Used for centuries, this intricate process and historic tradition of creating complex metal shapes and parts is in high demand today for both commercial and ornamental uses.
Focusing on exploring your personal expression in metal, we give you the necessary discipline and skills to be able to venture into the global metal marketplace. Our instructors show you how to design, draw and produce work in non-ferrous metals through a variety of studio, and foundry demonstrations, discussions, field tips and exercises.
Gain Valuable Skills
Tool Safety (TIG welder, grinders, air tools)
Making rubber molds
How to submit a presentation to a client
Your Courses Include
Drawing and Design for Metal Casting
How to Cast Bronze
Exploration of Bronze
With an emphasis on developing proper technique and using appropriate tools safely, you’ll learn how to design, sculpt, mold and cast in bronze and lost wax casting methods. Plus, you’ll get hands-on practice in studio production, casting sculptural forms and pouring molten metal as you design, create and develop molds and patterns for casting in our foundry room.
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Victoria Street, Nelson
What People are Saying
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