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Oak Park and River Forest High School Fine and Applied Arts Division 2018-2019 Jewelry/Metalworking #664 Fall 2018 Name: Melinda P. Novotny Room: # 391, Telephone: 708-434-3391 Office: # 327/28, Telephone: 708-434-3327 E-mail: Office hours: discuss with teacher as needed Course description: Basic metal working techniques of fabricating, casting, forging, and surface
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   1 Oak Park and River Forest High School Fine and Applied Arts Division 2018-2019 Jewelry/Metalworking #664 Fall 2018 Name: Melinda P. Novotny Room: # 391, Telephone: 708-434-3391 Office: # 327/28, Telephone: 708-434-3327 E-mail: Office hours: discuss with teacher as needed Course description: Basic metal working techniques of fabricating, casting, forging, and surface embellishment as applied to jewelry, hollow ware and nonfunctional metal forms in non- precious to precious metals. Course content:  This is an introductory course in jewelry/metalworking. The first part of the semester will deal with the basic sheet metal construction and surface techniques, using copper and brass. After becoming more proficient in construction, soldering, and finishing, more complex technical problems and stone setting will be introduced using sterling silver. During the second quarter, the assignments will focus on silver casting using the lost wax technique. The student will gain knowledge of the basic metal forming techniques, surface enrichment, as well as, finishing options. Exploration will be encouraged while following specific assigned projects. Textbooks / Materials: Required Jewelry Materials Kit,   Available in classroom during 1 st  week of class   ã   4 X 6, 18 Ga. copper sheet ã   1 X 3, 18 Ga. sterling sheet ã   3 oz. sterling casting grain ã   8 in., 18 Ga. sterling wire ã   1 set of needle files ã   2 doz. jewelry saw blades ã   2 sheets of emery paper ã   stones for bezel setting Grading Scale:  A 90-100% B 80-89% C 70-79% D 60-69% F 59% and below  The assigned metals projects are given a letter grade reflecting the design, craftsmanship and effort of the individual student. The 4.0 grading scale used for the class projects and is listed above. This grade is determined through individual communication and dialog with the student. During the course of project development and completion, the student is continually advised of what is required in design and craftsmanship to achieve a grade of A through F. Grades:  Each assignment will be graded upon completion. There may be a group or individual critique following each assignment. All projects and reports can be redone at any time before the next grading period. The following will be taken into consideration when averaging the mid term and final grades. ã   Individual projects:  The technical and aesthetic success of each project. Attention should be given to unique and creative approaches to design, well crafted, with attention paid to detail. The design concept and the characteristics of the material being used should be fully explored, exhibiting evidence of successful design, planning and execution of the project.   2 ã   Class Involvement and Participation:    This includes participation and assistance in the regular activities of the studio, class critiques and group activities, daily effort in studio maintenance, tool organization and show of respect to other people and property. Each student is expected to make a positive contribution to the class ã   Individual Growth and Progress: Based on the amount of class involvement and personal growth from the beginning to the end of the semester.   ã   Note: Students will be notified of their grade at the completion of each assignment, which sometimes takes up to 3-4 weeks to complete , and will be informed of their grade status as the semester progresses. Parents of any student with a grade below a “C” will be notified and informed as to why the student is getting this grade. Please feel free to check skyward, email, or phone at any time to check on grade status. Quarter Grade: Based on the average of all assigned projects, exams and reports due during the first quarter. The Progress Reports sent to parents/guardians during this first grading period reflect the current grading status. ã   Parent Notification of Grades: Students will receive a written evaluation for each project completed in the class. They will receive a full summary of their progress in the form of a printout of their grade/percentage on each project every 4 weeks. Students and parents can request a grade printout at any point throughout the semester. Parents can contact me for further information about your student’s progress at 708.434.3327 or via email: . ã   Parent Access to Grades: Parents can access their son/daughter’s grade for this class via the SKYWARD program. Their grades will be updated every 2 weeks. Some projects may last longer than 2 weeks and will be updated upon completion of the project. Final Exam Grade:  The Visual Arts classes do not have a final exam grade nor meet during the final exam periods. Semester Grade: A cumulative grade, both quarter 1 and quarter 2 projects, class participation, and clean-up responsibilities. Course Outline – Semester 1 Quarter 1: ã   Copper Band Ring (piercing/soldering/sawing/filing/sanding) ã   Combination of Metals (pin/pendant, sweat soldering) ã   Lost Wax Casting (mold, casting) Quarter 2: ã   Sterling Band Ring (piercing, advanced sawing techniques) ã   Sterling Sheet & Wire Construction (additional materials to be combined into project can be purchased on our field trip to Bead in Hand in November) ã   Stone/Bezel Setting (sterling setting with bezel wire and cabochon stone—can be purchased on field trip or supplied in class) Teacher Expectations: Daily Homework: Students are expected to spend time outside of class planning and designing the assigned projects. Initial design concepts and ideas can be refined and revised through teacher/student critique, however there is not ample studio time to spend on individual creative problem solving. Make-up Work: Make up work is accepted at any time before the mid-term or final grading period. If a student is dissatisfied with a project grade, the assignment can be resubmitted and reevaluated at any time before the next grading period. Classroom Rules: ( All school rules will be strictly enforced)   ã   Attend class daily and avoid being tardy. Students who are not in the assigned classroom after the sound of the tone has sounded signaling the beginning of the period are considered tardy. ã   Bring your materials and tools to class daily   3 ã   Respect of the teacher and other students in class. Be polite, considerate and understanding of others. Wait your turn to talk, refrain from side conversations while teacher/others are talking. ã   Be responsible and courteous of other people and their safety! Keep in mind that in this class you will be working with mechanical tools and power equipment that can be very dangerous. ã   Do not leave the room until dismissed. Ample time will be provided and all work areas must be clean with tools and projects put away neatly. Only then will class be dismissed. When your area is clean, please remain seated until the bell sounds. Do not stand by the door waiting for the bell. ã   No tools or equipment are to be taken from the room. When necessary, you may check out tools needed for outside work. ã   Safety Concerns: There are many tools, soldering stations, and lots of fast moving equipment in   this classroom (drills, buffing machines, rolling mill, grinding machine, etc). You are responsible for your own safety and must WEAR GOOGLES AND A HAIR BAND FOR LONG HAIR at ALL  TIMES when working with the equipment. Safety is a huge concern, and accidents can happen. You will be monitored but must know your own abilities when using the equipment. In concern of our personal safety, no horseplay or foolish behavior will be allowed. Cellular Phone and Electronic Devices Rules:   ã   All phones and electronic devices are to be used with respect to teacher and other students and in a manner that is not disruptive to the classroom learning environment ã   Music may be listened to via HEADPHONES only, no small speakers or speaker-mode where other students can hear the music ã   Refrain from texting at any point in class—the hallway/passing period time is for that use ã   At any point when an assessment (test, quiz) are being administered NO CELL PHONE OR ELECTRONIC DEVICE is permitted—otherwise use or visible display of item will be considered cheating ã   Absolutely NO PHONE CALLS, any emergency can be dialed out on classroom teacher’s phone ã   Internet searching/research may be used if it pertains to the lesson or project ã   If you are not sure if the intended use is appropriate just ask teacher
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