Blacksmith work can be seen everywhere from wrought iron patio fences to decorative wall hangings and art.
Designed to let you explore your personal expression, our program teaches you the necessary blacksmithing and welding techniques to manipulate and join steel for both form and function. You’ll learn the basics of ornamental metal art design and creation to put you on the road to success in the professional marketplace.
Our instructors show you how to design, draw and produce work in ferrous and non-ferrous metals through a variety of studio, forge and foundry demonstrations, discussions and exercises.
Gain Valuable Skills
Increase your hand skills and your hand-eye coordination
Understand the movement of mass
Sharpen your creative problem solving
Learn the basics of tool construction
Through the Blacksmithing program, you will be able to reach a level appropriate for a blacksmith apprentice. Gaining control and confidence, you’ll be ready to produce traditional and contemporary ironwork and begin your career.
Your Courses Include
Advanced Conceptualization and Creation Techniques
Television viewers following contestants in this season's Amazing Race Canada will get a closer look at the West Kootenay in the July 18 episode of the reality show that criss-crosses the country. Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College will be one of the locations featured.
The culmination of the Kootenay Studio Arts five studios takes place on June 23-24 where students will share their creative output at the annual Year End Show & Sale that invites the community to take a closer look.
Discover unique creations of ceramics, blacksmithing, jewelry and textiles made by the talented students of Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College in their magical Winter Show & Sale. The decade-long seasonal tradition is an amazing opportunity to support student artists and explore the stone heritage building where the magic happens.
What Students Say
I chose to attend KSA and move up to Nelson from Vancouver. I have never regretted this decision and in fact still live in the Kootenays.
The course itself, although its only a year long it is action packed and full on. The instructors are artists themselves so not only do you have practical information but real life lessons in the art world.
My favorite part is the long hours. On top of a full day of schooling, there is open studio into the evening where you can really explore your artistic abilities.
I regard my time in the metal studio at KSA as an important milestone in my artistic career, it opened my mind to the possibilities of the metal casting world and reunited me with the timeless implications of blacksmithing. These coupled with the chance to work with excellent and extremely helpful faculty and like minded students it was a truly fulfilling expereince.
- Eben Finer, Blacksmithing Grad, 2012 and Metal Casting Grad, 2013