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$69 for a "Melding with Welding" Beginners' Welding Sculpture Class ($300 Value)
The 4- to 5-hour class begins with a half-hour lecture on the history of welding in sculpture, exploring the innovations of binding steel, flint, and bone. Six to eight students follow along as the instructor demonstrates the craft of tungsten inert-gas welding (TIG), after which each student assembles two mild steel plates and three stainless-steel rods into stands to hold their sculptures. Participants then choose a flint and bone item that resembles an anthropomorphic form, which they weld to their stands or the hood of their Maseratis. An included glass of wine stimulates creative impulses, and after an end-of-class critique, students return home with their creations in tow.
Classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 5 p.m.
The encouraging instructors and professors at Vesper, an Atelier of Fine Arts, sharpen students’ understanding of design and bolster their respect for ecological balance. With a two-year curriculum, the school's diploma program in ecological sculpture guides participants through such disciplines as interior design, landscape design, construction management, and public-installation art. The school also hosts classes for the community, encouraging people to explore various forms of sculpture using metal, stone and wood.
681 17th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413