Workshops/Discount Workshops

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We offer a variety of one-day workshops at Stonybrook Fine Arts. These workshops vary in length from 3 hrs to 8 hrs. The descriptions of our workshops are below. Please continue to scroll down to review our workshops after reading the following:

Frequently, we offer discounts for certain workshops through Groupon and Living Social. For questions or coupon issues, please email: workshops@stonybrookfinearts.com. 

Workshops are an exciting and engaging way to become involved in the handcrafting process. Each Workshop runs for the times posted and you MUST pre-register.  If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering, then please contact us at workshops@stonybrookfinearts.com. (Sometimes the discount codes do not work on our site. Please email us if you get an error message.)

Due to liability limitations and for your safety, the JEWELRY workshops are appropriate for ages 13 and over, WELDING workshops are appropriate for ages 15 and over. Parental consent is required for any registrant under age 18.

You will probably get “just a little” dirty during these workshops, and it is for this reason we ask that you dress appropriately.

WELDING safety requirements: Please tie back long hair. Wear non-frayed jeans or work pants (i.e., Carhartts), a long sleeve natural fiber shirt (cotton, linen, wool) and closed-toe leather shoes.  An old cap or bandana are suggested to wear under the welding helmet.  All of the required safety gear will be provided, including eye, ear and hand protection as necessary. If you prefer to wear your own protective safety gear, feel free to bring it.

JEWELRY safety requirements: Please tie back long hair. Wear closed-toe shoes and natural fiber clothing.  All scarves and polyester fleece jackets must be removed during the class.

Workshops are first come, first served, and will be based upon receipt of the completed registrations.  Workshops require a minimum number of students to run.  We will make a determination on each Wednesday for the scheduled weekend workshops.  If the minimum is not met, then we will send out an email notifiying you of low registration.  At this point, we hope that you might have a friend who would like to join the workshop so we can continue as scheduled.  Otherwise, you will have to pick a new schneduled workshop.  We will honor the full value of your coupon if we cancel the workshop.

Please check for current dates below and descriptions before filling out the form.

Due to the large number of participants, this will be the ONLY way to sign up for a workshop. Once we receive your registration form, you will receive an email confirmation. Do not show up for a workshop unless you have been confirmed. If you are coming with other people, then you need to list their names to ensure that you are all scheduled together and that there is enough room. If you cancel less than 48 hours before the workshop, then you forfeit your coupon. Please plan accordingly as certain workshops are quite popular.

Your $150 coupon value may also be applied towards a class (once a week classes over multiple weeks) or another workshop (excluding the Make-A-Wedding-Ring Workshop). Only one coupon per person, per class. Please call or email us for more details and to check availability.  Please bring your coupon printed or accessible on your phone.

All Discount Workshops are listed below on the calendar in yellow font.

Intro to Oxy-Acetylene Welding Workshop

A 3-hr workshop that covers the basics of oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, familiarization with the gas tanks, welding and and metal cutting practice with the torch.
Oxy-fuel is one of the oldest welding processes, though in recent years it has become less popular in industrial applications. However, it is still widely used for welding pipes and tubular structures, as well as in repair work. It is also frequently well-suited (and favored) for fabrication of metal-based artwork.

Intro to Stick Welding Workshop

In this 3-hr Stick welding workshop,you will learn studio and personal safety,how the welding the welding equipment functions and then practice your new skills. Stick welding is one of the most common types of arc welding, and is sometimes referred to as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW); it is also known as manual metal arc welding (MMA) or stick welding. Electric current is used to strike an arc between the base material and consumable electrode rod, which is made of steel and is covered with a flux that protects the weld area from oxidation and contamination by producing carbon dioxide (CO2) gas during the welding process. The electrode core itself acts as filler material, making a separate filler unnecessary.

IMG_9097Intro to MIG Welding Workshop

In this 3-hr overview of MIG welding, you will learn studio and personal safety, how the welding equipment works, and then practice your welds! Gas metal arc welding (GMAW), also known as metal inert gas or “MIG” welding, is a semi-automatic or automatic process that uses a continuous wire feed as an electrode and an inert or semi-inert gas mixture to protect the weld from contamination.

Intro to TIG Welding Workshop

In this 4-hr overview of TIG welding applications,you will learn studio and personal safety, learn how the equipment functions and then practice your welds!  TIG welding provides the versatility to weld many varieties of alloys and metals than any other arc welding process. Students will then apply the demonstrated techniques to create a welding sample in mild steel.

Weld-a-Critter Workshop

A 4-hour mini-course in MIG welding allows each student to complete a welded “critter.” This workshop will cover studio and personal safety, along with welding equipment function and uses. Gas metal arc welding (GMAW), also known as metal inert gas or MIG welding, is a semi-automatic or automatic process that uses a continuous wire feed as an electrode and an inert or semi-inert gas mixture to protect the weld from contamination. Students will take home a welded “critter” which they will weld during the workshop.

8-Hour Welding Intensive

This is a comprehensive overview of Oxy-Acetylene, Stick, and MIG welding.This workshop will cover studio and personal safety and welding equipment function. All participants will complete a small welded sculpture created using these three forms of welding to take home.

Oxy-Acetylene welding covers the basics of oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, familiarization with the gas tanks, welding and and metal cutting practice with the torch. Oxy-fuel is one of the oldest welding processes, though in recent years it has become less popular in industrial applications. However, it is still widely used for welding pipes and tubular structures, as well as in repair work. It is also frequently well-suited (and favored) for fabrication of metal-based artwork.

Stick welding is one of the most common types of arc welding, and is sometimes referred to as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW); it is also known as manual metal arc welding (MMA) or stick welding. Electric current is used to strike an arc between the base material and consumable electrode rod, which is made of steel and is covered with a flux that protects the weld area from oxidation and contamination by producing carbon dioxide (CO2) gas during the welding process. The electrode core itself acts as filler material, making a separate filler unnecessary.

“MIG” welding, or gas metal arc welding (GMAW), also known as metal inert gas welding, is a semi-automatic or automatic process that uses a continuous wire feed as an electrode and an inert or semi-inert gas mixture to protect the weld from contamination.

Make a Ring Workshop

IMG_8362An overview of basic jewelry making techniques (students learn how to cut metal, file, and solder) – each student to leave the workshop with TWO completed rings! All materials are inclued.

Make a Ring/Stone Setting Workshop

Learn the basics of jewelry making (students learn how to cut metal, file, and solder) while creating a silver ring with a bezel set stone. All materials are included.
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Make a Pendant Workshop

An introduction to stone setting and basic jewelry making techniques. Students learn how to cut metal, file, and solder. Each student creates a silver pendant or pin. We offer a variety of stones to choose from. All materials are included.

 Intro to Enameling: Pendant Surface Exploration

In this 4-hour workshop, students learn how to enamel using both torch and kiln. Multiple techniques covered including templates, adhering silver leaf and other leaf metals, stamp and roll patterns for champlevé – melting glass beads into the enamel. The goal of the class is to enable each student to leave with two ready-to-wear hand-crafted pendants.

Sculpting With Hydrocal Workshop

You have inside your mind the architecture of your imagination, so consider building directly without intermediate steps and with a strong plastery material (Hydrocal). This is a workshop for you if you like to create unusual spaces and structures: think Gaudi of Barcelona or the Watts Towers, or native American living spaces. Using direct casting methods from cardboard into plaster, construct a mysterious table-top habitation, a tower, an adobe-like southwest building, a dream house. Recycle one or two of your own coffee / oatmeal cartons and/or cardboard boxes, if you like, and reinforce them with possible insertions of wood, metal, almost anything, then apply thin walls of plaster to make hidden rooms, windows to let in light and keep adding on.We have the materials you need. Find out how to print or transfer colors and textures to the cast from the mold, and then experiment with your untested notions of what might work. Surprise yourself!  Teacher: Peter Lipsitt

Sheet Metal Forming Workshop

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Traditional hand forming techniques commonly used in auto body fabrication will be explored during this workshop. Some of these techniques are stretching, compressing and applying strategic heat.  A brief survey of applications for these techniques, in combination with other processes such as welding will be covered. Participants will create mild steel samples primarily using an oxy-acetylene torch and forming hammers.

 

We have a lot of great teachers and we rotate the workshop schedule to give all instructors an opportunity to teach the various classes.

Welding Teachers: Benjamin Todd, Terrance Wong, Grace Hilliard-Kochinsky, Dale Savit, Sara Allen
Jewelry Teachers: Stephanie Dicecca, Dale Savit, Sophia Poulos, Alissa Saginaw, Lori Schneider, and Annika Rundberg.