Jewelry & Metalsmithing Online Summer Workshops

Courses

Summer 2020 Online Workshops

Jewelers and metalsmiths of all levels are invited to expand their skills and understanding of the field of Jewelry and Metalsmithing with the exciting and challenging summer online workshops. Investigate a variety of topics, techniques and strategies in the field and learn new ways to solve problems in the studio and develop new ideas while exploring your creative potential!

Questions: Erica A. Meier, meierea@uwm.edu

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Design for Digital Fabrication
Make a 3D printed metal ring

Date/Time: May 26–July 2 | Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost
: $1,100 (54 hours) – Six-week class + workshop
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 3
Instructor: Chad Bridgewater

This six-week course will introduce students to digital drawing and design skills that will be used to facilitate geometric problem-solving skills involving 2D and 3D models. Models will be processed through a variety of digital fabrication processes including 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting and vinyl cutting. This course provides students with the tools to develop a thorough grounding in communication techniques and strategies for the professional presentation of design work.

This course requires specific software, please reach out to your instructor for details. Also available as a 3-credit UWM course: ART277 section 001 class #66929

Gestalt: Online
A preparedness workshop for your job search in the Arts

Date/Time: Thursday, July 2 & 9 and Monday, July, 13 & 27 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: 
$160 (two hours each class = 8 hours total)
Level:
Intermediate/ Advanced
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: UWM Art Building | 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., room A391

This online workshop will provide you with an individualized experience that mimics scenarios in an average job interview in the arts. From online interviews (Zoom, Teams, Skype, Ultra) to templates for letters of interest and applying to exhibitions; you will develop a skills list, receive constructive feedback on your portfolio, learn how to edit your digital images, apply to an online exhibition, and edit and refine a memorable elevator statement. The end of the workshop will result in multiple exhibition applications (one online national or regional juried exhibition and the other based on the course).

Critical Reading Workshop for Makers and Artists

Date/Time: Thursday, July 2, Monday, July 13 & 27 and Monday, August 10 | 3–5 p.m.
Cost: 
$160 (two hours each class = 8 hours total)
Level:
Intermediate/ Advanced
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Erica A. Meier

Considered an online book club for critical readers of art, craft, and the phenomena of creativity, we will read articles, books, book fragments and essays centered around studio practice, stimulated art discourse and the creating art post-studio, post- school. This workshop is designed to stimulate your creativity and be tangential to your studio practice. Open to artists and makers of all disciplines.

Setting up a Home Studio for Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Date/Time: July 6–8 | Monday–Wednesday, 9–11 a.m. OR
July 27–29 | Monday–Wednesday, 5–7 p.m. 
Cost: 
$130 (two hours each class = 6 hours total)
Level:
All
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Erica A. Meier

You will learn the basics of setting up and equipping your jewelry and metalsmithing studio for the amateur/ beginner or for the expert. You will end up with a customized studio plan for how to safely and economically set up/ build your own jewelry and metalsmithing studio that fits your needs, technical ability, and technical growth. From the basics of small hand tools to larger equipment, this workshop will equip you with all the resources you need to set up your own jewelry and metalsmithing studio in your home or garage.

Safety in the Studio
Safe studio practices for sustained creativity

Date/Time: July 6–8 | Monday–Wednesday, 3–5 p.m.
Cost: 
$130 (two hours each class = 6 hours total)
Level:
All
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Erica A. Meier

This workshop will focus on the three tenets of industrial hygiene: Eliminate, replace, engineer. You will learn how to keep yourself safe while working in the studio, learn new alternatives to toxic studio solvents and materials, how to read and understand Safety Data Sheets. You will be provided state and federal chemical hygiene and waste information, tips on caring for your body while you work in the studio, and other conscientious and active measures you can take to maintain a long and healthy studio practice.

Setting up a Home Studio for Digital Fabrication and Design

Date/Time: July 20–22 | Monday–Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: 
$130 (two hours each class = 6 hours total)
Level:
All
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Chad Bridgewater

You will learn the basics of setting up and equipping your digital fabrication studio for the amateur/ beginner or for the expert. You will end up with a customized studio plan for how to safely and economically set up/ build your own DFD studio that fits your needs, technical ability, and technical growth. From the basics of small hand tools to larger equipment, this workshop will equip you with all the resources you need to set up your own DFD studio in your home or garage.

Instructors

Chad BridgewaterChad Bridgewater is a lecturer in Digital Fabrication and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Bridgewater earned his MFA at UWM with a focus in Digital Fabrication after receiving his BFA in Sculpture and Metalsmithing. His work has been featured in Popular Mechanics and Metalsmith Magazine. In his current work, impaired and discarded objects are combined with computer-numerically-controlled machine generated parts, fusing traditional and digital fabrication processes to create one-of-a-kind, hybrid art objects.

adam hawkAdam Hawk is a studio artist and visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. Hawk earned his MFA in metalsmithing/blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his BFA in sculpture and computer fine arts from Memphis College of Art. Previously, Hawk has served as an assistant professor at Memphis College of Art and worked as a blacksmith at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. His work has been exhibited at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the HOW art museum in Shanghai, China, The Villa Braghieri in Italy, Walter Anderson Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and LA Joaillerie par Mazio in Paris.

Erica MeierErica Meier is a Wisconsin-based artist living near Milwaukee. She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2009 and received her MFA from tUW-Madison in 2013. Meier is currently the studio technician/safety coordinator and lecturer at UW-Milwaukee in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and Digital Fabrication; she teaches introduction to jewelry and metalsmithing and Advanced J+M courses like casting the multiple; enameling, construction and fabrication, and industrial processes. Meier was a resident designer and frame builder at Waterford Precision Cycles developing and building internationally renowned and award-winning steel and stainless bicycle frames. She exhibits her artwork nationally and internationally and has been at UW-Milwaukee since 2018.

Registration

Registration

Registration is ongoing and workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis. A full refund is issued to program participants if a workshop is cancelled. For further information or assistance with registration contact the School of Continuing Education at the phone number below.

Phone: Call 1-800-222-3623 or (local) (414) 227-3200 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Cancelations

A full refund is issued to program participants if a workshop is canceled for any reason. A full refund will be issued, minus a $15 processing fee, for any cancellations received up to 14 days before the start of your workshop. No refunds are issued if registration is cancelled less than 14 days prior to the start of your workshop.