VART2246 Small Metal Jewellery (3 units)
- VART1006 Visual Arts Practice II or any GDCV courses offered by AVA or any Visual Arts courses
Mankind has developed personal decoration and ornaments for thousands of years. Jewellery has always been an expression and reflection of its epoch, its social structures and cultural standards. Jewellery is now no more the privilege of the wealthy, as the social structure of contemporary societies has broadened considerably. In a contemporary sense, jewellery has become a collective noun for body-related objects.
This is an introductory course in jewellery making, with a focus on metalsmithing for small objects. It is designed to introduce non-ferrous metal as an expressive medium and to explore the unique properties it has to offer. Students will learn various ways of working metal, and how these techniques can be applied to the creation of small metal objects. Emphasis will be put on using small-metal techniques to create body-related objects. Basic 3D design concepts will be used to demonstrate these possibilities. The students will be introduced to the contemporary views of jewellery, and begin to appreciate jewellery as an art form.
Through studying this diversified art form, the students can broaden their appreciation of the world around their body. The students will develop a sense of scale, and will have an enhanced sensitivity in relating their work to the environment. They will also practise thinking in 3D.
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