Have you ever wondered how that beautiful smooth stone in the ring on your finger was created? With skilled hands and a discerning eye, the stone is formed through the lapidary techniques of cutting, shaping, and polishing. On Friday, May 8th at 11:00am PST, Jewelry & Metal Arts instructor Alexis Pavlantos invites you into her studio for Basics to Lapidary, a virtual workshop demonstrating how to use lapidary tools and techniques to create a basic cabochon—a non-faceted gemstone—by starting with just a rough specimen.
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While there may be a lot of uncertainty and restrictions during these trying and unusual times, you can still draw visibility to your artwork through various online competitions and exhibitions. Whether you're entering previous work from the past year or creating new pieces that possibly address the challenges of the global pandemic, it's important you continue to engage with your craft and the field. Here are some fantastic opportunities coming up this spring and summer 2020:
The JEM Club's biannual gemstone sale with Cory's Custom Creations returns this semester on Monday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 10 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Join us at 410 Bush room 280 and choose from a great selection of cabochons and faceted stones to use in your projects! Open to all Academy students. Cash, check, and credit card accepted.
Spring Show 2018 JEM Club Award Trophy
Attention all current Jewelry & Metal Arts students! The JEM Club is now accepting entries for the 2019 JEM Club Award Trophy Design Contest! The best designs will be transformed into the trophy to be presented to the receiving JEM Club Award candidate at this year's Spring Show Awards.
Design by JEM online instructor Chrystal Sunshine
Ready, set, bid! Academy of Art University's 23rd Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction makes its way back to the Cannery on Saturday, November 3. From oil paintings and printmaking pieces to sculpture and jewelry, half of the proceeds of each sale benefits our students through scholarships awarded at the annual Spring Show; the remaining half goes directly to the artists themselves. Catch a small preview below of the spectacular jewelry up for sale, all hand-crafted by our very own JEM instructors and alumni.
Photos courtesy of Leslie Kail Villarreal
Sponsored by the JEM Club, join local jewelry artist Leslie Kail Villarreal for a free demonstration on using etched steel plates to achieve custom rolling mill textures. Building on current curriculum in the Jewelry & Metal Arts program, the technique covered will offer students a new approach to designing custom-patterned textures on metal. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 10:00am – 12:00pm, at 410 Bush room 120.
Welcome to the Fall 2018 semester! Now that you have made it through Week 1 and are settling into your classes, take a look at some of these upcoming events that will give you the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students, network with professionals, as well as boost your portfolios and resumes.
Are you interested in working with young children and teens in art education? Do you have the skills, creativity, and enthusiasm to teach various jewelry-making techniques in a culturally diverse environment? Dragonfly Designs is currently seeking interested applicants in jewelry instructor positions for after-school enrichment programs, camps, and birthday parties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most immediately, they are looking to hire teachers for their fall after-school enrichment classes which will begin at the end of August. See below for more information and how to get involved!
JEM Spring Show 2018 award-winning students with faculty and staff. Photo courtesy of Dale Beevers.
Continuing a new Spring Show tradition, the Jewelry & Metal Arts department once again brought on faculty and staff to design unique trophies for this year's awards ceremony. Scroll down below to see which students took home the prizes!
Hosted by the Schools of Advertising and Photography, the Art U Collaboration Meetup returns this semester on Thursday, April 5th at the Cannery. Students from all departments are invited to bring their business cards and print/digital portfolios to meet other students they can collaborate with on future projects. This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore, get creative, and network with their fellow AAU peers!
In their first exhibition as Academy of Art University Jewelry & Metal Arts alumni, MFA graduates Li-Yun "Rita" Hsing, Xiaoxin Hu, and Jieun "Jeanne" Oh join together to present Triptych. The opening reception takes place on Thursday, March 1 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Cannery. See below for more details on the show as well as background information on their inspiring thesis work.
The Jewelry & Metal Arts (JEM) Club presents How to Photograph Your Artwork for Success on Monday, December 4th from 1:00-3:00pm at 410 Bush Street, room 101. Featuring special guest Erik Butler, this workshop will cover the technical aspects of photography and the best practices for shooting work for portfolios, juried exhibitions, and more. Learn how to properly set up lighting and equipment, adjust camera settings, and even assemble your own affordable photo kit with materials from Home Depot. All AAU students are welcome!
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