I would like to poll the readership for any they can
supply. Those of you who are teaching in an art program or have
taken jewelry courses.
There is a move to add a prerequisite to both entry level
jewelry and ceramics classes at our institution. Currently only
courses such as painting, sculpture, graphic design, etc. have
them. Many students enroll in the jewelry and ceramics courses
as an elective and are non art majors. They become our better
students in many cases even though they have no background in art
or design. I believe that 3 extra classes (drawing, 2d&3d
design) will discourage most students who would enroll. I can
agree that art majors need the background for a degree sequence,
but it would seem to add an additional hardship to non-majors.
Many of my students come for the bench skills/training and are
not interested in a degree. I encourage them as I have a program
geared toward private jewelry practice much more than higher
Your comments and opinions are welcome. Please respond to me
off line so as not to clog this forum. Thank you.