The class will introduce and incorporate metalsmith techniques that can cross over to be used in many disciplines of artwork. Copper and metal sheeting, foils, wire, mesh, screen, found, recycled and natural items will also be used to create surface design and be incorporated into an array of samples. Commercial connections, as nuts and bolts, brads, eyelets, rivets, brads, jump rings and wire working techniques will be covered for making cold connections in alternative surfaces. Beads, hardware store, electronic salvage and recycled items will also be offered to students to explore. Students will become comfortable using the propane torch and will learn a variety of low tech metalsmith techniques. This course is very individualized and will allow each student to take the techniques and materials offered and pursue their desired direction. Content and meaning in work will be explored to allow students the opportunity to take their Art to a different level.
Students are encouraged to bring bits of stuff. Keep in mind when deciding what to bring, surface design will be explored through metal techniques and metal pieces. So any metal materials, found items and recycled finds would be perfect to incorporate. Repetition is often used in surface design, so bring many of one item to create textures and patterns. Pods, rocks, shells, sticks, and glass are usually free for the gathering and these all work well for surface embellishment. There will be a wide variety of techniques to learn and students can choose one or many to use and incorporate into their projects during the class.
Mary will have SOME wires, mesh, screen, copper foil, copper sheet, brass sheet and found items for purchase during the class. Everything will be individually priced.
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