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Continuing Studies: Jewelry Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CSJE 204 All About Enamels 2 credits Shana Kroiz $840

Section A Meets 1/22/2014 to 4/30/2014 on Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

Location: MICA Jewelry Center at Meadow Mill. Enameling is an exciting way to bring the colors and depths of glass to the surfaces of metal. An art form with a very rich tradition, enameling is increasingly becoming part of the contemporary jewelry movement. Beginning students learn the traditional techniques of cloisonne, champleve basse-taille and plique-a-jour, while more experienced students are given the option to explore more experimental and advanced techniques.Students are able to apply enamels to both jewelry and sculptural objects, using their own designs in both traditional and experimental ways. Slide presentations and discussions provide an overview of contemporary and historical enamels. The emphasis throughout is on creative thinking, design and mastery of technical skills. Note: Studio fee covers all enamels. Open to all levels of experience. No class on March 19.
CSJE 205B Introduction to Art Jewelry 2 credits Beth Pohlman $840

Section A Meets 1/27/2014 to 5/5/2014 on Monday from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM.

Location: MICA Jewelry Center at Meadow Mill. Cost: $840. Geared to the beginning student, but open to all levels; emphasizes creative thinking, design, and mastery of technical skills for making jewelry or small metal objects. Introduces jewelry as an expressive, inventive art form viewed with increasing seriousness over the last decade, as distinctions between sculpture, fashion, performance, and jewelry have blurred. Slide presentations and discussions provide an overview of contemporary and historical jewelry. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, participants learn metalworking techniques, including sawing, soldering, polishing, riveting, surface embellishment, forming, and hollow fabrication - and apply these techniques to projects to create jewelry and/or small-scale sculpture of the student's own design. Note: No class for Sections A/B on October 14.
CSJE 208 All About Rings 2 credits Kirsten Rook $840

Section A Meets 1/23/2014 to 5/1/2014 on Thursday from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM.

Location: Meadow Mills Jewelry Center. Rings have many connotations: ceremonial, decorative, social and religious. Through lectures, demonstrations and discussions, different uses for and concepts surrounding rings will be explored. Techniques covered include: sizing, fabrication, stone setting, forging, casting, and found object incorporation. Each student will make a series of rings, which will incorporate a combination of materials and techniques. PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Art Jewelry or permission from the instructor. NOTE: No class on March 20.
CSJE 213 Production Jewelry Design 2 credits Jenn Parnell $840

Section A Meets 1/21/2014 to 4/29/2014 on Tuesday from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

Location: MICA Jewelry Center at Meadow Mill. In order to be successful in today's market, artists must also be entrepreneurs and small-business people. This class explores the practical world of making a living as a contemporary jeweler while gaining financial success. The focus of this class is on the design, production, marketing and pricing of your work. Included are techniques for: one-of-a-kind to mass production, fabrication, consistent quality finishes, use of findings and presentation from inception to completion. Geared to anyone interested in making a living as an artist, this class will satisfy the needs of the novice as well as the professional. Some jewelry making experience is helpful but not required. Note:No class on March 18.
CSJE 222 Traditional to Alternative Stone Setting 2 credits Jenn Parnell $840

Section A Meets 1/21/2014 to 4/29/2014 on Tuesday from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Since stone cutting began, gems and minerals of all kinds have been incorporated into the art of jewelry fabrication. Because of the diversity and distinct characteristics of gemstones, multiple setting techniques have been developed throughout the centuries to enhance each stone's brilliance and wearability. The basics of several setting techniques, including bezel, tube, flush and prong will be covered. In addition to traditional settings, contemporary, alternative and unusual settings will be explored to Incorporate found objects and odd shaped stones that students wish to use in their designs. Students have hands-on instruction and learn to apply the proper techniques to strengthen their jewelry making capabilities. NOTE: Students are requested to bring a flex shaft if possible.Note: No class on March 18.
CSJE 247 Advanced Metal Fabrication and Mechanisms 2 credits Damon Thompson $840

Section A Meets 1/27/2014 to 5/5/2014 on Monday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Location: Jewelry Center at Meadow Mill. This course is designed for the intermediate or advanced student who wants to hone soldering skills, increase technical knowledge and stretch the vocabulary of techniques for jewelers. New possibilities for three-dimensional form, texture, and surface embellishment are explored. Through demonstration and hands-on experience, students learn the process of fabricating more complex forms in metal as well as appropriate design and production mechanisms for the pieces created. Fabrication techniques include clasps, hinges, pendant bails and pin findings. Slide presentations, lectures and critiques serve to enhance students' understanding and the applications of the techniques explored. Prerequisite: Perfecting Basic Skills or equivalent experience. Note: No class on March 17.
CSJE 263 Jewelry in Motion: MICA's 21th Annual Benefit Fashion Show 2 credits April Wood $840

Section A Meets 1/29/2014 to 5/7/2014 on Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Jewelry has the potential to cross boundaries in form, function and concept. Students explore the various ways makers can transform their jewelry into conceptual, sculptural, wearable works. This course is designed to prepare students to make and exhibit their work on a live model at MICA's 21th Annual Benefit Fashion Show, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and the Black Student Union. Design ideas and inspirations, model making, construction techniques and finishing are explored in response to one-on-one consultation between student and instructor. A variety of techniques for incorporating jewelry processes and sculptural forms designed for the body are covered. Working group critiques, slide lectures and demonstrations throughout the course serve to enhance the creative process.Students will also create a ready-to wear piece based on the larger runway piece. Note: No class on March 19.
CSJE 270 Ferrous to Fine: Combining Steel with Precious Metals 2 credits April Wood $840

Section A Meets 1/23/2014 to 5/1/2014 on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Location: MICA Jewelry Center at Meadow Mill. This course focuses on the use of steel (typically considered a non-precious metal) in combination with precious metals and alternative materials in the fabrication of jewelry (associated with ornament and preciousness). Students will learn the various working properties of steel and will explore a variety of fabrication methods. Techniques addressed will include silver and gold soldering on steel for construction as well as surface embellishment, oxy-acetylene welding wire and sheet on a jewelry scale, chasing and repousse, surface finishing, patination, powder coating and alternative color.A contemporary approach to materials and design lends to forms that can be combined to create an integration that is visually and conceptually stimulating as well as structurally sound.Prerequisite: Introduction to Art Jewelry or equivalent experience. Note: No class on March 20.
NCJE 215 One-Two Punch: Water Etching and Champleve Enamels with Arthur Hash 0 credits - TBA $320

Section A Meets 4/22/2014 to 4/23/2014 on Tuesday,Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

In this two day workshop students will learn to combine a low tech salt water etching process with traditional enameling to make one-of-a-kind jewelry. We will cover salt-water etching, environmentally-friendly studio habits, along with the enameling technique of champleve. All levels welcome, but basic metalworking skills will be helpful. Arthur Hash is an Instructor and technician in the metals program at State University of New York-New Paltz; two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts fellowships, American Craft Council Searchlight Artist; exhibitions: Quirk Gallery (VA), Facere Gallery (Seattle), Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston), Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco), Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.