ART 257 : Metalcraft IV

Transcript title

Metalcraft IV



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Other hours


Recommended preparation

ART 159 and ART 117.


Skills to work nonferrous metals such as hydraulic press, enameling, granulation, reticulation, electro-forming, fold forming, chasing and repousse, angle-raising, and fabricated hollowware are included. Projects can be jewelry, hollowware or small sculpture. Development of imaginative ideas and personal aesthetic direction is expected. Experimentation and invention are encouraged.

Learning outcomes

1. Develop the skills necessary to effectively manipulate nonferrous metal to make jewelry or other small-scale objects in a controlled manner using hand tools. The projects will become progressively more challenging and students will increase their expertise in handling the materials and tools in each successive level of the course.
2. Learn to recognize and attain a high level of craftsmanship. Craftsmanship is the ability to attain a purposeful finish on the front and back or inside and outside of the project - no solder blemishes, scratches, dings, other inappropriate marks, or tarnish.
3. Understand how to achieve a good design for metalwork by 1) creating a balance between the various elements which provide contrast in a design, 2) using the unifying principles of design to make the elements visually cohesive, 3) developing the sensitivity to recognize a visually appealing division of space to create a strong composition . Expertise in designing improves in each successive level of the course.
4. Develop critical and creative thinking skills to 1) generate several imaginative preliminary ideas; 2) design an extended series of one of the ideas using innovative or exploratory thinking; 3) problem-solve while creating the project; and 4) suggest ways to improve the weaknesses in both their own design solutions and the solutions created by others in the class. Students will be able to develop more sophisticated ideas, which exhibit imaginative, innovative or exploratory thinking as they gain confidence and experience with in each successive level.

Content outline

1. Strategies for developing ideas (i.e. experiencing and playing with materials, imagining, dreaming, visualizing, symbolizing, writing, reading, researching, studying historical and cultural examples, sketching, collaborating, discussing)
2. Strategies for problem solving towards concretion of ideas in sculptural form (i.e. sketches, plans, maquettes, test pieces, models)
3. Intermediate methods of hot and cold fabrication
4. Forming
5. Surface treatments
6. Mechanics (stone settings, hinges, etc.)
7. Molds and casting
8. Functional (jewelry) and non-functional (sculpture) forms
9. Historical and contemporary perspectives: Metals

Required materials

Students will need to provide specific materials used in this course, please see the syllabus for a detailed list.

Grading methods

Grading will be based on participation in labs, discussions and critiques of completed assignments and evidenced development of technical and conceptual skills.

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