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Jewelry & Metal Arts

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Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-JEWEL-0393
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $25


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 observe 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. Note: Providence campus students visit the RISD Edna Lawrence Nature Lab. 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

  • Name: Tzu-Ju Chen (Bio)
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