Time: Friday Mornings 10 – 12 pm
Dates: 17th July – 28th August 2020 (7 weeks)
Length: 2 hours each week, this summer term runs for 7 weeks
Tutor: Kirsten Hendrich
Unit F9 The Mayford Centre,
What does the term time course involve?
Our Summer term allows students of all abilities the opportunity to design and create their own jewellery while learning new skills along the way.
During the first session your tutor will settle you all in and get to grips with what each student is aiming to complete or learn during the term. Your tutor will discuss your different aims and goals, whether that’s really focusing upon learning and practicing a certain skill, or if it is to finish a specific project.
Any new starters will be given a tour of the workshop and you will be introduced to some basic techniques during the first session, so you feel comfortable within the workshop. You can then discuss your ideas for the term and your tutor will help you with how and where to order materials from for your project, we have a substantial list of good suppliers and discount codes to get you started. Soon enough you will have a good understanding of the essential jewellery making skills which you can then go on to develop further, there are many areas of jewellery making to explore.
Throughout your time with us, your tutor and peers will help you develop the skills and knowledge required to bring your designs to life.
Each student will be working on their own projects, everybody has different directions and design ideas and techniques they want to work on. However during our terms we run demonstrations which are relevant to student projects to help them complete aspects of their project- other students are welcome to watch these too, we also run demonstrations requested by students, this might be a repeat of something a student would like a refresher on, or maybe a technique they would like to learn for their next project, and we will also provide demonstrations to strive to introduce you to new skills. We also like to keep you up to date with industry news, show you designer inspiration to help you learn methods to process new ideas and gain an understanding of design processes behind jewellery making.
We are very much here to support your development. The more terms you complete with us, the more time you have to develop a wide range of skills and a good understanding of the industry as a whole. Jewellery making skills take time to practice and learn.
When students enrol into our usual term time classes, it give them first refusal for their space for the following term. The summer term is a standalone term which any one can book onto, no one is given first refusal it is a first come first served basis. Our summer term is different because our workshop term schedule alters over the summer months as many students and tutors have to care for children over summer months so can’t attend their regular classes, some students go away on holiday so can’t attend many classes, and it also gives those who are waiting to join us a chance to try us out. Therefore at the end of the summer term, you will not automatically be given a space for September when our regular term time sessions resume, these spaces are offered to the regular term time students who can chose to stay or they might decide to move on. You will however be offered any spaces which come up for that term or the following term.
Please do not book if you do not agree with our Coronavirus procedures.
This class is suitable for those with any level of experience. Some students on our termly courses, have been with us for many years, others are beginners. We run a very welcoming and supportive environment, so whatever level your skills are at, you will always feel encouraged and supported by all to develop your ability further.
We have 8 jeweller’s wooden workbenches in our workshop, however our term time classes always run with 5 students to allow each student plenty of opportunity to gain one to one tutor attention and it eliminates any queues for equipment in our very well-equipped workshop. We usually offer a 6th space on each session to term timers who miss a class during term to do a catch-up class. HOWEVER, due to the Coronavirus policy we have in place, we are not able to offer catch up sessions over the summer period.
What is included?
- All tools and consumables are supplied
- Light refreshments are provided
- The cost of this course does not include materials.
- Please bring refreshments as we are no longer able to provide them
What to bring:
For safety reasons, during each class, you are required to wear appropriate footwear, we request that no open toed shoes are worn within Workshop 925. Long hair should also be tied back when working with the equipment. You may also wish to bring a notebook. We have handouts for many demonstrations, but there are always many tips and tricks given verbally by the tutor, which some might like to keep note of. Please bring any PPE, snacks and drinks to each session. We regret we can’t offer tea and coffee at the moment due to Coronavirus.