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Come explore many different ways to draw on and apply color to metal! In this class we explore options like watercolor pencils, inks, graphite, and paint. Whether you love to draw, or just love color, this class has something for you!
We will be exploring layering of color, metal preparation techniques, and how to combine methods and materials to get unique results. Basic color theory will also be covered.
Students will learn about how to use cold connections like rivets and mini nuts and bolts to connect colored pieces to larger pieces, how to protect the surfaces, and also tab settings as another way of integrating the drawings into the metal.
What’s covered in this class?
- Metal cleaning and preparation techniques
- Watercolor pencils both wet and dry
- Water soluble graphite, wet and dry
- Pastel pencils
- Combining and layering techniques
- Sealing and protecting the color
- Mark making after color application
- Cold connections- rivets, nuts and bolts
- Tab settings
- Making and using stencils
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 4 week course or 2 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)
A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- Dish for water
- Pencil sharpener
- Exacto knife or other cutting blade
- Cardboard, paper bag, or newsprint to work on
- Bench pin
- Saw frame
- 1mm drill bit
- Pin vise drill or flexshaft/dremel
- Sandpaper assortment
- Chasing hammer or riveting hammer
- Steel bench block
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This class is open to beginners; Knowledge of sawing and drilling is recommended. There is a lot to learn in this class for any level, including intermediate students and beyond.
Please view the calendar to find a workshop date for this class