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Jewellery Making - an Introduction

This vibrant and practical jewellery making course has been specially designed for budding makers aged 10–12 to let their imaginations free and learn how to turn their ideas into functional, beautiful jewellery using a variety of different materials and crafting techniques.

Course overview

This highly creative course for young artists creators aged 10–12 years old runs on Saturday mornings and is available to study in either our autumn or spring term. Check out the term dates and other course details below.

Dates

Saturday 1 October 2022 – 19 November 2022

Duration and times

8 Saturdays 9.30–12.30

Tutor

Samantha O’Brien

Fee

£209

Class capacity

16

Dates

Saturday 28 January 2023 – 18 March 2023

Duration and times

8 Saturdays 9.30–12.30

Tutor

Samantha O’Brien

Fee

£209

Class capacity

16

Course details

On this course our young makers will be expertly led to turn their ideas into designs and their designs into stunning pieces of jewellery. They’ll take part in group discussions to share their ideas and evolve their concepts.

Our budding jewellery makers will learn the fundamental skills to produce a variety of pieces of jewellery, including necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. As the course progresses, they’ll develop their skills and learn a range of different techniques to make their pieces stand out. Plus, students will be shown how to use a range of different jewellery making tools effectively and safely.

Each week our young creators will undertake a different project and a different type of jewellery. They’ll be encouraged to develop their own style and allow their creative voice to influence their ideas and designs.

The course will culminate with a final project that encompasses all the techniques learned throughout the course, so students can consolidate their skills.

At every opportunity student’s will be given support and advice to enable those to engage fully and push their creative boundaries and free their imagination.

 We understand how important young creative artists are – they've so much potential, untapped abilities, and enthusiasm. On this course they’ll be supported to fully explore their creative talent and future potential as a jewellery maker.

We encourage our young artists to be themselves, and as such we harness a budding artists’ natural style and flair, therefore enabling them to utilise existing creative interests and acquire new skills in the development of their own unique creative visual language.

It goes without saying, too, that we ensure all our young learners are included, respected, and supported every step of the way on their creative journey with us.

  • Guidance to use a wide range of jewellery making tools safely and effectively
  • Design sketching and developing
  • Exploration of different crafting materials
  • Open, closing, and creating jump rings
  • Making links
  • Beaded chain link jewellery – earrings, pendants, bracelets
  • Wire manipulation to create unique jewellery
  • Polymer clay charms
  • Beaded wire wrapped rings and bangles
  • Crafting using non-conventional or recycled materials
  • Tactile chain tassel pendants and layered necklaces

Samantha O'Brien is a very passionate and vastly experienced silversmith jeweller with a love for designing and creating pieces using a variety of precious metals and gemstones.

Initially Samantha became attracted to jewellery making through her work and interest in alternative creative mediums such as art, drawing, painting, ceramics and beading.

Over time her passion for working with silver won, and Samantha now spends most of her time creating bespoke jewellery for her dedicated followers and clients.

Samantha lives local to AUB but grew up in the North of England and believes the contrasting landscapes, forms and patterns in nature she witnesses and enjoys has influenced her work.

Samantha started her own jewellery design company in 2015 (Dorset Hill Jewellery) and has been successfully creating and selling her work ever since.

As an establish AUB tutor, Samantha is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and skills with our Saturday Art School students.

  • Safely and effectively use a range of different tools
  • Ability to take an idea from concept, to design, to finished piece with confidence
  • A fundamental understanding of the skills and techniques required to make a range of different jewellery items
  • A selection of completed wearable pieces of jewellery
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Saturday Art School certificate of attendance

Students must be aged between 10-12 years. No jewellery making experience is necessary; all we ask is students come with buckets of enthusiasm to learn new skills, explore, and have fun with art and design!

All course materials are included in the course fee.