Welding Classes Available

 welding class with john barber

Basic Welding Class Description

I teach a class called Basic Welding for Beginners. I taught this class through Leisure Learning Unlimited for 20 years. I am now teaching the class under my own name at my Studio near Garden Oaks in Houston’s near north side.

This class is designed to introduce entry level people to the types of welding and cutting available to the Artist, Hobbyist, Homeowner and Do it Yourself-ers using equipment that runs on household electricity. This course is not intended for industrial welding or for qualifying for a welding job. 

My welding class presents the student with a hands-on opportunity to experience the latest equipment in light welding applications. We will cover MIG welding, also known as wirefeed welding, both solid wire and flux core. We will do some cutting of steel plate with a plasma cutter, and do just a bit of ARC welding

welding class with john barber

All this takes place in one afternoon from Noon to 5pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month. I limit the class size to seven so that everyone has ample time to preform each of the exercises. Experience has shown me that a person can look at all the books and videos they care to, but in the case of welding, there is no substitute for a hands on experience in a safe controlled work environment with an experienced instructor at your elbow. 

As a teacher, I try to cut through a lot of the technical jargon that can be confusing and present this material in plain language that can be easily understood by the beginning student. This class is also good as a refresher course for those who may have had some exposure to welding years ago and want to get up to speed on the latest machines and techniques. We will spend some time with industry catalogs to show you a range of eqiupment from the least expensive hobby welders up to light industrial machines. There is something for everyone’s budget.

We’ve tried to answer common questions in our FAQ page. Please take a look.

These classes fill quickly, so if you’re interested, sign up here! 

Project Welding Class Description

project welding class series

I teach a Project Welding class in the same Studio as the Basic Welding class. The purpose of the Project class is to put into practice the skills you have acquired in the Basic Class. We meet for four sessions over the course of two weeks, Tuesday and Thursday and the following Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9pm.

I only have four students in the class so that I can spend more time with you individually. 

In the Project class we make one of my fish. I have twelve patterns from which to choose. We plasma cut the silhouette, hammer it into shape on the shot bag, weld the fins and the hanger bracket on and on the last evening we paint the fish in tropical colors. 

I have been teaching this class for 12 years and everyone goes home with a finished Artwork! Our primary material is 20ga. steel sheet metal. A very common but very versatile material that is available and not expensive.

The purpose of this directed class is to help you build a skill set so that you have a foundation to pursue future projects. Taking the Basic Welding Class first is a big help but not a necessity. The next dates for this class is:

February Class: Tuesdays & Thursdays Feb.14&16, and 21&23

April Class: Tuesdays & Thursdays April 4&6, and 11&13

Welding for Women Class Description

welding class for women

I also offer a Basic Welding for Women class once or twice a year. This is the same class as the Basic Welding, but only women are invited to attend. If you are interested in this class, please contact me.

Private Lessons

I will teach private classes to adults, as time permits.  I prefer that you have taken the Basic Welding Class for Beginners first, so there’s a natural progression.  Contact me at 713.557.7960 if you are interested in a private lesson.

Click here to see the 2017 Calendar of Classes

Have more questions? See our FAQ.

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In addition to teaching my basic welding classes here in Houston, I have been asked to teach some workshops for the Society of American Mosaic Artists. They are havering their annual convention in Houston this year and they asked if I would teach some classes on how to make Mounts, Hangers and armatures for mosaic Artwork. I made many armatures over the years in the museum exhibit business and I believe that I can present some eye opening material to these folks. The problem in hanging mosaic work is that it is so heavy. Mosaic is primarily glass, stone and cement. Can’t get much heavier than that. Also, because of its rigidity, mosaic work cannot flex as a rule. Steel is the ideal material for making hangers. With today’s modern welding equipment anyone can create beautiful, strong support structures in their own garage.

“Life Under the Roof of the Ocean” opens November 8

A showing of my new work entitled “Life Under the Roof of the Ocean” opens November 8 and runs through November 29.   The show will be held in Christ Church Cathedral’s Cloister Gallery at 1117 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston.  (Street parking around the church, or there’s a church parking lot across the street.)

I will have a ‘school’ of new fish on display just in time for holiday gifting.  I will be there for the opening reception if you want first dibs on a piece.

Opening reception is Friday, November 8 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM

The show will run through November 29.   The Cloister Gallery is open during working hours of the Cathedral’s gift shop.  Treebeard’s restaurant is also in the Gallery and has a booming lunch crowd for its tasty southern cuisine.


John Barber’s upcoming welding classes

Upcoming welding classes in Houston, Texas scheduled for Fall, 2013

I’m back from my own welding class with Lincoln Welding in Cleveland, Ohio.  And, yes, I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while there.  So I have new stories to tell in my classes, but you need to sign up first.  So here’s the classes I offer through Leisure Learning:


Basic Welding for Beginners – 1 Saturday, Noon – 5PM (listed under the Home Improvements tab).  This class is for anyone wanting to learn to weld, be it for basic repair of any kind, fence work, auto restoration, or creating works of art. 

August 10, August 24, September 7, September 21, October 12, October 26

Basic Welding for Women – 1 Saturday, Noon – 5PM (listed under the Home Improvements tab)

September 28

Art Welding: Create Your Own Metal Fish Artwork – 2 Tues and 2 Thurs, 7PM-9PM (listed under the Arts & Crafts tab).  This is a project class in which you complete a fish sculpture.

September 10, 24, 17, 19 or October 8, 10, 15, 17

All these classes fill quickly, so if you don’t want to get stuck on a waiting list, sign up ASAP.  I look forward to seeing you.





Welcome to John Barber Studios

Welcome to John Barber’s metal fish sculptures.  Each is individually handcrafted from cold-rolled steel – cut, hammered and welded into a 3-dimensional piece.  I have so many projects and classes going on I wanted to keep you updated as soon as they occur.  Next week I will be attending a class at Lincoln Welding for teachers.  I hope to come back with a great deal more knowledge about teaching the finer points of welding, especially for my students interested in art welding.  Take a look at the fish in my gallery and let me know how I can help you.