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ART-1070-VR01Y - Introduction to Jewelry

Synonym: 165036
Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 03-09-2018 to 04-27-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 03-18-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 04-07-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Pamela O'Connor | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $120.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Expression
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Comments: Class meets Friday 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 9am-3:30pm, Saturday 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 9am-3:30pm, Friday 4/20, 9am-1:30pm & Friday 4/27, 5-7pm. Required: Cafe CCV 4/27, 5-7pm.

Browse the Moodle Site for this class.

Course Description:

Students will explore the fundamentals of jewelry making including sawing, piercing, filing, sanding, and surface enrichment while creating chains, pendants, earrings, necklaces, pins, bracelets and rings. Using metals, paper, beads, stones, found objects, fibers and recycled materials, students will design and construct pieces of wearable art. Students will also investigate jewelry as a craft and fine art and will discuss the cultural and historical significance of jewelry as adornment.

Essential Objectives:

1. Demonstrate and apply techniques and processes of metalworking, such as sawing, filing, piercing, sanding and texturizing metal plates.
2. Employ a variety of jewelry making techniques such as creating beads, beading, wire work, hinging, drilling, surface enrichment, and chain mailing.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of materials used in jewelry making by selecting the appropriate medium for a variety of methods and projects.
4. Conceptualize and design three-dimensional pieces of jewelry.
5. Explain and employ safe studio techniques.
6. Identify jewelry and other types of wearable ornamentation as a means of cultural and geographic expression.
7. Examine, discuss and critique art work, including some reference to the art historical, social, and cultural context.
8. Design and complete individual projects.
9. Create a portfolio of mixed media projects.
10. Display finished works in a professional manner.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Cell Phone Policy:  No cell phone use allowed during class.  Students found texting will have their phone removed to the front desk until class is dismissed.


Technique demonstration and projects

Class discussion and critique

Mid-Term Paper and Gallery Visits

Studio Work

Final Project

Display at Café CCV Art Event

Evaluation Criteria:

Course evaluations will be made based on cooperation, willingness to explore new methods, and the students' attitude.  Grading will also be based on the individual's growth as an artist, effort, persistence, and the quality of the work produced.

15% - Attendance 


10% - In class participation – critiques and studio                        


40% - Weekly Sketches, Reflections and Completion of homework


10% - Mid-term Project

20% - Final Project, display and Reflection

5% - Café CCV – REQUIRED



Grading Criteria:

Letter grade criteria will be calculated as follows. Please do NOT regard letter grades generated automatically in Moodle.



Superior quality of work; demonstrated learning from assignments at an exceptional level; portfolio showing extensive outside work; excellent attendance and participation






All assignments completed at an acceptable level; excellent attendance and participation.









Demonstration of minimum effort and/or missing or late assignments at a minimally acceptable level and/or attendance requirements not met. 









Work met a marginal level of effort or expectations of the assignments. Work may have been missing or late. Attendance requirements may not have been met. A “D” will does not count for credit for specific program or competence area requirements.


55 & below

Work did not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignments. Work may have been missing. Attendance may have been unacceptable.



Spring 2018 textbook data will be available on December 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Pamela O'Connor
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Virginia Gellman


Attendance Policy:


Note:  This is an accelerated course that requires 100% attendance, participation, and preparedness to be successful.  

  • Class attendance and participation is valued as 25% of your overall grade.
  • Class starts promptly at 9:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm.  Late arrivals and early departures are considered time missed, will affect your overall grade, and be calculated as a percentage of class time missed.  See attendance policy below.
  • Missing one day is equivalent to missing two classes, which will automatically lower your grade one level.  If you miss class, you will be responsible to learn the techniques presented on your own since it is not possible to reteach a six and half hour class on a one-to-one basis.
    • Subsequent late arrivals, early departure and absences will result in a failing grade.
  • In class critiques and studio work, i.e. participation:  It is essential that you work in a manner that is respectful to your fellow students:

·        participate and provide constructive feedback during the critiquing of artwork using art terminology

·        quietly work during in-class assignments – keep chatter to a minimum, listening and focusing to your own creative process 

 Note: Please call CCV’s front desk and e-mail Pamela prior to class if you will be absent.










NOTE: Like any piece of fine art, this syllabus is a work in progress

and subject to change based on the needs of the class.


Instructors: Pamela O’Connor

Friday and Saturdays,  9:00 am – 3:30 pm


March 9-10

March 23-14

April 6-7

Friday, April 20


Café CCV – Friday, April 27, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (REQUIRED)


                               PLEASE BRING YOUR LUNCH for our 30 minute lunch break

                                         there will not be time to run out to purchase a meal.




In Class


March 9

Express Yourself!

Introduction to Jewelry safety and techniques

Colorful cords

Mid-term review


March 10

Wire Wrap Basics

Chain and Clasp

Working with beads and found objects

Paper Arts Jewelry


March 16

SNOW DAY MAKE-UP #1 - Meet only if needed to make up a cancelled class


March 23

Copper - Sawing, filing, piercing metal



March 24

Copper Texturing

Cold Connection – Wire and Rivets

Discuss Final


April 6

Mid-Term Due

Copper – Coloring and Etching


April 7

Detailed Sketches for final due

Open studio – Work on finishing projects


TBA with class

OPEN STUDIO – optional time to work on your final in the studio


Or required SNOW DAY MAKE-UP #2 –In the event we need to make up a cancelled class



April 20

Class 9-1:30 – Final Projects, Self Reflection and Self Evaluation due.

Display, Critique, cleanup and Pot Luck Lunch


April 27

Café CCV 5-7:00 pm – Required





·       Students are expected to submit all assignments on the due dates designated.  If a student has been absent, assignments due should be left at the front desk by the Monday following class or will be considered late.

·       Late assignments will be accepted between Tuesday and Friday the first week after our class met and be considered one week late.  Late assisgnments will not be accepted after this time.

·       Late submitted projects will be evaluated at 90%. 

·       If a student has been absent, he or she is responsible for learning the technique covered in class and identifying the next assignment by referring to our Moodle Classroom or working with a classmate.

Weekly Homework

Development of Portfolio = 40% grade

This is an accelerated course so expect to spend at least 12 hours a week on your homework including on-going progress on mid-term and final. 


Note: since we meet every two weeks, be sure to pace your work by completing 12 hours each week.  You can always work in the CCV Art Studio where you can focus and use needed tools.

Each class is made up of a variety of students, with a variety of artistic experiences.  Students will be graded on their own efforts, progress, and portfolio of wearable art from each week’s lesson.  Homework assignments will be handed out in class and posted on our Moodle classroom.  Flexibility and time invested are key elements to developing our talents as artists.  Please bring all projects that you worked on to class, even if you are not satisfied with the results so your time invested can be evaluated.

Weekly Projects

Each class will consist of learning new concepts and techniques followed by creating a specific piece during studio practice.  Your homework will be more of what we’ve practiced in class with an added edge of challenge to stretch your creativity and talent.  Be open minded, prepared to work hard, and to discover new ways of seeing and discovering.  Creating art takes time - pace yourself accordingly.

Weekly Reflections and Sketches

You will be asked to sketch out your project ideas.  Note that you will not be graded on your drawing skills, rather the fact that you’ve put some thought into ideas in your sketches.  You’ll be asked to reflect on a variety of creative forms most weeks throughout the semester, along with expressing any of those wonderful “ah-ha’’ moments of discovery.  Please type all reflections – hand written reflections will not be accepted. Practice, reflect, and create!


Mid-term = 10% grade

Due April 6 – Visit 2-3 art galleries, critique 2-3 pieces of jewelry at each for a total of 6 critiques, and write a reflective paragraph on each using the terms we’ve discussed.   Interview ONE of the artist or gallery owner/employee.   More details to follow.

NOTE: Late mid-term projects will not be accepted.

Final = 20% grade

You will create a comprehensive set of wearable art using at least three different techniques learned in class.  More information to follow.


April 7th – Final Work in Progress

Bring in sketches and take a photo (phone shot is fine) of your project (so far) to bring to class.  We will have an in-class initial critique and time for suggestions.

April 20th – Final Project, Self-Reflection and Self-Evaluation Due


Reflection and Self Evaluation   

 (minimum 2 pages, typed double space, 12 font).  Complete a final reflection paper that includes:

1.     A self-analysis of your growth and understanding of the techniques and concepts discussed and practiced in the Introduction to Jewelry course. 

2.     The grade you believe is deserved stating the reasons (attendance, improvement, effort, participation, consistency, homework, etc.). 

3.     What you’ve discovered about yourself as an artist.


NOTE: Late final projects will not be accepted.


Café CCV = 5% of grade

Friday, April 27th, 5-7 pm

All students are required to attend our Café CCV community event for the purpose of displaying your work in a professional manner.   If you are unable to attend due to work or other circumstances, please see Pamela early in the semester for an alternate assignment.



CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present, as your own work, something that you did not create. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what constitutes plagiarism) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.



In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities coordinator in their academic center and provide documentation from a professional source, i.e. physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.


Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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