Welding Students Participate in Art Show

Firewood scuplture

Firewood scuplture.

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology students will soon have a piece of art featuring their welds in an art exhibition at a popular Toronto art gallery called Franz Kaka. EASTERN Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School 2003 alumni, Carl Marin, will be featured in a two person show that runs from January 11 through February 3, 2018. Marin chose a campfire theme for his exhibit. He reached out to EASTERN’s Welding Technology Instructor, Meghan Cicchino, to recruit the assistance of her students to construct one of the sculptures.

From left to right: Meghan Cicchino, Welding Technology Instructor; Dan Kistner, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior; John Ferry, Abington High School senior; Tony DeFrancisco, Cheltenham High School senior; Austin Jaffe, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior; and Ronnald Jaskel, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior.

From left to right: Meghan Cicchino, Welding Technology Instructor; Dan Kistner, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior; John Ferry, Abington High School senior; Tony DeFrancisco, Cheltenham High School senior; Austin Jaffe, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior; and Ronnald Jaskel, Hatboro-Horsham High School senior.

Marin enlisted the assistance of three welders each at a different stage of their career. EASTERN’s students represent the beginning of a welding career. Each participant in the project was given an identical set of cast aluminum sticks and asked to intuitively arrange and weld them together in a formation they believed would light on fire. EASTERN shipped back their sculpture and Marin will now paint all but the welds to look like a realistic campfire.

After completing Commercial Art at EASTERN, Marin went on to earn a BFA in Sculpture and Painting from Tyler School of Art (2007) and an MFA in Sculpture & Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University (2013). Marin has also attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2012), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Artist Residency (2014), and has been the recipient of a Philadelphia Percent for Art Commission (2015).

“Coming from an art and metalsmithing background myself, I was more than happy to help Carl and honored that my students could be part of this exhibit,” said Meghan Cicchino, EASTERN Welding Technology Instructor “My students enjoyed the process of putting this together and were enlightened by the many uses of welding skills in the art and sculpture world.”

Welding Technology students learn the properties of different types of metals and how to join them using state-of-the-art welding equipment. Learn more about Welding Technology at EASTERN here – https://www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/wld/.

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