Sculpting Classes and Basic Art Welding Classes



In an inclusive, engaging atmosphere, students are invited to create with aerated cement, recycled paper clay, mixed media, encaustics or basic art welding.

Each class holds both beginners and accomplished artists. Classes are small enough to make it viable for each maker to follow their personal direction. Nurturing the vision in each student, respect is given to the individual processes, while students put their expressions into form.

Two classes are taught each week, Art Welding on Friday afternoons and the other mediums are taught on Sunday afternoons. An open studio is available for students on Friday afternoons, (open to work on your sculptures without a teacher and without extra charge.)

When opening to one’s creativity, resistance can be pretty powerful. Fear of your creation not being ‘good enough’ is one of the loudest excuses not to do it. It is a powerful thing to risk putting into form something that has only been thought of. The classes are complete with both a teacher and students that are there to support you as you as your progress unfolds.

Come play with us!

All tools are supplied. Work is from factual realism to the complexity of abstract.

Murphy’s Studio, 4495 SE Aldercrest Road, Milwaukie, OR. 97222.

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Sculpting Classes


You can choose which medium you’d like to work with:

Recycled paper clay (available in classroom)
Aerated Cement (available in classroom)
Mixed Media (some materials available, but best to bring some of your own.)
Encaustics (mostly used as one of many patinas to finish your work with.)

Classes are held on Friday and Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4:30 and quite often run over due to the fact that people want to stay longer. Two classes per week at the same price.


Art Welding

In this class you will be introduced and become proficient at Mig welding. Oxo-Acetylene torch, plasma cutter, angle grinder, abrasive grinding wheels, metal chop saws and a metal nibbler will also be introduced.

To begin, some steel will be provided, but you’ll need to bring in your own steel scraps to work on.  Steel rods for the oxy-acetylene torch will be provided.

(For this class, leather or cotton shoes only, cotton or wool clothes only. Polyesters melt and can melt into skin, so not allowed.)

Classes are on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 4:30. Classes are limited to 4 students at a time for safety’s sake. There is usually a short waiting list to get in.

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Student Comments


Thanks for creating such a wonderful place for strangers to become family and friends while creating works of art.-Joy Haynes

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class. You’re a great instructor, giving just the right amount of feedback and letting the artist develop in their own time.-Dianne Erickson

You are so positive anyone talking to you has to get better. The works done by the students are spectacular, You must be as proud as they are. Its the atmosphere you create. I could tell the difference the minute I walked down the studio stairs. You bring out the best in people, a very special gift, thank you for all the help, patience and latitude you give everyone. Your a Great Artist and Teacher. I only say what others already know.-Donnie Lass

Regardless of whether you are a true beginner or a seasoned sculptor makes no difference. I highly recommend Carole Murphy’s classes to anyone with the slightest interest in trying this sculptural medium. Carole not only has a flair for teaching that incorporates her artistic vision, but she also works closely with students to encourage them and help them bring their ideas to fruition. Because of her teaching approach and enthusiasm, the studio atmosphere is friendly and brimming with creativity. This fosters a true feeling of mutual support among all involved. Also, Carole’s dedication to this work is guaranteed to rub off on everyone who participates. Don’t miss this one. It’s a great opportunity!-Judy Christie

(Carole’s) love of teaching shows in every class… (Carole) inspire(s) me like no other teacher has ever done. If all teachers had the true love of teaching, what a wonderful world this could be…-Veronica Brim

Carole is always searching for new ideas for her own work and innovative ways to create her wonderful sculptures. She is truly an artist who is an accomplished teacher.-Eileen Holzman

Carole creates an atmosphere where each and every student feels welcomed and supported by all the artists in the class. She offers instruction and suggestions as gentle nudges to your own creativity. I’ve done some sculpture before and loved it! But I have left sculpture on the back burner. Now I feel compelled to make space in my life and environment for expressing what comes out during the haze of my time in the studio. I am greatful for finding Carole and her studio waiting for me.-Jere Fitterman

Carole’s classes are a lot of fun. The wonderful thing about her teaching style is that she is not directing the class in a specific direction or material. Instead she is there more as a mentor. She offers suggestions and direction if you want it and is always very encouraging. There is also support amongst the students.-Kevin Po