Early Fee

Welding Sculptures

$1,035.00 $935.00

22 Jul 19 -14 Sep 19, Saturdays 10:00am – 4:00pm
Jim Croke

Learn to safely weld in oxy acetylene, arc (manual metal arc) and MIG (metal inert gas) techniques. Jim will demonstrate complex methods for joining, cutting, shaping, grinding and bending steel to produce successful sculptures. Find full details including course overview, teacher profile and materials list below. 

Early fee ends 9 Jun 19

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Full Details

Term: Term 3 2019
Start Date: 20 July 2019
End Date: 14 September 2019
Time: Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Number of classes: 8
Teacher: Jim Croke

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full fee: $1035.00
Early Fee: $935.00
Concession Fee: $985.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

* Term Three Saturday classes will not be held on Saturday 7 September due to NAS Open Day

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Learn everything there is to know about welded steel sculpture in a technical, historic and aesthetic sense. Jim Croke instructs you in the safe use of oxy acetylene, arc (manual metal arc) and MIG (metal inert gas) welding techniques, and demonstrates complex methods for joining, cutting, shaping, grinding and bending steel to produce successful sculptures.

teacher profile

Jim Croke has been making and exhibiting sculpture for over 40 years. He has held numerous solo exhibitions with MAY SPACE and has participated in numerous group shows. Some years after graduating from the National Art School, Jim undertook postgraduate study at Sydney University and UNSW. He has been teaching at NAS for 25 years and was Head of Sculpture for seven years.

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

materials list

Basic materials

A4 sketchbook or visual diary
Drawing media such as pencils/pens
Two P2 grade disposable dust masks, purchased from a hardware store and marked with your name.

Mild steel (no galvanised or stainless steel)

Mild steel is the most common metal around us, the kind that rusts easily if left exposed to the weather. You will be working with mild steel only and need to bring in an assortment of pieces for making your sculptures. The Sculpture Department has a small supply of mild steel, but only for demonstration purposes, so you need to bring your own. You can find off-cuts and refuse from the engineering, manufacturing and building industries. It is also available from smaller scrap metal yards, industrial bins (with permission) and rural properties. Avoid machine or car parts that contain grease or plastic or are heavily painted, as they give off toxic fumes when burnt.

Additional personal protection

The Sculpture Department will provide basic personal protection such as earplugs/muffs, face shields and helmets. However, we recommend you supply your own personal protective equipment (PPE), i.e. safety glasses, hearing protection and rigger’s gloves. In the first class Paul will discuss the work health and safety (WHS) obligations of welding.

Covered footwear and protective clothing ESSENTIAL

You must wear covered footwear. Sturdy leather or steel-capped shoes will best protect your feet. Protective clothing, such as a heavy cotton drill long sleeve shirt and cotton drill long pants, is also important. Avoid light, flammable and synthetic materials.


Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.

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