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The Insider’s Guide to New Classes: Forging Edition

Forging

So you’ve been dying to hit stuff with hammers, wanting to learn new things, and as a added bonus, you’d like to end up with some items that would be awesome holiday gifts, huh? And now you’ve found the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, where we have forges and hammers and anvils (oh my!) and some classes to teach you how to use these things. Now which of these classes to take to get the most bang for your buck…

Looking to make a small handmade gift quickly? Then our Forging I class would be a great fit. In this 2 hour class you will learn how to make a steel hook. It’s perfect for beginners and you walk out with something you can hang your hat on.

More interested in badass bling? Then the Bracelet Workshop is for you. In this 3 hour class you will learn how to make a steel bracelet. Nothing says love like making something for someone with a hammer and some fire. Great for beginners but also works for more experienced blacksmiths who want to get a little fancy.

Got beer? Then the Bottle Opener Workshop is what you’re looking for. In this 3 hour class you will make a steel bottle opener. We make sure to test them before class is over so you can be assured that it will work next time you need a cold one. This class works for beginners and more experienced blacksmiths.

Already know what you’re doing but not ready to forge it on your own? Then look no further than Forging II, a 6 hour intensive, where the basics are revisited but students are encouraged to kick it up a notch and make their own projects. An instructor will be there to help with questions and projects.

Instructor? You don’t need no stinking Instructor!  Just want some time and a place to mke stuff on your own? Well then come down for a Day Pass any Saturday from 11am-9pm where for $35 you can have access to the space for the day, and for $5/hour you can have access to the forge. Just make sure you’ve had a safety training first!

Don’t want any part of making, but know someone who would? That’s ok. We have gift certificates in any amount. Contact us at 215-901-1933 or by email at philadelphiasculpturegym@gmail.com to order one!

 

September…Back to Sculpture

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For me, September always comes the distinct feeling of preparing for something. “Back to School” was one of my favorite times of year…I LOVED picking out school supplies and getting everything ready for what might come my way that year. As adults, typically our jobs don’t correlate with this feeling (well, some jobs…shoutout to all the teachers) and each Fall is the same as its ever been.  As an artist I’m “lucky” in that I get to create my own schedule but I still get busy and forget to allow time for learning new things. This Fall, I’ve decided to make learning new things that will supplement my studio practice a priority. Hellooo workshops…. I want to create a few things that are a bit outside of my comfort zone…I mean, we’re artists, right? Outside of most people’s comfort zones is where we thrive. Anyway, my feeling is established artist or brand new maker, we all should be continually learning and growing. With a resurgence of the “maker” and an amazing number of community based shops popping up, new classes are getting easier and easier to find. I’m really proud to be a part of that. There is nothing like seeing someone’s face after they torch cut steel for the first time and hearing the “Woah, that was AWESOME!” that follows. Forgive my being crass, but this is exciting shit we do! And we ALL still have room to learn something…be it related to what we do, or something entirely new. At PSG I’m working on making more classes available. We just rolled out a few new jewelry classes, a blanket mold class and still have some new classes coming soon, in addition to our classics, like Welding 101 and Aluminum Casting. Want to learn something here? Check out our classes and workshops. We update classes monthly so keep checking back. We do everything from Welding to Taxidermy Dreamcatchers (a special workshop with Beth Beverly…this Sunday!) and as we grow, we’ll continue to add more.  Want to teach something here? I’d love to see a proposal (feel free to submit one via Submittable HERE). Either way, here’s to September…Back to Sculpture.

xo Darla

Image from the PSG Pin Up Calendar, by J. Kyle Keener. Model: Jennifer Ferrell

BYO Bicycle Frame Class is BACK!

Special Workshop – BYO Bicycle Frame Class

Finally, Paul Carson is back with his Bicycle Frame Class!  There is a limited amount of space available (only 5 people!) so please email Programs Manager Jenny Welsh at PSGJennyWelsh@gmail.com to sign up asap.
 BYO (Build Your Own) BICYCLE FRAME CLASS
Description:
Ever frustrated by riding a bike just not shaped well for you? Ever tempted to try and build your own frame, but not sure where to start? This is the class for you!
In this class, students will learn how to build their own bicycle frame from steel tubes, using lugged construction. They will learn about bicycle geometry and handling, and what configurations are typically applied to what kind of riding applications. They will learn the basics of fitting a bicycle frame to a rider, and how to set up a bicycle frame jig.
You will come out of the class with an unpainted steel roadbike frame set up for fast city riding, commuting, or touring, It will accept caliper brakes and 28.6mm threadless headset. Extras (handlebars, seat, pedals, and wheels) are totally up to you!
Class Goals:
Students will leave the class having built their own bicycle frame, fitted specifically for them (or for the person of their choice) from steel tubing. Students will learn about fabricating structures made of thin wall tubing, and about brazing techniques.
(Outside the scope of this class, but highly recommended:  build up your bike. paint your name on the side. ride it around. impress your friends.)
Prerequisites:
No previous experience required. 
Dates/Times:
This is a week long workshop taking place Monday, January 6th through Friday, January 10th from 4-10pm.
Students will need to attend each night of class, from 4-10pm, Monday through Friday.
Costs:
Class fee is $450. Does not include materials.
Materials:
Materials are provided, for a materials fee of $250.  Students may customize their build with a selection of dropouts and braze ons.
Instructor Biography:

Paul Carson is an engineer by training and metalworking enthusiast.  After years of making bicycle powered sculptures, a recumbent trike, gas powered bumper cars and other contraptions, he designed his own bicycle building process using the fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer.

*Workshops* September/October

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Welding 101
Instructor: Rea Walsh
Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12
Price: $325.00 (includes materials)
Details: This 4 week class covers Oxygen-Acetylene welding and cutting, MIG, TIG, Plasma Cutter, and various grinding and metal finishing techniques.  Students will learn all the processes and have the opportunity to create a small scale sculpture or functional craft. No previous experience necessary.



















Welding 101
Instructor: Laura Conklin
Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm
9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15 
Price: $325.00 (includes materials) 
Details: This 4 week class covers Oxygen-Acetylene welding and cutting, MIG, TIG, Plasma Cutter, and various grinding and metal finishing techniques.  Students will learn all the processes and have the opportunity to create a small scale sculpture or functional craft.  No previous experience necessary.
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Blanket Molds 101
Instructor: Darla Jackson
Thursdays 6:30-9:30
10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24
Price: $150.00 + $35.00 materials fee due upon first class
Details: This four week long class is an introduction to rubber blanket molds. Students will learn how to create a rubber blanket mold and plaster mother mold on a small sculptureNo previous experience necessary.

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Creative Brainstorming Techniques and Visual Problem Solving
Instructor: Kyle Keener
Saturday, September 21st
11:00-3:00pm
Price: $35.00
Details: For more than 30 years photographer / sculpture Kyle Keener has been a successful visual problem solver. Learn his techniques for creative idea generation to help bring your artistic vision to life.

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Photographing Your Art with Kyle Keener from KeenerVision
Instructor: Kyle Keener
Sunday, September 22st
3:00-7:00pm
Price: $60.00
Details:Once you have made your art it is important to market it with the help of great photographs. For decades Kyle Keener has been a leading photojournalist specializing in studio lighting techniques. Bring your camera and a piece of your art with you and learn to see and photograph it in it’s best possible light.



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Animal Sculpture with Darla Jackson
Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm
9/12, 9/19
Price: $100.00 (includes materials)

Students will sculpt a small animal from life using clay. No previous experience necessary.

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Printmaking & Stationary Design with Elizabeth McTear from SquidWhale Designs
Saturday, September 28th & Sunday, September 29th
1:00-3:00
Price: $35.00 for one day, $60.00 for both days
Details: Use simple carving tools to carve easy-cut linoleum blocks, creating your own stamps. Your original designs can be used to customize stationary or create art prints. In this class, you will learn to carve simple block stamps, and learn tips and tricks to print beautiful postcards and wrapping paper, which you can then use to correspond to loved ones, or gift to a friend.

One Day


Two Days

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We always offer One-On-One in the Weld and Metal Shop. 
$40.00 Per Hour
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Questions?  What to speak with the instructor of a class? Want to Sign up for a one-on-one? Want more info on the facility, membership options, space rentals, events, and/or take a tour? 

Contact Programs Manager Jenny Welsh 
Email: PSGJennyWelsh@gmail.com  
Phone: (215) 870-1081 

March/Early April Classes!

MARCH/EARLY APRIL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Sphere’s on Fire
  
This one-day intensive project-based workshop takes students through the races of creating a decorative spherical oil lamp. We will use the oxy-acetylene torch to cut designs into a hollow stainless steel sphere, and then embed an oil lamp inside to create a beautiful and functional art piece. No previous experience necessary.

Wed, March 27th, 6-9pm – $100 (+ $25 Materials Fee)


Animal Sculpture NEW

Students will sculpt a small animal from life using clay. No previous experience necessary.

Thursday, March 28th, 6-9pm – $50


Sculptural Metalworking Workshop NEW

This one-day intensive workshop is an introduction to metalworking and welding, and is
focused on creative exploration through steel. Students will learn MIG
welding, grinding & polishing, and other techniques while collaboratively creating a
sculptural work that will adorn PSG upon its completion. No prerequisites.

Saturday, March 30th, 10am-5pm – $125


Aluminum Casting

This one day workshop is an introduction to Aluminum Casting. Student will create 2 part greensand molds and cast pieces in aluminum. No previous experience necessary.

Sat, March 30th, 10am-5pm – $75

Build Your Own Bicycle Frame NEW

Students will leave the class having built their own bicycle frame, fitted specifically for them (or for the person of their choice) from steel tubing. Students will learn about fabricating structures made of thin wall tubing, and about brazing techniques.

Monday, April 1st through Friday April 5th, 4pm-10pm – $450 (+ $250 Materials Fee)



Oxy-Acetylene Welding

This one-on-one workshop is designed to introduce students to the basic process of gas welding. No previous experience necessary.

$30 for 1 hour long One-on-One Session by appointment


Contact Programs Manager Jenny Welsh with any questions or to sign up