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Paint and Draw on Metal

Tuesdays, June 1, 2021 - June 29, 2021, 6:00PM - 9:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $345.00

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Come explore many different ways to draw on and apply color to metal! In this class we explore options like watercolor pencils, inks, graphite, and paint. Whether you love to draw, or just love color, this class has something for you!

We will be exploring layering of color, metal preparation techniques, and how to combine methods and materials to get unique results. Basic color theory will also be covered.

Students will learn about how to use cold connections like rivets and mini nuts and bolts to connect colored pieces to larger pieces, how to protect the surfaces, and also tab settings as another way of integrating the drawings into the metal.

What’s covered in this class?

  • Metal cleaning and preparation techniques
  • Watercolor pencils both wet and dry
  • Water soluble graphite, wet and dry
  • Pastel pencils
  • Inks
  • Spraypaint
  • Combining and layering techniques
  • Sealing and protecting the color
  • Mark making after color application
  • Cold connections- rivets, nuts and bolts
  • Tab settings
  • Making and using stencils

A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..

Tools for this Class

Students can adapt this class to their favorite jewelry technique that they already know, including fabrication, setting, lost wax, enameling and beading. You’ll need the same basic tools you already use to make your jewelry now.

This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

  • Dish for water
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Exacto knife or other cutting blade
  • Cardboard, paper bag, or newsprint to work on
  • Bench pin
  • Saw frame
  • Sharpie
  • 1mm drill bit 
  • Pin vise drill or flexshaft/dremel
  • Scotchbrite
  • Sandpaper assortment
  • Chasing hammer or riveting hammer 
  • Steel bench block 

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.

About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and 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).

This course meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours. Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.

Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



 This class is open to beginners; Knowledge of sawing and drilling is recommended. There is a lot to learn in this class for any level, including intermediate students and beyond.

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Paint and Draw on Metal

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