Metal Techniques: Tools + Tricks of Welding

Instructor: Kristen Rowell 
Workshop: Saturday, January 15, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Technical guidance: Saturdays, January 22 and 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Limited to 6 participants 
Level ①  
Price: $375 
Igniters receive 15% off

Launch into a new medium: metal. Participants will learn metal fabrication and basic welding skills as they each create a small steel sculpture from beginning to end. In the process, they will learn welding and polishing techniques that help create a well-crafted sculpture. The class will lay a foundation of skills for artists to explore, experiment, and use metalworking confidently in their practice. 

Materials/Tools  – Plasma cutter, grinder, sander, and surface finishing tools. The workshop price includes all materials.

McColl Center lab assistant Kristen Rowell

Instructor – McColl Center lab assistant Kristen Rowell is a multi-media artist from Beaufort, South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art in sculpture and painting from Winthrop University. Now residing in Charlotte, North Carolina, she works at Central Piedmont Community College as the Visual Arts Coordinator and at McColl Center as the ceramics, woodshop, and sculpture labs assistant. She uses many different materials when creating her abstract and representational works, including cinder blocks, steel, wood, sand, graphite, paint, and non-traditional materials such as spices. She enjoys prompting the viewer to think about the materials, movement, and motifs of her art and how each relates to their own personal human experience. 

Half-tuition scholarships are available for Studio Practice Workshops. Please contact Claudia Gonzalez Griffin at for scholarship information.

Cancelation policy: Participants who cancel enrollment anytime up to 15 days before the first day of a workshop will receive a full refund minus the $23 processing fee. Those who cancel less than 8 days before the first day of a workshop will not receive a refund unless it is a result of a positive COVID diagnosis. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the start of the workshop, you will receive a credit for a future program. Participants must register and attend the new workshop within ten months.