NEW DIRECTIONS FOR 2021
AT TAOS SCHOOL OF METALSMITHING
MARILYNN NICHOLSON AND TAOS SCHOOL OF METALSMITHIG ARE NOT ACCEPTING STUDENTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WEARING MASKS
AND THE DANGER OF THE PANDEMIC MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TEACH AT CLOSE QUARTERS. MARILYNN PLANS TO WORK ON HER OWN
JEWELRY AND CATCH UP ON OTHER PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN IGNORED FOR YEARS. NO FURTHER WORKSHOPS OR INDIVIDUAL STUDY
CLASSES WILL BE SCHEDULED ANY TIME SOON. ANY FUTURE NEWS WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEB SITE IF THERE IS A CHANGE. THANKS
FOR YOUR INTEREST. STAY WELL AND BUSY.
Taos School of Metalsmithing has offered jewelry courses since 2002 in the well known artist community of Taos, New Mexico, located in the mountains north of Santa Fe. Marilyn Nicholson, an internationally renowned jewelry designer, taught the workshops.
Exciting changes happened at the school, involving a new way of scheduling. This gave students an opportunity to receive personal attention at a convenient time that fits their specific needs. Marilynn decided to focus on designing and making her own jewelry in–between ongoing projects. Individual study workshops were organized for one or two students who want to study particular techniques. Beginning through advanced students were able to chose topics and explore ideas at their own pace by booking specific individual instruction. Marilynn is well known for teaching beginners comprehensive, efficient work habits and techniques that prepare students to set up a basic studio or take more advanced courses. Marilynn gave beginners a solid foundation in design and technique. Her unusual ways of setting stones, designing catches and mechanisms, and her creative, innovative methods of construction are the results of many years of experimentation and development of her unique signature style.
Marilynn loves to teach and share knowledge and ideas that she has developed while living and working in the Untied States and England. Her varied experiences made her courses exceptional. Workshops were available to students of all levels and were scheduled half day, full day, weekend and weekly. Course descriptions listed on the web site provided a guideline for what is possible. People who wanted to come with a friend could book a class for two that provided a more economic option while still receiving personal attention. Upon request, there also were opportunities to schedule a workshop with another student who was at the same skill level and wanted to attend at the same time.
Discounted accommadations in near–by bed and breakfast, hotels and private homes allowed out of town visitors to experience a truer feeling of what life in the Southwest is really like. A housing list and directions were available upon request.
Taos and Santa Fe offer an opportunity to visit a huge number of art galleries and museums and to attend cultural events and festivals. The landscape and architecture of New Mexico has inspired many artists who have visited and remained here. It is worth while planning to spend extra time exploring historical sites and taking the opportunity to see places of breathtaking beauty. It is truly a land of enchantment!