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Jewelry & Metal Arts

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Thursdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PDM-2516 ( Class is almost Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Rhino is the industry standard of 3D modeling applications, both affordable and easy to learn. Its files can be exported into any program that supports surfaces or solids, or into CAD/CAM and other prototyping applications used by product designers, as well as those used for architectural and jewelry design and rendering, computer animation, filmmaking and Web design. Realistic renderings are generated by outputting to programs such as Maya, Flash, Photoshop and other popular software. Work begins with a sketch, drawing or physical model and Rhino provides the tools to construct realistic models. Learning the communication language unique to this 3D modeling application allows students to fully realize their designs, as they produce the illusion of three dimensions in digital form. Note: Prior 3D modeling experience is not required. This course is taught on a Windows platform.

Applies to: AN-E, IT-E, JM-R, PM-R

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Topher Gent (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Oct 14 | 10am-2pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-JEWEL-4113
1 session | 4 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $30


Description

Here's your chance to make a leather wrap bracelet. You'll choose from hundreds of different colors of fire-polished Czech glass beads, as well as numerous shades of imported leather. You will have the option of making several short (single or double) bracelets or one that will wrap five times around your wrist. Choose your button closure from the instructor's collection of vintage and antique buttons. All materials and tools will be provided.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Carolyn Wagner (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6-9pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-JEWEL-0141
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $50


Description

From Chinese cloisonne objects to precious Faberge eggs, the classic art of enameling -- fusing glass to metal -- has resulted in some of the great masterpieces of jewelers' art. This course offers the unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of a process that has changed little since its ancient Egyptian origins. Emphasis is placed on exploration and experimentation using traditional and non-traditional enameling techniques including sifting, layering, stencils, wet packing, basic cloisonne and decals. Demonstrations of each method are given, including an introduction to the proper preparation of the metal and ways of working using non-lead bearing enamels. Students make tile samples using the various techniques, and ultimately select one technique to design and develop a final project. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher. Note: Students are expected to purchase an enameling kit from the RISD Store 3D for approximately $60.

Applies to: JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jennaca Davies (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 16 - Dec 9 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-JEWEL-1132
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $50


Description

An intriguing piece of jewelry not only attracts the eye, but also complements its wearer or tells a story. In this course, we move beyond appreciation to creation by learning the fundamentals of jewelry-making techniques, design and fabrication. A range of hand-tool processes is covered through practical exercises and imaginative concept-based projects. The non-technical side of the course focuses on idea development and the critical-thinking skills needed to realize a vision. On the technical front, we cover sawing, piercing, filing, annealing, soldering, texturing, cold connections, basic hollow construction, ring sizing and more. In addition, discussion of design, materials, jewelry history and alternative techniques is part of every class. Note: Students may purchase tool kits from the RISD Store 3D on the first day of class for $170. Students are expected to purchase metals for their projects, the nature and scope of which determine costs. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Schedule Update: The schedule for this course has changed since originally published. Class will now meet Saturdays, Sept. 16 - Dec. 9, 9am-12pm (no class 11/25).

Applies to: JM-R, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Annelise Yee (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-JEWEL-1109
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $50


Description

Working in precious and non-precious metals, this class moves beyond the foundation learned in Jewelry + Light Metals I: Materials + Techniques to refine and combine a variety of jewelry construction methods. The focus of the class is to encourage students to pursue intermediate level projects that incorporate more complicated soldering techniques such as wire construction and chain making, as well as allow students more room for individual artistic development. Additionally, more advanced techniques such as hinge making, complicated scoring and bending, and other fabrication methods are introduced. Image lectures are presented to inspire students with new design possibilities and to help articulate more involved ideas and concepts in their work. By the end of the course, students should find themselves able to both create more intricate pieces and to approach jewelry design from a decidedly more sophisticated vantage point. Note: Students should be comfortable with basic sawing and soldering. Students may purchase tool kits from the RISD Store 3D on the first day of class for approximately $170. Students are expected to purchase metals for their projects, the nature and scope of which determine costs. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Schedule Update: The schedule for this course has changed since originally published. Class will now meet on Tuesdays, Sept. 12 - Dec. 5, 7-10pm (no class 11/21).

Applies to: JM-R, PM-E

Prerequisite: Jewelry + Light Metals I: Materials + Techniques


Instructor
  • Name: MJ Tyson (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Dec 3 - 10 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1731
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $130


Description

Silver has provided artisans with the perfect medium for creative expression through the ages. This course examines the masterworks of silversmiths, including tableware, tea and coffee services, light fixtures and other decorative objects. Beginning with the exuberant productions of 17th-century French and German Baroque silver and continuing to work of Paul Revere and the creations of the Art Nouveau, this course explores the style and function of this most remarkable precious metal. Lectures outlining the history of silver will be complemented by a visit to the RISD Museum.

Applies to: ID-E, JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
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