There is currently need for reform in art programs of all kinds, in regards to use of and focus on contemporary art and current practices. Teaching about art of our time and place enables students to understand and make connections to their world, and facilitates art making that is creative and relevant. This thesis describes theory and rationale for basing curriculum on contemporary art practices and presents a jewelry workshop, for all skill levels, that teaches contemporary art themes and practices. There are two units. The first teaches metal texturing, shaping and simple soldering skills while, focusing on art that deals with spectral and compensatory remembering themes. The second unit teaches bezel setting while focusing on alternative to the establishment art themes. The lessons in the workshop were also created using contemporary art teaching techniques and new principles and elements of design.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Visual Arts
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Smurthwaite, Kathryn C., "Using Contemporary Art to Guide Curriculum Design:A Contemporary Jewelry Workshop" (2013). All Theses and Dissertations. 3903.
art curriculum, jewelry making, Silversmithing, Contemporary Art