Liberal Arts

Silversmithing

Students explore their manual dexterity and creativity as they design as they produce a work of silver jewellery.

ART210 Silversmithing - The Art of Silver Jewelry
Instructor: Laura De Tanti

Course Description
In the Silversmithing Course, students experience first-hand the art of making original silver jewelry. Students explore their manual dexterity and creativity as they design and produce a works of silver jewelry. This course introduces the techniques of artisanal metallurgy, using heated and unheated metal (hammering, heating, bending, filing, polishing, soldering, braising). Students also will work to create wax templates which can than be cast in silver. The course will begin with simple projects such as creating a basic ring, allowing students to understand the fundamentals of silversmithing techniques, but students can then branch out to create unique creations of their own design.
The Silversmithing course has an open structure which allows students to take their assignments in a variety of directions, depending on their individual interests and their level of experience. Students will work on a variety of short-term assignments throughout the semester, as well as two main projects: a mid-term project and an end-of-semester project. The course fee of €150 includes all materials needed for the class, although students may wish to purchase additional materials, depending on the nature of their individual projects.

Prerequisites
(none)

Course Hours
Total 5 hrs per week (2 sessions per week, each session 2 hrs work time plus 30 mins set up and wrap-up).Total contact hours: 60; suggested credits: 3.

Student Learning Expectations
-To assist students in their ongoing artistic development by providing numerous opportunities for artistic experimentation and exploration.
-To foster a supportive atmosphere of thoughtful engagement amongst the students, creating a dynamic environment that encourages artistic production, intense critical dialogue, intercultural communication, meaningful reflection, and growth.
-To offer students constructive criticism on their work and offer other feedback including useful references such as related artists, writers, or other reference information.)

Instructor's contact
Office Hours: by appointment
e-mail: lallade54@inwind.it

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