what is your level of experience?
will they be desiging the projects?
will they be using precious metals or non-precious?
will they make prototypes in base metals first then working out
construction before making the piece?
is there an art/craft studio or room with appropriate equipment or
is this to be done at the student’s desk? worktable?
were you thinking of all cold-connections or not?
are you thinking of kits or not?
are you going to teach them jewelry making or metalsmithing-
begining with tool identification and use or just looking ofr
something to be done in “x” amount of time over “x” amount of days-
and what is that time frame?
you said “beginning jewelry students” can you provide a brief
outline of your proposed lesson plan? - this hearkens back to " what
is your level of experience" - and is this “jewelry making” class to
be tied into say geology or mineralogy, sciences, art and/or craft,
an eventual “show” at term’s end or can you give a projection for the
number of terms you are planning to carry out this offering at the
High school? And largely,Is this a new programme of which the
administration is fully supportive or something they have only agreed
to try out for a semester ?
Yes these may seem like a lot of questions but I can assure you that
they are quite relevant to the amount of success and being able to
take home a nicely designed and fabricated piece of work or
something with a piece of wire wrapped around a crystal or
pre-tumbled stone, or a string of something…
I am more than willing to help you design a plan, how to execute it
and the potential costs involved, etc. but need some detailed
so they aren’t learning bead stringing and crude wire
projects, but so they can grasp the entire process and experience
the stages of learning appropriate to a well thought out class
potentially 5 days a week for at least an hour and 15 minutes a day (
if it’s less that would be relevant) of which the student’s parents
are willing to invest the money necessary to enroll in the most basic
of classes that are well run, controlled( as far as time constraints
and class-studio rules of safety,liability , and would have other
students on a waiting list to get in…If the entire budget is to come
from the administration’s allowance for the class that too has
bearing on what you can offer…so if you are serious about this
venture please feel free to contact me off list and I will work with
you to develop something that fits your vision, the administration’s
vision and the students experience,the tangibility or ROI the parents
see for their dollars and the overall “non-flakiness” of what this
could be !!! as well as the potential the class can have regarding
granting ( whether a public or private school), guest artisans,
resident artisan placements, etc… I actually love designing
programming so am looking forward to your potential response…
If you choose not to respond I hope you will at least consider the
questions I proposed and outline your class starting with a good
basis in making adornments for the body, ability to produce exemplary
work yourself, access to tools and equipment readily available before
the class begins ( as opposed to the night before the class trying to
find enough pliers for each kid and deciding which type of pliers is
the most useful for a wide range of operations !), the number of
student’s that must be accommodated in the class time allotment ( if
you have only 30 minutes a day I would seriously question the
viability of taking on the project at all), a a basic materials fee
per kid worked out already ( that should have been done before you
even posted this!!)… so still I wish you the knowledge and wisdom
to provide your students a solid constructive programme that will
inspire them towards a lifetime of involvement in metalsmithing
and/or some form of adornment that works when defined as jewelry…