The iron and steel industries were the backbone of our community. Many of the buildings our families worked in and the rails that transported either products to market or people to various destinations were forged through the prudent use of our area’s mineral resources.
Now, high school students can catch a glimpse of our proud past by enrolling in the free Keystone Iron Works classes that begin on May 13 and run until June 10 at Keystone College.
The Iron Casting Workshops are part of Lackawanna County’s ARTS Engage! program. This activity enables students to work with national professional artists and Keystone College faculty on pouring and sculpting iron. It also helps the participants to develop self-esteem, participate in team-building events and learn positive social skills while also learning valuable arts skills.
The schedule and time for the classes are as follows: May 13, 15, 20, 22, and 29 and June 3 and 5 from 5 pm to 8 pm at both Keystone College’s art studio and at The AFA Gallery.
The students and artist mentors will cast their sculptures on Saturday, June 8, at The Scranton Iron Furnaces during the Arts on Fire Festival. They will finish and patina the castings on Monday, June 10. After the event, the pieces will be exhibited at various galleries through Lackawanna County.
This program is being presented by the following partners: Lackawanna County, ARTS Engage!, the Employment & Opportunity Training Center, Keystone College, and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority.