Course Syllabus

Welcome to the Metals Dept 

and specifically

Welcome to Metals 1!

Welcome to the WHS Metals Studio! Wellesley High School is one of five public high schools that still have a metals studio and program running in the state of Massachusetts.

Our state of the art facility includes each student to have an individual jeweler’s bench to work at including all their own personal hand tools and flex shaft. We have 15 benches including an instructor’s bench to create at. Also in the studio are 4 acetylene torches for soldering, 4 flame working torches of glass, a spot welder, and a TIG Arc Pulse welder. Other equipment includes a hydraulic press, 4 vises, rolling mill, sheet metal shear, ring size adjustor, and box maker, enameling kiln, PMC kiln, flame working annealer. Plus several tumblers and an upright polishing machine. 

Students are learning and enhancing their skills in the studio by using a variety of educational tools such as: hands on instruction, stepped out demonstrations, individual help, samples in stages of completion, and through a live video feed to the Smart Board so each studio can see what is happening with very small and precise work. By using this technology students have a front row seat to the action happening. Studio safety instructions and concerns are addressed with each skill taught to keep every student safe in the studio at all times.

Metals Samples and Projects: In all courses students will create samples for introduction and then will create assigned projects based off their newly acquired skills. Projects changed frequently semester to semester for unique and creative inspiration. To view descriptions of current semester projects please head over to PowerSchool for more information.


Main Objectives and Goals for the Metals Dept.

- Problem Solving

- Critical Thinking

- Multi tasking, Multi purposing

- Observing and Critiquing

- And of course, creativity!

*Students may create either wearable jewelry and/or freestanding sculptures for any of the projects.


Grading is based on:

- Fulfilling technical requirements

- Effort

- Personal expression and growth



Instructor: Ms. Shayla Vines



Metals 1 Specific Objectives and Goals:

In the Metals program students start with basic techniques of piercing and filing, then move onto soldering and finishing wearable jewelry or small sculptural objects in the Metals 1 course.  

- Pattern Design and Layout Design

- Piercing

- Basic Soldering

- Filing and Sanding

- Polishing and Finishing

* Every student to be comfortable with having a torch in their hand by the end of the semester.

**To learn details about specific term projects for this current year, please head over to PowerSchool to read descriptions under each project header.


Thank you for taking interest in the WHS Metals Dept,

Ms. Shayla Vines


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