Arts on Main Metalsmithing Class

Karen Ables working on her project and being instructed by teacher Jerome Legrand. (Photo by Dylan McNiel)

A metalsmithing class taught by Jerome Legrand was held Tuesday, October 19, 2017 at Legrand and Son’s Welding and Ironworks in Texarkana, Texas.

Jerome teaches his metalsmithing class in partnership with Arts on Main. “

It is a six week class that is held four times a year: fall, winter, spring, and summer,” said Legrand.

It is for people wanting to learn metalsmithing and for those already experienced wanting to fine-tune the trade.

“Each student is different and I base that on their skill level,” said Legrand, “they all have their own projects, and I help assist when needed.”

Legrand and Son’s is a family owned business and has been in the Texarkana area since 1933. They specialize in ornamental ironwork and artistic blacksmithing. Jerome started working alongside his father when he was only 10 years old and that’s when his passion with metalsmithing began.

Jerome has been teaching and doing metalsmithing for over thirty-three years. He has worked with the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council (TRAHC) on several projects throughout the years.

Some of his well-known work include the gates at the Jefferson Dog Park, the large railroad sculpture downtown, and the Kidtopia sign.

Visit TRAHC to learn more.

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