Engraving Class with Ray Cover
August 26-30, 2013, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., NMLRA Education Building, Friendship, Indiana
Noted engraver Ray Cover has designed a very hands-on class for those interested in the art of engraving. Instructor will provide all tooling, equipment, and materials. Students are asked to bring their own magnification (i.e. optivisors, head loupes, microscopes), note taking materials, and a camera to take pictures of tools and set ups. If students have their own tools already and want to bring and use their own that is permissible. Cost of the class is $825.00 for NMLRA members and $850.00 for non-members. To register online, go to the online registration form, call the NMLRA office at 1.800.745.1463, or contact Leslie Martin Conwell, NMLRA American History Events Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must pre-register.
There is a minimum enrollment of 5 students for this class to take place. Maximum enrollment will be limited to 8 students.
Day 1- Sharpening and tool making, basic cutting techniques, good cutting habits, discussion about tooling and how to set up a bench.
Day 2- Basic scroll layout, transfer techniques, script lettering, introduction to bright cutting, wriggle cutting.
Day 3- Scroll cutting, borders, shading (we start a project practice plate this day with both Nimsche and McKenzie style scroll as well as vine scroll and decorative borders), how to figure surface area and price your work.
Day 4- More scroll cutting and shading, background treatments (relieved, punch dot, matting/stippling.)
Day 5- Finish up the project plates, small gold wire inlay demonstration by instructor at end of the day.
Ray Cover grew up in his father’s machine shop where he learned precision and craftsmanship. Ray’s father was not only a machinist but a gunsmith and a custom knife maker, and this influence led Ray into metal engraving. Ray was interested in drawing at a very early age and his favorite classes all through school were art and woodshop. After graduating high school he attended Mineral Area College and studied art and design. Ray then went to Southeast Missouri State University to finish his degree in Art Education. He taught art in the public schools and did graduate classes in sculpture at Fontebonne University in the summers. He has experience teaching art at all levels from kindergarten through college. During this time Ray’s career as an engraver started. As time went on the popularity of his work grew and he built up a large enough repeat clientele that he had to decide which full time job he was going to stay with, teaching or engraving. The rest as they say is history. Ray has made his full time living as an engraver for the last 16 years. Ray Cover’s School of Fine Art Engraving was started 7 years ago. He holds basic, intermediate and advanced classes at his studio in Festus, Missouri.
Dates: August 26-30th, 2013
Location: NMLRA Education Building, Friendship, Indiana
$825 for current NMLRA members
$850 for non-NMLRA members
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