VAFA109 Jewelry/Lost Wax

Department of The Arts: Jewelry

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA109 Jewelry/Lost Wax
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFA107 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
In addition to class studio time, students work five hours outside of class each week under the supervision of a lab assistant. Safe shop practices are emphasized.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces the ancient art of lost wax metal casting and its contemporary application to the production of fine jewelry or small sculptural objects.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. design from concepts a well-crafted cast piece of jewelry or object;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the technical skills and ability to transform ideas using the required casting tools and processes;
    3. employ safe studio practices and tool maintenance; and
    4. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. cast object carved from a single block of wax
    2. cast two objects that fit together or support each other
    3. make a cast object to fit a non-metal object
    4. incorporate casting with traditional fabrication
    5. cast work, which combines processes
    6. demonstrate safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all assignments, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of specific projects, and on the appropriate use of tools and shop safety practices.
    2. At least two individual critiques with the instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Slides, video, or digital technology are incorporated by instructor.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015