This one semester introductory course blends technical instruction with an investigation of design and concept as it relates to ornament and function. Students develop confidence and proficiency with the basic skills of forming, soldering and finishing. Classroom discussions and image presentations introduce the broad range of possibilities that the field of Metalsmithing and Jewelry encompasses that are part of this diverse and exciting field.
Prerequisites : None
In this one semester course, students will explore the various formats, techniques and materials that are necessary to gain an understanding of utilitarian objects and hollowware for the table. Students will learn the fundamental processes related to hollowware including raising, forming, forging, die-forming and seaming. A more sophisticated understanding and application of previously learned techniques will also be covered and developed such as advanced soldering, surface embellishment and mechanisms. Assignments will emphasize an exploration of technique, material, form, and formal and conceptual intent.
Prerequisites : MJ 101
This one-year class introduces students to the full breadth of the studio practice of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry major. Students build on their previous skills while learning new technical skills. Students will develop a sold conceptual base for their work and discover modes of working and interests that are specific to them through research, drawing and model making as well as finished pieces. Incorporated into the curriculum are projects that challenge students both conceptually and technically. In addition to assignments, self-designed explorations of technical, conceptual or design directions are included.
Prerequisites : MJ 101 + one MJ 200 level class
The essential material of stone is being used in contemporary jewelry as an expressive medium: a means to convey ideas. In this course we will learn to manipulate stone that is both semi-precious and non-precious. Using conventional techniques to develop unconventional forms, we will develop work that exploits the material of stone. Techniques such as carving, cutting, faceting and polishing will be covered.
Prerequisites : MJ 101
The final year provides students with the opportunity to work in an independent manner. New technical skills may be introduced, yet emphasis is placed on honing already acquired skills. Each student is expected to select, research, and articulate a direction that culminates into a related body of work and written thesis.
Prerequisites : MJ 101, one 200 level class, MJ 301/302, MJ 351
This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.
Prerequisites : Must be majoring