Classes/Schedule

 

**Minimum of 2 students to hold a class.

**Maximum of 6 students in each class.

 

Michael R. Kosinski, Instructor

Goldsmiths Apprentice Program       45 days       $7400

For information, please contact the office at 530-820-3278

All materials and use of tools included. 

 

Orientation    January 21st       9am-12pm

Classes from January 22 - April 3

MONDAY-THURSDAY      9am-4pm

FRIDAY LAB DAY              10am-3pm

NO CLASSES   Feb 5-7 and March 9-13

 

Beginning Jewelry Fabrication 1            $325    3 Days

In this 3 day workshop, learn the basic skills of jewelry fabrication including sawpiercing, soldering, filing, forming, texturing, annealing, and polishing. Technical vocabulary, tool and equipment use and shop safety is taught. Students learn the properties of metals such as copper, brass and sterling silver. This is a beginners class for those who have never had any jewelry instructions and for those who have had some experience and want to further their skills.

*Materials and use of tools included

ALL CLASSES ARE FROM 9AM-5PM              

Oct 22-24                                              

Dec 3-5                                                 

Jan 7-9, 2020

Apr 21-23, 2020

June 18-20, 2020

Beginning Jewelry Fabrication 2            $450         4 Days

In this 4 day continuation of BJF1, learn more comprehensive skills in basic fabrication such as disk cutting and doming, then piercing out the piece, as well as an introduction to stone setting and making a bezel. The skill of fabricating and filing a half round ring is also taught.

Prerequisite: BFJ1 or equivalent experience with sawpiercing and silver soldering.

*Materials and use of tools included

ALL CLASSES ARE FROM 9AM-5PM

Oct 12, 19, 26 and Nov 2 ( 4 Saturdays)               

Oct 28-31                                                                

Dec 16-19

Jan 14-17, 2020

Apr 27-30, 2020     

July 9-12, 2020                                                         

Saturday School      $800       Every Saturday for 7 weeks

This course is designed to enable students who have work/school during the week to attend class and learn the basic skills of jewelry fabrication in an all day class on Saturdays. It includes the first two courses in basic jewelry fabrication, 1 and 2, and will cover everything from sawpiercing, soldering, filing, forming, texturing, annealing, polishing, disk cutting, doming and an introduction to stone setting and making a bezel.

No prerequisite, beginners welcome!

*Materials and use of tools included. MAA t-shirt is included in the tuition.

ALL CLASSES ARE FROM 9AM-5PM

Sept 14, 21, 28, (NO CLASS OCT 5)  Oct 12, 19, 26 and Nov 2   ALL SATURDAYS

 

        

 Wax Carving and Introduction to Casting       $600      4 Days

In this 4 day workshop, learn to create a wax model by layout, carving, sawing and wax build-up. An introduction to casting includes making a plaster mold, burn out and casting in sterling silver.

Prerequisite: BFJ1 or equivalent experience with sawpiercing and silver soldering.

*Materials and use of tools included

ALL CLASSES ARE FROM 9AM-5PM              

Nov 5-8                     

April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 2020   (4 Saturdays)

 Stone Setting 1      $425      3 Days

Learn the basic skills of stone setting, including prong, flush and bezel setting with round, faceted and cabochon stones  in this three day class. 

Prerequisite: BFJ1 and BJF2 or equivalent experience with sawpiercing and silver soldering.

*Materials and use of tools included

ALL CLASSES ARE FROM 9AM-5PM

Nov 12-14   

March 21, 28, April 4, 2020 (3 Saturdays) 

May 5-7, 2020            

Stone Setting 2          $425      3 Days

Prerequisite: BJF1 and 2 and Stone Setting 1 or equivalent experience.

Continue to learn new skills in setting prong set square stones and channel round stones in this 3 day class.

*Materials and use of tools included

ALL CLASSES ARE FROM 9AM-5PM

Nov 19-21   

May 12-14, 2020              

Introduction to Bead Setting      $525 + $60 Tool Kit      4 Days

Introduction to Bead Setting including how to shape and sharpen your graver, stone layout, setting in a flat plate, setting in a ring, and finish work.

*Tuition is $525 for the class plus there is a $60 Tool Kit. Kit Includes 6 gravers, 6 handles and a beading tool.

Prerequisite: Stone Setting 1 or 2 or equivalent experience.

ALL CLASSES ARE FROM 9AM-5PM 

Sept 30-Oct 3                        

May 26-29, 2020                         

Soldering 101       $240   3 Days

Learn the basics of silver soldering in this three day intensive class. Tackle and learn how to solve different soldering

situations that may arise. Learn how to solder wire to wire, end to end, wire to plate, sweat soldering, etc. Instruction of when and why to use different solder is covered with practical soldering knowledge and technique being the focus. Silver soldering, using propane/oxygen torches.

*Materials and use of tools included

ALL CLASSES ARE FROM 9AM-5PM

Oct 15-17

Dec 10-12 

May 20-22, 2020  

            

Guest Teacher Classes

Contemporary Filigree Workshop with Valentina Caprini      $800     4 days

This 4 day course in Contemporary Filigree offers the student the essential steps to create a finished Filigree piece of jewelry. In addition to the teaching of the traditional technique, Valentina will teach the skills used to create decorative parts and solutions in Filigree. From the making of the wire to the finishing of the final piece and the creativity in between, come and welcome our guest instructor from Florence, Italy.

*Filigree Kit of materials and tools included

February 6th-9th     9am-5pm

Intro to Jewelry Fabrication: Earrings in a Day    $89

This 5 hour class introduces the student to some basic skills in jewelry fabrication such as cutting, forming, filing, texturing, making earring wire and using a foredom flexshaft to do clean up and polishing. Metals used are copper, brass and sterling silver. Everyone will leave with a completed project, this class focusing on earrings.

ALL CLASSES FROM 9AM-2PM

Nov 9

Dec 14         

Intro to Jewelry Fabrication: Bracelets in a Day    $45

This 3 hour class introduces the student to some basic skills in jewelry fabrication such as cutting, forming, filing, structure, design, texturing and hammering. Metals used are copper, brass and sterling silver. Everyone will leave with a completed project, this class focusing on bracelets.

ALL CLASSES FROM 3PM-6PM

Nov 9

Dec 14     

Coppersmithing with Keith Gelber-$150      An 8 hour workshop, one full day

"Copper is one of the most important metals mentioned by ancient historians. It was known before the time of Tubal Cain, who was an educator in its works as well as brass and iron. Historians say that Cadmus discovered it and taught its application to his countrymen. It was noticed on the island of Euboea, near the city of Chalcis and this may be why the Grecian's called it 'chalcos', which is the name that Homer and other authors called it. The Romans knew copper as 'aes cyprum' and 'cyprum', names from the island of Cyprus, where some believe the art of working it was discovered. In the mystic nomenclature of alchemists, copper is known as Venus, the sacred goddess of Cyprus." We will start with a square of copper, and then circle the square to begin the process of raising the copper into a vessel or bowl. This project is difficult yet rewarding and fun, we learn through the experience with copper that rhythm does indeed replace power.- Keith Gelber, Instructor

ALL CLASSES ARE FROM 9AM-5PM

Dec 7

March 7

May 17            

Chasing Chisel Workshop: Make All the Chisels      $450   2 Days

An artist must know how to make their own tools, eventually you will challenge yourself to a project where the tools you have are not enough.

That's what we are focusing on in this 2 day course.
All those strange and difficult chisels, all the weird specific shapes that you need for custom jobs.In this chisel making class we will be pouring over tool making strategy for one purpose and one purpose only:
to remove the barrier of tooling making so you can make the art you want to make.
Make as many chisels as you can in 2 days with the guidance and recommendations of professional chasing artist Douglas Pryor.Tool info:
All tooling provided: Hand files, sharpening stones, optivisors, hand vices, and spring steel all provided.Spring steel stock from 1/8th-1/2 inch will be available to work with. Chisel lengths will be pre-cut to 4-5inch lengths so we can spend our valuable time making the tools not the bar stock.We will be using square and round stock for the chisels. Steel of W1 and O1 will be used for this chisel making jamboree.

Nov 16-17          8:30am-5:30pm

Intro to Chasing: Art of the Chisel-Douglas Pryor        $350     2 Days 

An excerpt from Dougs website:

This is a two day workshop designed to help folks brush up or become acquainted with chasing. If your chisels have been neglected for 20 years and you've been looking for an excuse to dust them off, or if you just want to try your hand at some freehand chisel work, then this course is for you. We’ll be focusing on the fundamentals of chisel technique, hammer control, pitch management, and how to use design to compliment our medium. Our project is a chisel holder or a simple cuff. The design will be your choice and after we chase the design we’ll go through how to shape a piece without damaging it! Turning your work into something you can carry with you or display proudly at your bench. **This course is short and comprehensive. Join us for some creativity and laughs, brighten your world with your own good works. ** All tooling provided. **All materials provided.  

February 15th and 16th      8:30am-5:30pm

 

 

 

Kids Coppersmithing- $250

Offered for students 10-18 years, this 5 day, 3 hour a day class begins with a square of copper which is raised into a vessel, all while learning to use tools and exploring the rhythm of the metal. Ladels and spoons are next in this fun and loud workshop. The students will leave with new skills and their finished work which they can proudly use and display. Ear protection is provided.

*Materials and use of tools included

JUNE/JULY 2020    MORE INFORMATION TO COME ON THE DATES

Kids Jewelry Fabrication-$250

Offered for students 12-18 years, this 5 day, 3 hour a day class teaches the basics of jewelry fabrication including sawpiercing, soldering, filing, forming, texturing, and polishing. The students will create one or two pieces of jewelry to take with them and in the process learn some time honored skills in the craft of jewelry making.

*Materials and use of tools included

JUNE/JULY 2020    MORE INFORMATION TO COME ON THE DATES

Future Offerings:

Chasing and Repousse in Jewelry

Creative Forms in Metal