METALSMITHING AND JEWELRY OUTCOMES
Students gain an understanding of the expressive nature of both two- and three-dimensional form in relationship to the human body and independent objects such as hollowware. Students have grounding in formal design language, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking. They develop the ability to choose appropriate techniques, materials and formal design language to develop a visual vocabulary in service to content.
Students acquire knowledge about the history of jewelry and metalsmithing, the field’s contemporary theories and practices, and relevant critical language. Students gain skills to develop a self-directed body of work and articulate their work within both a historical and contemporary context. Students develop an understanding of the potential and limitations of non-ferrous metals and any other materials used, along with their social, cultural and conceptual implications. Students gain competency and confidence in their own process of working: how to generate, develop, and execute ideas.
Students gain competency and confidence in technical skills that include: soldering, fabrication techniques, forming, raising, multiple finishing methods, stone setting and fine goldsmithing skills in non-ferrous metals, enameling, and chasing and repousse. Students gain knowledge of the potential and limitations of non-ferrous metals’ physical characteristics and structural value, and any related health and safety concerns. Students understand standard safety procedures regarding chemicals and toxic materials. They are competent in proper tool usage and care. Students encounter and develop an understanding of the nature of risk-taking with their work and their relationship to it.
Students learn to write an artist statement, professional resume, cover letter and artist bio. They work with a professional photographer to gain optimum visual documentation of their work. They seek out and research opportunities in the field through the use of the web, professional organizations, publications and periodicals, and gain an understanding of how to approach a gallery. Students gain experience in applying for juried exhibitions, displaying work in a professional and effective manner, and mastering the basic business practices needed to run a sole proprietorship, i.e. bookkeeping for tax purposes, pricing work, studio start-up costs, registering yourself as a business in any given state, and using a CPA to advantage.