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Andrew S. Cooperman
ART 358
Seattle Campus

Topics in Metal

Variable topics introducing issues and practices in metal smithing and jewelry, and their application to contemporary artmaking. Topics include casting and stone setting, ancient techniques, forming metal, production and business practices.

Class description

In jewelry and metalsmithing, successful work is the product of the smooth integration of idea and process. This class is designed to offer students an in depth and fresh perspective on bench techniques and tools with an eye towards making time spent in the studio more efficient and the illustration of ideas more fluid.

Topics addressed will include a comprehensive exploration of the flexible shaft machine (itís more than just a drill), formal and surface processes, advanced soldering strategies, alternatives stone setting techniques, cold connecting options and small scale ingot making. Students will be encouraged to reexamine their preconceptions of certain metalsmithing practices and to approach materials with a more adventurous attitude..

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Classes will be taught through demonstration and lecture augmented with technical slides and images of completed work.

Recommended preparation

Students should have a working knowledge of the basic techniques of metalsmithing such as sawing, filing, piercing, finishing and some forming.

Class assignments and grading

Projects will be assigned that will incorporate and challenge students' grasp of the information given during demonstrations and lectures. These assignments will involve reserach in the areas of science, art, and music, or current events, and finished projects will be accompanied by a supportive essay.

Students will be expected to successfully complete all assignments and projects. Since this class will emphasize innovation and inquisitiveness, students will be expected to push the envelope. Individual improvements in technique, original approaches to subject matter and thoughtful interpretation of assignments will also be considered when evaluating performance.


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 Andrew S. Cooperman
Date: 09/21/2006