Friday, September 4, 2009

Whoa Nelly!

Jewelry Class - Summer 2009
Amalgam Arts

We were asked to find something that interests us as
the inspiration for a few pieces of jewelry.
I chose the Art of Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

These pieces are sterling silver, copper and brass.

It's been a crazy summer, and it turned out to be a true teacher summer for me. I have entered back into the world of public education, accepting a postition at both Norcross High School and Georgia State University.

At Norcross, I am teaching 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Jewelry. I spent a bulk of the summer in a metalsmithing class, brushing up on technique. Turns out it is not like riding a bike. After getting over my initial fear of the acetelyne torch I was able to create a few really nice pieces. Picking the brain of my instructor Wendy Tonsits at Amalgam Arts was my main focus after becoming comfortable with the equipment. I was constantly assessing what we were doing in the small jewelry studio and figuring out how I would accomplish the same thing in an art room with up to 30 teenagers. I had a great time and am looking forward to seeing what I can get my high school students to produce.

There is more to share regarding the position at Georgia State and I will share that in another post.


Maya said...

I am very jealous of Norcross. I've been wanting to do metalwork jewelry for awhile, but I don't have the resources to do so. I've just been looking longingly at library books.

What are you teaching at GSU? I still need to take 3-D design, and I would do it in a heartbeat with you, if I could get transient status.

By the way, are you on Etsy?

Kimberly Landers said...

I am not on Etsy, although I set up an account. I am teaching an Art Ed class at GSU. How to teach high school art. I'm really enjoying it, but it is keeping me super busy. Super Busy!

Let's sign up for some Jewelry workshops together. I have a lot to learn and it looks like I'm going to be stuck as the Jewelry teacher. Let's get together soon and make an art plan! I haven't painted in months (with the two new jobs and my brother's wedding). Need to make some art!

Maya said...

For some reason I never got this follow-up comment emailed to me. Boo!

I would love to get together soon. I am really missing the art community, and I would love feedback on the stuff I'm doing lately.

I'm going to stop by and see you at the Brookhaven festival, I think.

And have you seen Rahul's blog? I love it.