A new course at Ozaukee High School promises to mingle students from two groups that don’t normally interact — those interested in shop and art.
Technology education teacher James Peter worked with art teacher Kristel Mach in designing a curriculum.
“The course will help introduce art students to the tech ed department and hopefully create an interest in those courses,” Peter said in a course description submitted to the Northern Ozaukee School Board.
“The tech ed students will begin to think more about the design aspects of their work, and in turn better develop their craft.”
Students will be expected to complete three to five original projects, each taking between two to four weeks to complete.
In addition to being introduced to basic welding and soldering techniques, students will be introduced to incorporating computers with laser and plasma cutters and MIG welders.
Peter said students will be encouraged to come up with projects that include fabricating metal yard art, decorative items and jewelry.
Supt. Dave Karrels lauded Peter for the initiative he took in developing the course.
“It took outside-the-box thinking to come up with a course that would appeal to students who are not normally interested in tech education,” Karrels said.
The metal arts course will be offered in the 2017-18 school year.