Early Fee

Welding Sculptures


ON CAMPUS: 16-20 January 2023, Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm. Early Fee ends 12 December 2022
Paul Hopmeier

This intensive course introduces students of all levels of experience to the practical, technical and creative requirements for making small-scale welded steel sculptures. Lisa introduces you to contemporary and modern artists whose practice explores the language of metal as a sculptural material and its relationship to line and form.

Full details below: course outline, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials

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Full Details

Program: Summer School 2023
Start Date: 16 January 2023
End Date: 20 January 2023
Day: Monday to Friday
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5

Lecturer: Paul Hopmeier
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $1150.00
Early Fee: $1035.00
Concession Fee: $1095.00
Location: National Art School

Note: the course fee is higher due to safety considerations and limited student numbers.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Outline

In this course you will learn fundamental welding skills and complete small-scale welded steel sculptures. Paul Hopmeier demonstrates techniques using arc and MIG welders and oxyacetylene to cut, shape and bend steel, as well as ways to grind steel and use surface treatments suited to steel. He discusses the aesthetics of form and space and introduces students to sculptors who have made significant contributions to the field.

Mild steel

Bring an assortment of pieces of mild steel for making your sculptures. Mild steel is the most common metal around us and is the kind that rusts easily of left exposed to the weather. You will be working with mild steel only and need to bring in an assortment of pieces with you. The sculpture department has a small supply of mild steel for demonstration.

You can find off-cuts and refuse from the engineering, manufacturing and building industries. It is available from smaller scrap metal yards, industrial bins (with permission) and rural properties. Machine or car parts containing grease or plastic and heavily painted pieces give off toxic fumes when burnt so are best avoided.

Lecturer Profile

Paul Hopmeier has been exhibiting since 1977. He has taught sculpture for over 30 years in many art colleges and has experience and knowledge in all aspects of sculpture. From his start as a stonemason he has developed expertise in many materials, including wood, bronze and metals. After graduating in Australia, he did a year’s postgraduate study at the New York Studio School. He has travelled extensively through Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, North America and Asia studying sculpture from all ages and cultures. He has been represented by Defiance Gallery, Sydney, for 20 years.

Note: course fee is higher due to safety considerations and limited student numbers.

art materials and personal protection

A4 sketchbook or visual diary and drawing media such as pencils/pens
2 x P2 grade disposable dust masks, purchased from hardware stores
Box of disposable gloves
Riggers Gloves are compulsory. Students must purchase their own gloves for this course due to Covid-19 Health Regulations. They are between $10-15 a pair and can be found at hardware stores. Here is a link to Bunnings range of gloves: https://www.bunnings.com.au/search/products?page=1&q=rigger%20gloves&sort=BoostOrder&pageSize=60 or Weld Guard Premium Welding Gauntlet, $16.00 from BOC.
The Sculpture Department will provide basic personal protection such as earplugs or muffs, helmets and face guards which will be sanitised before and after use. Your lecturer will discuss the specific Work Health & Safety (WHS) obligations of welding in the first class.

You must wear covered footwear. Sturdy leather or steel capped shoes will best protect your feet. Protective clothing such as old long sleeve shirt and long pants are ideal. Avoid light, flammable and synthetic materials.

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