SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

From exhibition receptions, gallery talks, workshops and after-hour events, there are countless opportunities to get involved and enjoy everything the Metal Museum has to offer.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Family Metalsmithing: Stamped Plant Markers

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2PM - 4PM

In this class, friends and family will gear up for the garden and create copper plant markers and forged hanging bird feeders. Learn different metalworking tools and techniques in this two hour workshop!

$30 per family* | All Ages

*Includes admission up to 5 participants

Casting: Door Knocker

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 9AM - 4PM

This advanced level class will teach you how to cast objects with interconnected, moving parts. Students will be able to choose from a variety of door knocker patterns from our foundry. You will be given the material choice of aluminum or bronze, and gain further knowledge of finishing techniques to integrate two cast objects into one moving piece. Each participant will leave with a door knocker to adorn their home.


$180 | Advanced | Ages 15 and up

Women's Blacksmithing

SATURDAY + SUNDAY, MAY 9 - 10, 9AM - 4PM

This workshop is intended for women who have little to no experience working with steel and fire. Discover that blacksmithing isn’t only about brute strength but also requires desire, patience and finesse. This two-day workshop will provide an overview of the blacksmithing tradition, covering primary tools, safety precautions, creative prospects and most significantly hands-on exercises. Participants will be taught how to light and manage a coal forge and will be introduced to some of the fundamental techniques of blacksmithing, including tapering, twisting, shouldering, punching, scrolling, riveting, and finishing. Students will leave with one forged wall mountable coat hanger. Learn that blacksmithing isn’t just a hobby for men to enjoy in an inclusive and accepting environment at the Memphis Metal Museum!

Note: This workshop is only open to individuals who identify as women.


$360 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

Junior Artisans: Copper Plant Mobiles

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 10:30AM - 12PM

Junior artisans will create a piece of kinetic art using plant life as inspiration.

$15 per student | Ages 7 - 10

Young Coppersmiths: Embossed Copper Cactus

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2:30 - 4PM

Young coppersmiths will create 3D copper cactuses using the embossing technique.

$15 per student | Ages 11 - 14

Mini Metalsmiths: Pipe Cleaner Flowers

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 3:45 - 4:45PM

Mini metalsmiths will create floral arrangements using pipe cleaners.

$10 per student | Ages 3 - 6

Fold Formed Jewelry

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 9AM - 4PM

Aluminum Forging w/ JR Lodico

SATURDAY + SUNDAY, MAY 16 - 17, 9AM - 4PM

Coursework TBA.


$360 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

F.I.R.E. Conference

WEDNESDAY + SUNDAY, MAY 20 - 24

The 6th annual Foundry Invitational & River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.) is a conference for metal casting artists that takes place in the Metal Museum's Foundry. The conference and workshops are great opportunities to network with other artists, learn more about mold making, and take part in an iron pour. The Metal Museum welcomes Sherri Jaudés as the 2020 F.I.R.E. guest demonstrator.

F.I.R.E. Family Fun Day

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 10AM - 4PM

In conjunction with the Foundry Invitational & River Exhibition (F.I.R.E) casting conference, this Family Fun Day is all about casting! Learn about the metal casting process through hands-on activities, browse a pop-up exhibition on the bluff, and watch as the foundry artists pour molten iron. It's a fun and educational day for all ages!

Make Your Own: Forged Hook

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 10AM - 3PM

During this class you will use a forge, hammer and anvil to learn to taper, twist, spread and form steel to create your own hooks. You will leave with one or two completed hooks.

$35 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

Whet Thursday

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 5 - 8PM

Whet Thursday is a free, public after-hours event held at the Metal Museum on the last Thursday of the month, April through August. Experience all the Museum has to offer and watch a metalsmithing demonstration, attend a gallery talk, and enjoy live music and local food truck fare from the best view along the Mississippi River.

Casting: Fantastic Creatures

SATURDAY + SUNDAY, JUN. 6 - 7, 9AM - 4PM

Lost wax is the oldest form of metal casting dating back to the time of Da Vinci. This class combines the Lost Wax Technique for use in resin sand molds. The wax is melted out via an oven. Each participant will make at least one casting in aluminum by the end of the course.

During this class, participants will learn the process of wax casting and wax joining. Students will use a variety of plaster molds in wax casting objects. Utilizing parts and pieces of each selected mold, you will assemble a new and unique object. Students can also work directly with sheets of wax to create an object by modeling, similar to modeling clay.

At the end of Saturday, students will invest their molds in resin sand for melt out overnight. We will cast the molds in aluminum the following day.


$360 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

MIG Welding I

SATURDAY, JUN. 6, 8AM - 12PM, 1 - 5PM

Sometimes described as the “hot glue gun” of steel. Learn to safely operate a wire welder (MIG) and ARC Welder. The Shop Staff has assembled an inspirational scrap pile of shapes and sizes of steel for you to create yard sculptures, creatures, critters and anything you can imagine. For health and safety, please let the shop staff know if you have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator.


$90 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

MIG Welding I

SUNDAY, JUN. 7, 8AM - 12PM, 1 - 5PM

Sometimes described as the “hot glue gun” of steel. Learn to safely operate a wire welder (MIG) and ARC Welder. The Shop Staff has assembled an inspirational scrap pile of shapes and sizes of steel for you to create yard sculptures, creatures, critters and anything you can imagine. For health and safety, please let the shop staff know if you have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator.


$90 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

Family Metalsmithing: Wrapped Wire Art

SUNDAY, JUN. 7, 2 - 4PM

Families will come together to create a piece of artwork by wrapping brass, copper, or nickel wire on nails.

$30 per group | Up to 5 participants

Mini Metalsmiths: Pipe Cleaner Flowers

WEDNESDAY, JUN. 10, 3:45 - 4:45PM

Mini metalsmiths will use copper to fold and decorate summer fans.

$10 per student | Ages 3 - 6

Junior Artisans: Resin Sun Catchers

SATURDAY, JUN. 13, 10:30AM - 12PM

Junior Artisans will create sun catchers with wire, copper, found objects, and resin.

$15 per student | Ages 7 - 10

Young Coppersmiths: Woven Wire Ojos de Dios

SATURDAY, JUN. 13, 2:30 - 4PM

Young Coppersmiths will use brass, copper, and nickel wire to create a metal “Ojo de Dios” or God’s eyes.

$15 per student | Ages 11 - 14

Whet Thursday

THURSDAY, JUN. 25, 5 - 8PM

Whet Thursday is a free, public after-hours event held at the Metal Museum on the last Thursday of the month, April through August. Experience all the Museum has to offer and watch a metalsmithing demonstration, attend a gallery talk, and enjoy live music and local food truck fare from the best view along the Mississippi River.

Make Your Own: Resin Casting

SATURDAY, JUN. 27, 10AM - 12PM, 2:30PM - 4:30PM

Learn how to cast dried bugs, plants, and other objects into resin to create custom pieces. Bring your own object or choose from our selection to create a custom pendant, magnet or keepsake.

$15 per project | Ages 15 and up (Ages 10-15 may attend, but must have an adult registered with them)

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