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Art & Design Summer Workshops

June 22 August 17

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June 22–August 17, 202418+ or Accompanied MinorsArts Center Building and Kenilworth Square Eastmeierea@uwm.edu

Investigate a variety of topics, techniques and strategies while learning new ways to solve problems in the studio and developing new ideas to explore your creative potential! Intended for ages 18+ or accompanied minors. If enrolling someone under the age of 18 without custodial guardianship, please contact us prior to registration.

Instructors

Adam Hawk Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Digital Fabrication & Design
  • Assistant Professor, Design & Visual Communications
  • Area Head, Digital Fabrication & Design
Erica Meier Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty II, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Digital Fabrication & Design
  • Studio Technician, Safety Coordinator, Jewelry & Metalsmithing
  • Department Technician, Art & Design

2024 Workshop Details

Handmade pet tags

Handmade Pet Tags

Dates: June 22 | Sat 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $75
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: Main Campus, ART 391
Level: Beginner
Capacity: 14

In this Saturday workshop you will learn how to cut, stamp, and finish a custom tag for your precious pet. The workshop starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. Participants can leave whenever they are completed or stay for the entire time to make your tag a masterpiece. Participants can make as many tags as possible in the allotted time.

Basic Metal Forming Jewelry and Metalsmithing Summer Workshops

Basic Metal Forming: Make a Copper Cuff

Dates: June 24–25 | Mon–Tue 4–8 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $165
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: Main Campus, ART 391
Level: Beginner
Capacity: 14

In this two-night workshop you will learn the basics of coppersmithing and metal forming. You will learn how to cut, shape, and hammer copper into functional and wearable objects such as: bracelets, cuffs, napkin holders and art objects.

Making a ring with a stone

Making a Ring with a Stone

Dates: June 26–27 | Wed–Thur 4–8 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $165
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: Main Campus, ART 391
Level: Beginner
Capacity: 12

In this two-evening workshop you will learn basic skills in the jewelry and metalsmithing world. Learn how to texture metal, pierce holes, saw out shapes, solder, make a bezel and set a stone!

High Temp Soldering

High Temp Soldering Jewelry Intensive

Dates: July 8–12 | Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $360
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: Main Campus, ART 391
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Capacity: 12

During this workshop, you’ll focus on basic high temperature jewelry soldering techniques with an emphasis on chain making and basic stone setting. You’ll learn how to use multiple torches with different materials such as copper, brass, and silver while practicing and exploring chain and link styles, setting stones, finishing and texture techniques and exploring other jewelry objects.

Belt Buckle

Steel Belt buckles

Dates July 13 | Sat 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $100
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: Kenilworth Square East, B61
Level: Beginner
Capacity: 12

In this two-evening workshop you will learn how to create a functional steel belt buckle through welding, brazing, forging and powder coating to create. This is a fun and intuitive workshop, no experience needed.

Basic Forming

Lost Wax Casting: Make a Cast Silver Ring

Dates: July 29–Aug 2 | Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $360
For-credit Course: 1 credit (ART 279/479)
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: Main Campus, ART 391
Level: Beginner to Intermediate (soldering workshop recommended)
Capacity: 14

In this one-week workshop students will be introduced to the ancient method of lost wax casting from start to finish. Demonstrations of wax carving, investment, kiln burnouts, and cleaning up casts. Participants will receive silver, wax, and investment and be exposed to many other bench skills.

Open Studio workshop

Open Studio Workshop

Dates: Aug 3–4 | Sat–Sun 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $100
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: Main Campus, ART 391
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Capacity: 12

This opportunity is available to anyone having taken a workshop this or last summer who would like a studio day to complete or work on projects in the company of UWM Jewelry & Metalsmithing stewards. There will be no instruction or material distribution, but metalsmithing guidance and studio consumables are available.

intro to blacksmithing

Introduction to Blacksmithing: Making a Hammer and Stake

Dates: Aug 12–16 | Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $360
For-credit Course: 1 credit (ART 279/479)
Instructor: Adam Hawk
Location: Kenilworth Building, KSE B61
Level: Beginner (no experience necessary)
Capacity: 10

Demonstrations and information about fundamental and intermediate blacksmithing techniques, punching, drifting, tapering, toolmaking, heat treating, and other techniques will be followed by lots of hands-on time. At the end of the week participants will leave with their own hand forged planishing and/or raising hammer and stake.

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