Youth Classes

Summer Camps 2017 - Registration Open Now!
Summer is a great time for kids and teens to explore fire arts! Class sizes are small to ensure plenty of attention and are taught by experienced CAFAC instructors. Classes fill quickly so sign up today!

Notes for all youth camps:
Please wear long pants and sleeves, made out of natural fibers. Leather shoes are best and head covering (a scarf or cotton cap) is recommended. Also bring a lunch and beverage each day (preferably one that doesn't require refrigeration). All other materials and safety equipment are provided.

Attendance on the first day of the camp is mandatory as important safety information is presented.

Also, please see bottom of page for required emergency info/waiver form.

Tuition assistance is available! Find an application here.


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 18.

Instructors: Brad Buxton began his blacksmith/metalwork journey in 2009, taking classes through the Guild of Metalsmiths, North House Folk School and with nationally recognized blacksmiths. 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 blacksmith 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.

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.

SUMMER CAMP 2017
Choose from the following:

Monday - Thursday, 6/19 - 6/22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $240 ($200 tuition + $40 materials)
FULL

Monday - Thursday, 7/10 - 7/13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $240 ($200 tuition + $40 materials)

Monday - Thursday, 8/21 - 8/24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $240 ($200 tuition + $40 materials)

(see bottom of page for required emergency info/waiver form)


Flamework Immersion: Make Glass Beads!
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 13 to 18.

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. Mary Ila is fascinated by the cross-cultural relevance of beads woven throughout world history and sees them as meditative objects both in creation and in function. She is primarily self-taught but has studied with Kristina Logan at the Corning Museum of Glass and Malcolm Potek at Potek Glass. She exhibits at regional art shows including the St Anthony Park Art Fair, Millstream Art Fair, LoLa Art Crawl and the Powderhorn Art Fair where she received the 2013 Community Showcase Best in Show Award.

SUMMER CAMP 2017
Monday - Thursday, 8/14 - 8/17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $235 ($200 tuition + $35 materials)

(see bottom of page for required emergency info/waiver form)


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

SUMMER CAMP 2017
Monday - Thursday, 7/31 - 8/3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $240 ($200 tuition + $40 materials)

(see bottom of page for required emergency info/waiver form)


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 13 to 18.

Instructor: Heather Doyle

SUMMER CAMP 2017
Monday - Thursday, 6/26 - 6/29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $250 ($200 tuition + $50 materials)

(see bottom of page for required emergency info/waiver form)


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 metalcasting! Open to ages 13 to 18.

Instructors: 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!

SUMMER CAMP 2017
Choose from the following:

Monday - Thursday, 6/26 - 6/29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $260 ($200 tuition + $60 materials)

Monday - Thursday, 7/31 - 8/3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $260 ($200 tuition + $60 materials)

(see bottom of page for required emergency info/waiver form)


Two ways to register:
1. Online: Download and complete the contact/emergency information and liability waiver portions of our registration form and submit to us via email or mail. Then pay via the Buy Now button above.

2. Mail/Email: Download and complete the contact/emergency information and liability waiver portions of our registration form, including your payment information. Submit to us via email or mail.


Please see the fine print for our refund policy. We understand that youth schedules, especially in the summer, can be challenging to coordinate. Because we'll run our camps run with a low student-to-teacher ratio, sometimes one cancellation can mean we don't end up with enough kids to run a camp, so we really appreciate if you double-check schedules before registering.