April-Settembre 2024

SUMMER
ACADEMY 2024

The 2024 programme of short, intensive and summer courses offers a rich array of options to suit every need.  Individuals with some experience, as well as craftsmen and artists looking to add something new to their  skills or start a new venture, and even those who have never tried their hand at jewellery making, will find intri guing and stimulating elements. 

With a flexible time commitment ranging from one day/3 hours to four  weeks/120 hours, we provide a training path suitable for all levels of experience. 

Flash Courses

Intensive Courses

Seminars

Craft Experiences

Guest Courses

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Flash COURSES

These are ultra-short courses, ranging from 1 to 5 days in duration. The content is technical and practical, involving a demonstration phase by the instructor followed by hands-on exercises for students.  All flash courses are taught by LAO’s faculty and instructors…

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Intensive Courses

The 3–4-week intensive courses are open to everyone, offering the opportunity to acquire professional technical skills in a short timeframe. They can be especially beneficial for individuals who are already working or studying and cannot commit to long-term courses…

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Seminars

LAO invites guest teachers and artists from the jewellery world to lead workshops, offering students the chance to exchange ideas and gain insights from professionals. These workshops are a valuable tool for professional growth and provide a platform for creative experimentation…

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Craft Experiences

LAO offers one- to two-day courses to all those who want to try their hand at making a piece of jewellery under the guidance of a master craftsman and take a precious memory of Florence with them. No previous experience is required. The craft experience courses are…

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Guest Courses

Courses are taught by experienced and qualified teachers who impart their knowledge and skills to students.

The courses are an excellent opportunity to learn the techniques needed to make high-quality jewelry…

For admission requirements for access to each course and for further details write to info@artiorafe.it.

Flash Courses

These are ultra-short courses, ranging from 1 to 5 days in duration. The content is technical and practical, involving a demonstration phase by the instructor followed by hands-on exercises for students. 

All flash courses are taught by LAO’s faculty and instructors.

CAD Flash courses. Teacher Jasmina Carbone
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing - Online coursesCAD.WE116 hours - 8 lessonsCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 400Enroll
Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing - Evening or daytime courseCAD.SE116 hours - 8 lessonsCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 400Enroll
ZBrush Flash course. Teacher Anna Lia Cimini
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
3D modeling with ZBrushZBR.WE24 hours 6 daysThe lessons will take place on the following days: May 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th15 April€ 800Basic competences on goldsmithing or jewellery design; proficiency in PC usageEnroll
JEWELLERY DESIGN Flash courses. Teachers Sofia Garuti* – Giulio Vinci
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Ink pen sketches and renderingsRE.215 hours 5 days1 - 5 July15 June€ 400Enroll
Rendering with markers and watercolor pencilsRE.315 hours 5 days8 - 12 July15 June€ 400Enroll
Digital renderingRE.415 hours 5 days15 - 19 July15 June€ 400Enroll
Rendering surfaces*RE.112 hours 3 daysCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 300Enroll
STONE SETTING Flash courses. Instructor Francesco Pinzauti
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Stone setting with griffe (Solitaire or o trilogy)INPR1.F12 Hours 2 Days16 and 17
September
31 August€ 300Enroll
Stone setting on bezelINBS.F12 Hours 2 Days18 and 19 September31 August€ 300Enroll
Flush settingINSG.F8 Hours 1 Day20 September31 August€ 200Basic competences of stone setting techniquesEnroll
Channel settingINBI.F8 Hours 1 Day23 September31 August€ 200Basic competences of stone setting techniquesEnroll
Bead settingINSGR.F8 Hours 1 Day24 September31 August€ 200Basic competences of stone setting techniquesEnroll
HAND ENGRAVING ON JEWELLERY Flash courses.
Instructors Victoria Efremova* - Filippo Vinattieri
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Introduction to engraving on jew- elleryENJF.112 Hours 2 Days18 e 19 September31 August€ 300Enroll
Background, granite, and silk on jewelleryENJF.28 Hours 1 Days20 September31 August€ 200ENJF.1 or equivalentEnroll
Cursive writing on metal plate *ENJF.318 Hours 3 Days23, 24, 25 September31 August€ 450ENJF.1 or equivalentEnroll
Segnatura*EN.112 Hours 2 DaysCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 300Enroll
Engraved texture*EN.224 Hours 4 DaysCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 600Enroll
ENAMELING Flash courses. Instructors Barbara Minor* - Jennifer Wells** - Sachiko Chino
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesEnrolment
Transparent enamels with silver and gold foils on copper*SMAF.18 Hours 2 Days9-10 May20 April€ 400Enroll
Liquid enamels**SMAF.218 Hours 3 Days9, 10 e 11 September31 July€ 600Enroll
Fire enamels, wet enamel, dry enamel, champlevéSMA.WE8 Hours 2 Days19 e 20 September31 August€ 250Enroll
STRINGING PEARLS Flash course. Teacher Maria Laura La Mantia
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Stringing pearlsPEARL16 Hours 2 Days9 and 10 September15 August€ 500Enroll
Notes FLASH Courses***

CAD.WE1 Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing. Online Course 

This course focuses on creating rings and pendants from non-complex shapes using a range of commands, including creating and  modifying curves, moving, rotating, scaling, copying, and subdividing shapes, using the 1-track sweep technique and utilizing  control points. 

CAD.SE1 Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing. Evening or daily course 

This course focuses on creating rings and pendants from non-complex shapes using a range of commands, including creating and  modifying curves, moving, rotating, scaling, copying, and subdividing shapes, using the 1-track sweep technique and utilizing  control points. 

ZBR.WE 3D modelling with ZBrush 

First approach to sculptural modelling using ZBrush, a computer graphics program that combines modelling, texturing and painting in 3D and 2.5D. ZBrush uses technology that stores information about the lighting, colour, material and intensity of all displayed  objects. In this introductory course open to all, the student will be guided to the creation of a form with which he or she will build a  ring and a bracelet. 

RE.1 Diamond colouring 

Watercolour rendering of brilliant diamond cut. 

RE.2 Ink pen sketches and renderings 

In this workshop fast representation techniques are applied with the use of ink pens. Starting from different representation techniques  for flat surfaces, curved, cylindrical and conical surfaces, we move on to representation of cabochons and faceted gemstones, pave,  pearls and other materials. The aim of the workshop is to give the student the tools and methods to realize monochromatic jewellery  drawings through fast chiaroscuro” ink pen techniques that will give an immediate visual impact. 

RE.3 Rendering with markers and watercolor pencils. 

In this workshop representation techniques using alcohol and water-based markers and watercolor pencils are covered and  employed. Starting from different representation techniques of flat, curved, cylindrical and conical surfaces, both polished and satin finished, of precious metals. Then we move on to drawing of precious stones: cabochons and faceted stones,  

semi-precious stones, pearls, corals and other materials. The aim of the workshop is to provide the student with the tools and  methods to realize jewellery renderings through the use of fast but visually striking representation  

RE.4 Digital rendering with photoshop, illustrator and procreate.  

In this workshop, digital representation techniques using Photoshop and Illustrator software, and the Procreate application are illus trated and employed. As usual, we start with representation techniques of flat, curved, cylindrical and conical surfaces, both polished  and satin-finished, of precious metals. Then we move on to digital representation of precious stones: cabochons and faceted stones,  semiprecious stones, pearls, corals, pavés of diamonds. The advantages of digital rendering and the possibility of modifying the design  and adapting it to different requirements in a very short time are high lighted. The aim of the workshop is to train the student with the  tools to realize renderings through the use of digital jewels illustrations and painting, which is highly fast, dynamic and expressive.  

EN.1 Segnatura  

Exercises on metal sheet and introduction to the art of segnatura. Drawing, writing with marks, and delineating geomet ric shapes on a metal sheet. 

EN.2 Engraved texture 

The course aims to teach drawing and engraving with a burin to create different textures and patterns. Starting with basic graphic ele ments like simple lines, participants will learn how to create more complex motifs, up to ornaments and abstract compositions. They will  also learn how to imitate natural surfaces, studying the structures to create effects such as bark or wood, animal skin patterns, or stone  surfaces. 

ENJF.1 Introduction to engraving on jewellery 

After learning the burin preparation technique and becoming familiar with the tools, participants will start engraving on  copper sheets and silver rings. 

ENJF.2 Background, granite, and silk on jewellery 

Engravings on a silver leaf, using backgrounds, granite, silk, and engraving veins to enhance the natural effect. Granite is used to create a  homogeneous background that contrasts with subsequent shiny engravings, enhancing them

ENJF.3 Cursive writing on metal plate  

The objective of the course is to teach the engraving of names in English cursive on flat plates. This course is beneficial for both goldsmiths  and engravers. It can be used to sign one’s own work by using a metal plate, ‘write’ names, initials, and dates with a graver, etc.  

INPR1.F Setting with prongs (solitaire or trilogy)  

The prong setting is the most commonly used for solitaire and trilogy rings, and it enhances the beauty of the stone. Participants will learn  how to set brilliant-cut round stones on silver rings and other semi-finished products. 

INBS.F Setting with different-shaped settings 

The stone is set in the previously prepared seat (setting). The metal collar is fixed on the stone with a chisel or a hammer. For the exercis es, semi-finished products with settings of various shapes will be used, and participants will learn how to set faceted stones of different  cuts (round, square or princess) and round cabochon-cut stones. 

INSG.F Flush setting 

The technique of flush setting, in which the stones are not covered by the metal at all, makes the stones appear larger than they actually  are. This type of setting is particularly suitable for small round stones, and is often used for “light points” and in tennis bracelets. During  the course, exercises will be carried out on silver or bronze plates and semi-finished products. 

INBI.F Channel setting 

Channel setting is one of the most common types of setting: this type of mounting gives beauty to stones arranged in a row next to each  other. It is a type of setting suitable for not large stones, usually all of the same size. The most used cuts for this type of setting are square  and baguette, but excellent results are also obtained with round stones. 

INSGR.F Bead setting 

This technique partly recalls the prong setting, but the use of special mills and gravers makes it very different in realization and suitable  for objects to be produced in series or simple on unique objects. The setter obtains small prongs by cutting the base metal and shaping the  metal blocks according to their own taste. 

SMAF.1 Transparent enamels with silver and gold foils 

The course will demonstrate how to achieve bright and beautiful colours directly on copper using sifted transparent enamel powders in  combination with sheets of silver and gold on flat or gently formed copper surfaces. Participants will explore methods to enhance depth,  complexity, details, and maximum transparency, gaining essential information and skills for transparent enamelling and achieving a wide  range of colours

SMAF.2 Liquid enamel  

Students will be guided through exercises that teach them how to understand the material and how it will respond to certain situations.  The students will then be asked to begin layering techniques and application methods associated with liquid enamels, pushing the bound aries of what they are learning. Alternative materials will be incorporated into the enamel and firing process. The enamels will be kiln and  also torch fired ( this depends if we may bring one torch into the studio), offering more variation to the surface of the enamel. Exploring the  possibilities students will be expected to present a collection of their research as demonstration through several pieces with appropriate  documentation of their processes. Advanced students will also be asked to develop one process into a completed piece that may be wear 

able or sculptural. 

SMA.WE Fire enamels, wet enamel, dry enamel, champlevé. 

The course aims to provide the student with the knowledge of the main techniques of fire enamel applied to metal and in particular on jew ellery objects. Practical lessons and exercises. Dry enamel, wet enamel and champlevè.

PEARL Stringing pearls 

The course involves the creation of a pearl necklace from start to finish. Participants will learn the fundamental basics of threading and  how to use the necessary materials for this art. The course is aimed at those who, for creative, commercial, and hobbyist purposes, want  to learn this technique

Intensive Courses

The 3–4-week intensive courses are open to everyone, offering the opportunity to acquire professional technical skills in a short timeframe. They can be especially beneficial for individuals who are already working or studying and cannot commit to long-term courses. On the other hand, newcomers to the field will find these courses an excellent opportunity to explore whether their passion/hobby can evolve into a profession. 

All intensive courses are taught by LAO’s faculty and instructors.

Tutti i corsi intensivi sono impartiti da docenti e istruttori di LAO.

Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesEnrolment
Jewellery designDI.I45 hours1 – 19 July15 June€ 1.200Enroll
Stone settingIN.I120 hours3 – 26 July15 June€ 2.700Enroll
Hand engraving on jewelleryENAV.I60 hours4 – 18 July15 June€ 2.000Enroll
Hand engraving on plateEN.I100 hours2 – 27 September10 August€ 2.200Enroll
Lost-wax castingMIC.I20 hours16 – 20 September31 August€ 500Enroll
Notes INTENSIVE courses***

DI.I Jewellery design intensive course  

The intensive course is suitable for both beginners and advanced students and is excellent for goldsmiths looking to enhance their  skills. No drawing skills are required to enroll in this course; the entire program will start from basic concepts accessible to everyone.  Throughout the course, students are provided with tools to create monochromatic jewelry designs through fast shading techniques  that deliver immediate visual impact. Representation techniques using ink pens, alcohol and water-based markers, and watercolor  pencils are applied. The last part of the course focuses on dynamic and expressive digital painting. Digital representation techniques  are illustrated and utilized using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and the Procreate application. 

IN.I Stone setting intensive course  

The intensive stone setting course is suitable for young students as well as for goldsmiths who need to learn this art to cope with their  daily work problems. The classes are all held in the workshop and include demonstrations and exercises that will go through all the  stages of gemstone setting on metal, using high-quality silver semi-finished products and cubic zirconia. The course starts with rela tively simple setting techniques, such as prongs and bezels, and progresses to more complex work. 

ENAV.I Hand engraving on jewellery intensive course  

This course includes exercises on semi-finished products in gold-plated and silver (rings, pendants, bracelets), allowing participants  to learn a challenging and refined art that can transform a simple object into a small work of art. 

EN.I Hand engraving on plate intensive course  

This course focuses on engraving on flat sheets for the creation of decorative designs, printing matrices, and everyday objects  (frames, boxes, etc.). Exercises will be carried out on brass and silver plates. 

MIC.I Lost-wax casting intensive course  

The lost-wax casting course covers the process, tools, and equipment used in lost-wax casting. The course covers the creation and  cutting of molds, creation of cold-silicone molds, wax injection of prototypes, wax models from 3D printers, construction of the wax  tree, realization of the investment, firing of the cylinders, casting the molten metal, pulverizing of the refractory material, and cleaning  treatments of the casted pieces.

Seminars

LAO invites guest teachers and artists from the jewellery world to lead workshops, offering students the chance to exchange ideas and gain insights from professionals. These workshops are a valuable tool for professional growth and provide a platform for creative experimentation.

Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Granulation basicsGRA24 hours, 3 days4, 5, 6 September31 July€ 800Intermediate level of proficiency and basic knowledge of metallurgy, particu- larly the properties of metals and the preparation of alloysEnroll
La gestione della stampa 3D3D.115 hours4, 6, 11 e 13 September31 July€ 500Enroll
Formazione aziendale stampa 3D3D.AZ8 hours11 e 12 July10 June€ 300Enroll
Notes SEMINARS***

GRA Granulation Basics – A modern approach 

Program and content curated by invited teacher David Loepp 

The goal of the workshop is to teach you the basic skills of traditional joining techniques with copper salts with an eye  on using these skills to design and fabricate contemporary objects. While the technique of granulation requires long term repetition to develop proficiency and mastery, the basic skills and insights gathered during the course will prepare  you to continue in autonomy.  

Silver alloys will be used during the course, unless you wish to use gold at your own expense. 

The school provides included in the participation fee the pure and alloyed silver needed for the exercises.  The objects made by participants remain their property. 

David Loepp was born in 1951 and grew up in Wyoming. 

In 1969 he moved to Paris. Three years later he moved to Sicily where he apprenticed as a goldsmith and sculpture. Fascinated by ancient jewellery, he worked primarily with the exponents of “archeogioielleria” in Messina and Rome where he  opened a workshop in 1996. He has worked in experimental archaeology for the past two decades in collaboration with the Universi ty of Rome la Sapienza, Italy’s National Research Council and the Antiquitates Center for Experimental Archaeology in Civitella Ce sa. 

Long-term projects in experimental archeology include: 

– The refining of gold and thermodynamic characterization of the process based on evidence from Sardis and the interpretation of textual sources. 

– Characterization of the color phenomena of shakudo. 

– Ancient strategies for the reduction of chalcopyrite ores and the winning of copper.

3D.1 3D Printing: from machine operation to the study of printable models 

Programs and content curated by invited teacher Emanuele Matronola 

In today’s reality, digital technologies and informatics have become an integral part of our lives. In every field, there is a constant in quiry into the possibilities and interactions that the virtual world can have with the real world. 3D printing techniques, which involve a  set of operations aimed at obtaining a physical representation of virtual models, applied in artistic, industrial, and artisanal fields, can  form the foundations of communion between tradition and modernity. 

Through this course, students will have the opportunity to experiment and develop specific skills related to the design study of virtual  models in order to make them achievable with 3D printers. It will be crucial to understand these machines in their limits and structure  to become informed and independent users in managing processes that are now considered fundamental in the professional environ ment. 

3D.AZ Corporate training for 3d printing operators 

Programs and content curated by invited teacher Emanuele Matronola 

The training program involves the theoretical and practical education of the user in the management of 3D printers, covering machine  maintenance, the study of printable models, and concluding with the setup. For educational purposes, the examined equipment will be SLA and FDM 3D printers, respectively using liquid resin and melting plastic filament. The use of semi-professional printers will  allow addressing challenges related to systems with limited functionalities, different from industrial machines engineered to minimize  or entirely eliminate typical issues of these instruments. The goal is to educate an operator who is aware of potential challenges in  using these machines and is prepared to critically and objectively address the research and resolution of problems independently. 

Craft Experience

LAO offers one- to two-day courses to all those who want to try their hand at making a piece of jewellery under the guidance of a master craftsman and take a precious memory of Florence with them. No previous experience is required. The craft experience courses are activated upon request at any time of the year. 

Interested individuals can contact the administration to request courses with different content from those listed: info@artiorafe.it

Title/ContentsDescriptionCourse codeDurationTuition FeesEnrolment
Trilogy ExperienceSymbol of eternal love, the trilogy ring represents a bond that goes beyond every barrier of time. The perfect ring for every anniversary. The teacher will explain step by step how to set stones in a ring using the prong setting technique. At the end of the day, participants will be able to keep the piece of jewelry they made: a silver ring with brilliant-cut Swarovski cubic zirconia.INC.EX6 Hours€ 150Enroll
The Solitaire ringThe solitaire is the most classic piece of jewelry: a symbol of a promise of eternal love, perfect for a special occasion or marriage proposal, and ideal to accompany one of life's most important moments. The teacher will guide participants step by step to set a gemstone on a silver solitaire ring (gold on request), prepared in ad- vance and provided to each participant.INC.EX23 Hours€ 100Enroll
Burin engraving on pendant or other silver objectThe refined art of hand engraving has its best masters in Florence: the course includes the use of the burin to engrave a small silver pendant (gold on request), with use of backgrounds, granite, silk, etching of veins thatEN.EX3 Hours€ 100Enroll
Burin Engraving on flat metal surfaceThis exercise involves making different textures and patterns on a flat metal surface by burin engraving. Participants can choose the silver (gold on request) pendant on which to make their own pattern from some of the proposed ones.ENJ.EX3 Hours€ 100Enroll
Enameling of a silver pendantParticipants have some silver pendants (gold on request) to color with fire enamels that will then be fired in the kiln and finished by the participants themselves. A sophisticated and fascinating technique, fire enameling lends great beauty and preciousness to even a sim- ple object.SMA.EX3 Hours€ 100Enroll
Making your own wedding ringsParticipants in this activity make wedding rings for their own wedding or for the wedding of friends/relatives. LAO suggests several models that can also be customized, in addition to the bride and groom's names listed inside the wedding bands and the wedding date. Participants can also propose their own models, with drawings or pictures to be sent in advance. The cost of the metal used will be borne by the participants, who may also bring metal of their own.FEDI.EX8 Hours€ 400 a coppiaEnroll
Notes Craft Experience***

Interested parties may also contact the secretariat to request contents other than those listed: info@artiorafe.it

Guest Courses

Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesEnrolment
Embossing and chisellingCES150 Hoursfrom April to June20 March€ 3.800Enroll
Notes Guest Courses***

Basic course in metal sculpture: embossing and chiselling. 

The student will acquire basic skills to craft and decorate metal through embossing and chiselling, aiming to create a piece of jewel lery or a decorative object.