Explore the art of steel sculpture by combining manual and digital fabrication tools and techniques in this introductory workshop. We start by learning how to 3-D scan an object and use computer software to slice the objects into 2-D shapes that can be cut out of steel on a CNC plasma cutter. We then manipulate and weld those steel parts together to create a dynamic three-dimensional form. Faculty provides technical demonstrations and fabrication assistance, and guides participants through the creative process from ideation to the completion of a sculpture or installation.
Participants use a 3-D scanner and computer software to create and slice a digital model. We also learn how to operate a CNC plasma cutter to cut designs out of steel. We then learn how to MIG weld, form and assemble those steel pieces to create a finished sculpture.
Each of the first three days begins with technical demonstrations in the morning, followed by time in the afternoon for participants to get hands-on experience using the tools with one-on-one technical assistance from the faculty. The last two days are reserved for finishing and installing participants’ individual projects.
Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. She is currently an assistant professor of studio art and the Sculpture Program Coordinator at the University of North Texas in Denton. aliciaeggert.com