Welding: Current Classes

Please note: Attendance at the first session of any welding class is required, as important safety information is presented. If you can't attend the first session, we ask that you sign up for a future class when you can. Thank you for understanding.

Please bring safety glasses and head covering (hat, scarf) to class. Wear long pants and long sleeves made of natural fibers, and work boots or shoes. You may bring your own leather welding/work gloves or use ours. Open to ages 18 and up.


Our instructors:
Heather Doyle has studied welding and metalsmithing from an artist's perspective for more than a decade. She continues to explore the mediums of heat and metal through her business, INDUSTRYelle, designing metal sculpture and creating custom fabrication on a commission basis. Heather taught Sculptural Welding and Blacksmithing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College for seven years and served on the Minneapolis Arts Commission for four years. She is one of the founding board members of CAFAC and now serves as its Artistic Director.

Roger Karlson has an MS in Design from the University of Minnesota. He has been teaching for the last 15 years, assisting students in the creative design process to resolve clients' needs. Roger's exploration of sculptural welding began several years ago, and as an instructor, he finds inspiration in observing the unique way others create objects and resolve problems as they acquire new skills. Roger is completing his Ph.D. in Design at the U of M.


Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture
This beginning class will focus on applying oxy-acetylene welding techniques to the fabrication of a sculptural project. Oxy-fuel cutting, welding and brazing processes will be covered. Learn the limitations and benefits of these processes through the design and fabrication of your own work of art. Discover scrap metal! Methods for identifying metals, surface preparation for scrap welding, along with aesthetic and protective surface treatments for finishing pieces will be covered. Additionally, we will touch on the history of art welding so that students develop an understanding of the art form’s past as well as the tools to inspire its future.

Instructor: Heather Doyle (Wednesdays) and Roger Karlson (Saturdays)

Choose from the following sessions:

FALL 2017 QUARTER
10 weeks: Wednesdays, 10/4 - 12/13 (no class 11/22), 2 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $370 ($300 tuition + $70 materials)

10 weeks: Wednesdays, 10/4 - 12/13 (no class 11/22), 6 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $370 ($300 tuition + $70 materials)
FULL

8 weeks: Saturdays, 9/30 - 11/18, 9 a.m. to noon (first 2 weeks); 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (remaining 6 weeks)
Fee: $370 ($300 tuition + $70 materials)


OAW Reheater
The Reheater program is for students who've completed a class but would like to repeat it in order to continue building skills or complete projects. You'll work independently but have access to the instructor when s/he isn't working with new students. For safety reasons, you need to have your instructor's approval, so please discuss it with him/her before you sign up. Reheater spots are limited to two per class. However, we'll keep a waiting list so that we can add Reheater spots if they're not all taken by new students.

Choose from the following sessions:

FALL 2017 QUARTER
10 weeks: Wednesdays, 10/4 - 12/13 (no class 11/22), 2 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $295 ($225 tuition + $70 materials)

10 weeks: Wednesdays, 10/4 - 12/13 (no class 11/22), 6 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $295 ($225 tuition + $70 materials)
FULL

8 weeks: Saturdays, 9/30 - 11/18, 9 a.m. to noon (first 2 weeks); 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (remaining 6 weeks)
Fee: $295 ($225 tuition + $70 materials)


Advanced Fabrication Techniques: MIG and Plasma
If you've completed an oxy-acetylene sculpture class with us and are looking to refine your fabrication skills, this advanced class gives you the opportunity to build a functional piece using new techniques and tools. You'll be introduced to MIG welding and hand plasma cutting to complete your piece and you'll learn fixture fabrication to ensure your finished project is plumb, level, and square. With these new equipment options and techniques you can easily replicate quality projects with speed and efficiency.

Instructor: Denise “Seven” Bailey has over decade of experience in welding and metal fabrication. As creative as she is precise, she has fabricated everything from custom art installations to high-volume shop orders to top-secret projects for NASA. She has held the roles of Production Manager and Production Planner, showing that she’s just as proficient without a torch in hand. Seven is the Senior Welding Instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology, where she has had the opportunity to develop a successful new curriculum for the program and is mentoring new instructors in its implementation. This past year Seven has also added Certified Welding Inspector to her hefty belt.

SUMMER 2017 QUARTER
8 weeks: 7/18 - 9/5, 6 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $320 ($240 tuition + $80 materials)


Advanced Fabrication Reheater
Also known as Electric Welding Club, registration in this class is limited to students who have completed Advanced Fabrication Techniques with Heather Doyle or Roger Karlson. Instructor permission required. Limited to four spots per session.

Instructor: Roger Karlson (Saturdays)

Choose from the following sessions:

FALL 2017 QUARTER
8 weeks: Saturdays, 9/30 - 11/18, 9 a.m. to noon (first 2 weeks); 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (remaining 6 weeks)
Fee: $325 ($225 tuition + $100 materials)