The metalsmithing program at FVS is designed to explore three-dimensional design concepts and techniques derived from the properties of metal that are utilized for both adornment (jewelry) and sculpture.
The curriculum emphasizes the development of aesthetic values, critical and divergent thinking, personal commitment to the craft and the creative process, and the technical skills required to develop and enhance individual expression. Beginning students are assigned projects that focus on exploring the fundamental techniques of sawing and piercing, soldering, basic stone setting, fold-forming, cold fabrication and hollow construction.
As student proficiencies develop, more complex processes, including basic casting, hinge-making, enameling, lapidary and the utilization of alternative materials are introduced, but more importantly, advanced students are expected to develop an enhanced expressive and individualized direction in their work in combination with an increased commitment to the development of fine craftsmanship. Students who reach a high level of mastery are often recommended to continue into the Advanced Placement 3D portfolio review process.