Sat, Jul 06|
Floyd Center for the Arts
with Nell Fredericksen, Saturday and Sunday, July 6+7, 2019 9am - 5pm
Time & Location
Jul 06, 2019, 9:00 AM – Jul 07, 2019, 5:00 PM
Floyd Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, VA, USA
About the event
Tuition: Members: $120; Non Member: $150.Materials Fee: Materials fee is $10 base fee plus additional fee for the exact materials used (copper and sterling silver). Typically students make use of about $25‐50 of copper and silver sheet and wire.
July 6 + 7, 2019, 9 am - 5 pm
Students will be introduced to many techniques that will allow them to manipulate metal to create jewelry and/or small sculptural objects. This is a highly technical discipline, and as such, mastering individual techniques will be emphasized and applied to two specific projects. In addition, each student will be encouraged to use principles of basic design and personal expressiveness to produce unique, functional and sculptural pieces. Course objectives: 1‐ To provide knowledge of and insight into contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing practices. The basic techniques of sawing, filing, soldering, surface texture (stamping, hammering, heat textures, overlay and solder inlay), and simple fold forming/bending will be covered and applied to individual unique design ideas. 2‐ To begin to conceptualize in the third dimension and/or translate two dimensional ideas into three dimensional forms. Each piece designed will have height, width, and depth and still be “wearable”. 3‐ To become familiar with contemporary styles and design trends in metalsmithing by looking at the work of many artists working in the field. 4‐ To develop observation, critical thinking and problem solving skills as they apply to wearable art. On the development of skills: Jewelry and fine metal work is essentially sculpture. However, there are two important differences: scale and function. You need to think of your designs as sculptural, but at the same time they must be functional (wearable) and small in scale. With that in mind, the designs you pursue in this class should go way beyond what we typically see in mass produced jewelry – the idea here is to be fresh and innovative. Practice of the techniques is imperative (especially when working with silver). Paper models and copper prototypes are helpful. Unlike painting or drawing, there is very little opportunity for redo’s in metal. Every step of metal work is semi‐permanent. It is very difficult to change a design or erase aspects once it has been partially executed in metal. So much of metalsmithing is centered on hand skills and tool application and thus these will be emphasized. However, I do not want to let that overshadow the importance of the conceptual aspects of the work. Keep in mind that your design concepts can be social, political, global, or personal and I hope that in teaching you the techniques I can strengthen your aesthetics and concepts.
About the Instructor:
Nell Fredericksen has been a professional artist and fine art jeweler for over 28 years. She is an Artisan Center of VA Juried Master Artisan. She has a fascination and wonder in connection with nature and her work is very organic and reflects the natural world. Nell works primarily in gold and has a high level of expertise in many traditional metalsmithing techniques. Learn More about the Instructor at: http://www.nellfredericksen.com
Tuition for members of Floyd Center for the Arts.
Non Member Tuition
Tuition rate for non members. There's also an option below to buy a one year membership to save on future classes at the Center and support the arts in SWVA.
Membership + Tuition
Tuition for this course AND a one year individual membership to the Floyd Center for the Arts! Save on future classes and support the arts! Thank you for becoming a member; family and business memberships also available. Just call Floyd Center for the Arts at 540-745-2784 for more information.