Design and make individual professionally finished jewellery in this one day course. Beginners will follow a suitable projects to cover the basic skills, a simple cut pair of earrings or pendant designed by you. Group and individual tuition will be given given during the day where appropriate and those with a little more experience can work on individual projects or complete ones started or other courses with Kent Adult Education.
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Robert Birch
Robert Birch is a silversmith who served a craft apprenticeship and studied design at The Royal College of Art in London. He established his workshop in Edenbridge Kent in 1977 and has maintained his craft practice throughout a career teaching Silversmithing and Jewellery working in various University Departments as well as many Adult Education Centres.
His courses offer traditional and contemporary techniques of Silversmithing and Jewellery and can accommodate both beginners and those with previous experience.
You can see some of his creations on www.robertbirch.co.uk
How will I be taught?
Students will also be expected to research and respond to the design aspects of craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques. Students will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical and keep a sketchbook/ notebook to record goals/ ideas, processes and progress. It is important to note that craft courses are practical, requiring a degree of manual dexterity. Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.
Your tutor will give you individual feedback throughout the course.
What do I need to bring with me?
Students will need to meet the cost of their materials and these will be costed by weight depending on the prices at the time of the course. You can bring along beads and other objects that you may want to include in your jewellery. You will need an A4 sketchbook, pencil and pen for ideas and notes and a protective apron or overall. Tools are available at the centre although you might like to buy your own after consulting with the tutor. You will be required to wear protective goggles for some techniques. Basic goggles are available at the centre but for clarity students are advised to purchase their own; the tutor will give advice.
What can I do next?
Students in the past have progressed to degree level courses and make work to sell.
What do I need to join the course
Everyone is welcome to join this course: no experience or knowledge of the subject is necessary.
This course is suitable both for beginners and for those with some experience in the subject.
Getting to your course
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TWL/122382/M/LC.
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