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Jewelry & Metal Arts

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


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


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

  • Name: Andrew Haviland (Bio)
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