Course Code EC2101034
Tutor Natalie Bradwell
Days 5
Course Dates Wednesdays, 3rd November - 1st December 2021
Times 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £150
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

‘Sculpting in Metal’  is an opportunity to explore the various practical processes involved in making a steel sculpture, over a period of 5 weeks. The course is open to students who have no experience in metalwork, as well as those who wish to refine their skill set. This course is an excellent opportunity to work on an individual project in a workshop with an experienced tutor. You will receive tailored guidance from your tutor, theoretical and technical assistance throughout the 5 weeks. The course provides the required knowledge, practical skills, and Health and Safety guidance to work with welders, angle grinders, plasma cutters and other specialist metal working machinery. Once you are comfortable using the equipment, you will develop your own project. You will cover the theoretical attributes of metal and its many connotations within art, through learning about the work of artists such as Eva Rothschild, Louise Bourgeois, Sokari Douglas and Sofu Teshigahara.

You will gain the skills to develop your own sculpture, or series of sculptures within your practice. You will receive individual feedback from the tutor and group feedback on your work

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

Please wear Flame Retardant overalls/clothing and steel toecap shoes. We’re afraid you will not be able to use the workshop unless you wear the correct clothing and shoes, due to safety standards. You cannot buy these in the Academy, so please make sure that you get hold of these before the course start. There are number of shops which offer these online.

You should also bring a sketchbook/notebook and pen/pencil to make notes and sketch ideas.

If you wish you can purchase materials on site: Our workshop provides steel in various different forms, available for purchase by the meter. On this course, you will be mostly using circular and square bars, but more options are available to purchase from the studio, so you don’t need to bring anything into the studio, unless you want to.

About Your Tutor


Natalie followed the art route from school, through to a BA at Brighton’s Grand Parade in 3D Design, specialising in metals. Graduating in 2006, she continued training as an Artist Blacksmith and completed several welding levels and qualifications.

For the next 10 years, Natalie was determined to experience as many industries as possible, learning from the most experienced metalworkers she could find, becoming a valued member of staff wherever she was employed. 

Her work for previous clients spans the arts, manufacturing and restoration, and includes Caterpillar, Royal Opera House, EON and Conrad Shawcross. 

Once Natalie was qualified and working in industry, she simultaneously set up Bradwell Blacksmiths and became known in the Southeast as The Iron Lady, working in her spare time to take private commissions, freelance and subcontractors, whilst building up her tool and machine collection.

 Natalie now runs her own fabrication business in the Sussex countryside and leads welding courses for hobbyists and coding sessions for welding professionals in industry.


Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

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Refreshments and Facilities

The common room can be used by individuals from the same class at scheduled break times only.

The kitchen can be used for handwashing and waste disposal facilities only.

Please note, students will not be able to use the kitchen to prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Mugs will not be available for use, and students are strongly encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs if they wish to use the coffee machine.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Places Available!

Fee: £150.00