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Instructor: Artis Selby
Tuition: $50 members; $62 non-members
Monday, Aug 24, 6:00 - 9:00pm (1 session)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Aug 17
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Learn how to quickly etch brass sheet to create a pendant, broach, or even a pair of earrings. We will be creative with a Sharpie and your freeform design or stencil. A Supply List will be posted on the Studio Six Jewelry Artists Facebook page as well as on the AAC website at arkansasartscenter.org/museum-school---supply-lists.
Single class scheduled on 8/24/2015 at 6:00PM
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Instructor: Jann Greenland
Tuition: $25 members; $31 non-members
Monday, Jun 22, 6:00 - 9:00pm (1 session)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jun 15
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Bronze clay can be worked by hand, molded, and shaped with small tools just like pottery clay, but once dried and fired it becomes solid metal! Try your hand at making your own jewelry components from bronze clay and learn about the firing process unique to this material. Students will create during this class but will return to pick up their work after it has been fired (1-2 weeks). Bronze clay will be available for purchase in the studio at cost (price may vary but at press time: $23 per 100g package).
Single class scheduled on 6/22/2015 at 6:00PM
Instructor: Artis Selby

Tuition: $50 members; $62 non-members
Monday, Aug 10, 6:00 - 9:00pm (1 session)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Aug 3
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Students will learn how to carve a design in Cuttlebone to create a mold for their casting. We will create a one-of-a-kind pendant or charm with an organic touch. Sterling silver scrap can be used for casting and will be provided by the student or purchased from instructor based on market price. Cuttlebone can be found in the bird section of your favorite pet store. A tool list will be provided and will be posted on the Studio Six Jewelry Artists Facebook page as well as on the AAC website at arkansasartscenter.org/museum-school---supply-lists.
Single class scheduled on 8/10/2015 at 6:00PM
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Instructor: Burke Johnston

Tuition: $125 members; $156 non-members
Tuesdays, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Begins Jun 23 / Ends Jul 21 (5-week class)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jun 16
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Glass enamels produce brilliant colors when fused by heat with certain metals, especially copper and silver. We will first study techniques for creating multi-colored enamel designs on flat copper tiles. Finished pieces may be used as traditional decorative tiles, or incorporated into larger mixed media pieces. The use of enamels in jewelry will be demonstrated using domed copper discs. Students may choose to develop large or smaller scaled pieces into finished designs. Two copper tiles and two discs will be supplied per student. All enameling materials are supplied, with a $10 materials fee payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Additional copper and silver may be purchased from the instructor as needed. A Supply List will be available on the AAC website at arkansasartscenter.org/museum-school---supply-lists. No previous enameling experience required.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/23/2015 and ending 7/21/2015 at 10:30AM
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Instructors: Burke Johnston / Teresa Smith
Tuition: $128 members; $160 non-members
Saturday, Aug 1, 9:30am - 4:30pm, (With 1 hour lunch on your own.)
& Sunday, Aug 2, 12:00 - 4:30pm (2 sessions total)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jul 25
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Fold forming is a fascinating metalworking technique in which sheet metal is manipulated and hammered to create three-dimensional, organic shapes. Small sculptural fold forms can be used as elements in jewelry, hollowware, and enameling. This fairly new technique originates in Germany and has been further developed by metalsmith, Charles Lewton-Brain. Students will experiment with their own fold formed elements and choose one to use in a finished brooch or pendant. Copper and enamels are provided. Instructor demonstrations will include Line, "T," Rueger, and other folds - as time permits. Application of glass enamel coatings will also be included. If you have jewelry tools, bring them. The studio has most of the equipment and tools required for the class. Materials fee is $10 which is payable to the instructor on the first day. A Supply List will be posted on the Studio Six Jewelry Artists Facebook page as well as on the AAC website at arkansasartscenter.org/museum-school---supply-lists.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 8/1/2015 and ending 8/2/2015 at 12:00PM
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Instructor: Donnell Williams
Tuition: $116 members; $145 non-members
Saturday & Sunday, Jul 11 & 12, 9:00am - 4:00pm (2 sessions)
(With 1 hour lunch on your own both days.)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jul 4
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Ready to spruce up your garden? Spend a summer weekend out of the sun in the metals studio making copper garden art. You will cut and solder shapes to a metal support. Found objects provided by instructor - and ones you bring from home - can be incorporated into your sculptures. You will also learn about patinas (coloring metal). Letter stamps will be available to print messages, the names of flowers, or even poetry into your copper artwork! A Supply List will be posted on the Studio Six Jewelry Artists Facebook page as well as on the AAC website at arkansasartscenter.org/museum-school---supply-lists. A materials fee of $50- $60 will be payable to the instructor on the first day. Price will depend on market price and number of students enrolled.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 7/11/2015 and ending 7/12/2015 at 9:00AM
Instructor: Jann Greenland

Tuition: $249 members; $311 non-members
Thursdays, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Begins Jun 25 / Ends Aug 27
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jun 18
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If you have basic metalsmithing skills, a head full of ideas…and lots of questions, this is the class for you. This loosely-structured course allows students to experiment with design ideas while solidifying skills and building confidence. Some of the instruction is "top down," with the instructor originating lessons or building on a topic of student inquiry, plus we often include some "lateral" instruction, where a student with a strong skill shares it with the group. We embrace a variety of metals and alternative materials and are supportive of each individual developing a unique artistic voice. PREREQUISITE: Students must have previous experience in silversmithing and have familiarity with soldering. Introduction to Silversmithing - Part One (or its equivalent) is an excellent way to fill this requirement.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/25/2015 and ending 8/27/2015 at 10:30AM
Instructor: Nancy Wilson, Department Chair

Tuition: $249 members; $311 non-members
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Begins Jun 23 / Ends Aug 25
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jun 16
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This class is suited for any individual with intermediate jewelry-making skills. Students will reinforce their basic skills and, if ready, will work on their own projects with the assistance of the instructor as needed. As a BONUS to this class, students will be able to watch, learn, and participate in three or more new jewelry-making techniques designed for the intermediate level; possible examples include: mechanisms like hinges, patination, sand casting, or others as determined by the instructor. A jewelry piece completed during this class will have the opportunity to be photographed for student's use and/or for class promotional purposes. Check out the Studio 6 Facebook page for samples of new technique offerings.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/23/2015 and ending 8/25/2015 at 6:30PM
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Instructor: Nancy Wilson, Department Chair
Tuition: $125 members; $156 non-members
Wednesdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Begins Jun 24 / Ends Jul 22 (5-week class)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jun 17
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This five week intensive class will provide you with basic silversmithing skills which will include: silver soldering, stone setting, roller printing and hammer texturing, finishing surfaces, faux silver treatments using copper and silver, and coloring agents. You will purchase a piece of silver that will be transformed into a pendant, ring, and possibly a bracelet. (Stones for your jewelry may be purchased directly from the instructor). Other jewelry options will be covered, time permitting. We will also have a discussion on setting up an inexpensive jewelry studio in your home. A limited number of tools boxes will be available for sale for $35.Students must contact instructor (at nwilson113@att.net) five days before class to be able to purchase a box. A tool supply list will also be available. The materials fee will cover silver and disposables for $30-$50, depending on silver market. Tool box fee and materials fee are payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class. (Those students who have taken a previous silversmithing class will reinforce their skills and learn new stone setting techniques along with other surface treatments not covered in previous classes. This class or equivalent is the prerequisite for many other jewelry and small metals classes.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/24/2015 and ending 7/22/2015 at 9:00AM
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Instructor: Nancy Wilson, Department Chair
Tuition: $125 members; $156 non-members
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Begins Jun 24 / Ends Jul 22 (5-week class)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jun 17
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This five week intensive class will provide you with basic silversmithing skills which will include: silver soldering, stone setting, roller printing and hammer texturing, finishing surfaces, faux silver treatments using copper and silver, and coloring agents. You will purchase a piece of silver that will be transformed into a pendant, ring, and possibly a bracelet. (Stones for your jewelry may be purchased directly from the instructor). Other jewelry options will be covered, time permitting. We will also have a discussion on setting up an inexpensive jewelry studio in your home. A limited number of tools boxes will be available for sale for $35.Students must contact instructor (at nwilson113@att.net) five days before class to be able to purchase a box. A tool supply list will also be available. The materials fee will cover silver and disposables for $30-$50, depending on silver market. Tool box fee and materials fee are payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class. (Those students who have taken a previous silversmithing class will reinforce their skills and learn new stone setting techniques along with other surface treatments not covered in previous classes.) This class or equivalent is the prerequisite for all other jewelry and small metals classes.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/24/2015 and ending 7/22/2015 at 6:30PM
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Instructors: Melissa Orsini / Burke Johnston
Tuition: $50 members; $62 non-members
Monday, Jul 27, & Aug 3, 6:30 - 9:30pm (2 sessions)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jul 20
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Bring your metal clay skills to the next level. We will make a silver pendant utilizing pmc3 and paper clay. We will then use the enameling technique of Champlevé to add a colorful finish. Some items will be available for purchase from the instructor with costs ranging from $30 - $50, depending on market price. A Supply List will be available on the AAC website at arkansasartscenter.org/museum-school---supply-lists.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 7/27/2015 and ending 8/3/2015 at 6:30PM
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Instructor: Teresa Smith
Tuition: $125 members; $156 non-members
Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Begins Jun 25 / Ends Jul 23 (5-week class)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jun 18
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Metal working experience is helpful but not necessary to learn basic torch firing and kiln firing enameling. Students will use traditional sifting and wet application of enamels. You will also learn to use transparent enamels over textured surfaces. Alternative coloring of metals will be covered. A $10 - $20 materials package, based on market price, will be purchased from the instructor. A Supply List will be posted on the Studio Six Jewelry Artists Facebook page as well as on the AAC website at arkansasartscenter.org/museum-school---supply-lists. No previous enameling experience required.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/25/2015 and ending 7/23/2015 at 6:00PM
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Instructor: Nancy Wilson, Department Chair
Tuition: $26 members; $32 non-members
Monday, Jul 6, 6:30 - 9:30pm (1 session)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jun 29
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A fibula is an ancient form of jewelry that was used to pin clothing together. Yes, a bone was originally used as a pin! We will be working with copper to make unique versions of these ancient clothing ornaments. No experience is necessary but if you have some jewelry tools, please bring them. A small materials fee of $5 - $10 will be payable to the instructor; price will vary due to metals market.
Single class scheduled on 7/6/2015 at 6:30PM
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Instructor: Melissa Orsini
Tuition: $116 members; $145 non-members
Saturday, Jun 27, 9:00am - 4:00pm (1 session)
(With 1 hour lunch on your own.)
Location: Studio 6
Class limit: 10 maximum / 5 minimum
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CLASS WILL CANCEL if minimum not registered by: Jun 20
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Learn how to make a bezel to set a fireable stone in bronze clay. Finish out your piece and take home a pretty pendant you can wear on a chain, leather, or silk. Partial Supply List will be provided on the AAC website at arkansasartscenter.org/museum-school---supply-lists with some materials available for purchase from the instructor. Cost of materials will range from $20 - $30, depending on market price.
Single class scheduled on 6/27/2015 at 9:00AM

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