Folded Metal Sculpture

Inspired by the paper art of origami, this course will have you cutting and folding sheet metal or copper to create animals or birds.

This course uses simple tools so that you can easily take your new skills home and continue to create metal art.

Projects will include a baby turtle and a scrub turkey, working from Adriaan’s custom patterns. For those looking to be more adventurous, you can work with Adriaan to create your own patterns and attempt new creations.


Course Info

Over the week, you’ll learn how to cut sheet metal sections to size and transfer patterns to metal.

You will learn how to cut out negative shapes and then the flat drawings using tin snips.

Adriaan will take you through filing edges to ensure safe handling, then how to shape and bend the metal to create the imagined forms. He will walk you through the steps involved in constructing and finishing your piece and then how to install and display it.

A long-time sculptor, Adriaan, will also share tips on setting up a workspace at home and finding time to activate creativity.

Each student will have a workstation with a vice in the metal room at the high school.

A metal bandsaw and drill presses will be available to use. Adriaan will share his drawing skills and the metal work tools he will bring along.

No prior experience required

To be supplied by participant
  • Files, large or small
  • Two sets of pliers, one needle nose
  • Tin snips, straight and curved if you have one
  • Hammer, not too big, one flat, one rounded
  • One or two clamps to hold work to the workbench
Materials & Supplies
  • Sheet metal or copper sheeting sized to fit your kit for travel. Adriaan will bring some with him for no charge
  • A3 visual art diary
  • 2B or 4B pencils
  • Marker pen
  • Ruler – straight edge
  • Scissors
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Ear plugs
  • Covered in shoes

Adriaan will contact all students by email or phone to discuss what tools and materials they have, what needs to be purchased and what can be borrowed.

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Adriaan Vanderlugt
Course Tutor

Adriaan Vanderlugt

Adriaan began his art career as a graphic designer at an advertising agency in Canada.

In 1969, whilst travelling the world on a motorcycle, he was inspired by Canadian Inuit stone carvings to begin carving wildlife in soapstone.

Adriaan has now been carving bone, stone, wood, marble and metal for over five decades, and his sculptures of animals, birds and fish are held in collections worldwide.

He has completed commissions of public art commissions all over Australia and, in 2003, received a Centenary Medal ‘for distinguished service to the arts.

A recent commission saw Adriaan sculpt in metal a 4m wide Manta Ray and a 4m long Maori Wrasse, part of a project to create Australia’s first underwater sculptures in the Great Barrier Reef.

Adriaan was filmed for an episode for the TV show ‘Colour In Your Life’ hosted by Graeme Stevenson, which has been distributed worldwide.

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