Jewellery Making: For All Abilities

These courses provide an opportunity to learn different techniques that you will need to create a variety of jewellery items in copper (or silver you can bring along). They are ideal for students who have completed an absolute beginners course or those with some previous experience of jewellery making. More advanced students who join a course will be able to complete their own projects.

Who is this course for

This is a course for students of all abilities. The course is suitable for those who have completed the Absolute Beginners course or could also be used by students who wish to apply for a degree in jewellery design and wish to develop ideas outside their portfolio.
On this course you will explore new design and styles through making jewellery and small objects/sculptures. You will be encouraged to develop a sense for design and style and how to explore new ideas in jewellery making.

What does this course cover

On This course you will try to create unconventional exiting pieces of jewellery and 3D objects and experiment with materials.
You will also be looking at all types of contemporary jewellery.
You will learn how to develop your design ideas through a series of exercises with different materials and different approaches to designing.
You also will be encouraged to expand and broaden your responses in Jewellery/3D via direct observation and experimenting with materials.

What you should be able to do by the end of the course
1. make one or more pieces of contemporary jewellery / 3D objects
2. Have the ability to develop ideas and concepts
3. Develop your research skills
4. To have a working knowledge of several materials
5. Have evaluative skills in relation to your own and others' work

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.

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.

What else do you need to buy or do

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

What materials you will need for the course and estimated cost:
Base metals, a range of materials and tools are provided.
Brass, copper, silver and any other materials you wish to use. You will be given notes of where to buy all these, cost varies on project undertaken.
Students will also need a sketchbook and notebook, basic art equipment.
Specialist materials will have to be provided by the students cost varies on project undertaken.

What this course could lead to

Continue to make more of your own jewellery. Join the other jewellery classes or other art and craft courses at the Mary Ward centre and elsewhere. Progress to an accredited course e.g. the Mary Ward Centre Pre-foundation or Foundation in Art and design courses, or similar at another college. Those with high level skills in jewellery and who are seeking to set up as a practicing professional may wish to progress to the Mary Ward Centre Professional Development for Artists course.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;;;;

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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