Introduction to welded metal sculpture

Amazing work in two days.


A one or two day course aimed at total beginners or experienced metalworkers.

Children are welcome, above the age of six.

The course covers an introduction to Mig Welding (Mig welding; a commonly used industrial process for assembling metal structures most people pick up the basics in a few minutes). Welding is a not a black art it can be a simple process; one lady compared it to icing a cake. A perfect analogy. After an intro to welding we then move onto shaping steel and maybe plasma cutting. This is not a blacksmithing course, all of the metal is cold formed using hand powered tools.

On a typical course, after a quick intro we are working on sculpture projects within an hour of opening. I think it is best to learn the skills on real jobs.
I recommend if possible that people book for two days as this avoids pressure at the end to complete projects.

I can recommend these courses as a great get to know each other exercise for couples or work teams, and I have had small stag and hen groups come along too.

Priced at £320 for one to one work: add another £65 per extra group member, up to a maximum of six people. (note I only take groups who know each other). Price per per day of training

I have full third party insurance for all of the activities on offer.
Many of my students go on to buy welders and tools to set up home workshops. I am always happy to offer follow on support when people develop their own work after my classes.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

I provide all personal protective equipment and can offer hot drinks.
For lunch we tend to slope off to a nearby pub, a chance to escape from metal and reflect on the day's work.


Alan Ross at Artinsteel


15 Bryn Syfi Terrace

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday


1 day (flexible times to suit)

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Rebecca Coutts - - #33977

We spent 2 days with Alan in June and had a great time. As a complete beginner, he taught each technique and process in detail to quickly be able to work alone, and the equipment available to use is vast. Alan is an excellent teacher stepping in to help when needed and stepping back to watch us learn. We will definitely be returning later in the year with our son

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Peter - - #30371

This was an excellent course and would highly recommend to anyone looking to have a go at welding sculpture work. Me and my wife attended the one day with Alan and it was thoroughly enjoyable. We had an idea of what we wanted to make and Alan went through all the processes to get to the finished product. MIG welding, plasma cutting, bending and cutting metal there was so much content in one day. When you are finished you have a piece of your own work to take away with you which we were thoroughly pleased with. Also Alan was a great teacher, very funny and had some great welding stories.

In-person course
Hilary Stephenson - - #28265

When I started with the idea that I’d like to have a go a welding, not only did my better half jump on the bandwagon but other members of my family too. We all arrived with ideas, thinking that no way would it be possible to complete these creations in two days, however, the confidence Alan gave us and freedom to use as many of the tools available in the process to help us achieve our goals was inspirational. I was surprised how versatile and malleable metal can be, feeding it through the bending machine and ‘mangle’, but the plasma cutter was great fun (want one!) I’d certainly
recommend the course, and it’s a great shared experience!
Thanks again Alan, you may well be seeing us again!

In-person course
John Watkins - - #26530

I spent two days, 19th and 20th November, with Alan and really found it a positive experience. Alan explained his design process and the path he takes to construction.
Through Alan's calm and consistent manner, I was able to use a MIG welder to produce my own creation.
I wouldn't say I was in anyway good, but it has made me realise some real enjoyment and my desire to get further training.
Hopefully in the future I'll be creating my own sculpture.

In-person course
Mark Foreman - - #22949

Fantastic day.
Alan is one of those natural teachers that will hold your hand or give you as much freedom as you want, advice, guidance and encouragement he provides freely throughout the course.
I spent half my drive home looking at what I could bend, fold, cut or weld and I have no doubt that what I've learnt today will (probably in some surprising ways) help me in the future, I can still smell the MIG welder, very satisfying.
Than you Alan

In-person course
andrew - - #20341

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Clive - - #20311

Three of us ventured across the bridge to Alan's studio on the edge of Swansea so that we could learn (or in one case improve) welding skills.

Alan proved to be a good teacher whose welding and teaching skills are both excellent.

At the end of the weekend we came away with three unique pieces of art and a lot more knowledge and skill than we had before.

I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest or a desire to do something different.

In-person course
Colin Partridge - - #20028

My partner and I completed one of Alan's day long welding courses a couple of years ago. We had never done anything remotely like this before and were frankly a bit apprehensive and concerned that we would not be able to rise to the challenge in just one day. But Alan was extremely encouraging and his step by step instruction in basic welding techniques soon had us nonchalantly sticking bits of metal together. Alan's own expertise is clear and, although he presided over a delightfully relaxed and informal atmosphere, I did notice him keeping a careful eye on us to make sure that we did not set fire to his workshop or ourselves. We managed to complete a bit of "sculpture" by the end of the day which still has pride of place in a front garden and which we are both most proud of. I would recommend one of Alan's courses without hesitation to anyone who has even a vague interest; you will not be disappointed.

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