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Welding Sculptures

Paul Hopmeier
  • Term: Summer School Week Two 2018
  • Start Date: 15 Jan 2018
  • End Date: 19 Jan 2018
  • Time: Mon-Fri, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 5
  • Teacher: Paul Hopmeier
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

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.

Paul Hopmeier

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. After training as a stonemason, Paul expanded his art-making to encompass bronze casting, timber, steel, stainless steel and aluminium construction. After graduating in Australia he did a year’s postgraduate study at the New York Studio School. He has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America studying sculpture from all ages and cultures. He has been represented by Defiance Gallery, Sydney, for 17 years.

A4 sketchbook or visual diary and drawing media such as pencils/pens

2 x P2 grade disposable dust masks, purchased from hardware stores

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.

Additional personal protection

The Sculpture Department will provide basic personal protection such as earplugs or muffs, face shields, helmets etc. However, it is good if you can supply your own face shield (mask). Your lecturer will discuss the specific Work Health & Safety (WHS) obligations of welding in the first class.

Gloves, Weld Guard Premium Welding Gauntlet, $16.00 from BOC

Face Shields

Weld Guard Auto Charge welding helmet $110.00 or 3M Speedglas 100S Black welding helmet $269

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 old long sleeve shirt and long pants are ideal. Avoid light, flammable and synthetic materials.