Weekend Course Program 2014

Short courses and summer workshops 2014

January

Pigments on Metal: Experimentation in Mixed Media
Teacher: Lucia Massei
Date: 10/11/12 January
cost: 400€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to colours/pigments and demonstration of various colouring techniques on metal:
hot acrylics, pigments and their application, resins, (mixed media), chemical thinners and adhesives. rolling mill stamping, flame gilding.
Realization of one or more coloured jewels using silver/copper/brass
Gold leaf , silver leaf, pigments, acrylics and non-precious metals  
are supplied by the school.
Each student should bring his own personal tools.

February

Textile Techniques for Jewellery: Experimentation with Crochet and Interlacing
Teacher: Doris Maninger
Date: 21/22/23 February
Cost: 400€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to free interlacing (technique developed in Alchimia), creation of 3D forms with interlaced wire, finishing techniques;
Introduction to crochet, basic stitches, working in three dimensions, free experimentation, inventing your own stitches, finishing techniques;

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school .

March

Laces are not only for little girls: Antique embroidery techniques for jewellery

Teacher: Doris Maninger
Date: 21/22/23 March
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to various embroidery techniques and their possibilities for jewelry;
Basic embroidery stitches on flat fabric; realization of a simple lace in Sangallo style.
possibilities of 3D transformation, introduction to 3D pearl embroidery,
Introduction to rebatos and ruffs and their application in jewelry.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

April

Marriage Metals and Mixing Metal Techniques
Teacher: Daniela Boieri
Date: 4/5/6 April
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction  and demostration of mixing metal . Experimentation of different kind of mixing using silver, copper and brass with and without soldering. Creation of one or more jewels using the results obtained.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

Tourism The Tourist
Teachers: Mia Maljojoki and Pau Faus
Date: 12 – 18 April
Cost: 600€ + VAT Tax

Jewellery is (especially in Florence) a common touristic souvenir, a witness of a specific place, moment and experience. To question the nature of these ‘memory objects’ is to question the way we want to represent both the visited place and our role as visitors. We will observe Firenze as a scenography set designed exclusively for the visitor’s enjoyment, and we will consider tourism as the main responsible of today’s urban transformation in historical cities such as Florence.  We want to turn inside out the ‘official’ representation of Firenze by challenging the way the city is shown, explained and sold to tourists. Tourists will become the principal actors of our research. We will watch, study and represent them, in other words we will ‘touristify’ them.


May

Nunome Zogane: Antique Japanese Inlay Technique
Teacher: Elisa Deval
Date: 2/3/4 May
Cost: 380€+ VAT Tax

Creation of the base texture on metal using Mekiri-Tagane
Execution of a silver (or gold) inlay on the metal sheet based on ones individual design.
Polishing of the metal sheet with sand paper and stone.
Introduction to the use of the Rokusho coloring technique.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

Acrylic Glass: Methods for Application in Jewellery
Teacher: Marzia Rossi
Date: 9/10/11 May
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to the techniques of working with acrilyc glass:
sawing, mat polishing, shiny polishing, 
bending with heat, application of colour, joining with glue.
Realization of one or more jewels combining metal and acrilyc. 
This course is both for beginners 
and those who  have experience in jewelry making.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

Pigments on Metal: Experimentation in Mixed Media
Teacher: Lucia Massei
Date: 23/24/25 May
cost: 400€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to colours/pigments and demonstration of various colouring techniques on metal:
hot acrylics, pigments and their application, resins, (mixed media), chemical thinners and adhesives. rolling mill stamping, flame gilding.
Realization of one or more coloured jewels using silver/copper/brass
Gold leaf , silver leaf, pigments, acrylics and non-precious metals  
are supplied by the school.
Each student should bring his own personal tools.

Creating Jewellery in Resin: Free Experimentation with Cast Epoxy Resin
Teacher: Yoko Shimizu
Date: 30/ 31May, 1 June
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

In this course students will learn to work with epoxy resin and will be able to experience the multiple possibilities of this material. The focus of the course will be on the use of resin in combination with metal, the casting (silicon molds), the incorporation of diverse materials (paper, wood, colour, sand..) during the polimerization process,
the possibilities of surface effects and finishings

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

June

Marriage Metals and Mixing Metal Techniques
Teacher: Daniela Boieri
Date: 6/7/8 June
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction  and demostration of mixing metal . Experimentation of different kind of mixing using silver, copper and brass with and without soldering. Creation of one or more jewels using the results obtained.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

Platinum: a Challenging Material
Teacher: Paolo Bernardoni
Date: 27/28/29 June
Cost: 400€ + VAT Tax

The course of 18 hours includes an introductive theoretical lecture, to analyze and discuss the differences between platinum and other metals used in jewelry
The practical part will start with the fusion of metal and the preparation for further processing, followed by exercises in soldering and brazing.
Then the students will begin with the construction of a ring with five stones of  3.75mm (students can bring their own stones).
The course will conclude with the buffing and finishing of the constructed object.
Given the high cost of platinum it can be arranged with the school
that the supplying company will recover the advanced metal to decrease costs.

July

MA Contemporary Jewelry and the Poetics of Space

Teacher: Sayumi Yokouchi

Date: 30 June to 7 July

Cost: 850€ + VAT Tax



This workshop is a unique collaboration between the world of contemporary jewellery and the notion of MA. MA is a Japanese expression that roughly translates as”gap”,”pause” or “space” between structural parts. While there is no clear definition of MA in Western languages, it permeates all aspects of Japanese aesthetics. Because MA is both invisible and undefinable, it is often described through depictions of negative space or emprtiness.
The course will focus on possible presentations of MA followed by discussions concerning its relevance and meanings. individual and group exercises will help participants to understand core concepts, discover new ideas and bring them into material reality.

Moulds and Casts: Professional Casts in Silicon Rubbers and Urethanes
Teacher: Doris Maninger
Date: 10/11/12/13 July
Cost: 450€ + VAT Tax

To make effective and long lasting moulds for the reproduction of objects in plastic, resin, ceramic, concrete and wax is the goal of this course. Experiments and trials will lead to a profound knowledge about the characteristics and qualities of the different materials and the myriad of possible application for jewellery and sculpture.
In four days we will explore the various aspects of moulding and casting, from the preparation of the model, the choice of the right moulding material, the options for release to the casting itself and its numerous variations.

Tools and all the moulding and casting materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school.

Acrylic Glass: Methods for Application in Jewellery
Teacher: Marzia Rossi
Date: 11/12/13 July
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax



Introduction to the techniques of working with acrilyc glass:
sawing, mat polishing, shiny polishing, 
bending with heat, application of colour, joining with glue.
Realization of one or more jewels combining metal and acrilyc. 
This course is both for beginners 
and those who  have experience in jewelry making.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

Nunome Zogane: Antique Japanese Inlay Technique
Teacher: Elisa Deval
Date: 18/19/20 July
Cost: 380€+ VAT Tax

Creation of the base texture on metal using Mekiri-Tagane
Execution of a silver (or gold) inlay on the metal sheet based on ones individual design.
Polishing of the metal sheet with sand paper and stone.
Introduction to the use of the Rokusho coloring technique.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

Japanese traditional copper alloys and coloring
Teacher: Prof Kimiake Kageyama
Date: 21/22/23/24/25 July
Cost: 700€ + VAT Tax

Kimiaki Kageyama one of the most important Japanese Master Goldsmiths will introduce Japanese copper alloys and their coloring. 
In Japan, coloring metals has been experimented since 4th~5th century.  Direct coloring began around the end of the Heian period (794-1185) but it is during the Muromachi period (1330-1568) that the development of various kinds of copper alloys suitable for coloring flourished.
The alloys will be produced in traditional way and students can select different alloys to develop their personal concepts. Special technical issues and tools will be introduced during  various stages of  the working process.   Special focus will be set on finishings, as polishing with particular charcoals and coloring.

Chasing and Repoussé
Teacher: Fabrizio Acquafresca
Dates: 28/29/30/31 July- 1 August
Cost: 600€ + VAT Tax

Students will learn chasing and repoussé in the Italian style.
Through the proper use of various specialized tools, students
will study and implement the classical Italian approach to transforming sheet metal into relief and other works of art.
Students will begin with a dragonfly relief, but should also
come prepared with a jewelry design containing fruit, a floral pattern or an abstract image to realize in metal.
This course has no prerequisites and is open to students of all levels.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

August

Marriage Metals and Mixing Metal Techniques
Teacher: Daniela Boieri
Date: 1/2/3 August
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction  and demostration of mixing metal . Experimentation of different kind of mixing using silver, copper and brass with and without soldering. Creation of one or more jewels using the results obtained.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

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