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Mary L Hu
ART 258
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Metals

Introduction to concepts and techniques of metal design with an emphasis on jewelry. Skill acquisition includes sawing, filing, soldering, forging, and casting. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Learning to design three-dimensionally; developing the capacity to plan sequentially; developing hand-eye coordination; training the eye to notice detail; discovering the limits of one's patience; exploring the use of the body as a site for expression, communication, identity; working with metal - forming by sawing, bending, filing, forging, dapping & pressing; joining by riveting and silver soldering; embellishing by stamping, embossing, bezel stone setting; finishing by sanding, polishing, bead blasting and several patinas. Numerous technical demonstrations followed by assignments to practice the processes within an assigned conceptual framework.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Assignments will build upon the processes explored, getting more complex throughout the quarter. A $61 lab fee will cover most of the tools and supplies needed in our complex studio. A textbook and some materials will need to be purchased in addition. These can be found in various stores around town, or purchased from the program during your first week of class.

Recommended preparation

Having experience using tools to build things in any material will be helpful but not essential. The class is designed for the student who has not had this experience.

Class assignments and grading

A few technical samples are assigned, but most processes are explored in the form of finished pieces - sawn necklace, forged bracelet, soldered ring or small container... The final project is idea driven, using whatever processes are necessary. A short written paper is usually assigned to accompany one of the projects.

Grading is based on participation in critiques and discussions, as well as finished assignments. Assessment is made on overall progress rather than individual assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mary L Hu
Date: 02/10/2006