Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

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Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Charles Lewton-Brain

Charles Lewton-Brain

Charles Lewton-Brain

Charles Lewton-Brain

Instructor: Charles Lewton-Brain
July 21–23, 2020 (Tuesday–Thursday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Charles Lewton-Brain is also teaching Gold Application Techniques & Keum-Boo, July 24-25. Register for both workshops and save on tuition!

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Or call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Fold forming is a new, rapid, easily learned way of shaping sheet metal with hand tools. It is a compositional system of metal forming that emphasizes forming using the metals characteristics. Rather than forcing form upon the material, forms are derived from the natural plasticity, ductility and elasticity of the metal. An original invention, it is internationally recognized as a new approach to working metal.

This workshop is about using foldforming methods in a smaller scale, aiming for jewelry making, concentrating on techniques that work for jewelry, and the most appropriate foldforming approaches for textures, shapes and designs for small work. Bracelets, brooches and earrings are addressed.

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/Metal Arts Coordinator.

CHARLES LEWTON-BRAIN studied and worked in Europe and North America. A master goldsmith, author and artist, he teaches internationally on his research. He invented Fold-Forming, a completely new system of metal working. Past President of the Canadian Craft Federation, he co-founded the Ganoksin Project with Dr. Hanuman Aspler, the world’s largest Internet resource for jewelers. In 2012 he won the highest national award for Craft and Visual Arts, the Saidye Bronfman Governor General’s Award. Now Professor Emeritus, he taught and headed the Jeweler/Metals at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary for 32 years.

Current MAC Members: $382
Non-members: $425 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

Register for this workshop and Lewton-Brain's Gold Application Techniques & Keum-Boo and save on tuition:

Current MAC Members: $630 $585
Non-members: $700 $650 plus a $90 non-member registration fee ($45 per class)

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: $25 (supplies copper tiles).

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Please choose the applicable tuition price:

$470: Non-member tuition price (includes a $45 registration fee)
$382: Current Mendocino Art Center member

Register for this workshop and Lewton-Brain's Gold Application Techniques and Keum Boo:

$740: Non-member tuition price for both classes (includes a $45 registration fee for each class)
$585: Current Mendocino Art Center member tuition for both classes


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