Handcrafting in Metal & Leather, 6-12, 12:00
his is NOT your grandfather’s summer camp leather wallet project, where bored kids thread plastic lacing through pre-cut holes! In this class, students will learn to manipulate leather and metal, separately and together, to create objects that are both functional and beautiful. Students will work with aluminum, copper, and brass, and several different types of leather, including vegetable tanned and commercially dyed. We’ll also work with bronze metal clay for at least one project. We will explore different ways of texturing metal, including (but not limited to) hammer textures, rolling mill patterns, stamping, and etching. These metals will be combined in different ways with leather, which students will learn to manipulate by cutting, stamping, painting and dyeing. Students will learn to set snaps and rivets, and to create their own eyelet-style rivets from tubing.
As always, I teach techniques, and students design their own projects using those techniques. Any student can therefore make their project as manly or feminine as they wish.
Policies and Procedures: As always, I have a one-warning policy concerning tools/materials and their proper use; I expect my students to treat them - and each other - with care and respect. Some of the tools we will be using this semester can be dangerous if mishandled, and our materials are quality, and consequently expensive. Depending on the project, I may not be able to provide your student with a spare if they fool around, ignore instructions, or otherwise spoil the materials they are given. It would be doubly awful if anyone damaged another student’s work. Therefore, I have a one-warning policy for classroom foolishness; if a student uses art materials in an unsafe or disrespectful manner (such as poking another student with a paintbrush, whether or not it has paint on it, dueling with pencils, swinging a hammer in any other context than actively shaping metal, etc.), they receive a warning reminder from me that their behavior is inappropriate. If they continue the behavior, or demonstrate that they cannot or will not settle down, they will be asked to sit out the reminder of that class session without further access to the materials or tools we are working with that day. I go over my expectation about respecting materials, tools, and classmates at the beginning of the semester, and at the start of any class session where I feel the reminder would be helpful. I will add that I have only had to ask two students to sit out a single class session each over the course of my many years of teaching; most students respond very well to the reminder about our class rules. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.