The CCE visual arts program offers interactive courses for the budding to experienced artists, from classic to modern techniques, in the areas of: photography, drawing, painting, woodwork, steelwork, ceramics, textiles and more.

Fri 15 Jun 2018 - Sun 17 Jun 2018

10:00 - 16:00

3 Sessions
10 spots remaining.

Learn the traditional techniques of Cloisonné and Basse Taille Enamelling. Working with a Fine Silver base, you will texture it to create a Basse Taille foundation for your enamel work. Hammers, letter stamps, punches and such will be used to make your designs. Overlay these textures with Silver Cloisonné wires in patterns that will complement and contrast with the underlying pattern.

Medium to pale transparent enamels will show your textured metal beautifully. Use an accent of an opaque colour in some of your cloisons to create a contrasting design floating on a base of textural delight.

Making one to two items, you will learn metal texturing and preparation; washing, applying, shading transparent enamels; firing and finishing techniques to create a glowing jewel that will be set in simple and attractive ready-made brooch settings. Basic bench skills of sawing and filing are a must.

  • Day 1: An Introduction to the Techniques (using historical and contemporary examples), materials, safety requirements, and equipment. Start preparing designs for your Cloisonné and Basse-Taille enamel. Cut out shapes and texture the metals. Start bending cloisonné wires. First layer of enamel.
  • Day 2: Enamelling
  • Day 3: Enamelling and finishing pieces.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • identify many styles of enamel work
  • know how to use enamel and the kiln safely
  • prepare your cloisonné wires, metal, and enamel for use
  • fire your work safely and competently
  • make a Cloisonné and Basse-Taille piece of enamel
  • understand a variety of ways to set enamel items
  • source enamel supplies and materials

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced students; as you will design pieces appropriate to your level of expertise. Possibilities; that is the keyword. How exciting!

Materials

A list of materials will be provided upon enrolment.

Fri 07 Sep 2018 - Sun 09 Sep 2018

10:00 - 16:00

3 Sessions
10 spots remaining.

There are many exciting and expressive Contemporary enamelling techniques such as sifting and stencilling, liquid enamels and drawing with P3. These techniques can be used to create images and designs. Working on a copper base, opaque colours are applied to form our ‘canvas’ onto which we apply the different methods of making images.

Within these techniques is a spontaneity and freedom of exploration that can create some very intriguing results. When your work is made into jewellery it becomes a very personal wearable artwork.

We will start with a pendant or brooch sized piece and discuss what else we might work on. Progress will depend on individual skills but ready-made bezels will be available so that you can choose your 2 favourite pieces to make into Jewellery. More experienced jewellers can choose to make their own settings at a later time. Basic bench skills of sawing and filing are a must.

Course outline

This 3-day intensive course will provide you with an introduction to a range of contemporary enamelling techniques such as Sifting & Stencilling, P3 and Drawing techniques.

  • Day 1: An Introduction to the Techniques, materials, safety requirements, and equipment. Start preparing designs and metal for enamelling and use Sifting & Stencilling to enamel the base layers of colour to form our ‘canvas’ for our exploration of techniques.
  • Day 2: Sifting & Stencilling, P3 & Drawing techniques, Liquid enamel, under-firing techniques
  • Day 3: Continuing with contemporary techniques and completing enamels

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • identify many styles of enamel work
  • use enamel in three different methods
  • know how to use enamel and the kiln safely
  • fire your work safely and competently
  • use a variety of finishing techniques
  • understand a variety of ways to set enamel items
  • source enamel supplies and materials

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced students; as you will design pieces appropriate to your level of expertise. Possibilities; that is the key word. How exciting!

Materials

A list of materials will be provided upon enrolment.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Start your jewellery making journey today! Take home three completed rings by the end of the course as you learn the skills of forming, saw piercing, filing, soldering and finishing.

Course outline

  • Week 1-2: fabrication of a simple band, introducing basic skills in forming, saw piercing, filing, soldering and finishing
  • Week 3-5: fabrication of a band featuring a central detail; participants will each design and make a form that can be soldered onto the plain band, bringing an individual touch to the ring
  • Week 6-10: fabrication of a fitted sleeve ring; the fitted sleeve is comprised of two rings, one of which fits over the other. Typically the outside band is saw-pierced, and then soldered onto a plain band, giving the design more depth.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should:

  • have an understanding of the process of ring making, from the use of an ingot all the way to the finished product
  • have skills in handling and using the tools of the trade: measuring tools, jewellery sawframe; various files and pliers; burs and drill bits etc.
  • have basic jewellery skills, including, cutting, joining, forming, finishing
  • have made up to three rings depending on individual skills and working pace
  • be able to sketch/design to be transferred onto metal.

Who should enrol

Any individual interested in creative processes and developing hand skills in jewellery making.

Course materials

Workshop materials will be provided in class. You will need to bring the following to each class:

  • enclosed shoes and casual clothing
  • a pair of safety goggles
  • an apron, ideally fitted with a pocket
  • 1-2 old rags
  • plain paper notebook and pencils (HB & 2B).

If you have long hair, it needs to be tied back.

Please do not wear loose clothing (ie scarves) or dangling jewellery to any classes.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Enamelling is the ancient art of applying glass to metal. Oh, the possibilities are endless and exciting! This introduction to all things enamelling, initially in pendant and brooch format, try out Cloisonné and Basse-Taille, sifting and stencilling and drawing techniques. Suitable for beginners and experienced students; design pieces based on your level of expertise.

Course outline

This 5-day intensive course will provide you with an introduction to all things enamelling. Initially, in pendant and brooch format, you will try out Cloisonné and Basse-Taille, Sifting & Stencilling and Drawing techniques.

  • Day 1: An Introduction to the Techniques (using historical and contemporary examples), materials, safety requirements, and equipment. Start preparing designs and metal for the Cloisonné and Basse-Taille enamel
  • Day 2: Cloisonné continued
  • Day 3: Cloisonné continued + Sifting & Stencilling, Drawing techniques
  • Day 4: Sifting & Stencilling, Drawing techniques
  • Day 5: Completing enamels

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • identify many styles of enamel work
  • use enamel in three different methods
  • know how to use enamel and the kiln safely
  • prepare your cloisonné wires, metal, and enamel for use
  • fire your work safely and competently
  • use a variety of finishing techniques
  • understand a variety of ways to set enamel items
  • source enamel supplies and materials

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced students; as you will design pieces appropriate to your level of expertise. Possibilities; that is the key word. How exciting!

Materials

A list of materials will be provided upon enrolment.