The student will explore historical and contemporary trends and values in jewelry making with special emphasis on the local market and cultural environment. Although the course is based on a Western model, the student will also be introduced to concepts in indigenous African body adornment hernage especially in Uganda. The student will be introduced to jewelry studio practice, especially occupational health and safety with respect to the handling and use of materials, tools and equipment in the studio. The student will be introduced to the jewelry-making process from concept through drawing to finished piece.
The student will develop an understanding of historical and contemporary jewelry making trends and values.
The student will develop an understanding of jewelry studio set up and practice
The student will be given an entry point into the process of jewelry making, ie how to conceive an original design, develop it on paper and then produce it using designated techniques, materials, tools and equipment.
Projected Course Outcomes
By the end of this semester the student:
Should be familiar and comfortable in the Jewelry studio, and should have acquired the necessary skills to enable him to use basic jewelry making, studio-tools and equipment
The student should be able to effectively and convincingly present and talk through their jewelry design ideas to a prospective client.
Will also have a good grasp of what jewelry making is about, and how the Western Jewelry making practice can be applied to the local situation.
The student will have produced several pieces of jewelry as part of his coursework exercises as well as a set of other pieces for his semester projects
Course Outline Week 1-4: Elementary Concepts in Jewelry Practice
Duration: Essentially 1 Week, but this material will also be covered as components of other units) What is jewelry?
(Duration: Essentially 1 Week, but this material will also be covered as a component of other units) • Introduction to sketching in jewelry making, as a research tool; recording, clarifying and developing ideas
Week 12-15:Introduction to Metal Smithing -Basic wire techniques: (Duration: 7 Weeks)
Students will explore wire as a direct Jewelry making material
Texture: Texture in jewelry as a surface embellishment tool
Using your experience as a Year 1 Jewelry student, design and construct 3 different matching sets of jewelry consisting of neckpiece, bangles, bracelets, earrings, hair piece, ring and pin.
Unit 1 and 2 will be conducted in 2contact-periods. 7 Contact periods will be allocated to subunits in 3 one each, allowing time for individual student and assisted studio experiments and the remaining time used for expeditions.
The assessed of student's' work will be based upon the following formula. The intended full marks will be divided into four parts each getting a quarter of the mark for one of each of criteria as set out below.
Oppi Untracht 1982, Jewelry Concepts & Technology, Doubleday & Company Inc. London Pages 147-255