A student speaks: “I know the welder was kind of intimidating at first, but again, like I said, it’s kind of cool just to, you know, just making all that noise and seeing, like, the sparks go everywhere and just melting the metal. So I definitely thought that was pretty cool to use.”
Sparks fly in the studio as people work on projects wearing a mask and using the welder. Gregory Steel is shown using a grinder as students watch. A student is shown using a bandsaw. A student puts on her welding jacket and gloves and a welding mask.
Another student speaks: “It’s been a process. Like I said, I’d never done anything like this before. I really had to, like, figure it out as I was going through learning. It’s fun; I enjoy it. This might be one of my favorite classes I’ve taken at IUK honestly.”
A student is shown using a grinder to cut metal. Another student reaches up a gloved hand to pull down protective goggles as sparks fly. With masks to protective their faces, a student and Gregory steel work on welding a project as sparks continue to fly, casting a purple, blue haze.
Another student speaks: “I’m really into sculpture and this is something that I haven’t tried before. Um, a lot of the stuff I work with is more, like, textile, or like, or smaller scale and everything and so, I don’t know, it’s something I could do to kind of push myself and try something new.”
Students are shown spray painting their pieces with breathing masks on.
Another student speaks: “Pipes have, like, a cylinder shape to them, right? So, you can move all around that surface with every angle imaginable. So you have these other pipes and you’re connecting them and you’re moving them around every different angle and you’re like, ‘Ah, man, I just can’t find it,’ and then that one moment you stop and you’re like, ‘Hey!”
The student holds up his hands and the music stops at the same time.
The student continues speaking: “Hold that right there. Let me look back. And then you look back and you’re like, ‘That’s great.’ That’s just, like, a great moment in life to where you’re like, ‘Ah, man, I just did something wonderful and I didn’t even know what I was doing at that time.’”
Detail shots of the various projects are shown. One project is a blue coil and the camera goes in and through the piece to show us the inside. Another part of the blue project looks like a giant gear.
Gregory Steel, Associate Professor of Fine Arts – Indiana University Kokomo begins speaking: “If I had to identify the most important part of this class, I would say that that’s it. This idea of aesthetic intuition, right? Being…letting your intuition, your sort of aesthetic appreciation guide the process and start to get in touch with that inner, sort of, intuitiveness, that aesthetic intuition that we all have and learn to let that sort of come out.
People work together to move a finished welded art piece. Students collaborate on a piece. A student uses wire to attach jewels to a piece. A student is shown waxing a piece.
The words, “Spark your interest?” appear on the screen.
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