…though often hidden (beneath the skin of a building, or in our veins), iron is one of the basic necessities of life, so why not take a closer look…
What: This interdisciplinary workshop will touch on the origins of the element iron (and its near and dear offspring, steel), their chemical properties, as well as their ensuing ecological and cultural value. Hand in hand with the aforementioned research , we will learn some basic metal working techniques (grinding, cutting, drilling, MIG + Stick welding), and each individually produce a small steel sculpture by the end of the workshop. **There will also be an optional field trip outside of class time, as well as an oppotunity to participate in a Mixed Media Lab group show in March.
Who: Novices, experts, and everyone in between..
Why: To better understand iron + steel’s place in our lives, ecosystem, history….
Where: 618C TIllery
When: March 2014 (2 hrs a week …6 to 8 sessions) *Registration opens in Mid Feb.
Cost: 80$ Materials Fee (since this is the first run of the workshop, it is offered for a reduced cost-materials only, payable when you register through Evenbrite)
Supplies: protective clothing and a willingness to contribute/participate to the group’s discussion
Available Spots: 6
Readings: The Craftsman by Richard Sennett, Shop Class as Soul Craft by Matthew Crawford, Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, others TBD
Related Topics: Material Culture, Geology, Geography, Evolution, Ethnography, Anthropology, Tool making