Jewelry & Metal Arts
Tuesdays, Jan 7 - Feb 11 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/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 design-focused course, students learn to research and extrapolate ideas from inspiration and to translate them into designs through sketches and paper models. The course begins with a variety of paper exercises that allow students to learn essential model making skills in paper as well as ways of cutting, manipulating, bending and folding that help them understand different materials' natural properties. 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 through 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: This is not a jewelry bench studio course. 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)
Saturdays, Jan 11 - Feb 8 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-TEEN-0450
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $25
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
- Name: Andrew Xenos (Bio)
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
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
- Name: Stefania Medeiros (Bio)