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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.

Material List:  
Click here to see if your class has a material 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.

Open Lab:
Open lab sessions are free and available for all enrolled students (including students that take weekend classes) at the following times: Mon, 3:00 - 5:45 PM, Tues, 6:00 - 9:00 PM,  Thurs/Fri,  1:00 - 4:00 PM,  Sat, 10:00 AM -  2:00 PM. 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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3000 | Metals Studio Rental
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 Jill Palone at 210.200.8254 prior to enrolling. The fee includes access to the entire studio (hand tools and equipment) 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 several semesters of study in Metals or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Jillian Palone
Dates: 6/5/2017 to 8/11/2017 | Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $305 | Members/Seniors (65+): $290
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 6/5/2017 and ending 6/5/2017
 
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 290.00 ea.

3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1
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 with consistent attendance. Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See supplies note. No class on Jul 4.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Tues, 6/6/2017 to 8/15/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270
Irregular classes scheduled starting 6/6/2017 and ending 8/15/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

3002 | Lost Wax Casting
Explore this ancient process of casting metal to create unique and individualized jewelry-scale objects in bronze or silver. This class will include 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 complete a minimum of two finished projects in this 6 week course with consistent attendance. Materials will be discussed at the first class. No prerequisite. *See metals supplies note. No class on Jul 4.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Tues, 6/13/2017 to 7/25/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165
Irregular classes scheduled starting 6/13/2017 and ending 7/25/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3011 | Basic Metal Skills.2
Students will hone and expand on the skills already learned in Basic Metal Skills.1 while learning new techniques-etching, hydraulic press, small box construction, and forging. An emphasis will be placed on developing personal expression and style as students work through projects, in addition to samples, presented and guided by the instructor. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See supplies note.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Mon, 6/5/2017 to 8/7/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/5/2017 and ending 8/7/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

3034 | Digital Techniques for Metal
Computer assisted design and fabrication technologies are widely used in contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing practices. This two-weekend workshop will provide fundamental information for integrating digital technologies with traditional metal working techniques. Using computer software and CNC machining, students will learn how create designs that can be engraved on the surface of metal or carved into wax for casting. The class will be split between designing in our computer lab, discussions about programs you can use on your own computer, and hands on work in the metals studio. Students should expect to create multiple samples throughout the workshop and learn techniques to apply in their own work. Please see SSA website for a materials list; bring a bag lunch or plan to go out for lunch. *See metals supplies note.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Nicole DesChamps-Benke
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/17/2017 to 6/25/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $320 | Members/Seniors (65+): $305
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/17/2017 and ending 6/25/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.

3097 | Small Wooden Boxes
In this class, students will create small wooden boxes to hold small objects, to store jewelry, to use as a salt cellar, or to be whatever else is desired. Students will create boxes from a variety of wood and will be able to add their own personal touch with decorative adornment and lids out of wood and metal. They will learn basic skills for working with both wood and metal including sawing, sanding, surface texture, riveting, and patination. Please see SSA website for a materials list; please bring a bag lunch. *See metals supplies note.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Jillian Palone
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/22/2017 to 7/23/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165 | Members/Seniors (65+): $150
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 7/22/2017 and ending 7/23/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.

3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Tech
What does it take to make a ring? Construction of handmade rings will be the focus of this two-day introduction to metalworking. 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 using a torch, surface embellishment, and finishing techniques. In two days, students should expect to walk away with at least two finished projects. Please see SSA website for a materials list; please bring a bag lunch. *See metals supplies note.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/15/2017 to 7/16/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160 | Members/Seniors (65+): $145
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 7/15/2017 and ending 7/16/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.

3120 | Rings & Dishes
A perfect class for beginners or experienced students looking to explore metal forming. This class will cover basic metal forming techniques of sinking and fold-forming, as well as enameling techniques to create one-of-a-kind dishes and holders for jewelry or other uses in a variety of shapes, colors, and designs. The class will also cover ring fabrication to add a new creation that fits perfectly in its new holder. *See metals supplies note.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Jillian Palone
Dates: Thurs, 6/15/2017 to 8/3/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $240 | Members/Seniors (65+): $225
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/15/2017 and ending 8/3/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 240.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 225.00 ea.

3196 | Creating a Production Series
This class introduces fundamental techniques and various tools used to create unique jewelry appropriate for a successful production line of jewelry. Students are encouraged to incorporate individual expression in each piece and will work with the instructor to develop ideas and concepts. Techniques taught include basic forming, textures, silver-soldering, ring-making, surface finishes, basic stone setting, jump rings, earring posts, hinges, and clasps. Students will be introduced to working with the silver alloy Argentium. Students should expect to walk away with a small series of work. Please see SSA website for a materials list. *See metals supplies note.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Thurs, 6/8/2017 to 8/10/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/8/2017 and ending 8/10/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

3200 | Metals Studio Projects
This class is for motivated students who wish to pursue a new or continued topic of metalworking and/or jewelry-making. Students are encouraged to focus on honing constructional skills as well as developing a personal style. Although projects and samples are self-directed, the instructor will provide guidance and support to each student with design and 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. *See metals supplies note. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 & 2 or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Jillian Palone
Dates: Wed, 6/7/2017 to 8/9/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/7/2017 and ending 8/9/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.