Scholarship Available

The Larry Van Craeynest Goldsmiths Apprentice Scholarship

MAA is proud to offer two $1000 scholarships a year (once in the Spring and once in the Fall/Winter) to applicants of the

Goldsmiths Apprentice Program in honor of Larry Van Craeynest. All donations to this program will go directly to students to use for tuition, accommodation and travel expenses to attend the program. To donate, please use the button below. To apply, please send an email to

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Goldsmiths Apprentice Program     $7400

In this intensive 11 week program students are immersed in the techniques of fine jewelry fabrication.
For more information and to apply, contact the office at


During this comprehensive program, equip yourself with the skills needed to enhance your techniques or if you are a beginner, start your journey in 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.

Topics covered in the program include
Fabrication/Metal Work, Stone Setting, Tool Making, Repair, Craftsmanship, Sketching/Design

Additional costs not included in Tuition: Tool Kit Fee


SPRING 2022                                                                                    WINTER 2022-2023

Classes from March 15-June 2, 2022                                           Classes from Nov 1, 2022-Feb 3, 2023

TUESDAY-THURSDAY         9AM-4PM                                         TUESDAY-THURSDAY        9AM-4PM

FRIDAY LAB                          10AM-3PM                                         FRIDAY LAB                         10AM-3PM



**Minimum of 2 students to hold a class.

Beginning Jewelry Fabrication 1        $385           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*


January 20-22

February 5, 12, 19           (SATURDAYS)

February 24-26


Beginning Jewelry Fabrication 2               $490               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*  

January 25-28 

March 7-11   (5 day class, 10am-3pm)                                                                   March 12, 19, 26, April 2   (SATURDAYS)  10am-5pm


Wax Carving and Introduction to Casting              $620             4 Days or 6 Evenings

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*

April 23, 30, May 7, 14  (SATURDAYS) 


Stone Setting 1                    $490             4 Days or 6 Evenings

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*

January 31-March 7      (6  MONDAY Evening Classes       5pm-9pm)

February 8-11    10am-5pm 



Stone Setting 2              $490                    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* 

 March 1-4    10am-5pm 

Introduction to Bead Setting $540 + $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.


Soldering 101                $285            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


Dec 7-9  

Wednesday Workshop Craft Series-

Amber Lidskin, instructor        $55   2.5 hours

"Earrings, Bracelets, Pendants"

This 2.5 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, focusing on earrings, bracelets or pendants.

 *minimum of 2 students needed to hold class 








bronze metal bowl


Coppersmithing Workshop       $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


 Dec 11, 2021   FULL

April 9, 2022  




Douglas Pryor Workshops hosted by

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.

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

An excerpt from Dougs website:

We’ll be focusing on the fundamentals of chisel technique, hammer control, pitch management, and how to use design to compliment our medium. You will have the option of what your project will be after our short warm up project.

The warm up allows us to go over the pitch and all the tooling provided. We’ll have time to adjust the techniques to suit a small subject of your choosing. It helps to choose something that will fit in the palm of your hand, anything larger and we might need longer than our workshop accommodates. Of course if you want suggestions with more guidance to test the techniques given I have plenty to choose from that already have walk-throughs to guide us as we go.

This course is short and comprehensive, ran at very accommodating speed by experienced hosts. Join us for some creativity and laughs, brighten your world with your own good works.

All tooling provided.

All materials provided.

You can bring your own ear protection to make yourself more comfortable but we’ll have some spares.

Wear clothing you are able to work in.


JANUARY 29-30, 2022

APRIL 2-3, 2022     




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.




Vessels                    $350     2 days

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.  

September 23-24