The Van Doren Metal Art Workshop is the result of our combined 50 years of experience. As a father/son team, we have a background in all applications of metal art, including forging, casting, soldering, and welding. Together, we have spent the majority of the last 20 years doing large scale, corporate and public metal art installations and water features. Some of our work can be seen here, at our gallery, Van Doren Studio in San Miguel de Allende’s Fabrica Aurora. We continue to produce commission pieces here in Mexico. Over the years, we have had a resounding and continued interest, from family and friends, to learn the craft of metal art. As the next step in our artistic journey, we decided to open our studio to the public with Van Doren Metal Art Workshops. With these workshops we will pass on our experience and teach interested students the joys of creating with metal. We have a blast working together in the studio, and know that our students will enjoy the experience as well.”
Tools you will learn to use include: mig and spot welders, plasma cutter, plate brake, multiple shears, grinders, drills, and other forming and pressing equipment.
All materials will be provided for you. They will include a variety of metals like: steel, iron, copper, and aluminum.
* As you learn these various techniques, that Lane and Alex have used in their commission work over the years, you will have an opportunity to apply them in your own creative art piece.
* On day one, you will learn how to use all the equipment and materials,and begin your art piece.
* On day two, with hands on guidance and assistance from the Van Dorens, you will continue to create your own work of art to take home when you leave the workshop.
* The Van Doren Metal Art Workshops will take place in our commercial studio, in the colonia of La Canada/Los Frailes, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is a quick 10 minute taxi ride from Centro. This is a one of a kind, metal sculpture studio, that has never before been open to the public.
*NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
All that is required is the desire to learn.