There's a new opportunity for people who want an excuse to play with fire. A welding class is now being taught in Central Virginia, and it's creating quite a spark.

The Virginia School of Metal is now open and accepting students. One of its first classes will be a 16 hour Introduction to Welding class held on Saturdays and Sundays. The first class will be held March 2 and 3 and will cost $375.

It will cover the history of welding, how to use the equipment, safety precautions, and those who sign up will get a chance to put the flame to the metal and practice welding themselves. Each person will get to work on a piece of art to take home.

"Everybody has an interest, I think, in sparks and flame and fire," said Steve Brownell, the founder and president of Brownell Metal Studio. "I think a lot of people have a creative interest, internally, and the people that I've trained in the past... they just love it."

Brownell will oversee the class and has 40 years of welding and metalworking experience, ranging from heavy industrial welding and fabrication to nuclear welding.

The classes are for anyone - hobbyists and art enthusiasts, people who want to make a career out of welding, and for people who just want an excuse to play with fire. More advanced courses will also be offered through the Virginia School of Metal, and there is an open shop night for the public every Tuesday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for $20.

Click here for more on the courses being offered and how to sign up.