What will the course Cover?
This short course covers all you need to know about setting up your own workshop or workspace at home for jewellery making (metalwork). We will cover how to arrange your space, the essential tools you need, good working practice, and then moving on to some of the more luxury tools that you could add as your skills (and budget) grow. Great for anyone who has done some jewellery classes and is ready to move onto the next stage to be able to work and to practice at home outside or between classes.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone interested in taking their jewellery skills further – to be able to continue practicing their hobby at home.
What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?
Students should have some experience using the internet and ideally also of using Zoom or similar video conferencing. For students who have already done some (silver / metalwork) jewellery making.
What should I be able to do by the end of the course?
Students will understand the key tools needed to get started with, key consumables and supplies that are useful to have on hand and where they can get these from. Students will know how to set up their space and work as safely as possible. Students will also understand more about different types of jewellery making, and the potential of different tools and equipment, as well as ways to work around if space or budget is limited.
How is the course organised?
This is an informative, (not hands on) course, done long distance using online video conferencing. Students will be able ot get more feedback if they are able to use the video and microphone facilities within this system to interact more fully. Students will learn through watching demonstrations, talks, and group discussion. There will be pdf handouts with information, suppliers and other useful details e-mailed to the students, as well as shown on screen, and online support from the tutor.
What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?
This is a single one off session, so there is no preparation or homework, but hopefully students that want to, will be able to use this information to then start creating, or to add to their home workspace.
How will my progress be assessed?
Progress is informally assessed through individual feedback from the tutor, as well as discussion with the group and through self reflection.
What can I expect to go on to after this course?
Continue to other jewellery or creative courses to continue refining or expanding your skills. Practice your jewellery making at home. Use your work to help build a portfolio for application to further or higher education courses, or think about working in the industry.
Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?
It will be useful to have a notepad and pen handy. If you go on to start setting up your home workshop after this course, there may be a lot of costs involved in sourcing tools and materials, but this is up to you, and budgeting will be discussed during the class.
What support is available?
Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.