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Love Art Nouveau jewelry? Want to learn more about it and make jewelry using techniques inspired by this iconic time in history?
In this class, students will learn art and jewelry history with studio techniques from the Art Nouveau era. The works of Lalique, Liberty and Co., and Mackintosh among others will be covered.
For the studio part, Jenn will cover techniques you can use now to make jewelry in the spirit of Art Nouveau: a take on plique-a-jour enameling, carving acrylic, and forging wire. Students will learn the design hallmarks, language, and materials of the time and how to design works that use the era as influence.
- What’s covered in this class?
- • History of Art Nouveau and key jewelry artists of this period and their work
- • Art Nouveau style and design with contemporary techniques and materials
- • Carving acrylic and wax
- • Piercing metal and making plique-a-jour style color
- • Forging
- • Brooch Backs
- • Prong Setting
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school). A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- 4 oz. cross peen hammer -riveting, goldsmithing or jewelers style
- steel bench block
- Soldering set-up: soldering surface, pickle, flux, pick
- Torch- any
- Wire cutters
- Third hand
- Bench pin
- Saw frame
- round/flat forming pliers
- 1mm twist drill
- nitrile gloves
- toothpicks or popsicle sticks
- parchment paper
- Needle file set of 6
- Dremel or Flex Shaft
- Prong Pusher
A computer, tablet or smartphone to use with the free Zoom app to login to class.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.
Students must have prior experience with jewelry making. This may be in fabrication (sawing, filing, soldering, etc), lost wax, enameling, metal clay, beadwork or other jewelry techniques. For this class, it is recommended that you know how to use a jewelers saw, power tools like a Dremel or flex shaft, and how to anneal and the basics of soldering. These are skills you can learn in Basic Jewelry 1 (online or in person).
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick