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New Medallists: Bronze Art Medals (DESI08111)







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Course Summary

This practical course encompasses both specialist skills and techniques from the Jewellery and Silversmithing industry in casting and modelling. The course will also integrate design research and thinking alongside experience of working to professional competition briefs set by external organisations, agencies and companies. This course New Medallists: Bronze Art Medals (BAM) provides students with an introduction to small scale studio bronze casting and working with narrative design in the execution of a piece of contemporary hand-held sculptural metalwork to be designed as a medal. During this project students will learn carving and modelling techniques. Students will also be introduced to different methods of casting metal from small-scale studios to larger foundries.

Course Description

Through this course students will explore how the process of design and making can translate narratives, themes and messages into 3 dimensions carvings and models for a small two-sided medal. Students will be taught how to design, model, mould, cast and finish a medal in bronze that would be eligible for the annual national British Art Medal Society competition. The course syllabus includes: 1) A lecture and briefing about art medals, the potential wider competition brief; 2) A practical introduction to carving and modelling techniques in wax and other materials like clay and plaster; 3) An introduction to casting techniques with metal (sand casting to direct burn out and lost wax casting); 4) An introduction to rubber or silicon mould making (to allow for multiples to be made from an original); 5) An introduction to the theory of the patination and colouring of bronzes. Design consideration will be fostered in relation to the: 1) Means of construction/modelling; 2) Use of edge to incorporate text, imagery or pattern; 3) Development of a theme between the two sides of the medal, to symbolise a theme; 4) Imaginative dialogue between all surfaces; 5) Innovation of the medium; 6) Plane and perspective; 7) Expression of an abstract idea. **All elements of this course including the practical ones are designed to be achieved with or without access to the workshop and studio environment depending on the student's location to meet the Learning Outcomes.**

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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