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CAEL2054: Silversmithing: Exoskeleton Extension

From the symbolically charged through to the functionally utilized, the hammer formed metallic object builds upon the dynamic landscape of the body. In this unit of study you investigate the potential for an object to expand the metaphysical self. The malleable and ductile qualities of metal will be examined as a creative catalyst enabling material characteristics to form a transformative element of a work that is made for the body by the body. You will explore silversmithing processes, in alignment with your individual research interests, as a technical and conceptual starting point to negotiate ideas of metamorphosis and growth. The appropriate forming processes, including sinking, raising, hot forging and planishing, will be introduced alongside an examination of the historic foundations and key principles of contemporary metalsmithing, as a means to generate your own individual project.

Code CAEL2054
Academic unit Sydney College of the Arts
Credit points 6
12 credit points of 1000 level in Visual Arts or 12 credit points of 1000 level Studio Foundation units in the Bachelor of Visual Arts

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate basic skills in the manipulation of metal sheet using smithing skills and equipment
  • LO2. Interpret and communicate ideas through 2D and 3D methods appropriate to smithing
  • LO3. To plan and manage individual work practice and to work autonomously.
  • LO4. Demonstrate the capacity to identify and apply ethical attitudes in the representation of ideas in diverse materials and forms
  • LO5. To apply WH&S to all aspects of practice, including working in a communal workshop environment

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.