The Virtual Spring Symposium is a five-day, online event of inspiration, creativity, connection, and education for everyone.
Metalsmiths, jewelry artists, and makers of all experience levels are invited to join us as we gather together online for live demonstrations, presentations, and studio tours with new and established artists from around the country. We'll learn new skills and techniques, broaden our jewelry and metalsmithing knowledge, take a peek into fellow artists’ studios and bodies of work, and be inspired as we start the spring!
In addition to daily symposium sessions, there are social meet-ups and live chats throughout the week as a way to meet other makers and make valuable, long-lasting connections.
What To Expect
An exciting showcase of presentations and demonstrations designed to introduce you to new skills and techniques, along with a peek into artists' studios to look at their work and diverse practices. All presentations are recorded and available to watch online until August 1.
There are two live sessions each weekday at 12 PM and 4 PM (all times EDT). Presentations are either 60 or 90 minutes long, as indicated. After each presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A with presenters.
4 Social Events
Symposium attendees are invited to connect with each other and with the presenters at virtual social events throughout the week. Social events include two morning mingles and two evening events.
Giveaways and Resources!
Attendees at live sessions can enter to win tools, books, and swag generously donated by Rio Grande, presenters, and friends. All attendees receive an info-packed digital resource guide, so the benefits of the experience can keep going long after the weekends.
All sessions will be presented live over Zoom, and recorded.
Registration grants access to all seminar sessions (live and recorded) and social events (not recorded). No further registration required.
Links will be sent in advance to all registered attendees one day before the symposium begins, and an hour before each live presentation.
Attendees will be sent links to all recorded presentations at the beginning of April. Recordings will be available to watch until August 1. Social events will not be recorded or shared later.
Closed captions are available on live webinars. Closed captions will be available on webinar recordings in mid-April, to provide time for proofreading and accuracy.
Each attendee will receive a digital event guide as well as a digital resource guide.