Current Classes as of 1/22/2014

Here are general class descriptions for various classes that we offer. Our full class listings and registration page can be found at . 



Classes are scheduled according to demand, if your class is not currently scheduled let us know you would like to attend.


Sunday afternoons 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Make a T-Rex our of steel! In this class you will learn how to use MIG welding equipment to join pre-cut pieces of mild steel. This is a great introduction to sculpting in mild steel by joining discrete parts. You will be supplied with all the components t0 make a  tyrannosaurus rex  sculpture. The finished piece is roughly 14″ tall by 20″ long and weighs about five pounds. It will be your’s to keep and you will have plenty of time and help to complete your sculpture.

This is a great class for parents to take with thier children.  Adults must purchase a ticket. One child per adult is free of charge, each additional child requires a ticket. We ask that children be a minimum of ten years old and that children are accompanied by a parent.



Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and the occasional Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30pm at 1300 Dearborn  Ave S Seattle, WA 98108

What is welding? Is it the same as soldering? What is a MIG Welder? What is the difference between MIG and TIG? What kind of machine should I buy? How hard is it to weld Aluminum? What is Flux core welding? When should I use gas shielded wire? What does it mean when a weld looks all spongy?

Welding 101 is designed to answer all these questions for you and to provide you with hands on time working with all the principal types of welding equipment.

This class is for complete beginners and is suitable for persons 16 and older. This is not a project based class, it is focused on answering questions and putting equipment in your hands. This is an excellent first introduction.



Monday evenings 6:30 to 8:00 pm and the occasional  Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m at 1300 Dearborn  Ave S Seattle, WA 98108

This is a lecture demonstration designed to provide a brief  introduction to metalworking. The class is for anyone that has always wanted to “get into” metalwork. This lecture/demo will demonstrate several of the principal tools and techniques of metalwork for people with no prior experience aged twelve and up. Demonstrations include: MIG welding,  use of  bandsaws and shears, and small hand tools. We will spend some time working with MIG welding equipment. There are plenty of “hands-on” opportunities. The class will help you decide whether metal is your thing, it is not a welding intensive. Please refer to my MIG welding intensive if you already know that you want to learn how to weld. Other topics  include safety, metallurgy, foundry work and the use of machine tools. The class is taught in 880 sq foot art studio. This is a comfortable social environment suitable for parent kid teams, birthdays, and a great date idea. This is a larger class of  up to 15 people.



(most) Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 1300 Dearborn  Ave S Seattle, WA 98108

IMPORTANT: Day of, please come dressed in natural fabrics like cotton with long sleeves (no synthetics) and heavy closed-toe shoes.

Metalwork is a lot like having super-powers! This five hour MIG welding class is designed to familiarize you with the required equipment and establish your confidence so you feel comfortable welding on your own. You will learn the basics of steel metallurgy and spend time welding with several different MIG welding  machines  and both the FCAW and GMAW processes. You and can expect to walk out of the class ready to weld safely and independently. This is a great class for self starters. It is suitable for ages 16 and up.  The class is not project based, it is focused on learning how to use the machines. The workshop fee includes all shop materials and equipment, you can  just show up in long sleeves and heavy shoes.



“Dynamite Class” : 5 out of 5 stars, Ian Klein, Seattle, WA

“Rusty Is Radical. Great experience, great instructor!”: 5 out of 5 stars, Mackay Cadell, Seattle, WA



Class schedules on both weeknights and weekends at 1300 Dearborn Ave S 
Seattle, WA 98108

NOTE: This intensive course is designed for students have completed at least one MIG welding intensive at All Metal Arts.

TIG welding is the most precise way to join metals, like steel, stainless steel, copper, bronze, aluminum and more. This intensive class is perfect for you, if you want to manipulate stainless steel and aluminum, or produce high quality welds for architectural or sculptural purposes. Practical projects that use TIG include bicycle building and brewing equipment.

TIG welding takes time and commitment to master. This intensive class is designed to be intimate with one-on-one instruction and plenty of hands-on exercises. The goal is for you to spend the maximum amount of time welding. At the end of your scheduled intensive session you will understand how to safely operate welding machinery, including how to adjust it for different materials. We will use a Hobart 250 Fabricator and a Miller Diversion 180.

Bonus: After attending this class you are eligible to attend the regularly scheduled practice sessions. More details available in class.

Class recommendations:

“Terrific class informative and fun”: 5 out of 5 stars, Kim Lebert, Seattle, WA

 ”Incredible fun & learning with a GREAT teacher”: 5 out of 5 stars, Juan Posada, Seattle, WA


CNC PLASMA Intensive!

Wednesday evenings 6:30 -9:30pm at 7800 7th Ave S 
Seattle, WA 98108

Plasma cutting uses superheated ionized atmosphere to produce a focused heat zone which is used to precisely remove conductive materials, typically steel or aluminum. Computer controlled plasma cutting allows an operator to produce multiple identical objects. The operator uses CAD programs, or any program capable of producing vector based illustration in a dxf or eps format, to design the object being produced. The vector design is then imported into the computer that controls the plasma cutting system. The design is then converted into a series of encoded commands that direct the cutting process.

It is much easier than it sounds and the process is similar to other cnc applications including cnc routing, laser and water-jet cutting.

You will use be taught how to design objects in formats that can be easily imported into a cnc plasma machine and how to design to the strengths and weaknesses of the process. You will learn the basics of operating a Torchmate cnc plasma cutting system by selecting a pre-created file and cutting it in 16 gauge mild steel.

This is an excellent two hour class for designers, architects, inventors, and anyone who wants to design 2-d projects for robotic cutting applications.

All safety gear will be provided, please wear warm heavy, clothing. Minors may attend with parental consent.

This class offers affordable, concise training on cnc plasma cutting equipment. It is the only class of it’s kind and it is being offered at 60% of the typical market rate.




 Learn by doing! This two session class is designed to build on the MIG welding intensive by helping students create a steel table or chair of your own design. You will learn how to turn steel materials into finished work using the tools and processes of metal fabrication. Learn the theory and practice of metalworking by using grinders, bandsaws, abrasives, die, grinders, sanders, and shears.

Your tuition includes 40 lbs of material and abrasives and consumables. You will be able to buy additional material at cost if you choose.

Class is open to minors 16 and up with parental consent.


Client reviews of my classes may be found here:

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Rusty Oliver is an artist and instructor with fifteen years of professional welding experience. He is certified for Structural Unlimited welding, and runs a high-end fabrication business. Rusty welds and works every conventional metal and has taught casting, machining, blacksmithing, electronics and foundry-work. Rusty has taught hundreds of students, including adults and youth. His students recommend him for his concision, humor, and teaching style. Rusty has instructed at the Coyote School students, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and South Seattle Community College where he wrote and taught curriculum for the Greenlight and Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Rusty has also been retained to teach private clients including Intellectual Ventures Laboratory and Titan tools. Rusty has film credits and experience in the special effects industry.


All Metal Arts actively supports cultural, intellectual, spiritual and sexual diversity.  We teach in a space that is safe in every way. We are honored to support and empower diverse communities and prepared to create positive experiences with all parties.