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Continuing Studies: Jewelry Courses - Summer Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CSJE 100 Basic Jewelry: Introduction to the Jewelry Studio 1 credit April Wood $420

Section A Meets 5/30/2013 to 7/25/2013 on Thursday from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

This class is designed for the beginning jewelry student who wants an introduction to jewelry making. This class acquaints students with the jewelry studio and beginning techniques for designing and making jewelry. Students work in both traditional and non-traditional materials and learn to use hand tools and jewelry making equipment. Students make finished pieces of wearable jewelry and are prepared to continue into the Introduction to Art Jewelry Class where more advanced jewelry making skills are covered.
CSJE 221 Loop in Loop Chain Making 1 credit Kirsten Rook $420

Section A Meets 6/10/2013 to 7/22/2013 on Monday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Intricate hand-woven chains date back to the earliest civilizations. The beauty of these chains is in part that the links are fused instead of soldered lending to a clean smooth finish and exquisite detail and strength. Students explore the ancient techniques of chain making from start to finish. The process includes fusing and forming fine silver and/or high karat gold into links and weaving a variety of chain styles including loop in loop, sailors, strap and tapered combinations. Appropriate clasps and terminations also covered. Slide lectures and historical perspectives serve to enhance the experience in learning these classic techniques. Prerequisite: Intro. to Art Jewelry or permission of the instructor
CSJE 264 Finishing Techniques: Make it Shine! 1 credit Jenn Parnell $420

Section A Meets 7/9/2013 to 8/8/2013 on Tuesday,Thursday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

In jewelry construction a fabulous finish is what makes a piece complete. In this intensive course, students will bring work that needs more attention to or improved finishing. Hand finishing, flex shaft finishing and proper use, tumbling methods and production finishing will all be covered. From matte to satin, textured to reflective, students will find the surface treatments that aesthetically enhance and make their work shine.
CSJE 272 Mold Making & Alternative Casting 1 credit April Wood $420

Section A Meets 5/29/2013 to 7/24/2013 on Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Mold making and casting are staples in the jeweler’s bag of techniques. This course takes students beyond lost wax casting and delves into multiple types of mold-making and casting materials and techniques. Instruction on single pour, low-tech rotational and multi-stage pours of alternative materials such as rubber, resins, plastics and plaster serve to enhance options for creative experimentation. Imbedding objects, finishing and using cast objects in multiple ways will be explored. These exciting and innovative approaches to casting will enhance the material processes portfolio of anyone seeking to take casting to a new level. Note: No class on June 26 and July 3.
CSJE 308 Perfecting Fabrication Skills 1 credit Damon Thompson $420

Section A Meets 6/4/2013 to 7/16/2013 on Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Developing solid work habits, methods and confidence is a critical foundation for becoming proficient at metalsmithing and jewelry design and fabrication. This course gives students the opportunity to expand on basic skills and develop a more sophisticated approach to fabrication in fine metal. Expertise and confidence in soldering, construction and finishing is further developed and explored with an emphasis on craftsmanship and construction. The application of formal design concepts and expanding student’s articulation of personal ideas and imagery in jewelry and smallscale sculpture serves as a compliment to the techniques students will perfect and build on. At the conclusion of this course, students are prepared to work more independently and take upper-level courses in the program.
CSJE 335 Complex Die Forming 1 credit Shana Kroiz $420

Section A Meets 6/5/2013 to 7/17/2013 on Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

Die forming is an exciting technique where the use of various dies and the hydraulic press can produce one-of-a-kind and multiple works of art that are sculptural in form. This process not only produces interesting three dimensional shapes but also elicits a new way of approaching and thinking about fabrication of jewelry, sculpture and hollowware. In this course students go beyond the basics to create complex die forms and combine the forms with other techniques such as roller printing, etching, piercing, marriage of metals and patinas. These techniques, in combination with hollow fabrication of the die form, produce work that is innovative and visually complex. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art Jewelry or permission of the instructor.
NCJE 230 Produce in Digital 0 credits - TBA $295

Section A Meets 7/13/2013 to 7/14/2013 on Saturday,Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Produce in Digital is a two day workshop with mixed media maker, Rachel Timmins. This workshop will cover basic 3D modeling in Rhino CAD (Computer Aided Design). Students will learn multiple ways to create an object in digital space and, most importantly, how to make this object printable. Techniques like extrusion, boolion functions, joining, bending, and checking for naked edges will be examined. By the end of Produce in Digital, each student will be equipped with basic knowledge of how to use Rhino CAD to produce their designs as well as a file that is ready to be sent to the printer. Students will need to bring digital calipers that convert from mm to inches and a small, interesting object (no larger than 3" x 3" x 3") to class.
NCJE 230W Produce in Digital- Work Sess. 0 credits - TBA $200

Section A Meets 7/25/2013 to 7/26/2013 on Thursday,Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Additional work sessions for NCJE 230A: Produce in Digital. Students may register for two additional days as guided work time with instructor Rachel Timmins. Students will have more one-on-one time with the instructor to go over their printable files and to ask any lingering questions regarding what they have learned during the initial workshop.
NCJE 261 Fusing and Granulation Workshop 0 credits Beth Pohlman $295

Section A Meets 7/27/2013 to 7/28/2013 on Saturday,Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

This course explores the time-honored processes of fusing and granulation, using fine silver and high-karat gold. Students learn to work these materials into intricate designs that are fused together for permanence and beauty without the use of solder. Historical overview of these classical methods and how they may be applied in today’s jewelry studio are discussed. Demonstrations and exercises will give students a chance to produce samples. This contemporary approach to ancient processes is the perfect companion technique to classical loop in loop chain making and will serve to extend and enhance the jeweler’s portfolio of techniques. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art Jewelry or equivalent experience, good torch skills a must!