Sculptural Welding: Volumetric Fabrication
September 26 - October 2, 2021
In this class, you will create a small, three-dimensional steel sculpture and learn the basics of sculptural welding. This process includes the creation of a prototype sculpture built from corrugated cardboard. That sculpture is then recreated in steel. Each student will take part in template making, torch cutting, shaping and welding steel. Hands will get dirty, brows will become sweaty, but in the end, wonderful art will be created.
The three main goals of this class are to: 1.) Become proficient in creating (hollow) volumetric forms—in other words, take a planar (flat) material and transform it into a three-dimensional object, 2.) Gain a better understanding of scale, structure, mass, plane, void and contour, and 3.) Demonstrate a high degree of craftsmanship.
All levels are encouraged, but it should be noted that a lot of material will be covered in a short amount of time, and there is an inherent physicality to this process. You must be comfortable learning how to use a MIG welder, plasma cutter and angle grinder. Synthetic clothing or synthetic shoes are not allowed in this class. You must provide your own well-fitting leather WORK gloves, a roll of duct tape, a sketch book, sharpies and pencils.
Nathan Hatch, a Door County native, is the son of two local artists. He was encouraged to pursue artistic endeavors of all kinds but gravitated towards sculpture in his late teen years. Nathan went on to study sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned a bachelor of fine art degree in 2005. He then went on to earn a master of fine art degree in sculpture from the University of Kentucky in 2011. At both universities, he was heavily immersed in traditional practices such as casting, fabrication, woodworking and mixed-media assemblage. Nathan has taught a variety of art courses at the University of Kentucky, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Examples of his public work can be found across Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, Madison, West Bend, Wittenberg, Stevens Point, Fish Creek and Green Bay. Current gallery representation includes Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek, Wisconsin and Abel Contemporary in Paoli, Wisconsin. He is proud to have his work in public and private collections across the country. Nathan maintains a studio in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife Jessica and daughter Elayna.
Nathan will contact students prior to class.
Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $50 for metal
Shop Fee: $20
Pricing (per person):
$1120 Dorm Room Package*
$1220 Two-Person Room Package*
$1835 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$625 Commuter Package** (limited availability)
*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals **package includes tuition & 5 meals