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Lesson ideas in Jewelry

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Thu, 27 Mar 1997 14:05:09 -0600 (EST)

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It's a fact that Jewelry is NOT cheap to teach. Kids can go
through supplies like crazy. I've taught Jewelry for over 20 years
and have had to simplify concepts and ideas on a level that I felt
high school students could realistically achieve their goals (and
mine!). You must first remember that the sophisticated concepts and
tools you (and I ) have been used to using at the college level are rare
in high school. Budget restrictions put a damper on what we would LIKE
to do. Although some schools have wonderful budgets, I have not been
that fortunate. But,there are ways to improvise. How about doing some
cold connections with tube or wire rivets, etching (if you trust them
using nitric acid!), simple band rings - perhaps pierced, rolling mill
using texture and various design concepts, brass rod bracelets (form
and forge), link chains using wire (creative ideas using 'connections'),
and maybe casting - using cuttlefish, charcoal (expensive), or even
plaster (we make ours in plastic sytrofoam cups - and they work great).
If you need further info. on any of these projects feel free to contact
me by email or phone. Good luck with your student teaching!

Sheila J. McCormick
Art Dept. Chair
Crawfordsville High School
Crawfordsville, IN. 47933
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317-362-2340 (ext. 1120)

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