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  (approx. 267 hours)    $7400

In this 9 week intensive program students will be immersed in the techniques of fine jewelry fabrication.  For more information and to apply, contact the office at info@metalartsacademy.com

 

During this comprehensive program, equip yourself with the skills needed to begin your journey into the jewelry trade.

This program is designed to train the student as an apprentice, as it was throughout history when apprentices were taught the age-old practice of repetition to develop and master a skill while working under a master craftsperson.

Working through the skills needed to fabricate and manufacture by hand, the student learns from the beginning.

2020

Orientation     September 30th     9am-12pm

Classes from  October 1- December 9, 2020

MONDAY-THURSDAY    10AM-5PM

FRIDAY LAB DAY             10AM-3PM

NO CLASSES     Nov 6th and 9th due to PLACER ARTS TOUR and

November 25-27 for Thanksgiving.

2021

Orientation          March 3rd      9am-12pm

Classes from       March 4-May 12, 2021

MONDAY-THURSDAY   10AM-5PM

FRIDAY LAB DAY    10AM-3PM

NO CLASSES    April 5th-9th for Easter Break 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Jewelry Fabrication 1            $350   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

9AM-5PM                                                                                                           

Sept 12, 19, 26            2 spaces available                     SATURDAYS 

Jan 5-7                        6 spaces available 

Jan 9, 16, 23               5 spaces available                  SATURDAYS

Feb 2-4                       6 spaces available 

March 13, 20, 27        6 spaces available                 SATURDAYS

 

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

9AM-5PM                                                                                                                                                                          

October 3, 17, 24, 31 (no class 10/10)  5 spaces available   SATURDAYS

January 11-14           6 spaces available 

Feb 6, 13, 20            6 spaces available     SATURDAYS

May 1, 8, 15, 22        6 spaces available     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

9AM-5PM                                  

August 31-Sept 3            5 spaces available

Feb 15-18                        6 spaces available

 Stone Setting 1      $450      4 Days

Learn the basic skills of stone setting, including prong, flush and bezel setting with round, faceted and cabochon stones  in this 4 day class. 

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

*Materials and use of tools included

THIS CLASS IS FROM 10AM-4PM

Aug 6-9                             FULL         THURSDAY-SUNDAY CLASS

January 18-21           6 spaces available 

 

Stone Setting 2          $450      4 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 4 day class.

*Materials and use of tools included

THIS CLASS IS FROM 10AM-4PM

Aug 13-16                      5 spaces available          THURSDAY-SUNDAY 

Jan 25-28                     6 spaces available

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.

9AM-5PM                       

August 24-27          5 spaces available   

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

 9AM-5PM

Feb 9-11           6 spaces available

May 25-27       6 spaces available

 

 Guest Teacher Classes

Wednesday Workshop Craft Series-Amber Lidskin, instructor     $45      3 Hours

"Earrings, Bracelets, Pendants"

This 3 hour craft class series introduces the student to some basic skills in craft jewelry fabrication such as cutting, forming, filing, texturing, making earring wire, forging bracelets, hammering, stamping and using a foredom flexshaft to do clean up and polishing. All materials are included, metals used are copper and brass. There is an additional cost of $10 to use Sterling Silver.  Everyone will leave with a completed project, this class focusing on earrings, bracelets or pendants. Please check the schedule for specific project dates.

ALL CLASSES FROM 6PM-9PM  *minimum of 2 students needed to hold class 

Aug 12                      "Forged Bracelets"                             6 spaces available 

Sept 9                       "Textured Earrings/Pendant"             6 spaces available

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

 9AM-5PM 

Sept 5               4 spaces available 

Dec 5                6 spaces available 

Douglas Pryor Workshops at Metal Arts Academy

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.

PLEASE CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR 2021

Intro to Chasing: Art of the Chisel       $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.  

PLEASE CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR 2021

Tool Embellishment      $350          2 days 

The Tool Embellishment Workshop should be a lot of fun, we're going to chase on tools of all kinds (they will need to be annealed though). This will entail a combination of cutting and chasing chisels.

If you’ve been waiting to work with chisels that cut before moving over to finishing work this will be a great fit for you.

You will need a tool you want to add detail too. It's better if you forged the tool yourself so that you understand what you are working with more completely. You will need to bring to tool annealed. It will be easier to chase on if the area you intend to chase is already flat and smooth. Pitted surfaces can make a challenging surface to cut with chisels, it can also hide small bits of slag or carbon from forging that can damage a cutting chisel. So making sure your surface is prepared properly is paramount.

The tool could be a hammer, a larger chisel, tongs, a pair of dividers, you name it. As long as it can be held by a pitch bowl we should be able to trick it out.

Let’s make the things we use everyday bring ourselves more joy and irresistible to touch!

If you would like to attend but cannot forge your own tool and don’t have what you need to anneal a tool properly please let me know. I will prepare a few extra options for those who don’t have a forging background but still wish to cut and chase on some tooling.

April 17 and 18, 2021

Portraits in Silver    $1200

From douglaspryor.com: Portraits are an absolute passion of mine, so get ready to dive deep into studying the human figure through sheet metal sculpture. I’ll be showing how to plot out faces with raising so the metal doesn’t rip in those difficult deep spots such as the nose. We’ll be going through some basic complementary drawing skills (of which is a must to take the class) to help transfer your design from 2d to 3d. When to work hot versus working cold in pitch. And covering how to gather the metal in layers so as to capture and relay the information from skeletal, muscular, soft tissues, and hair.

This lesson plan unpacks itself with a bottom up approach. We’ll be practicing our faces on paper, with clay, and then on metal (this time in silver). Compartmentalizing the different lessons allows us to go through design and material science as they become important giving us plenty of time to share and think. Portrait work is not a singular skill set, it's multiple skill sets come together to make something really special. So pregame for this one with drawing and sculpting. If you want a head start download my Portrait Study Worksheet PDF :https://www.patreon.com/posts/face-portrait-30449911 Or reach out to me and I will send you a copy if you’re serious about the class.
On Patreon I also offer all kinds of lesson plans and insights to my work. It’s worth your time.

I do recommend some time behind the hammer and chisel before taking this course, it is the more advanced program I offer. Drawing as a prerequisite skill set is the minimum needed to take this course. If you are concerned about this then please reach out to me at PryorcreationLLC@gmail.com

I will be supplying the tool sets for class so you don’t have to buy them.
They are however available for per-purchase at Hesseniron.com/jewelry-tools.html or after the class in person.

 5 day Advanced chasing workshop
August 18th- August 22nd                             5
 spaces available 

   

Vessels     $350    

Vessels are a universally human need, the diversity of construction and use of vessels are almost limitless. A particular professional interest of mine has always been vessels and how they were made. Particularly vessels made from a single piece of material, and that is what we are tackling in this class.

How to raise a vessel from a single piece of metal using traditional hammering techniques.We will cover vessel design, purpose, and decoration. However the focus of the course is specifically the efficient hammering technique and understanding the game of leverage needed to raise a vessel over shaping stakes. This is not sinking or dishing but true exploration of vessel construction over raising stakes.

Nov 14-15, 2020            FULL 
          

Kids Coppersmithing- $200  *sign up with ARD (Auburn Rec Department) http://auburnrec.com/camps_details.php

Offered for students 10-18 years, this 4 day, 4 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       

2021

Kids Jewelry Fabrication-$200  *sign up with ARD (Auburn Rec Department) http://auburnrec.com/camps_details.php

Offered for students 12-18 years, this 4 day, 4 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

2021                

Future Offerings:

Chasing and Repousse in Jewelry

Creative Forms in Metal