Summer School – Absolute Beginners with Jan Rooney


18th July - 22nd July 2022

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About the course:

Our week-long jewellery summer school for beginners is a fantastic opportunity to explore what we do here at the School, meet our tutors and enjoy a week of creative inspiration.  Held over five consecutive days in our light, spacious studio overlooking the River Allan in Dunblane, this course is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of jewellery making under expert tuition. The Summer School is an ideal introduction for novices!

Transforming a sheet of silver into a piece of jewellery can be a fulfilling and exciting creative process. This intensive jewellery summer school for beginners will introduce you to the traditional techniques and tools used to make jewellery. The aim of this course, using demonstrations and structured guidance from the tutor, is to instil confidence as you learn techniques such as sawing, soldering, annealing, filing, texturing and shaping.  Many of these skills can easily be perfected at home so this is the ideal kick-starter week for a longer jewellery journey. It is also ideal if you just want to come along and create for the week.

You will start by experimenting with copper before progressing on to silver to make your final showstopper pieces. Over the week you may even manage to create a small collection of jewellery!

Your Tutor: Jan RooneyJan’s exploration of different cultures is central to her jewellery designs in mixed materials. She absorbs her surroundings and then develops and creates beautiful designs that evoke memories through their association, form, shape, colour and texture. Studying in Japan inspired Jan’s style and the variety of materials she works with. Her inspiration has continued to evolve with subsequent travels, and you will see subtle flavours of Morocco, India, and Mexico, just to name a few of the countries she has visited, visible in her mixed media work. Jan was formerly the owner of Au Boutique and jewellery school in Glasgow, and she joins us with many years of teaching experience behind her. She teaches on some of our regular evening and daytime classes.

What to bring: Only ideas needed! We’ll provide all the things you will need to start making amazing jewellery including tools, copper & a small amount of sheet silver. You can purchase extra silver and other materials at cost price during the course if needed.

Good eyesight and hand dexterity is needed for jewellery making. If you have long hair please wear it up. Please bring along glasses if you need them for detailed work and wear appropriate clothing for a studio environment including closed toe shoes.

If you are the type of person who prefers to arm yourself with some knowledge ahead of time then we have prepared a Pinterest page filled information and inspiration just for you!

Feel free to bring a notebook and pen/pencil to take notes and start drawing up designs!

Lunch is not provided but you can bring lunch to eat in the studio or we can advise you of nearby places to buy food. Refreshments provided.

** classes may be cancelled due to events outside of our control or lack of attendees. If this occurs you will be notified before the class is due to commence and offered a choice between a replacement class or a full refund of your fees**

Course Info

Start Date –  18th July 2022

End Date – 22nd July 2022

Time – 10:00am to 4:30pm with lunchbreaks


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