After getting stuck in customs for a week or so, our tools and supplies were finally delivered this Monday morning! I’m not sure how my students felt at first, but it was sheer bliss for me. We’re talking Christmas-morning-as-a-little-child bliss, except better.
Once we got everything unpacked, de-greased the steel tools, and assembled our little work stations, they were getting excited. Then I started the demo – I showed them how to use a jeweler’s saw to cut out shapes in metal. It was practically a matter of SECONDS before they all appropriated their own pieces of copper, drew shapes into the metal, and started confidently using tools they’d never seen before. The sun (below) was one of my faves. The student who designed this later stamped the word “light” onto the surface, and oxidized it (or made it dark.) Clever.
It’s beautiful to see the women jump into a project without any fear of failure. Not having the experience of formal training, they are unaware of the boundary-lines learned through harsh artistic critiques. No inhibitions, just creations. I love it. It’s totally opposite how I functioned in Metals I. My classmates and I would cut out little circles and squares, always staying within the lines of what was easy or normal.
Anyways, one student designed a fish pendant with the words “Follow Me” stamped on the back. This is in reference to Jesus recruiting a few fisherman to live and learn and change the world with Him – “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19.
She asked Addy, (my friend and classroom translator) to look up the passage and read it aloud.
Today was good, very good. I’ve got this group for about 5 hours a day, Monday – Thursday. Now that we’re done with demos, they’ll be working on actual projects to turn in this Thursday. I think I’ll have them make at least 3 pairs of earrings, but we shall see. I’ll have them sketch out the designs first, so I can give guidance about the most efficient way to produce them three-dimensionally. I hope to make the last day a show-and-tell: a time for critiquing the craftsmanship and function of the finished pieces, discussing the art of designing for different price-ranges, and learning to cater to different style preferences.
I can’t wait to post more pics of their work!