Jewelry Workshop  -Kapaa High-

Jewelry Workshop


Students at Kapaa High School participated in their 1st Jewelry Workshop in 2018 with a grant through the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.  The first phase of a jewelry/metal shop was facilitated in 2018.  This is a repeating workshop where teachers are mentored on materials and process so that they will be able to continue a jewelry workshop for years to come.    

Due to collaborative efforts of teachers, Teaching artist (Jill) and success of the students during the workshops, in 2023 the school added a Jewelry and Metalsmithing class to the roster of art electives.

Students rose to the challenge of creating small scale metal works using their fine motor skills and critical 3 dimensional thinking to create designs and patterns that they transferred to metal, sawed, filed, sanded and polished. 

Inserting a saw blade the width of hair is no problem for these highly focused students.

Student saws his "symbol" out of 18 gauge copper sheet metal

In between class visits I stopped in to find that students who had learned skills were sharing those skills in a collaborative effort to complete their work. 

2023 Highlights

Bespoke earrings

Low relief car belt buckle

Small scale sculpture

Spool ring with riveted inset

Students assist each other with soldering and work side by side on the flex shafts.