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art on the meadow workshop - banana hammocks & other armatures - an intro to welding and bending steel

10AM - 5PM
Venue: Ox-Bow Campus
3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI 49453

Banana Hammocks And Other Armatures: An Intro To Welding And Bending Steel is taught September 19thfrom 10AM to 5PM by Devin Balara and costs $120. 

 In one day, this workshop will teach students the basics of welding, bending and cutting steel. We will take the design of metal banana hammocks or fruit hangers as a starting point and play with design possibilities to ultimately create a unique functional object. Technical demonstrations will include hot and cold bending, modular construction, welding, and surface finishing strategies. Students will quickly gain confidence safely using equipment and be encouraged to play and improvise independently with the material at whatever scale they choose. This course is suitable for all levels of shop experience and the techniques we will be learning require no great feats of strength or agility, only patience. Steel can work for every body, so come as you are! 

Art on the Meadow is a unique program, providing an intergenerational space for students to come together in the inspiring natural environment at Ox-Bow for half day, one day, or short term multi-day classes. Our workshops are geared toward teen and adult makers of all experience levels, age 13 and up. Art on the Meadow workshops offer participants an opportunity to connect traditional art and craft processes with contemporary ideas and approaches to artmaking. We strive for our workshops to be imaginatively challenging and logistically accessible for our West Michigan neighbors. Come jump into Ox-Bow’s creative community (and maybe even into our beautiful lagoon)!


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