Making Steel Art with the CNC Plasma Cutter – S0303

December 11, 2014

Posted In: Sculpture

Evan Blackstock & Lynn Richardson

DATES: June 15 – 26, 2015

SKILL LEVEL: Open to all

CONCEPT: Learn to use a CNC plasma cutter for steel and a laser cutter for paper and cardboard and discover ways of creating digital drawings, cutting shapes out of sheet materials, and assembly techniques. The first week covers the fundamentals of the steel shop, the second week students are guided through the creative process. The implementation of digital processes are introduced and emphasized. Week two focuses on applying new skills as students “put it all together” and pursue their own creative visions.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students use paper, cardboard models, steel sheet, bar, rod, and tubes. Students are encouraged to bring laptops with current design software. We learn through digital drawing, various welding techniques, demonstrations on CNC plasma cutting, and steel forming.

ACTIVITIES: We begin with a brief presentation on the history of welding and types, followed by classroom time to create digital files, participate in technical demonstrations and practice cutting, bending, rolling welding and finishing steel.

FACULTY: Evan Blackstock works at the University of Colorado. He teaches workshops on welding systems, machinery use and fabrication techniques. He serves as a consultant and fabricator for various projects within the art department and the Boulder community.

Lynn Richardson received her M.F.A. from the University of Texas. She has presented her sculpture in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and Asia. Lynn has received multiple grants and was awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation M.F.A. Grant.

Tuition: $1075 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1475
Studio Fee: $155

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