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Jewellery and Metalwork students Henry Mike, Kaajuk Kabalik, Joe Macpa, Jutanie Arnakaq, Fredrick (Silas) Qulaut, Patrick Aula, Myles Gauthier and Rose Machmer will conduct demonstrations and sell their artwork at Northern House during the Olympics. Jewellery and Metalwork students Henry Mike, Kaajuk Kabalik, Joe Macpa, Jutanie Arnakaq, Fredrick (Silas) Qulaut, Patrick Aula, Myles Gauthier and Rose Machmer will conduct demonstrations and sell their artwork at Northern House during the Olympics. Frozen in Metal

Eight students from the Nunavut Arctic College Jewellery and Metalwork program are going to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver next week.

Students Henry Mike, Kaajuk Kabalik, Joe Macpa, Jutanie Arnakaq, Fredrick (Silas) Qulaut, Patrick Aula, Myles Gauthier and Rose Machmer will conduct demonstrations and sell their artwork during the Olympics.

The students will exhibit their artwork for sale during the games at Northern House and an arts market in Richmond. They will also educate the public about the art of jewellery making in addition to giving talks and presentations on the history of Inuit art.

“Going to the Olympics will be the best learning experience ever for our students, who all want to become self-sustaining artists in Nunavut,” said their instructor, Beata Hejnowicz. “It is an excellent teaching tool because this is real life experience. The students will also be ambassadors for Nunavut’s artists, which is something they cherish with pride!”

The Arctic College Jewellery and Metalwork program enables students to develop their knowledge and skills of jewellery and metalwork production in a professional studio atmosphere. To this end, the program stresses high standards of craftship and creativity, all the time encouraging and exposing students to a wide range of materials, techniques and concepts.

This program is designed to allow individual students to specialize in an area of study of particular interest. There is an emphasis on creative thinking and problem-solving throughout the program.

The first year of the program provides an environment for the students to acquire the necessary skills that will enable them to translate their ideas into two and three-dimensional jewellery and metalwork. This first year also includes courses in Drawing and Design, Inuit and Jewellery History, Lapidary, Business and Communications.

Upon successful completion of the first year, students will be proficient in basic and intermediate metal fabrication skills. They will have the ability to work in an unsupervised studio. The second year consists of more advanced courses in Jewellery, Drawing and Design, Lapidary, Business and Communications.

Studio courses are designed to promote confidence with the technical skills acquired in their first year, introducing new metalsmithing techniques and encouraging creativity and the emergence of a personal style. There is an emphasis on portfolio presentation and marketing.

Successful completion of the diploma program will prepare the graduate to develop a career as a self-employed jeweller/metalsmith whose work can be sold through northern and southern galleries or commercial outlets.

While in Vancouver, the students will also have the opportunity to visit other jewelers, supply houses, art colleges and universities such as the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students to experience first-hand their personal career choice – as jewellery artists – on a world stage,” said Hejnowicz. “The opportunity to learn how to promote oneself, manage finances, educate the public about their art and culture … preparing in advance for this venue is immense and is no doubt a real-life education and business experience.”

Arctic College wishes our students the all best of success during their trip!

Are you interested in the Arctic College Jewellery and Metalwork program? Ask a student, College instructor or high school guidance counselor today or click here to learn more about this exciting program!

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