As I mentioned before, I’m in London to do a short summer jewellery courses in Central Saint Martins, so today I’ll give some review about my CSM Course.
Located in Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA, Central Saint Martins, often abbreviated to CSM, is a public tertiary art school in London, England.
It is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London, which also includes Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design,London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art that offers full-time courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a variety of short and summer courses.
It also has exchange links with the Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, with the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, and with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
CSM is well known for Its theatre and fashion. The alumni of the school are the Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost, the musician Jarvis Cocker and many fashion designers, including Sarah Burton, John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen and Riccardo Tisci.
As you can see the campus have a cosy environment, because the outer part of the school blends with It’s surroundings, and they are in mutual relation with the local communities (There are some boats on the lake, and sometimes live performances). As for the Inner part, It has a minimalist Industrial feel with all of the exposed bricks, open ceilings, and unfinished concrete.
To enter this building, you need an access card. If you are a student (Full time, Part Time and Short Course) here, you don’t need to worried about It, since each of you have your card. If you are a visitor, just visit the administration room near the entrance door to get your guest pass.
For this Summer I took three courses (1 week for each class, from 10:00 a.m. – 16:00 p.m.):
- Jewellery for Beginners (Anastasia Young):
Simple and practical techniques in jewellery such as piercing, filing, soldering, simple fittings, and finishes will be taught, with an emphasis on developing confidence and realising the potential for making jewellery with limited access to equipment and skills.
- Jewellery making with plastic and metal (Sarah Kings):
In this course, you will learn to work with resin and other plastics in combination with metal.You will learn to carve an original design from jewellery wax, from which a silicone mould was made. The mould will be used to cast several of the same pieces in resin in a range of a beautiful opaque and transparent colours.
You will learn basic metal working techniques such as cutting, filing, soldering and finishing to make a silver pendant combine with resin.There will be plenty of time to experiment with embedding objects into the resin and cast resin in pre-made moulds.
- Organic form in jewellery (Paul Wells):
This course will provide you with a foundation in the exciting techniques of forging, anticlastic raising, fold forming and hydraulic press forming to create a range of beautiful jewellery objects. You will have the chance to explore and develop your practical and design skills by applying and combining some of these techniques to produce diverse and exciting designs inspired by organic forms.
Although they have different names, purpose, and assignment, the essential skill was same. We will spend some times:
- Cut a silver or wax with a saw blade
- Wax Carving (Plastic & Metal course only)
- Casting pieces (Plastic & Metal class only)
- Soldering & Annealing pieces
- Hammering pieces
- Do some simple fitting
- Polishing with many different kinds of polishing tools
- Filing to made things nice and crisp
All of the material for courses was provided by the campus. What you need to bring is only apron, sharpie, pencil, and paper sheet to do some sketch, and maybe some plasters (if you’re quite clumsy like me):-/
It’s not as scary as what It sounds. It’s exciting and fun, especially the Jewellery for beginner and the organic forms courses because you do an experiment, from understanding the nature of each material to creating a magical organic shape from one piece of metals.
I could say that It was a one well spend summer. I enjoy the courses
Before I closed today’s post, Here’s some Tips & Tricks for you who planning to enter CSM for short course, BA/MA Study or Just looking around:
- The nearest tube station would be Kings’Cross St Pancras. It’s located in Black line of your Tube Map.
- If you are planning to take some jewellery courses but didn’t have any idea which one you should pick, I could say that Jewellery Making for Beginners (Anastasia Young), Organic Form In Jewellery (Paul Wells), Jewellery making with plastic and metals (Sarah kings & Anastasia Young) and Intermediate Jewellery (Victoria Smith | I didn’t take this class, but one of my classmates did. She made interesting pieces during this course.) It’s worth a try.
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