This course has concessions available

Jewellery Making: Absolute Beginners

This jewellery course gives beginners a chance to try out creating jewellery in a range of different styles and mediums before moving on to more specialised jewellery courses.

Try out working with beads, with wire, with silver clay and with traditional metal jewellery making techniques and start to learn about jewellery design and best studio practice through a range of set projects, making your own rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more.

Who is this course for

This course is part of our suite of Absolute Beginners classes (also Drawing, Painting and Sculpture), designed to bring inexperienced and unconfident students up to speed in a selection of our arts and crafts provision.

What does this course cover

The course will give students a basic knowledge in the areas of metalwork, wirework, using silver clay, bead stringing and starting to design their own jewellery.

This course is taught through a series of set guided projects each term and these will be spread across a range of skill groups, working with a variety of different jewellery materials.

Each term students will work on projects including; -
Learning bead stringing to make necklaces or bracelets
Learning to solder to join jewellery metals together or piercing (cutting out) shapes from sheet metal to create rings, pendants or chains
Working with silver clay to create unique solid silver charms
Creating selection of beautiful wire and bead jewellery.

Students can join at any term as a one off course to start to build their skills before they continue their studies into more specialist skills / classes, or as a creativity boost.
Students are also welcome to stay for more than one term to continue to develop their 'all round' jewellery making skills as there will be a different selection of projects for each term.

Students will learn and put into practice health & safety procedures relating to the materials and equipment used as each new tool or piece of equipment is introduced. Students will also learn how to choose their materials for future projects, selecting appropriate tools, equipment and techniques to execute designs from idea to completion. Students will be able to describe how different key tools are used and be able to use these competently.

What will it be like

The teaching and learning methods we use on the course
One to one dialogue, group discussion, tutor example, explanation and demonstration as well as group exercises.

How we assess your progress on the course
Continuous evaluation is an integral part of the course. This is achieved through one-to-one discussion between tutor and student and group discussions, which take place during the term.

What extra study/practice we expect you to do outside the class
Continually looking at all kinds of jewellery, art and design objects as well as drawing their ideas i.e. keeping a sketchbook or scrapbook

Teaching methods:
' Visual practical demonstration and verbal explanation
' Written handouts with visual diagrams
' One-to-one teaching and assistance
' Group discussions
Learning methods:
' Hands on practical experience
' Reading handouts and following instructions or diagrams
' One-to-one and group discussion

What else do you need to buy or do

Key basic consumables will be supplied by the college - including copper sheet / wire, 5g silver clay, basic beads and jewellery findings.
If students choose to work in silver (instead of copper when we do metalwork), or would like to work with a wider selection of beads etc, then the tutor can provide details of useful shops and help with this. The cost of any additional materials will vary depending on the project and students own designs.

Please ensure you bring your glasses (if you wear them) as there can be a lot of close work.
Closed shoes need to be worn at all times when participating in a jewellery class.

It would be useful to bring a notebook and pen / pencil to record ideas, make any notes and to experiment with design ideas, but this is not essential.

Students may choose to continue their work at home (particulalry design work / collecting ideas) between the classes but this is not essential.

What this course could lead to

You may choose to study a particular area of jewellery making in more detail, by moving on to other jewellery courses offered by the centre throughout the year, or to continue making jewellery at home. This course may also inspire you to study other Art, Design or the Performing Arts courses at the Mary Ward Centre (see prospectus) such as a different Absolute Beginners course.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please talk to your tutor.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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