A rare and special resource, the Sculpture Studio at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts teaches the
creation of three-dimensional art including bronze casting, welded metal sculpture and stone carving.
It features one of the only publicly accessible foundries in the Upper Midwest. No prior experience is
required, beginners are welcome and work and learn along with more established artists. Beyond class
sessions, open studio time is available to all registered students.
Bronze casting is an ancient art form, yielding lasting works
of art. Experienced sculptors teach 3D art principles and the
additive sculpture process working in clay. After the casting
and finishing processes, even first-time students can bring home a finished bronze sculpture at the end of eight weeks.
WELDED SCULPTURE Create and construct metal sculptures and develop
a personal artistic style. Basic welding, cutting and
brazing, and cold-working methods of grinding and
drilling are the starting point, with the potential to
progress to electric welding, blacksmithing, hot and
cold finishing methods and patinas for more
Rarely taught even at universities, the purely reductive art
form of stone carving thrives at the Minnetonka Center for
the Arts. Beginners start by working small in limestone,
learning hand tool usage and basic three-dimensional
design concepts. Intermediate and advanced students
work with power and pneumatic tools on alabaster and
Day, evening and weekend classes available.
SCULPTURE STUDIO FEATURES
• Expansive studio with substantial natural light • Large outdoor workspace • Crucible furnace for melting up to 200 lbs. • Fixed bridge crane and mobile gantry in foundry area • Large gas-fired burn-out kiln • 8 stations for gas welding, brazing and torch cutting • 2 MIG welders for steel, bronze and aluminum
• TIG welder for a range of metals • Separate grinding room for metal chasing and sand blasting • Stone working area with power and hand tools to carve a variety of stone • Extensive community tool supply