Inspired by the legacy of iron-making at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, Rivers of Steel’s Metal Arts program offers educational workshops, public demonstrations and team-building experiences highlighting foundry work.
Our educational workshops offer a range of hands-on opportunities for both youth and adults to get involved at the novice, intermediate and experienced skill levels. Participants work hand in hand alongside fellow attendees, Rivers of Steel staff and visiting artists from across the country.
Sculptural Aluminum Casting
This workshop will introduce the process used to create three-dimensional sculptural forms in cast aluminum – patternmaking, mold making and casting. This program is offered five times in 2020 on the following dates: May 13-15, June 16-18, July 14-16, August 11-13, and October 6-8 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Aluminum Casting Session
This workshop is a great way to explore the metal casting process and try something new! No prior experience or artistic background necessary! Take a class with a friend; create a special gift or unique piece of art. This program is offered six times in 2020, on April 21, Tuesday May 12, Monday, June 15, Monday July 13, Monday August 10, and Monday, October 5 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Intro to Iron Casting
Intro to Iron Casting participants work with experienced Rivers of Steel teaching artists to learn the basics of foundry work, pattern and mold making, and receive an overview of the iron casting process step by step. This program is offered two times in 2020 on the following dates: July 8-10 and September 8-10 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Weeklong Iron Intensives
This workshop features extended shop time and in-depth instruction/assistance catered to the needs of each individual. Participants will have the chance to learn and experiment with multiple pattern-making materials and create multiple large and complex multi-part sand molds. This program is offered two times in 2020 on the following dates: July 6-11 with Visiting Artist Toby Flores and September 14-19 wtih Visiting Artist Coral Lambert.
The Doodle Bowl Experience
Its DYOB & BYOB! Doodle Your Own Bowl and Bring Your Own Bottle of wine for this Doodle Bowl Experience! Invite your friends and join Rivers of Steel for a night of fun and casual creativity at the Carrie Blast Furnaces. This program is offered three times in 2020, on Sunday May 31, July 26 and August 30 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Transformative experiences are at the core of Rivers of Steel’s mission. Plan an event for your team that encourages them to discover new perspectives and connect with one another in fresh ways.