Directed Studio Practice

Course Description

About this course

This is an opportunity for students to work on independent projects with questions and guidance offered by a professional. Finish up projects hiding in your bench. Get advice and delve into those designs swirling around in your head. This class is loaded with great bench tips to guide students through projects with success. Students discuss and critique designs one-on-one with the instructor, as well as in a group if desired. Technical demonstrations will respond to participants' interests and needs; soldering, wax working, and stone setting are among the many possibilities.

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.
William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


Materials & Tools 

Tools and equipment are available to use during class but there is no materials fee. Supplies for projects are provided by students but the instructor is happy to offer guidance before ordering. 

Students should bring 

Students should bring their favorite hand tools to class, but are welcome to use Metalwerx's wide array of tools and equipment. 




William Vanaria


April 10 -June 5, 2019

Weekly on Wednesday


6:00 PM -9:00 PM


8 weeks

Intermediate and above

No Class Dates

April 17

Make-up dates 
June 12
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