Welding 101: Trusting Your Hands

Tim Kopra
8 Sessions »Thursdays, October 5–November 30

7:30–10:30 pm | Studio 105 + Metal Shop | $350

No prior metal skills needed. Safety is a top priority—please wear thick and/or tough pants (no shorts) like blue jeans or workpants, and closed-toed boots (steel-toed ideal). No open toed shoes, canvas shoes, or running shoes.

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Explore MIG welding technology, cold working techniques and more in this introduction to working with mild steel. Class will begin with an in-depth training of the metal shop, leading to an introductory project, followed by a personal intensive final project. The introductory project will provide basic skills necessary to develop and create work with mild steel, and the final project will be of each student's design. We will first explore with paper maquettes and drawings, and then transform info a full work.

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Tim Kopra illustrates an altered perspective of the social and physical infrastructure in daily life. The language of architecture and the history held in urban debris collide in his aesthetic. He uses sonic elements, and often fabricates work beyond human scale seeking to entangle viewers within banal ubiquitous material in an imaginative way, that challenge accepted notions of everyday experience.

Tim received his Masters in Fine Arts at San Francisco Art Institute in the spring of 2015. He has taught with Oxbow School in Napa, California and with Edventure More Summer Camps in Oakland. Tim is an experienced fabricator and has been a shop technician at UC Santa Cruz and SFAI, and fabricated for Gordon Huether Studios, MoreLab, LAME Arts, and is lead fabricator for Cathartic Productions. Tim has been exhibiting his work since 2009 throughout the Bay Area and internationally. Most notably at the Sesnon Gallery in Santa Cruz, Gallerie Califa in the Czech Republic, Herbst Pavillon in Fort Mason, Southern Exposure and SPUR in San Francisco. He currently works and lives in Oakland, California.

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