacksmithing and metalworking

Sculpting in metals with Mike Savage

Ref: SSS08948

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£853.00
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About this course

Make a three-dimensional object in metal and learn skills required, from developing the concept to finishing the surface. Begin with research sketches as you explore ideas and make a model. Then choose the appropriate metal - copper, steel or aluminium - and learn metalworking techniques as well as colouring and finishing.

Course Description

On this course you use metal to make a sculpture for the garden; use drawing as a research and design tool; make models/maquettes; understand and select the appropriate metals and develop creativity.

Techniques covered include spot welding, mig welding, cutting, drilling, riveting, forming, raising, colouring and finishing. Copper, steel and aluminium are used.

You will start by experimenting with the equipment and metal then, when you have gained confidence, you will develop and explore your own ideas and designs before going on to making.

There are group demonstrations of techniques given at appropriate points, and specific techniques are demonstrated to either smaller groups or individuals as appropriate. Individual tuition and advice is given throughout. There is a group review at the midway point and the conclusion of the project.

In the first session of the summer school the tutor presents an overview of the course and discusses many of the subjects and techniques covered and practiced in the week. There will be an introduction to the project, group discussion to find out the students' aspirations for the course and to look at samples and discuss possibilities of techniques and materials.

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your summer school week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

Special Summer School features:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A swap-over session to another course of your choice

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (pre-booked)

• A celebration with dinner, entertainment and music

• Workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews

Timetable

Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

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.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials

Included

  • Copper
  • Aluminium
  • Rivets
  • Steel sheet
  • Steel wire
  • Metal that is stocked by the College. Please note - this charge covers basic materials and if students use large amounts of metal they will be charged extra.
  • Leather aprons, work gloves, safety spectacles and ear defenders are provided in the Forge, and suitable protective clothing must be worn.
  • You may wish to bring any of the above, if you have them. If for example you have particularly large or small hands, your own work gloves are likely to be a better fit.

What students need to bring

  • Bring images, natural forms for inspiration. Also natural objects, such as seed pods, leaves, shells, fruit, etc which will be used as a starting point for the sculpture.
  • You will need clothing suitable for workshop use (please note that the Workshop can sometimes feel cool/cold so please bring warm clothing), together with steel toe capped boots.
  • Please note that cotton or wool clothing is preferable to nylon or other synthetics. A pair of cotton jeans is far more protective than a pair of nylon trousers.
  • For your safety it is mandatory to wear steel toe capped safety boots when undertaking a course in the Forge. Students must provide their own footwear and bring them with them to wear on the course. If you fail to bring suitable footwear, you will not be able to take part in the course.

Available to buy

  • Sketchbook
  • Drawing materials
  • Protective gloves

Please note: For your safety it is mandatory to wear steel toe capped safety boots when undertaking a course in the Forge. If you fail to bring suitable footwear, you will not be able to take part in the course. Safety boots can be purchased from most tool hire shops and builders merchants as well as online.

Tutors

Mike Savage

Mike Savage trained at Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art. His large-scale metal sculptures are commissioned by architects and exhibited internationally.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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