Our jewelry studio is fully equipped for jewelry making and metalsmithing students of all levels.
Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014
Independent Study in JewelryMarch 11, 2014 to April 15, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco
This class is for students continuing development of their jewelry and metalworking studies with refinement in both technical and aesthetic pursuits. Working with the instructor, students will create a variety of finished projects that express their own interests in terms of technique, style, and subject. In addition to scheduled class time, students can take advantage of open studio throughout the duration of their 6 week session. Students must have taken Jewelry I and II at The Arts Center, or have significant outside experience. Studio fee covers tool usage, gas, solder, flux, etc. Students will be expected to purchase their own materials for their individual projects, aside from these shared basics. Students can consult with instructor on where to purchase materials, and what they might need for specific projects.
Saturday, Mar 22, 2014
SOLD OUT! Precious Metal Clay ExplorationMarch 22, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Nancy Miller
Explore the many ways that you can use fine silver Precious Metal Clay to create jewelry designs of your own. Precious Metal Clay can be shaped like clay to produce uniquely textured surfaces, and once it is fired in the kiln, it results in shiny, durable, and beautiful silver jewelry. Students will have the opportunity to make pendants, earrings, beads, charms and rings. The class will also cover techniques for setting and firing stones. Each student will leave with at least three fully finished pieces of jewelry. Students at all levels of experience are welcome to join in the fun. Students will pay a materials fee of $85 directly to the instructor at the start of class. Please note that this price is subject to increase or decrease based on the market price of silver at the time.
Monday, Mar 31, 2014
Beyond The Basic Bead: Beads Don’t Have to Be Round!March 31, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley
Note: Introduction to Lampworking is a Prerequisite for this class. Beads come in many shapes and sizes. In this class, students will learn how to use tools and marvering techniques to shape glass into square, triangle, bi-cone, tube and tab shaped beads.
Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014
Polymer Clay Bead Making and DesignApril 9, 2014 to May 14, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Sharon Lombardi
It would be difficult to combine more fun with learning than in this class! Students will be creating colorful beads of their own from polymer clay. Each student will learn to mix the clay colors and apply design principles into making a necklace as well as several other pieces to take home. We will also explore the symbolism behind jewelry through a look at the Masai tribe of Africa, a culture that thrives on the ancient craft of jewelry making. Knotting skills and proper clasp addition will also be covered. All ages and experience levels welcome!
Monday, Apr 14, 2014
Beyond The Basic Bead: Adding Depth with EncasingApril 14, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley
Note: Introduction to Lampworking is a Prerequisite for this class. An encasement layer of clear glass adds depth and interest to the bead design. In this class, students will learn various methods of adding an encasing layer of glass to beads. Altering the look and design of the base bead through heat control and glass movement as well as how to add glass without altering the base design will be explored.
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
Jewelry and Metalsmithing 101April 23, 2014 to May 28, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco
This is an introductory course covering the fundamental concepts and techniques of both design and creation of metal jewelry. Students will be introduced to piercing, filing, soldering and polishing working with copper, brass and nickel silver. Students will work with metal alone and in combination with other materials. The development of students’ individual designs will be explored. No experience necessary. Note: Students will be learning to work with hand tools as well as power tools. Fine motor coordination is required for this course. Every step will be clearly demonstrated, and all techniques, safety tips and guidelines will be explained before anyone is asked to use any equipment.
Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
The Creative Tie Tack: Jewelry Created for MenApril 24, 2014 to May 8, 2014 — 05:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Corey Fong
In this hands on class you will be making unique, small wearable sculptures in sterling silver to be worn as conversation starting tie tacks! The instructor will personally assist each student in their design, using examples, and student input. You will then discuss and share your designs with the class, exploring the vast possibilities in these small scale sculptures. You’ll learn texturing techniques and surface embellishments, such as hammer textures, roll mill and chasing, and basic to advanced soldering techniques. At the end of the class you will have created a functional tie tack that shows off your individual artistic style! Both men and women welcome.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Forged Cuff Bracelet WorkshopMay 3, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco
In this short jewelry workshop, students will learn how to form a piece of heavy gauge sterling silver wire into a beautiful, hammered (forged) cuff bracelet. No experience necessary.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Beyond The Basic Bead: Fun with FloralsMay 5, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley
Note: Introduction to Lampworking is a Prerequisite for this class. Whether they are encased within the glass or elegantly placed on the surface of a bead, flowers are a beautiful addition to bead design. In this class, students will learn how to create beautiful gardens under a layer of glass encasement. Creating and using petal and vine cane to create beautiful surface flowers will also be covered. It is necessary to have completed the Adding Depth with Encasing class prior to taking Fun with Florals.
Monday, May 19, 2014
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Beyond The Basic Bead: Metal InclusionMay 19, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley
Note: Introduction to Lampworking is a Prerequisite for this class. Glass not enough for you? Add metal to your lampwork beads! This class will cover tips and techniques for metal inclusion: (copper, gold and silver) in and on your lampwork beads. It is necessary to have completed the Adding Depth with Encasing class prior to taking the Metal Inclusion Workshop.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Jewelry Open Studio CardMay 31, 2014 — 12:00 AM to 01:00 AM
Supervised open studio is for experienced jewelry and metalworking students who wish to work independently on their own projects. Open Studio Cards are sold in ten-hour increments that can be used freely during any open studio session. Students must have taken at least Jewelry I and complete a brief studio orientation with a faculty member or studio assistant. A once-annual $45 fee must be paid at the purchase of your first card to cover the cost of flux, solder, and other expendable studio materials. To purchase a card, pay your annual material fee, and/or set up an orientation, please call 273-0552 x 222. Students who are enrolled in a six or ten week class may attend open studio at no cost.