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Jewelry & Metal Arts

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Sundays, Feb 9 - 23 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-TEEN-1755
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $175 | lab fee $25


Description

Mold making is an essential three-dimensional design technique used to create multiples of sculpted forms that can become jewelry, toy and even movie prop prototypes. This course introduces that process as students experiment with casting from natural objects and original wax and plasticine sculptures. Material science is part of the learning as students practice using support materials like plaster, impression materials and sculpting positives. Real shells, pods, rocks, vegetables, branches and seeds are replicated for their form, but also for their texture to be used as jewelry motifs. Other exercises include small relief sculpting and casting, and figurine sculpting that relies on two-part molds.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Stefania Medeiros (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 25 - May 19 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/14
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-JEWEL-1109
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $50


Description

Working in precious and non-precious metals, this course 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.

Applies to: JM-R, PM-E

Prerequisite: Jewelry + Light Metals I: Materials + Techniques


Instructor
  • Name: Tzu-Ju Chen (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Feb 29 - May 23 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-JEWEL-1132
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | 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.

Applies to: JM-R, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Taylor Heide (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 27 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PDM-2516
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | 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 Mac platform.

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

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Toni Shannon (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Apr 6 - May 18 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/13
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-JEWEL-1127
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


Description

Jewelry can represent many things, but what makes a piece of jewelry unique isn't necessarily the cost. Rather, it's the innovation, creativity and originality of the artist's design. This course introduces both new techniques with old materials and old techniques with new materials—including beads and beading, chain-making, knotting, wire and wrapping, fabrics, leather, found and natural objects, industrial materials such as washers and bolts, and various finishing techniques. Experimentation is essential and introduction to technique helps to realize individual designs. Projects include designing and making a variety of styles of necklaces, bracelets and earrings while experimenting with both materials and techniques to find new solutions to existing problems. Students are given a historical background on jewelry design as context for their work. As no special facilities are required, all techniques can be practiced at home by students of all levels of experience.

Applies to: JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Tzu-Ju Chen (Bio)
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