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Jewellery Advanced Workshop - Course - At the institution - Kensington and Chelsea - Greater London
This course is designed for students with little or no previous experience.
What background and qualifications do you need to join?
No formal qualification is required for students applying at level 2. Students are advised to complete an introductory/short course if possible. Enthusiasm and commitment to the course are vital. Students with no previous experience in art of design are strongly recommended to also join the "Drawing for Designer-Makers" course 7JFD019-01 (Wed mornings), which will provide valuable support to their craft study.
What does the course involve?
This practical course will cover a broad range of skills and techniques for jewellery making with an emphasis on metalwork. There will be lectures and demonstrations, formal exercises and group discussions together with a chance to work more independently and experimentally. Students will be expected to sketch their design proposals and ideas and keep a sketchbook. Visits to exhibitions, galleries and suppliers of tools and materials are strongly recommended and this will require students to spend some time outside the course hours.
At level 2, we offer the following two titles;
Form and construction: Monday. (code: 7JFJ036-01)
The first unit for beginners will cover a range of fundamental skills for jewellery making, focusing on ring design. This will enable students to gain confidence to work safely and effectively in the workshop. Students with previous experience will extend and develop their skills to include making basic jewellery findings. The following unit will explore building and forming techniques to create 3-dimensional pieces of work. Techniques will include modelling for lost wax casting (actual castings will be done off-site).
Detail and Decoration: Tuesday.(code: 7JFJ037-01)
The first unit for beginners will cover a range of fundamental skills for jewellery making focusing on ring design. This will enable students to gain confidence to work safely and effectively in the workshop. Students with previous experience will extend and develop their skills to include visual research skills and sketchbook drawing. The following unit will explore surface patterns and finishing techniques for decorating metal and using wire both functionally and decoratively.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
The college has a small range of materials which the students can purchase to complete initial exercises. The majority of materials should be purchased off-site.
How much should I study outside class?
Students will be encouraged to visit shows and galleries. Students will need to make time for these activities outside the course hours.
How is the course assessed?
All work is project based and will be formally assessed during the course.