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Jewelry & Metals

Taught in our Metals Department, jewelry-making classes include the traditional focus on technique and materials, but have moved beyond those skills to also include contemporary considerations of concept, design, and experimentation.

Supplies Note:
Unless noted, tuition for metals classes covers basic studio supplies, chemicals, tools and equipment. However, students should anticipate additional fees for other tools, metal and findings for their samples or projects. Most supplies are available for purchase directly from the Metals Department during class time or Open Lab.

Open Lab:
Open lab sessions are free and available for all enrolled students (including students that take weekend classes) at the following times: Mon, Wed – 1:00-4:00pm, Fri – 10:00am-1:00pm and Sat 10am-2pm. Please note that while there will be a lab monitor on duty during open studio sessions, for safety reasons, there is no official instruction provided during these times, unless agreed upon between you and an instructor. Students should use only the tools, equipment and materials demonstrated and covered by your instructor during the course.

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3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1 (Full)
This class introduces students to fundamental techniques and tools used to create unique jewelry and small metal sculpture. Students will work through a series of projects focused not only on technique, but also on encouraging individual expression. Techniques taught will include: sawing, basic forming, textures, silver-soldering, riveting, ring-making, and surface finishes. Students should expect to complete two to three projects. Materials will be discussed at the first class.*See supplies note. No class Mar 15.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Jillian Palone
Dates: Wed, 1/18/2017 to 3/29/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $300 | Members/Seniors (65+): $285
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/18/2017 and ending 3/29/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

3002 | Lost Wax Casting (Full)
Explore this ancient process of casting metal to create unique and individualized jewelry-scale objects in bronze or silver. The class will begin with a basic ring sample to run everyone through the entire process, and then allow for independently focused projects for the remainder of the course. Class demonstrations will depend on the needs of individual projects in addition to the basics: wax model-making, simple casting molds, sprue attachment (or preparing the wax model for casting), wax burn out, and casting the molten metal as well as surface finishing. Students should expect to get through multiple casting sessions with consistent attendance. Materials will be discussed at the first class. No prerequisite. *See metals supplies note. No class Mar 15.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Wed, 1/18/2017 to 3/29/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $300 | Members/Seniors (65+): $285
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/18/2017 and ending 3/29/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

3007 | Bezel, Tube, & Flush Stone-Settings (Full)
In this two-day weekend workshop, students will gain the basic knowledge of setting cabochon and faceted stones into bezel, tube, and flush settings. Students will work mainly through samples and exercises for each of these methods of stone setting and will discuss how to incorporate these methods into your own designs. Students will be fabricating their settings using silver solder techniques and surface finishing (sanding and polishing) will be covered as well. Prerequisite: Successful completion of two semesters of metal courses or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/4/2017 to 3/5/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 3/4/2017 and ending 3/5/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3018 | Making Earrings with PMC3 (Full)
This class will focus on how to create earrings using PMC3 (pure silver metal clay). During the class the students will learn how to stamp textures, carve, and hand-sculpt designs. The students will also have the option to solder ear wires after the earrings have been fired in the kiln; each student will create earrings using their own styles and designs. The instructor will guide students and help them during this process. Students will be asked to purchase some materials ahead of time; please see SSA website for a materials list*.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Lorena Angulo
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/11/2017 to 2/12/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 2/11/2017 and ending 2/12/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 200.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 185.00 ea.

3019 | Bronze Metal Clay
This class focuses on learning the fundamentals and basics of one of the first bronze clays available on the market, Bronzclay. Students will learn how to roll and shape the clay, how to use different tools to carve it and add texture, as well as surface finishing while creating one-of-a-kind works in Bronzclay. Kiln use, for firing and hardening the clay pieces, will be covered to provide an understanding of this process. Students will be asked to purchase some materials ahead of time. *Please see SSA website for a materials list. No class Mar 16.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Lorena Angulo
Dates: Thurs, 1/19/2017 to 4/6/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $320 | Members/Seniors (65+): $305
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/19/2017 and ending 4/6/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.

3038 | Hydraulic Press: Forming a Tea Strainer
The use of a hydraulic press for metal forming purposes is a relatively new option and provides a rich variety of results for metalsmiths and jewelers, including forming textured metal without affecting the integrity of the surface. The small scale of a tea infuser project provides a great learning moment for students to explore the advantages of this process and basic metal construction skills. In this class students will be introduced to basic press operation, including safety and die-making techniques for silhouette forming and embossing, as well as silver-soldering, hinges, clasps, simple chain making, and surface finishing techniques. Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See supplies note. No class Mar 13.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Mon, 2/6/2017 to 4/3/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $255 | Members/Seniors (65+): $240
Irregular classes scheduled starting 2/6/2017 and ending 4/3/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 255.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 240.00 ea.

3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Tech (Full)
What does it take to make a ring? Construction of handmade rings will be the focus of this two-day workshop. Students will 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, students should expect to walk away with at least two finished projects. *See supplies note.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/21/2017 to 1/22/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $155 | Members/Seniors (65+): $140
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 1/21/2017 and ending 1/22/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 155.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 140.00 ea.

3200a | Metals Studio Projects (Full)
This class is for motivated students who wish to pursue a new or continued topic of metalworking and/or jewelry-making to create a small body of work. Students are expected to have a good base of fundamental skills. Although projects are self-directed, the instructor will work with each student to assist with design, aesthetic, and/or technical decisions. Access will be given to all of the equipment/processes of the metals studio for this class as it relates to the chosen focus. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 and 2 or equivalent experience. No class Mar 17.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Jillian Palone
Dates: Fri, 1/20/2017 to 4/7/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/20/2017 and ending 4/7/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

3200b | Metals Studio Projects
This class is for motivated students who wish to pursue a new or continued topic of metalworking and/or jewelry-making to create a small body of work. Students are expected to have a good base of fundamental skills. Although projects are self-directed, the instructor will work with each student to assist with design, aesthetic, and/or technical decisions. Access will be given to all of the equipment/processes of the metals studio for this class as it relates to the chosen focus. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 and 2 or equivalent experience. No class Mar 13.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Mon, 1/23/2017 to 4/3/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/23/2017 and ending 4/3/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

3852 | Wood Jewelry
This class will focus on woodcarving techniques with an emphasis on jewelry applications. We will use traditional and contemporary practices to create ornate, lightweight wearable objects. The instructor will demonstrate personal tips and tricks for burs, rasps, chisels, and gravers. Students will be able to experiment on their own carved pieces made from holly, ebony, or another type of wood. No previous jewelry or woodcarving experience is necessary. Tools and materials will be provided but students may also bring any personal tools or wood to carve. *Please see SSA website for a materials list.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Daniel DiCaprio
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/25/2017 to 3/26/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $310 | Members/Seniors (65+): $295
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 3/25/2017 and ending 3/26/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 295.00 ea.

3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-Hr Block
The Willson Metals Studio is a fully equipped workspace providing a shared work environment for students and professionals. A lab monitor will supervise each session; however, instruction is not provided. Individuals who have not registered for this in previous terms must contact Department Chair Jillian Palone, 210.200.8254, prior to enrolling. The fee includes access to the entire studio and consumable materials (i.e. torches, etching chemicals, etc.). Sheet metal, wire, and casting grain are available for purchase from the Metals Department, but large quantities should be ordered separately by individuals. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Basic Jewelry Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience. No lab Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 24 & 25.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Lab Monitor
Dates: 1/17/2017 to 4/7/2017 | Dates and times to be arranged | Mon, 3:00-5:45pm | Tues, 6:00-9:00pm | Thurs & Fri, 1:00-4:00pm | Sat, 10:00am-3:00pm
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $80 | Members/Seniors (65+): $65
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/17/2017 and ending 1/17/2017
 
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.

3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited
The Willson Metals Studio is a fully equipped workspace providing a shared work environment for students and professionals. A lab monitor will supervise each session; however, instruction is not provided. Individuals who have not registered for this in previous terms must contact Department Chair Jillian Palone, 210.200.8254, prior to enrolling. The fee includes access to the entire studio and consumable materials (i.e. torches, etching chemicals, etc.). Sheet metal, wire, and casting grain are available for purchase from the Metals Department, but large quantities should be ordered separately by individuals. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Basic Jewelry Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience. No lab Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 24 & 25.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Lab Monitor
Dates: 1/17/2017 to 4/7/2017 | Dates and times to be arranged | Mon, 3:00-5:45pm | Tues, 6:00-9:00pm | Thurs & Fri, 1:00-4:00pm | Sat, 10:00am-3:00pm
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $335 | Members/Seniors (65+): $320
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/17/2017 and ending 1/17/2017
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.