Laser cut a ring in wood

Course Dates: 29/01/20 - 05/02/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Clark Keatley

Spend some time playing with Adobe Illustrator in our bespoke digital and design lab. Learn some basic steps to customise an existing template using the drawing and image trace tool. Send your file to be cut on our laser cutter and leave with a simple piece of jewellery to take away. All materials included. Suitable for absolute beginners.


What is the course about?

This is a short introductory course to laser cutting and its potential for various practical outcomes. We will use Adobe Illustrator on iMacs to create or customise a simple template which you will then send to cut on our Speedy 300 laser cutter. On this course all learners will produce their shape on 3mm birch plywood.

What will we cover?

- Basic drawing and image tracing techniques in Adobe Illustrator
- Designing and personalising wooden jewellery
- Saving digital files for laser cutting
- Laser cutting and finishing jewellery designs.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

All learners:
- Use various tools in Adobe Illustrator
- Design and customise a simple piece of jewellery
- Describe the laser cutting process

More experienced learners:
- Create your own shape instead of working from a template
- Play with different strokes to add detail.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for absolute beginners. No previous experience necessary although if you are familiar with Adobe Illustrator you can use the time to build on your basic knowledge.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a short, punchy tutor lead workshop. Your will primarily work alone on your own file, with opportunity to share and discuss ideas with you peers throughout. There will be a chance for discussion and idea sharing as the course progresses. No work is required outside of class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring your imagination! You may wish to research 'laser cut fashion jewellery' to get an idea of different shapes and forms made using the laser cutting process. Included in the course cost is the price of one piece of completed jewellery (one brooch back OR one chain/leather thong).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

- VW112 Introduction to laser cutting for paper and fabric
- VV361 Introduction to laser cutting for jewellery
- VG486 Adobe Illustrator: stage 1.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VW500

Wed, eve, 29 Jan - 05 Feb '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £69.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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