Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

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Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Jack da Silva da Silva

Marilyn da Silva

Jack da Silva da Silva

Marilyn da Silva

Jack da Silva da Silva

Marilyn da Silva

Instructor: Marilyn da Silva & Jack da Silva
August 12–16, 2019 (Monday–Friday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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Explore the forming of metal and alternative surface treatments with Marilyn and Jack da Silva to create a personal or narrative piece that is wearable or hand-held using anticlastic and synclastic techniques. Possibilities may include creating jewelry, containers, vessels and small sculptural forms. Simple forging, raising and fabrication will be covered.

Learn how to incorporate non-traditional coloration with gesso and colored pencil and more. These alternative methods of surface embellishment will offer different approaches that may achieve an unlimited variety of textures, patterns and fields of color.

This workshop will provide an investigation of the development of individual imagery and design elements. Explore the incorporation of representational, symbolic and/or iconic references in your work. Abstract interpretations, non-objective and personal styles are also possible.

The Susan E. Wood Jewelry Studio is available for use for a fee the days following your workshop should you like to continue practicing new skills or finish projects started in class. For more details or to schedule extra workdays, please contact Nancy Gardner, Jewelry Coordinator/Studio Manager.

MARILYN da SILVA’s work is based on telling stories through imagery and representational elements. Her trademark surface treatment of gesso and colored pencil creates a rich palette for her sculpture and wearable pieces. Her work has been displayed nationally and internationally, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Gallery of Australia. Marilyn is represented in public and private collections. Also, she has been featured in numerous books, magazines and catalogues. She was invited to be “Master Metalsmith 1999” by the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. She was selected as a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2007. Marilyn is Professor and Program Chair of the Jewelry/Metal Arts Department at California College of the Arts in Oakland where she has been since 1987. Before moving to California, she taught from 1978 to 1987 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She earned her MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; and her BS in Art Education at Bowling Green State University. 

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JACK da SILVA is a third generation gravestone maker from a family of artisans and performers, and has become known for teaching metalsmithing,
anticlastic raising and research of various metalworking methods. Jack earned an MFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry Design at Indiana University with a focus on ancient and traditional metalworking. He owns and operates Jack da Silva’s Metal Design Studio. Jack previously taught at Kook Min University and Seoul National University in Seoul, founded MAKER: Metal Arts workshops and Educational Retreat, served as an Adjunct Professor in the California College for the Arts Jewelry/Metal Arts Program and as a tenured professor for Jewelry/Metal Arts and 3-D Art at Evergreen Valley College from 2005 to 2011. Jack's metal work is represented in numerous books, publications, and collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, South Korea; Portugal; and across the United States. 

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Current MAC Members: $540
Non-members: $600 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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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.

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