Category Archives: Workshops

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!

 

*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 

Weekend Recap


Diana on the MIG

This weekend was great…we had a full house with 2 workshops on Saturday AND everyone dropping off work for the upcoming show, Process Show: MIXED MEDIA. More info on the show coming soon…or stop by this Friday for the opening!

Katie and James on the grinders

Instructor Bevan Weissman and Katie with the cutting tourch
James, Burhan, Katie and Diana with the finished sculpture!
Instructor Gustavo Actis and Assistant Instructor Brynn Miller discussing making greensand molds

Pouring aluminum into the ingot mold
Molly prepping the gallery

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

Special Workshop – BYO Bicycle Frame Class 4/1-4/5

Announcing a special workshop with Paul Carson! 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, April 1st through Friday, April 5th 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.

February Workshop Schedule

PSG Instructor Bevan Weissman working on a piece for Sphere’s on Fire

TIG Welding *NEW*
This workshop is designed to introduce students to the basic process of TIG welding. No previous experience necessary.

Sunday, Feb 10th, 12-2pm – $50
Sunday, Feb 17th, 12-2pm – $50
Sunday, Feb 24th, 12-2pm – $50

Alginate Molds *NEW*
In this workshop students will learn how to use alginate, a moldmaking material that allows you to easily cast from life. Students will be making alginate molds of their hands and casting the finished pieces in plaster. No previous experience necessary.

Saturday, Feb 16th 12-3pm – $75


Sphere’s on Fire *NEW*
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.

Sat Feb 23rd, 10am-5pm – $125

Animal Sculpture at the Zoo *NEW*
This workshop will take place at the Philadelphia Zoo, in one of the small mammal and/or reptile houses. Students will sculpt animals from life. No previous experience necessary.

Sunday, Feb 24th 11am-3pm – $50 (plus $14 Zoo admission)

Aluminum Casting

Aluminum Casting
This workshop will show students the basics of making Greensand molds and casting in aluminum. No previous experience necessary.

Saturday, Feb 16th, 10am-5pm – $75

Oxy-Acetylene Welding
This workshop is designed to introduce students to the basic process of gas welding. No previous experience necessary. 

Sunday, Feb 17th, 11-1 pm – $50
Sunday, Feb 17th, 2-4pm – $50
Sunday, Feb 24th, 11am-1pm – $50
Sunday, Feb 24th, 2-4pm – $50

Interested in signing up for a class, or have questions? Email Programs Manager Jenny Welsh at PSGJennyWelsh@gmail.com.

Friday Giveaway! Aluminum Casting Workshop!!!

Happy Friday everyone! We’ve all been busy here getting ready for the first weekend of January workshops (Aluminum Casting and Oxy-Acetylene Welding)… Interested? We are giving away 1 spot in our 1/19 Aluminum Casting Workshop! It’s a great way to get  you back into the swing of art making after the craziness of the holidays.  

For a chance to win, please visit our Facebook page, “Like” us,  and leave a comment on the giveaway post. For an extra chance to win, share the post! A winner will be chosen at random on Monday 1/14! Good luck!

THIS WEEKEND: Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Aluminum Casting Workshops!

Oxy-Acetylene Welding at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

We still have some spaces in our January workshops, with the first batch coming up this weekend, so if you are interested please contact us ASAP!

The Aluminum Casting Workshop is a 7 hour workshop where you will learn how to make a simple 2 part Greensand mold of a pattern and then how to cast the piece in aluminum. Each participant does the entire process from start to finish and will have a finished piece to take home with them at the end of class. No prior experience is necessary.

Aluminum Casting Workshops

Saturday, January 12  *8 Spaces Left!*
10am – 5pm,  $50 per person 
Saturday, January 19  *1 Space Left!*

10am – 5pm,  $50 per person
Saturday, January 26  
10am – 5pm,  $75 per person

The Oxy-Acetylene Welding workshop is a 2 hour course that will teach the basics of gas welding. Each participant will have a chance to weld and because of the small class size, one on one time with the instructor. No prior experience necessary.

Oxy-Acetylene Welding
3 Person Workshops, $40/person

January 12              January 13

9am – 11am (FULL)  9am – 11am (2 Spots)
12pm – 2pm(2 Spots) 12pm – 2pm

4pm – 6pm                  4pm – 6pm    
January 19              January 20
9am – 11am              9am – 11am (1 Spot)

12pm – 2pm             12pm – 3pm (FULL)
4pm – 6pm               4pm – 6pm (2 Spots)

January 26              January 27

9am – 11am               9am – 11am
12pm – 2pm(2 Spots)12pm – 2pm

4pm – 6pm (2 Spots) 4pm – 6pm(2 Spots)

To sign up or if you have any questions, email Programs Manager Jenny Welsh at PSGJennyWelsh@gmail.com

Thank you so much!

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Table at Coldhearted II

Wow! You know it was a good event when it takes over a week to write about it. A huge thanks to everyone who made Coldhearted II and our very first workshop so successful. Our amazing vendors and Food Trucks, everyone who helped us spread the word and set up the space, everyone who came out on Friday and Saturday and especially Team PSG, who went above and beyond for this event. Also thanks to everyone at Hive 76 who participated in the workshop. Check out their post about it here: Hive76 Aluminum Casting

And for more photos, check out the Coldhearted II photo album on our Facebook Page. 

Coldhearted II

Lil Dan’s Food Truck on their way in!

Beautiful work by Geoffrey Thompson

Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream…so delicious!

Greensand molds at our Aluminum Casting Workshop.

Elizabeth Heller pours aluminum

A beautiful piece by Elizabeth Heller

Aluminum Casting Worskshop is filling up fast!

Woah! Our aluminum casting workshop is filling up fast! We only have 3 spots left for the December 8th workshop…thanks so much to everyone who has signed up already! If interested in signing up, check out the photos and info below!

 
We are offering a hands on aluminum casting workshop where participants will learn how to make greensand molds and cast small pieces in aluminum. No previous experience needed.
Date: Saturday, December 8th, 10am-5pm
Cost: $50 per person (Includes materials) 
The workshop is limited to only 10 people so if interested be sure to sign up soon! 
Questions? Want to register? Email Programs Manager Jenny Welsh at PSGJennyWelsh@gmail.com

Aluminum Casting Workshop

We are offering a hands on aluminum casting workshop where participants will learn how to make greensand molds and cast small pieces in aluminum. No previous experience needed.
Date: Saturday, December 8th, 10am-5pm
Cost: $50 per person (Includes materials)  
The workshop is limited to only 10 people so if interested be sure to sign up soon! 
Questions? Want to register? Email Programs Manager Jenny Welsh at PSGJennyWelsh@gmail.com