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    Course Title

    Jewelry Metalsmithing
     
    Course Description:
    Jewelry 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. Jewelry/Metals I has no prerequisite. 

     Students who wish to explore advanced Jewelry/Metals cocepts and techniques may continue through Jewelry/Metals II, III, IV.

    Evaluation is based on effort and progress.  All tools and materials are provided by

    a $35.00 student paid fee. 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 prinicples 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 Academic Vocabulary:
     

    Solder

    Forging

    Chasing

    Repousse

    Pickle

    Annealing

    Milling

    Raw hde mallet

    Ball and peen mallet

    Dapping block

    Anvil

    Enamel
    Gauge

    Cloisonné

    Taper

    Sawing and piercing

    Mandrel

    Pitch

    Acetylene

    Argon

    Natural gas
    • unity
    • variety
    • balance
    • emphasis
    • contrast
    • rhythm
    • repetition
    • proportion
    • scale
    • figure
    • ground relationships
    • linear
    • movement
    • three dimensional space
    • Plane
    • Mass
    • Volume
    • Light
    • Shade
    • Interior
    • Exterior
    • Color
     
    Course Units / Topics of Study:
     

    Wire Repetition

    Sculpture Ring

    Forged Wire Bracelet

    Hot Twisted Bracelet

    Sheet Metal Radial Design

    Sheet Metal Pierced Design

    Tapered Wire

    Bezel container

    Double Shank Wire Ring

    Bi-metal Twist Milled and Drawn Bracelet or Ring

    Silver Beads and Balled Ends

    Small container

    Bishop Ring

    Box Ring

    Forged Steel Design

    Glass Bead

    Stone or object setting

    Anticlastic

    Hydraulic Press- Multiples

    Chain making

    Wax Casting

    Bail

    Cloisonné Wire Enamel

    Cone and tube forms
    Art forms in Nature
    Mechanical
    Portraiture
    Architectural
    Structural
    Psychological