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Classes  >>  Welding & Metal Fabrication


Welding is a fabrication process used to create a strong permanent bond between metals and is a key skill needed for sculptural and functional projects. Classes also cover torch cutting, brazing, and metal coloration techniques.

Please see these notes about welding classes before you register.

Click on the course name to see all class meeting dates, times, and course fee.

If you're looking for a Reheater option, select the class you'd like to Reheat and choose the appropriate fee when registering.


Joining a waitlist? Before you add yourself to a waitlist, it helps us if you're pretty certain you'll be available for the class. If a spot becomes available and you're next in line, you'll be automatically registered and given about 24 hours to confirm your registration by paying. After that, we move on to the next person in line. If we have a long list of folks who are no longer interested, it can be time-consuming to fill that spot. Thanks for your consideration!

Upcoming classes

    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
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    This beginning class will focus on applying oxy-acetylene welding techniques to the fabrication of a sculptural project. Oxy-fuel cutting, welding and brazing processes will be covered. Learn the limitations and benefits of these processes through the design and fabrication of your own work of art. Discover scrap metal! Methods for identifying metals, surface preparation for scrap welding, along with aesthetic and protective surface treatments for finishing pieces will be covered. Additionally, we will touch on the history of art welding so that students develop an understanding of the art form’s past as well as the tools to inspire its future.  |  $370 ($300 tuition + $70 materials)


    Instructor: Heather Doyle has studied welding and metalsmithing from an artist's perspective for more than a decade. She continues to explore the mediums of heat and metal through her business, INDUSTRYelle, designing metal sculpture and creating custom fabrication on a commission basis. Heather taught Sculptural Welding and Blacksmithing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College for seven years and served on the Minneapolis Arts Commission for four years. She is one of the founding board members of CAFAC and now serves as its Artistic Director.

    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    This beginning class will focus on applying oxy-acetylene welding techniques to the fabrication of a sculptural project. Oxy-fuel cutting, welding and brazing processes will be covered. Learn the limitations and benefits of these processes through the design and fabrication of your own work of art. Discover scrap metal! Methods for identifying metals, surface preparation for scrap welding, along with aesthetic and protective surface treatments for finishing pieces will be covered. Additionally, we will touch on the history of art welding so that students develop an understanding of the art form’s past as well as the tools to inspire its future.  |  $370 ($300 tuition + materials) 


    Instructor: Heather Doyle has studied welding and metalsmithing from an artist's perspective for more than a decade. She continues to explore the mediums of heat and metal through her business, INDUSTRYelle, designing metal sculpture and creating custom fabrication on a commission basis. Heather taught Sculptural Welding and Blacksmithing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College for seven years and served on the Minneapolis Arts Commission for four years. She is one of the founding board members of CAFAC and now serves as its Artistic Director.

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    This beginning class will focus on applying oxy-acetylene welding techniques to the fabrication of a sculptural project. Oxy-fuel cutting, welding and brazing processes will be covered. Learn the limitations and benefits of these processes through the design and fabrication of your own work of art. Discover scrap metal! Methods for identifying metals, surface preparation for scrap welding, along with aesthetic and protective surface treatments for finishing pieces will be covered. Additionally, we will touch on the history of art welding so that students develop an understanding of the art form’s past as well as the tools to inspire its future.  |  $370 ($300 tuition + $70 materials)


    Instructor: Roger Karlson  has an MS in Design from the University of Minnesota. He has been teaching for the last 15 years, assisting students in the creative design process to resolve clients' needs. Roger's exploration of sculptural welding began several years ago, and as an instructor, he finds inspiration in observing the unique way others create objects and resolve problems as they acquire new skills. Roger is completing his Ph.D. in Design at the U of M.

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 1
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    Also known as Advanced Fabrication Reheater, registration in this class is limited to students who have completed Advanced Fabrication Techniques at CAFAC. Limited to four spots per session.
    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 18 Mar 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 3
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    If you've completed an oxy-acetylene sculpture class with us and have gained basic welding proficiency, this advanced class gives you the opportunity to refine your fabrication skills by building a functional piece using new techniques and tools. You'll be introduced to MIG welding and hand plasma cutting to complete your piece and you'll learn fixture fabrication to ensure your finished project is plumb, level, and square. With these new equipment options and techniques you can easily replicate quality projects with speed and efficiency. If you're not sure if you're ready for this class, discuss with your OA Sculpture instructor.

    Instructor: Denise “Seven” Bailey has over decade of experience in welding and metal fabrication. As creative as she is precise, she has fabricated everything from custom art installations to high-volume shop orders to top-secret projects for NASA. She has held the roles of Production Manager and Production Planner, showing that she’s just as proficient without a torch in hand. Seven is the Senior Welding Instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology, where she has had the opportunity to develop a successful new curriculum for the program and is mentoring new instructors in its implementation. This past year Seven has also added Certified Welding Inspector to her hefty belt.

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