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Welding Sculptures

Simon Hodgson
  • Term: Term One 2018
  • Start Date: 17 Feb 2018
  • End Date: 14 Apr 2018
  • Time: Saturdays 10am–4pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Simon Hodgson
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Learn fundamental welding skills and complete small-scale welded steel sculptures. Simon Hodgson 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.

Simon Hodgson

Simon Hodgson is a contemporary artist whose steel sculptures use line to explore ideas about the way we inhabit space in both a physical and imaginative way. He has exhibited in major sculpture awards, including Sculpture by the Sea, Sculpture in the Vineyards and Sculpture at Sawmillers, and his awards include the Cowra Regional Art Gallery (CRAG) Exhibition Award and the Robin Gibson Gallery New Talent Prize. Simon is a regular exhibitor with the Robin Gibson Gallery, participating in solo and group shows. He completed a BFA Honours (Sculpture) at the National Art School, where he works as a lecturer within the Sculpture Department.

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 (no galvanized steel or stainless 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, we recommend that you supply your own PPE - safety glasses, hearing protection and riggers gloves. Your lecturer will discuss the specific Work Health & Safety (WHS) obligations of welding in the first class.

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 heavy cotton drill long sleeve shirt and cotton drill long pants. Avoid light, flammable and synthetic materials.