Short Course

Jewellery Night Class and Morning Class

Jewellery classes will have a different skill focus per term. These may include basic ring making or using resin for colour, translucency and embedding.


12 February 24 –
08 November 24


Dunedin School of Art, P Block
19 Riego Street North Dunedin , Otago 9016,
New Zealand

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About the course

The Wednesday morning class caters for both beginners and those with previous experience. The Tuesday and Wednesday evening classes are for people with previous experience in jewellery making.

Wednesday morning class: this class caters for both beginners and those with previous experience. For those who are new to jewellery making The focus will be on basic metalworking skills through to the construction of jewellery such as rings and bangles You will learn how to cut and form metal, how to safely use a soldering torch, how to emboss designs into metal using a rolling mill, and how to use tools to texture metal, among other things. Silver is one of the main metals used but it is possible to use any metal you wish. Please bring $25 cash on the first night to receive a starter kit. For those with previous experience, this class is an opportunity to work on your individual project with assistance from your teacher.

Tuesday and Wednesday evening classes are for people with previous experience in jewellery making.
For the evening classes only, you will need basic jewellery soldering skills and the ability to use a jewellery saw. You will build on your knowledge through group demonstrations and will have the opportunity to work with the tutor on individual projects and develop a better understanding of jewellery making.

Each term a new skill will be introduced:

Term 1 

Casting using Delft Clay. This is a sand-casting process in which metal objects are cast from a mould.

Term 2 

Basic stone carving and stone setting. You will learn how to use wet diamond grinding tools and to carve basic stones to set within jewellery.

Term 3 

Chain and brooch making. There will be a focus on jewellery findings: clasps, toggles and brooch pins, etc.

Term 4 

Using resin for colour, translucency and embedding. You will learn the technique of cold enamelling, in which resin is used to put colour into your jewellery pieces.

While each of these skills will be presented assuming no prior jewellery experience, those wishing to build on their knowledge will have the opportunity to work with the tutor at a more advanced level.

2024 intakes

This class runs on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-8pm,
and on Wednesday mornings 10am – 12pm.

Term Dates
Term one 12 February - 12 April
Term two 29 April – 21 June
Term three 15 July - 6 September
Term four 16 September - 8 November

It is only possible to enrol for one term at a time. There will be no classes on public holidays. 

Enrolments for the following term will open on the Wednesday before the current term starts, i.e. approximately 9 weeks before the start date of the next term you wish to enrol for.  

What if I want to attend the same course next term?

If you want to repeat this course, you will need to apply and pay for each term separately, via our Eventbrite platform (by clicking the link above).  

How to apply 

We use the Eventbrite platform for our night class online applications. 

Course fees

$240 per term


The Art School Jewellery Studio is well-equipped and provides a safe and sociable working environment.

Costs for materials will vary depending on the choice of jewellery materials in your individual projects.

Expect to spend about $20-30 on consumables like sawblades and solder. Some base metals are available for purchase from the studio. Found objects and materials can be used for many projects and are a great starting point in contemporary jewellery.


Tutors for these sessions are: Antonia Boyle (Tuesday evening), Meg Van Hale (Wednesday evening) and Brendon Monson (Wednesday morning).

Learners under 16

  • We welcome learners under 16 but they do need parental consent to take this night class. 
  • If you are a learner under 16, please do the following:
    • ask your parent or guardian if it's okay for you to do this night class 
    • apply online and tick the box during the application process that says that you are under 16 
    • ask your parent or guardian to send an email to (Art Night Class Administration) letting us know that they're happy for you to take the night class.


Classes are held in the Jewellery Studio at the Dunedin School of Art. Go to the main entrance of the Dunedin School of Art at 19 Riego St (off the Anzac Avenue end of Albany St). The Jewellery Studio is on the ground floor, opposite the main entrance.

Refund information

For our 2024 enrolments you may be issued a full (except for Eventbrite fees) automatic refund up to 7 days before your event starts by requesting a refund through Eventbrite.

Refund requests after this date can be made by contacting (Art Night Class Administration). These will be accepted on a case-by-case basis when exceptional circumstances are present. No refunds will be accepted after the start date of the class.

Please note, classes are offered on the basis that enrolment is for the full course.

Got a question?

For enquiries, please email

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.