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Monday
Figure Sculpture at the Fire Arts Center

Figure Sculpture Workshop

Monday 6:30pm–9:30pm
$200 for 8 weeks

In this multi-level class students will learn to master the classical figure sculpture technique from a live model. We will cover the use of clay tools, clay body chemistry, basic armature construction, anatomy, and clay hollowing and firing technique.

Knife and Sword Making

Instructors: Micheal Bennett & Chris Mayor
Monday 7:00pm–10:00pm
$400 for 16 weeks, $285 for 10 weeks

Learn the sacred craft of forging functional blades out of steel. In this class students will learn how to design and forge knives and swords as well as designing and making ornate hilts and scabbards. Skills learned in this class include forging technique, tempering, gas and coke forge operations, and surfacing techniques.

Tuesday

All registration for our classes is rolling which means you can join whenever you want and get the same step-by-step personal instruction that we provide to every student.

Knife and Sword Making

Instructors: Micheal Bennett & Chris Mayor
Tuesday 7:00pm–10:00pm
$400 for 16 weeks, $285 for 10 weeks

Learn the sacred craft of forging functional blades out of steel. In this class students will learn how to design and forge knives and swords as well as designing and making ornate hilts and scabbards. Skills learned in this class include forging technique, tempering, gas and coke forge operations, and surfacing techniques.

Wednesday

Knife and Sword Making

Instructors: Micheal Bennett & Chris Mayor
Wednesday 10:00am–1:00pm & 7:00pm–10:00pm
$400 for 16 weeks, $285 for 10 weeks

Learn the sacred craft of forging functional blades out of steel. In this class students will learn how to design and forge knives and swords as well as designing and making ornate hilts and scabbards. Skills learned in this class include forging technique, tempering, gas and coke forge operations, and surfacing techniques.

All registration for our classes is rolling which means you can join whenever you want and get the same step-by-step personal instruction that we provide to every student.

Metal Sculpture/Fabrication at the Fire Arts CenterBeginning Metal Sculpture

Wednesday 10:00am-1:00pm or 7:00pm-10:00pm
$285 for 10 weeks or $400 for 16 weeks

This class focuses on how to work sculptural concepts from the drawing board to the scale model stage of construction. Students will be expected to keep a sketchbook of ideas which will be critiqued and refined at each class session. Students will learn basic metal fabrication technique.

Advanced Metal Sculpture

Wednesday 10:00am-1:00pm or 7:00pm-10:00pm
$285 for 10 weeks or $400 for 16 weeks

This class deals with fabrication of large scale metal sculpture from models or free-form. As with Beginning Metal Sculpture, students will be expected to keep a sketchbook of ideas which will be critiqued and refined at each class session. Students will learn advanced metal fabrication technique, gas forging, Acetylene welding, and gas and arc welding techniques as well as brazing and chasing techniques.

Metal Furniture Studio

Instructors: Michael Bennett
Wednesday 10:00am–1:00pm & 7:00pm–10:00pm
$400 for 16 weeks, $285 for 10 weeks

Students will learn how to design and create basic table top furnishings in metal using basic techniques of metal fabrication and brazing.

Repetition of this class will provide more advanced metal-working lessons.

Bronze Sculpture Casting at the Fire Arts CenterBronze Casting & Mold Making

Instructors: Michael Bennett
Wednesday 7:00pm–10:00pm
$400 for 16 weeks, $285 for 10 weeks

This class is designed to familiarize students with the basics of lost wax casting process. Depending on the project students will learn wax casting and working technique, gating and venting, ceramic shell and investment molding techniques. Students will be required to complete at least 3 finished projects.

Repetition of this class will provide more advanced foundry education.

Saturday

Figure Sculpture Workshop

Saturday 10:00am–1:00pm
$200 for 8 weeks

In this multi-level class students will learn to master the classical figure sculpture technique from a live model. We will cover the use of clay tools, clay body chemistry, basic armature construction, anatomy, and clay hollowing and firing technique.

Bronze Sculpture Casting at the Fire Arts CenterBronze Casting & Mold Making

Instructors: Michael Bennett
Saturday 3:00–6:00pm
$400 for 16 weeks, $285 for 10 weeks

This class is designed to familiarize students with the basics of lost wax casting process. Depending on the project students will learn wax casting and working technique, gating and venting, ceramic shell and investment molding techniques. Students will be required to complete at least 3 finished projects.

Repetition of this class will provide more advanced foundry education.

Knife and Sword Making

Instructors: Micheal Bennett & Chris Mayor
Saturday 3:00pm–6:00pm
$400 for 16 weeks, $285 for 10 weeks

Learn the sacred craft of forging functional blades out of steel. In this class students will learn how to design and forge knives and swords as well as designing and making ornate hilts and scabbards. Skills learned in this class include forging technique, tempering, gas and coke forge operations, and surfacing techniques.

Beginning Stone Carving Workshop

Saturday 3-6pm
$285 for 10 weeks or $400 for 16 weeks

In beginning stone carving students will learn the basic techniques for composing and carving small sculpture out of alabaster and other soft stones. Students will need to purchase carving tools and materials. (This class is not for students with back problems or arthritis.)

Intermediate Stone Carving Workshop

Saturday 3-6pm
$285 for 10 weeks or $400 for 16 weeks

In intermediate stone carving students will learn how to work with medium hardness stones like sandstones and lime stones. Students can carve small sculpture projects in a stone of medium hardness or can learn to carve larger project in soft stones. (This class is not for students with back problems or arthritis.)

Metal Furniture Studio

Instructors: Micheal Bennett
Wednesday 10:00am–1:00pm & 7:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday 3:00pm–6:00pm
$400 for 16 weeks, $285 for 10 weeks

Students will learn how to design and create basic table top furnishings in metal using basic techniques of metal fabrication and brazing.

Repetition of this class will provide more advanced metal-working lessons.

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Fire Arts Center of Chicago | 1830 N Kostner | Chicago, IL 60639
Tel: 773.544.9908 | Tel: 312.842.2027 | Email: info@firearts.org