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AR 320 Jewelry & Metals II

Sample Assignments: Assignment 1



Students will create a monolithic, sculptural casting pursuant to their investigations of a notable artist, architect, work or object.  Specific topics will be designated each semester.  Examples of these are:

Homage to the Great Builders: Architectural giants such as C.R. Mackintosh, Louis Sullivan, F.L. Wright, Antoni Gaudi, R. Buckminster Fuller

Homage to the Modernists: Sculptors such as Umberto Boccioni, Henry Moore, Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth

Homage to Art Moderne:  authentic Art Deco / Streamline pioneers; designers such as Christopher Dresser, Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy


Objective: Create a work which is:

1) monolithic: carved as a single, unified form.   While the cast form, itself, must remain monolithic, additional minor elements (i.e. findings) may be integrated, as appropriate, by means of cold-connections only.

Note: It is essential that students thoroughly consider the size/weight limitations of the centrifugal, lost wax process prior to beginning.

2) wearable: to provide a formal context for the scale (intimate) and material (sterling silver) being cast, the finished object is to be wearable (aka jewelry, personal adornment, body sculpture, etc). 

3) an homage to a selected artist, architect or designer.  As befits the word, homage, this piece is to be a tribute, and not a mere impression or miniaturized imitation.  It is not enough to simply appropriate the superficial qualities observed in the work being studied; an homage demands a deeper penetration and a keener insight, acquired only through thoughtful study.


1) The assignment will be introduced with a slide presentation, followed by class discussion and technical demonstrations in wax carving techniques.

2) Within the parameters of the designated topic, students will research the work of a specific artist, architect, or designer; gathering information on their work and genre from a variety of sources.   Source-images will be gathered in the form of photographs and drawings.

3) A written (one page, double-spaced) response paper will be presented in class, along with a compilation of representative source-images.

4) Through drawings and other appropriate forms of ideation, students will investigate a variety of forms and design possibilities pursuant to their research, and considerate of the technical requirements of lost wax casting.  

5) Execution: using rigid carving wax, students will carve, refine, and finish a wax model, to be sprued, invested, and cast in sterling silver.

6) Castings will be refined and finished using files, abrasives, and other appropriate tools and processes.  Copper plating, patination, and abrasive bead-blasting are effective surface enrichment processes to be considered.

Timeframe:  Total: 3 weeks

Research and Development (including presentation of research): 1 week

Execution (carving original model, investing, casting, and finishing): 2 weeks

Note: the actual due date for this assignment will be posted on the Project Board.


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