Jewelry & Metals

The jewelry-making classes taught in our Metals Department include the traditional focus on technique and materials, as well as contemporary considerations of concept, design, and experimentation.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing Material List

  Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Studio Note:

No outside studio time will be permitted at this time, unless arranged by the individual class.

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Course details (meeting times, tuition, etc.) are listed below.

Spring 2022 Metals Course Descriptions

These are the course descriptions only

 3001 | Metal Skills. 1

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Mon, 1/24/2022 to 3/28/2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $290.00 | Friends: $270.00 | Sessions: 10

Learn the fundamental techniques and tools used to create unique jewelry and small metal sculptures as you work through a series of projects focused not only on technique, but also on encouraging individual expression. Techniques covered will include sawing, basic forming, surface textures, silver-soldering, riveting, ring-making, and surface finishes. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3002 | Introduction to Lost Wax Casting

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Tues, 1/18/2022 to 3/22/2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $300.00 | Friends: $285.00 | Sessions: 10

Explore this ancient process of casting to create unique and individualized jewelry-scale objects in bronze or silver. The class will begin with a basic project and then allow for independently focused projects for the remainder of the term. Class demonstrations will depend on the needs of individual projects in addition to the basics-model-making, setting sprues, preparing the model in the flask, burning out the wax, casting the molten metal, and surface finishing. No previous metal experience required. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3010 | Drawing and Painting on Enamel

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Alejandra Salinas
Dates: Wed, 1/19/2022 to 3/23/2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $300.00 | Friends: $285.00 | Sessions: 10

This class will introduce students to alternative drawing materials and techniques for vitreous enamel. Explore the possibilities and processes for creating imagery using luster, various ink pens, charcoal techniques, enamel paints, stamps, stencils, and decals. With an emphasis on experimentation, this class will allow students to explore new materials and expand their existing practice. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or basic enameling experience. Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3024 | Metal Skills 2: Etching and Bezel Setting

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Thurs, 1/20/2022 to 3/24/2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $290.00 | Friends: $275.00 | Sessions: 10

In this follow up course to Basic Skills.1, students will hone their sawing, soldering, forming, and surface finishing skills and apply those basic metalsmithing techniques to create more complex projects. Demonstrations will include how to etch a pattern or texture into metal, how to create a bezel for stone setting, and how to make jump rings and chains to complete a wearable object. Students can anticipate completing at least two projects. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3110 | Introduction to Jewelry-Making Techniques

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Laura Quiñones
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/22/2022 to 1/23/2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $170.00 | Friends: $155.00 | Sessions: 2

What does it take to make a ring? Construction of handmade rings will be the focus of this workshop. Be introduced to the basic techniques of working with non-ferrous metals (copper, brass and silver), basic hand tools, forging, forming, silver-soldering, surface embellishment, and finishing techniques. In two days, you should expect to walk away with at least two finished projects. Please bring a bag lunch both days. Students can select and purchase metal for their projects in class; *see Metals Supplies Note.

 3194 | Dimension and Form in Metal

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Alejandra Salinas
Dates: Sat, 2/5/2022 to 3/26/2022 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Friends: $250.00 | Sessions: 8

Explore the traditional art of chasing and repoussé combined with use of the hydraulic press to develop dimension and form on copper sheet. Learn basic techniques of chasing and repoussé to sculpt metal by hand with chasing tools, pitch, and a chasing hammer as well as how to create dies for use in the hydraulic press for a different forming technique. Combine both techniques to create several pieces of three-dimensional functional metalware and/or wearable jewelry. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3200 | Advanced Metals Studio Projects

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Alejandra Salinas
Dates: Fri, 1/21/2022 to 3/25/2022 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Friends: $300.00 | Sessions: 10

For the advanced student wishing to pursue a new or continued topic of metalworking and/or jewelry-making or to create a small body of work. Although projects are self-directed, the instructor will work with each student to assist with design, aesthetic, and/or technical decisions. *See Metals Supplies Note. Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least three metals courses or equivalent intermediate metals experience.

 

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