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Lesson ideas in jewelry

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James D. Brooks (jb2672)
Mon, 24 Mar 1997 08:47:40 -0500 (EST)

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Hi everyone,
I've been listening for months now, but have never really taken
the time to pose a question or concern to the group. I am presently
working through the last stretch of my student teaching and preparing to
enter the workforce. Before the end of my experience here I will be
developing one more unit for a group of third year art students as well as
one unit for a year of second year art students. I am already developing a
screen printing unit for the third year students and am trying to create a
jewelry unit for the second year students.
My problem is this. I have had extensive training in the design
and development of jewelry as an art form. I have taken undergraduate as
well as graduate classes in this media. However, I have always worked in a
well equipped jewelry studio with silver, gold, faceted stones, cabs,
torches, vacuum casters, etc. I've become so comfortable in this setting,
that I'm having a very difficult time looking at the subject in a
non-traditional way. More to the point, I'm finding it difficult to create
an engaging content based unit, involving jewelry, with the supplies at
hand.
If any of you have any suggestions or examples of units which have
worked for you, I'd love to hear from you. At the moment I'm kicking
around some ideas involving chain weaving, small scale work from found
objects and, perhaps, some plaster carving, etc. Please fill free to offer
as many suggestions as you have. Once my student teaching experience is
over I sincerely hope to be able to give my students an appreciation for
jewelry as art. First, though, I need help expanding my own narrow
definition of what I consider jewelry.

JAMES D. BROOKS
ART EDUCATION
E-MAIL: JB2672


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