BIPOC Intro to Jewelry
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**This course is intended to provide educational opportunities for those historically underrepresented and excluded from arts education, such as those who identify as black, indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC)**
Move beyond the appreciation of jewelry to creation by learning the fundamentals of jewelry-making techniques, design and fabrication. A range of hand-tool processes will be covered through practical exercises and imaginative concept-based projects. You will acquire a solid set of technical skills, and will also exercise your creative design skills. The non-technical side of the class focuses on idea development and the critical-thinking skills needed to realize a vision.
This course will review sawing, filing, soldering, scoring/bending, texturing, forming, linkages, wire construction and more. No prior metal-smithing skills are necessary. Metal will be provided for practice and exercises, but students may need to pay for additional metals needed for their independent work.
Tools, safety equipment, brass, and copper will be provided, and the instructor will help students navigate suppliers for any precious materials they may want. Enrollment in this course includes additional access to one monitored Open Studio session per week, either on Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Fridays from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, or Sunday evenings from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
BIPOC SLIDING SCALE
With support from the Papitto Opportunity Connection, we are able to offer our BIPOC-centered courses at sliding scale. All of our classes are priced such that, as a not-for-profit educational organization, we are able to cover our overhead and pay artists a living wage. These BIPOC-centered classes have a suggested price in line with our standard pricing model, but consider using these guidelines to help you pay within your ability.
COURSE WITHDRAWAL & TRANSFERS
All enrollments are subject to our REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT POLICIES.