Upcoming Jewelry Classes

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Jewelry Department

Ron Pickard

Ron Pickard

Ron Pickard

Instructor: Ron Pickard

May 19–21, 2017 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30am)
All levels – beginners


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This class is designed for the beginning jeweler with an emphasis on basic classic jewelry skills: soldering, piercing, and the potential use of gems and metal, including the use of positive and negative space. Each project emphasizes a specific jewelry skill and each project builds on the next. Students will have the knowledge and basic skills to make simple jewelry. The class will open the door to advanced classes, advanced skills and rewarding world of jewelry design and self expression.

Teacher, jeweler and nature lover, RON PICKARD has been designing and creating unique jewelry for over 40 years. He received degrees in History and Biology from U.C. Berkeley. After teaching history for 10 years, he gave in to the calling of the right side of his brain and switched to Art. He studied Jewelry Design and Techniques with Alan Revere, Harold O’Connor, Florence Resenoff and other notable Jewelry Designers at CCAC and the Mendocino Art Center.

Ever the teacher, Ron developed jewelry programs and taught at Solano College and Butte College. A large number of his students are active in the jewelry industry. He currently lives in Fort Bragg and Paradise, California, and teaches and works out of his studio, Manzanita Cottage. His Jewelry can be seen at Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino Gems, and Etsy.

Read about Ron in Mendocino Arts magazine


Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $20
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