Introduction to Engraving: Making your Mark

July 8 - July 12, 2022

Introduction to Engraving: Making your Mark


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $100

Come learn the art and precision of hand push engraving. Processes such as tool sharpening, image/mark development, design transferring, and general surface finishing techniques will be developed through a variety of exercises. Engraving requires patience and complete awareness. This course will allow you to experience greater intimacy with your work by practicing this intense focus, giving you the skills to incorporate drawing and mark-making into your practice.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Valerie James

Valerie James is an artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in 2016 from Tyler School of Art and continued her studies, earning an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2019. Through the format of jewelry, Valerie translates the gesture and psychology of traversed spaces. Using techniques such as engraving, she conveys these observations, the mobility of jewelry, and the agency it instills both in and out of the studio. Valerie currently holds teaching positions at Tyler School of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, while maintaining her studio practice in Fairmount, Philadelphia.

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