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Jewelry & Metal Arts

Course Details

Tuesday, Jun 20 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-PROD-2527
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75


Description

Explore the possibilities of creative 3D form in Rhino. Work with manipulating geometric forms, and with importing vector-based line art. Participants in this workshop learn how to make forms that are consistent with their ongoing design work. These forms may be prepared for 3D output to a rapid prototyping printer.


Instructor
  • Name: Arthur Hash (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jun 20 - Aug 1 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-DFOU-0354
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $75


Description

Co-Works, RISD's state-of-the-art facility for digital fabrication, is the location for this course that introduces 3D printing technology, a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Purposefully accessible, this course facilitates workflow through 3D scanning and the use of open-source 3D files, bypassing the usual digital prerequisites of Rhino or advanced 3D modeling skills. Basic Rhino 3D modeling instruction can be offered according to student interest. The course begins with an overview of 3D printing processes and their potential applications to all fields of art and design. Students develop their individual pieces utilizing the FDM (fused deposition modeling) and SLA (stereolithography) 3D printers. Once pieces are produced, various post-processing finishing techniques are demonstrated to further the work. Other digital fabrication technologies are also introduced as projects and student interest dictate: laser cutter, UV printer, plotter, vacuum former, large-format printer, etc. In line with RISD's interdisciplinary culture, the course is structured to integrate all individual creative practices and has applications to fashion, textiles, jewelry, product and industrial design, ceramics and moldmaking, as well as sculpture and painting. 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.

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


Instructor
  • Name: * William Udell, Ellie Tomlinson (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 21 - Jul 26 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-JEWEL-0393
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $25


Description

Inspiration plays an essential role in the design and creation of jewelry -- so does research. In this course, students learn to research and reference primary sources to gather information and inspiration to explore how to translate designs through sketches and models. The course begins with a variety of paper exercises that allow students to learn essential model making skills as well as ways of cutting, manipulating, bending and folding that help them understand different materials’ natural properties. Students then learn about materials and sources for making designs a reality. To facilitate this process, students visit the RISD Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, observing how nature and natural forms are ideal catalysts in the development of unique pieces of jewelry. Fundamental techniques for wire-wrapping and working with found objects are explored, and examples of contemporary jewelry design are shown though digital presentations. As the course takes place outside of the jewelry studio, all projects are created using readily available tools and materials such as paper, wire and everyday materials. Students of all levels are welcome.

Applies to: JM-R


Instructor
  • Name: Kendall Reiss (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 10 - 14 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-0450
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $20


Description

Have you ever wanted to design and fabricate your own jewelry? This course (geared specifically to the young metalsmith) gives you the tools to do just that! You'll learn and master the basic techniques of sawing, piercing and filing, with the goal of having a cohesive collection of work at the end of the course. Through practice, you'll develop skill and confidence in using basic jewelry hand tools. A part of each class is devoted to talking about the history of jewelry and adornment, with special attention paid to contemporary designers as well as opportunities for jewelers and designers today. Casual group critiques are held throughout the course as a way for students to evaluate each other's ideas and work. Note: Brass and copper are provided; students are responsible for buying silver, should they wish to use it.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Heather Guidero (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jun 19 - Jul 24 | 6-9pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-JEWEL-0494
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Description

The finger ring dates back 6,000 years to ancient Egypt when they were given and received as gifts, and they continue to be the most popular and meaningful form of jewelry today. Students in this course learn to design and make ornamentation specifically for the finger. Through discussion and hands-on demonstration, you learn about fabricating bands and ways of integrating special details into individual rings with techniques such as piercing, forming, soldering, finishing and basic bezel stone setting. Everyone is encouraged to fully express their design ideas and make well-crafted pieces of jewelry, and even potentially make their own series of stacked rings. This course is ideal for both students new to jewelry and intermediate/advanced students who want to begin to create their own more complex work/series. 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.

Applies to: JM-R

Prerequisite: Jewelry + Light Metals II: Process + Practices


Instructor
  • Name: Jennaca Davies (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Jul 15 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-JEWEL-0390
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $130 | lab fee $45


Description

Scrimshaw, an art form with deep roots in Rhode Island, refers to a process of scratching and carving lines and shapes onto a hard surface -- originally bone and ivory -- and then inking the carved area to make it come into view. Whalers practiced this art form in their spare time and brought it into prominence during the heyday of the whaling industry. In this course scrimshaw techniques are demonstrated and practiced, along with ways of inking individual pieces. The technique itself can be done anywhere, with limited tools and expertise. Work is done on a variety of materials including bone, mother of pearl and natural findings. Students utilize the technique to develop an individual design or image that tells their own contemporary story. Students push the technique to its limits as they create one-of-a-kind artistic objects and jewelry. 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.

Applies to: JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Haviland (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jun 17 - 18 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-JEWEL-0497
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $30


Description

In this workshop, students receive step-by-step instruction in beading using predominantly seed beads while employing off-loom stringing methods. Specific techniques and stitches are demonstrated with consideration given to design, process, style, color and texture. Experimentation and play are encouraged so that students may develop individual ways of working with and creating unique beaded jewelry. For added inspiration, the course includes demonstration and practice in various traditional and cultural styles of beadwork. Over the course of a weekend, students make their own finished pieces, and leave with information on bead sources so that they may continue making necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more on their own. 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.

Applies to: JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jennaca Davies (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jun 20 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-JEWEL-0391
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75 | lab fee $10


Description

This fast-paced workshop introduces you to a variety of chain-making techniques with a few simple tools, assorted gauges and types of wire. Working with pliers and easy-to-make wire forming jigs, you'll create your own custom links, add texture with hammers, and explore unique wire forms that enhance your design work with handcrafted chains. Fastening techniques and how to add elements using links are also demonstrated.


Instructor
  • Name: Jennaca Davies (Bio)
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