Program Dates: June 17 - 21: Metalsmithing with Theresa Lovering-Brown

Age: Open to Ages 13-16

Registration will close on Monday, June 10 at midnight.

ʻO ka makamae a mālama ʻia
The Precious and Protected

Imagine you are a great winged creature soaring above our island of Hawaiʻi, of lands untouched by humans. Stretches of barren lava, dark oceans of aʻa and pahoehoe for as far as the eyes can see. In the distance, islands of ancient forests emerge as olivine gems, an oasis, a kipuka.

In this 5-day metalsmithing session with artist Theresa Lovering-Brown, students will explore kipuka through the lens of ʻohana or family. Sessions are designed for students to acquire the fundamentals to metalsmithing, working with nonferrous metal sheet and wire, along with the vocabulary of metalsmithing. Students will learn to identify qualities of various metals, measure, mark and transfer designs onto their metal and saw out shapes using a jewelers’ saw. We will then explore textures and add dimension by doming and forming flat sheet. By the third session, cold connections are introduced, allowing you to join elements together with wire and tube rivets. In our final session, students will “antique” their pieces with natural patinas, and learn to make their own jewelry findings to complete their wearable pieces. This experience will culminate in a student share out and discussion with other age groups in the Summer Art Experience program.

Summer 2024 Teen Sessions
*Registration for each session listed is available through the links below. 

About the Teaching Artist
Theresa Lovering-Brown
pursued her passion in the arts earning a Bachelor’s of Art at SDSU, a Masters of Fine Arts at SIUC, and an Artist Residency at ACC, TN. She began teaching in 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area, and ran the Jewelry and Metal Arts program and taught at Monterey Peninsula College full-time for 25 years. Her art has shown nationally and internationally over the years. She joined Donkey Mill in 2021 and enjoys the outdoor setting and facility with an ocean view, birds singing in the background, and engaging people in her classes. She says “it’s the best studio I’ve worked in throughout my career”.

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