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Class Description

This class has been Postponed – stay tuned, we are in the process of rescheduling it.

This two day workshop is designed to be a comprehensive and effective introduction to the art of dry-point hand-engraving with professional air-assisted tools. A skill that normally takes years to develop can now be learned much faster, enabling beginners to quickly progress and develop advanced control, power and finesse in their mark-making in the surface of metal.

The workshop will begin with a quick lesson in the history of engraving, and an introduction of the various tools and sharpening methods. Focusing on a stylized decorative floral scroll motif, the participants will draw from a model, create their own version on paper, and transfer their designs onto sheets of metal.

Students will learn to outline their design with various styles of line-cuts and then shade the resulting volumes to produce a stylized three-dimensional rendering. Students will then enhance their engraving tool control and broaden line-marking vocabulary by learning how to create a lettering layout and engrave simple script.

Instructor Sergey Jivetin is currently working on Furrow, a seed engraving project in partnerships with Hudson Valley Seed Company, Seedshed, and other horticultural organizations across the country. Furrow travels to different venues to engage various communities in a dialog about meaning of seeds and seed-saving advocacy. You can find out more about this project at seed

This course is perfect for anyone who likes to work with the drawn line.  Previous metalsmithing skills are not required.  Maximum class size is 7 students.

Engravers are available for use during the workshop. Students are asked to bring a 6×6 inch sheet of 20 gauge brass and their own opti-visor or other magnifying glasses to class.

Taught by Sergey Jivetin
Refunds & Credit

Withdrawals from class 7 days prior to the start of the class will receive a full refund for the class minus a 10% processing fee. If cancellation occurs 3-6 days prior to the class, we will provide a 50% refund. Cancellations 48 hours or less receive a 25% refund. Refunds will not be provided for no-shows or same-day cancellations.

We do not refund tuition for classes that students miss due to their own circumstances. Students enrolled in multi-session studio courses (excluding workshops and intensives) may make-up missed class sessions during open studio hours for up to two weeks after the last class meeting.

We reserve the right to cancel or discontinue any class, in which case you may choose to receive a refund, apply the class credit towards a different course, or receive a tuition credit for future use. Tuition credits are valid for up to one year. Refunds will be issued within 30 days.