Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence:
Alchimia is a private contemporary jewellery school located in Florence, Italy. We provide academic jewellery design courses at Bachelor's (BFA) degree, Masters (MFA) degree, and Academic Year certification levels, as well as short-term, intensive programs including evening classes, weekend courses, 2 week to 3 month courses, and summer study options. Our short courses are available year-round, and have open dates, with individual study programs (max. 5 students) to offer the opportunity to experience contemporary jewellery to both beginners and advanced students.Email: Contact us below ( or request a callback ).Short Intensive Jewellery Courses (2 weeks to 3 months)
The intensive course is a good solution for those who have limited time to study and experiment in the area of contemporary jewellery. They range in length from 2 weeks to 3 months. The courses are taught on a one-to-one basis. Each student is guided individually to ensure that lessons meet their specific need.
These courses are aimed at beginners, jewellers who want to learn specific techniques, teachers, professionals and students who need a period of full immersion in another entourage and who want to have new stimulating experiences.
The maximum number of participants is 5. All necessary tools and materials are included in the course fee, excluding gold and precious stones. Two different types of programmes are offered: technical and conceptual.
- Basic Techniques for Beginners:
In this course, students concentrate on developing the basic skills of sawing, filing, soldering, hammering, and polishing to create their own collection of jewellery. In addition to traditional techniques, students are encouraged to experiment with alternative materials as a means of exercising their individual creative approach to the contemporary jewellery field.
- Textile Techniques in Metal:
Through a process adopted from various textile techniques, students in this course create three-dimensional forms in fine metal wire. The first part of the course introduces basic methods, such as weaving, crochet, and French braid, while the second half consists of choosing one or two of these techniques to create a new body of jewellery pieces.
- Experimentation with Materials:
This course challenges students to develop an innovative approach to both traditional and exotic materials through a series of exercises. Past assignments include creating objects identical in form but originating from different materials (such as silver, resin, acrylic, wood, paper, etc.). Another possible exercise involves exploring techniques that augment an object’s surface (such as patinas, combining different metals, imprinting designs, gold leaf appliqué, pigments, etc.). Students are encouraged to also bring their own materials if they wish.
Conceptual courses are reserved for students with prior jewellery-making experience who wish to focus on sitespecific conceptual assignments. They are designed to aid students in developing a deeper understanding of their work through the process of realizing a unique collection of contemporary jewellery.
- Impressions of the City
- Five Senses
- Found Objects
Evening and Weekend Courses:
- Pigments on Metal
- Moulds and Casts
- Contact us for details of Summer 2013 Courses