As of Monday, March 23, all classes will be taught remotely through the end of the semester. Read the full update. Summer 2020 online classes are now available for registration. We will be adding more regularly, so keep checking for updates. It is our hope to have the entire Summer 2020 class schedule available for registration in early to mid April.

Student Work in Progress in the Metal Shop

Metalshop 1


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Collins G1

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Metalshop 1 is a comprehensive introduction to steel fabrication techniques and processes. It includes various welding processes, such as the venerable oxy-fuel process, the lost art of “stick” welding, and an emphasis on MIG welding, better known as the “hot glue gun for steel” (just point and shoot!). The more precision oriented TIG welding process is also covered for when deep penetration and an unobtrusive weld bead are required or for those situations when non-ferrous metals need to be welded. Various mechanical processes are also covered for cutting, bending and perforating steel as well as traditional black-smithing and modern forge fabrication techniques for exercising total control over shaping the material. Students are also expected to explore sculptural expression and/or the elegant resolution of design issues with the execution of the required final project. Safety and professional shop practice are emphasized.

This class has ended.

Reid Drum is Studio Manager for sculpture at MassArt, where he earned his MFA. He also holds a BFA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.