Blacksmithing for Teens

October 26 - October 27, 2024

Blacksmithing for Teens

$375.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $300
Material Fee: $75

Ages 13-17

Students will be introduced to basic blacksmithing techniques such as tapering, twisting, hot cutting, splitting, upsetting and bending through practical project work like hooks and BBQ/ grill tools. As they gain familiarity with the process we will introduce more sculptural projects including forged animal heads and skulls. Students will then be able to play with the processes and explore in their own directions.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
NOTE: Our Dining Hall is closed for the season so lunches are NOT included. 

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Ages 13-17, Youth

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Dan O’Sullivan

Dan O’Sullivan took a beginner blacksmithing class at Peters Valley in 1990. He has a BFA from Parsons School of Design. He attended the International College of French Wrought Ironwork in Muizon, France. He worked for many years with a high profile European Architectural Metalworking Company. He taught Blacksmithing at a two year trade school program in Ireland. Dan is now a Union Ironworker, Certified welding inspector and Educator, and pleased to be able to pass on some of what he has learned here at Peters Valley where he got his start.

 

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