This course is designed as an introductory course for the student interested in making fine jewelry. The goal of this course is to continue the tradition of fine jewelry making by teaching basic design principles and requirements of good craftsmanship. Design skills are built on an awareness of design principles, an aesthetic sense, and knowledge of materials and technique. Projects will include establishing skills in forming, filing, piercing (sawing), soldering, bezel setting, surface treatment, and polishing. Students will work with nonferrous metals such as copper, brass, and sterling silver. Guest artists, homework assignments, and self and peer evaluation will supplement studio work. Students should expect to spend time beyond designated class periods to complete projects.
a. Students will be able to create original designs ideas
b. Students will be able to plan out their ideas on paper using drawing techniques learned in class.
c. Students will be able to analyze their drawings and predict possible outcomes in the technical process.
d. Students will develop aesthetic awareness
e. Students will develop the basic technical skills in metalsmithing such as transferring designs, sawing, filing, drilling, surface treatment, soldering, and stone setting.
f. Students will develop a clear sense of quality and craftsmanship
g. Students will gain a new art medium for use in self-expression.
h. Student will learn some of the history of jewelry
i. Students will develop a strong technical vocabulary
j. Student will develop a strong work ethic and attention to detail.