– 957 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 –


MIG Welding:

Learn the basics of MIG welding. We will start with safety/shop practices, including MIG welding equipment, cutting and grinding. No previous experience in welding or metal working is needed. You learn the basics in MIG welding, including making structurally sound welds, and familiarize yourself with different weldment positions and joints. This is a 4-week course meeting once a week for 3.5-hour sessions.  Classes will be kept small to allow for more personalized instruction. Practice material and safety equipment will be provided.


Metal Sculpture:

(Previous experience required, contact Mark for details)

This workshop will take your basic understanding of MIG welding to the next level. You will work on your own personal metal project, such as a sculpture, yard art, or other project of your choice. You will learn the basic fabrication skills to create you object through the means of cutting, bending, forming, plasma cutting. We will discuss design processes and material choices. This is a 4-week course meeting once a week for 3.5-hour sessions.  The small class size will help foster creativity in design for metal working, along with working together as a small group and sharing the studio space. Practice material and safety equipment will be provided; students will be responsible for their project materials.


Mark Schentzel is co-owner of Elemental Artistry LLC, d.b.a EA-Craftworks. He brings 18+ years of welding and metal fabrication knowledge from his work in the industry, as well as sculpting, blacksmithing, and furniture-making. He is an award-winning sculpture major from KCAD, and has exhibited his work throughout the Midwest. Mark has also previously taught welding and fabrication for adults and has supervised several metal shops. Mark’s passion for metalworking and welding can help you explore a new medium or increase your skill set for the workforce.


Workshop Schedule & Registration