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.


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  • Studio Metalsmithing

    Metalsmithing is available to beginning students who wish to explore a variety of traditional and contemporary forming and finishing techniques associated with jewelry design and metal fabrication. Using silver, copper and nickel silver as the primary materials, students learn soldering, overlay, enameling, casting, stone setting, hollow construction and cold fabrication techniques that are used in the design of original works of art
  • Advanced Metalsmithing

    Advanced Metalsmithing is available to those students who have completed the beginning metalsmithing course and desire a more intensive and independent opportunity to explore jewelry design and metal fabrication. Students are introduced to hinge-making, forging, lapidary, etching, and if desired, more complex processes of casting and large scale sculptural construction.
  • AP Studio Art: 3D

    AP Studio Art: 3D, usually part of a two-year sequence, is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art, and metalsmithing is one of the options students can pursue. Students submit an extensive portfolio of work for evaluation. Expectations for the quality of work are set at the college level, and students are admitted to this course through a demonstration of superior effort and achievement, self-motivation and previous art experience. The portfolio will consist of approximately 30 works of art that excel in concept, composition and execution. Students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the corresponding AP exam in May.


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    Curtis Singmaster 

    Fine Arts Department Chair, Fine Arts Faculty - Ceramics, Metalsmithing, Varsity Boys Lacrosse Head
    University of Denver - B.F.A.
    Rhode Island School of Design - M.F.A.
    Brown University - Collegiate Teaching Certificate
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