Current Classes: Youth

Summer 2018 Youth Camps open in February
CAFAC is the place for kids to fulfill their creative aspirations using heat, spark, and flame! Below are the camps that we offered in Summer 2017. Keep an eye here for occasional school year and school break camps, as well as for Summer 2018 classes, which we'll post in the last week of February 2018.

Notes for all classes
Wear shop clothes to class: long sleeves and long pants made of natural fibers and closed-toe shoes (no sandals please). Also bring a lunch and beverage each day (preferably one that doesn’t require refrigeration). It can get hot in the shop, but we'll take frequent breaks outside or in the air-conditioned gallery.

Attendance at the first class session is required, as important safety information will be presented.

Please complete the required emergency contact and waiver form and return to us prior to the start of class.

Tuition Assistance Scholarships
CAFAC is committed to making our classes accessible to anyone with an interest and are pleased to provide income-based assistance to students. Our scholarship program is funded by sales from our gallery, which features original works of art and CAFAC merchandise.

You can find a scholarship application here. Return completed applications and supporting documentation to or mail to/drop off at 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407.

Blacksmithing Basics
Shape iron with fire and hammer! Ignite your passion for blacksmithing as you learn shop safety and gain basic knowledge of the dynamics of forging by making some cool (hot!) stuff. This is your opportunity to join us for a hands-on workshop on blacksmithing. You’ll make a variety of small items, but in this introductory class we will not be teaching bladesmithing or swordsmithing, which are advanced techniques.

Open to ages 13 to 17.

Instructors: Brad Buxton (winter break) began his blacksmith/metalwork journey in 2009. He works out of his shop, Acme Project Shop, making metal sculpture, bottle openers, campfire cooking tools and other utilitarian pieces. He teaches copper chasing/repousse and blacksmithing classes to adults and high school students. His philosophy for teaching blacksmith classes is to focus on five basic processes: drawing and tapering, slitting and punching, bending, twisting, and upsetting.

Carla Hall (spring break) is a professional metalworker and educator. She has been designing and building decorative metalwork for over 20 years, with a focus on utilitarian forged steel. She has a deep investment in education, spending the last 17 years in the Bay Area running youth education programs at The Crucible, a non-profit industrial art school. She now considers Minneapolis home, continuing her work as a metal artist in her
North Minneapolis based studio and is excited to be a part of Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center.

Wed - Fri, 1/3 - 1/5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $180

Mon - Thu, 4/2 - 4/5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $240

After you register, please complete your emergency info/waiver form and return to us.

Hot Glass, Cool Beads: Italian Soft Glass Immersion
Flameworking (also known as torchworking or lampworking) is the art of creating decorative beads of glass using a dual-fuel torch. In this camp you'll work with a torch and Italian soft glass, as you create a series of beads in different shapes, sizes, and colors. We'll cover how to use flameworking tools and equipment and follow safety protocol. Then, through plenty of hands-on practice, you'll learn basic glass manipulation, shaping techniques and surface decoration. The class will culminate in a "10-Bead Challenge"!

Open to ages 12 to 17.

Instructor: Mary Ila Duntemann creates art glass beads inspired by the colors, textures and patterns that surround her in the natural and human-made landscape. She captures these influences in molten glass, working each unique piece by hand using traditional methods. She exhibits at regional art shows including the St Anthony Park Art Fair, Grand Marais Arts Festival and the Powderhorn Art Fair.

Mon - Thu, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $235
After you register, please complete your emergency info/waiver form and return to us.

Metal Arts Sampler
What are metal arts? This class will introduce you to the fiery forms of artwork that are created with metal, heat, and flame! You'll observe as our plasma cutter cuts a sheet of metal into shapes you design and give blacksmithing a try, swinging a hammer to form metal that's been heated in a forge. Pick pieces out from our metal scrap bin and learn how they can be welded or brazed together. From there, you'll create a kinetic mobile with the pieces and scraps you've collected, designed to balance and spin as it hangs.

Open to ages 8 to 12.

Instructor: 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 is one of the founding board members of CAFAC and now serves as its Artistic Director.

Mon - Thu, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $240
After you register, please complete your emergency info/waiver form and return to us.

Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture
Discover scrap metal and learn to make sculptural projects from it using oxy-acetylene welding and metal fabrication techniques. This beginning-level camp will cover cutting, welding and brazing processes using an oxy-acetylene torch. Learn the limitations and benefits of these processes through the design and fabrication of your own work of art! Methods for identifying metals, surface preparation for scrap welding, along with aesthetic and protective surface treatments for finishing pieces will also be covered.

Open to ages 12 to 17.

Mon - Thu, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $250
After you register, please complete your emergency info/waiver form and return to us.

Sculptural Metal Casting Fundamentals
Have you ever wondered what happens when you heat metal until it looks like lava? Discover the amazing world of cast metal sculpture in this beginner's course! In this class we will learn shop safety and pour metal each day, creating one of a kind pieces from four different molding and pouring techniques. We will work with both molten aluminum and bronze. You can expect to experiment with modern and traditional methods while gaining experience in the ancient art of metal casting!

Open to ages 13 to 17.

Instructor: Jess Bergman Tank has degrees in both Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Minnesota. She has been instructing and experimenting with the metalcasting process for several years. Jess delights in sharing the love of casting with others and growing the casting community through instruction here at CAFAC and using her bicycle transported traveling foundry called Pedal to the Metal!

Mon - Thu, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $260
After you register, please complete your emergency info/waiver form and return to us.

Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture for Homeschoolers
Registration for this class is limited to homeschool students participating in a customized group offering. Please don't register for this class unless you're a member of this group.

8 Wednesdays, 10/11 - 12/6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no class 11/22)
Fee: $220

After you register, please complete your emergency info/waiver form and return to us.

Two Ways to Register
Register and pay online using the "Register" buttons listed above. Once you've completed online registration, download our emergency contact info/waiver form, complete it (provide the name but skip the registration and payment info), and email to


Register and pay by fully completing our registration form, including the emergency contact/waiver portion, and email or mail to us.