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WKS112: Intro to Blacksmithing

In this class, learn the starting skills of traditional blacksmithing. We will learn to build and maintain a charcoal fire to forging temperatures of up to 2,500°F. The class will cover correct hammering techniques, tongs, and the use of a cut off hardie tool and veining chisels. Learn to confidently and safely hammer hot metal into functional and decorative objects, starting with a leaf bottle opener. Come ready to work up a sweat and get your hands dirty.

Project: Leaf Bottle Opener

Prerequisites: None. However, MTL103: Basic Metal Shop is recommended.

Equipment access: Anvil, Charcoal Forge and Blower, Hot Cut Hardie, Veining Chisel

Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When using the forge and anvil outside of class time, 16- and 17-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

Safety:

Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather shirt,natural fiber or leather long pants, hearing protection, eye protection

Advisable: Leather jacket, leather pants, leather boots, leather apron



2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Intro to Blacksmithing Sunday, 6/14/15 1:00 PM 3.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $85.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Intro to Blacksmithing Thursday, 6/25/15 5:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $85.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS113: Product Photography Basics

In this class you will be taught basic studio lighting for product and portrait photography using professional equipment, which can be replicated cheaply using easy DIY alternatives. Key lighting techniques will be described and demonstrated for a variety of photographic needs, depending upon individual’s personal aesthetic and application.

This class will introduce you to a basic photography studio set up, including backdrop selection, day light continuous lighting systems, a variety light positions to best highlight your object, light intensity, and studio accessories. Each student will take a photo(s) using a customized lighting technique that best suits the needs of an object of their choice. Objects can include a product, item, or self portrait.

Students will be taught basic image editing techniques to enhance lighting, sharpen, contrast, color, and prepare the image for printing or social media uploading.

Printing will cover the appropriate settings to export an edited image to the TechShop printer. Each student will be able to print and take home an image up to 13x19 inches.

Please be sure to bring an item of your choice to photograph (no more than 3'x3' ft.) and an image capturing device. This can be a DSLR, digital camera, or smart phone. If you do not own a camera, the TechShop DSLR will be available for use. If you bring a smart phone please download one or more of the following free image editing apps: PS Express or VSCOcam.

Project: Shoot, edit, print product photograph

Prerequisites: None

Equipment access: Adobe Photoshop, DSLR camera, lighting equipment, wide-format printer

1 session currently scheduled:
    Product Photography Basics Saturday, 6/6/15 3:30 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.