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Jewelry & Metal Arts

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Mondays, Feb 27 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PDM-2516
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: Matthew E. Paquin (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 28 - May 23 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-JEWEL-1132 ( Class is almost Full )
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 class 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 class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher. This course was previously titled Jewelry + Light Metals: The Basics.

Applies to: JM-R, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jennaca Davies (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 4 - May 27 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-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 class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: JM-R, PM-E

Prerequisite: Jewelry + Light Metals I: Materials + Techniques


Instructor
  • Name: Jisoo Lee (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Mar 1 - May 24 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-JEWEL-1129
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $35


Description

This comprehensive introduction to the process of wax carving and casting focuses on the design and creation of unique metal pieces. Wax's malleability provides the designer with a way to create rich textures and fine details. In addition, working with wax permits experimentation, as it is disposable and allows for mistakes. Class begins by exploring methods of working with wax in both additive and subtractive processes. Throughout the course, students strengthen their designs through research and sketches and are encouraged to challenge themselves by casting small-scale found objects, plastics and organics, as well as to make a mold for the production of multiples. All castings are sent to a professional caster for casting into metal (white bronze, silver, etc.). Ultimately, pieces are finished by sanding and filing, resulting in fine works of art. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Amie Plante (Bio)
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