• Course: Metal and Jewelry

    Course Description: This course is designed to familiarize students with basic and traditional metal techniques involved in the design and creation of one-of-a-kind jewelry and metal objects. Students learn how easy it is to be creative with original designs from nature and other sources. Design inspiration from contemporary and historical fine art jewelry will be encouraged. Students can make cast and fabricated rings and pendants. Bracelets, neckpieces, small containers and sculpture can be formed with hammers and soldered together. Special projects include Blacksmithing, Glass Bead making, Cloisonné enameling, and Lost Wax Casting. Materials include silver, copper, brass, iron, pewter, wood, plastic, and found objects. No prerequisite is required for Metal and Jewelry Arts I. Students can continue in jewelry class every semester with jewelry II, III, and IV. Evaluation is based on effort and progress. All basic tools and materials are provided. Also required are a combination lock and a sketch book.
     
    Enduring Understandings:

    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.

    Essential Questions:

    • How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
      Assessment Prompt: Support with evidence how form, content and context express and influence meaning.

    • How do elements (nouns) and principles (adjectives) facilitate the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the use of elements and principles in facilitating the creative process.

    • How do skill and technique enable the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the role of skill and technique in enabling the creative process.

    • How do we use critique to inform our art?
      Assessment prompt: Analyze the role of critique in informing art making.

    Course Units/Topics of Study: 

    • Anticlastic
    • Architectural
    • Art forms in Nature
    • Bail
    • Bezel container
    • Bi-metal Twist Milled and Drawn Bracelet or Ring
    • Bishop Ring
    • Box Ring
    • Chain making
    • Cloisonné Wire Enamel
    • Cone and tube forms
    • Double Shank Wire Ring
    • Forged Steel Design
    • Forged Wire Bracelet
    • Glass Bead
    • Hot Twisted Bracelet
    • Hydraulic Press- Multiples
    • Mechanical
    • Portraiture
    • Psychological
    • Sculpture Ring
    • Sheet Metal Pierced Design
    • Sheet Metal Radial Design
    • Silver Beads and Balled Ends
    • Small container
    • Stone or object setting
    • Structural
    • Tapered Wire
    • Wax Casting
    • Wire Repetition

    Course Academic Vocabulary: 
    • Acetylene
    • Annealing
    • Anvil
    • Argon
    • Balance
    • Ball and peen mallet
    • Chasing
    • Cloisonné
    • Color
    • Contrast
    • Dapping block
    • Emphasis
    • Enamel
    • Exterior
    • Figure
    • Forging
    • Gauge
    • Ground relationships
    • Interior
    • Light
    • Linear
    • Mandrel
    • Mass
    • Milling
    • Movement
    • Natural gas
    • Pickle
    • Pitch
    • Plane
    • Proportion
    • Raw hide mallet
    • Repetition
    • Repousse
    • Rhythm
    • Sawing and piercing
    • Scale
    • Shade
    • Solder
    • Taper
    • Three dimensional space
    • Unity
    • Variety
    • Volume