VAFA109 Jewelry/Lost Wax
Department of The Arts: Jewelry
Course Number and TitleVAFA109 Jewelry/Lost Wax
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester4050
PrerequisitesVAFA107 (C or better)
Other Pertinent Informationaddition 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.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course introduces the ancient art of lost wax metal casting and its contemporary application to the production of fine jewelry or small sculptural objects.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Learning Goals
- design from concepts a well-crafted cast piece of jewelry or object;
- demonstrate an understanding of the technical skills and ability to transform ideas using the required casting tools and processes;
- employ safe studio practices and tool maintenance; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
- Core Learning Goals (if applicable)
This course is not included in the Core.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- cast object carved from a single block of wax
- cast two objects that fit together or support each other
- make a cast object to fit a non-metal object
- incorporate casting with traditional fabrication
- cast work, which combines processes
- demonstrate safe shop practices
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- 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.
- 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.
- Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)
This course is not in the Core.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Slides, video, or digital technology are incorporated by instructor.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012