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Class Information and Schedule

Are you having creative pangs that need a place to be realized? Are you a beginning to advanced metalsmith needing a fun, stimulating, and creative place to work? Do you look at jewelry and think “I wish I could do that!” If you answered YES, then Whaley Studios is your go-to place!

Whaley Studios offers GROUP CLASSES  and PRIVATE CLASSES, Monday thru Friday and OPEN STUDIO TIME on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, and occasional Sunday afternoons. Our studio also offers a variety of weekend workshops for students of all skill levels. The atmosphere is busy, fun, creative, and welcoming! We are located in the dynamic Hillcrest area of San Diego near fine restaurants and shopping. Our air-conditioned, fully equipped studio is upstairs, and features a large balcony. Parking is by paid street meter, pay lots (three within a block) or off-street, free parking in the residential area a few blocks away. Whaley Studios is also proud to offer Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ring Workshops for those who are seeking a more personal experience and want to create custom rings for their special day. Check out our “Make Your Own Wedding Rings” page for more details.

Class Format

Whaley Studios classes are designed to help guide and develop the creative potential of each individual student. Beginning students, those with no experience or limited prior experience, start with the fabrication of a sterling silver ring of their design. This gives each new student a chance to immerse themselves in the classic process of metalsmithing – learning to alloy silver, melting silver and pouring an ingot, using a rolling mill, forming, soldering and finishing a ring of their own design. Through this process students learn studio safety, vocabulary and technique through hands-on experience. More advanced students work on projects of their own design and choice.

Please call us if you have any questions at (619) 299-9619, or contact us online.

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Group Classes

$195.00

Group Classes

Join us for one of our group classes!

2018 Session Dates are as follows:

Session 1 (8 weeks) $195 MON Jan 8 – Feb...
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Private Classes

$495.00

Private Classes

For those who want a longer time in the studio and more intense instruction.

2018 Session Dates are as follows:

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Open Studio Time

$10.00

Open Studio Time

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Class Sessions for 2018 are scheduled as follows:

 

Session 1 (8 weeks)
MON Jan 8 – Feb 26
TUE Jan 2 – Feb 20
WED Jan 3 – Feb 21
THUR Jan 4 – Feb 22
FRI Jan 5 – Feb 23
(Break: Feb 27 – Mar 2)
Session 2 (8 weeks)
MON Mar 5 – Apr 23
TUE Mar 6 – Apr 24
WED Mar 7 – Apr 25
THUR Mar 8 – Apr 26
FRI Mar 9 – Apr 27
(Break: Apr 30 – May 4)
Session 3 (8 weeks) 
MON May 7 – Jun 25
TUE May 8 – Jun 26
WED May 9 – Jun 27
THUR May 10 – Jun 28
FRI May 11 – Jun 29
(Break: July 2 – July 6)
Session 4 (5 weeks) SUMMER
MON July 9 – Aug 6
TUE July 10 – Aug 7
WED July 11 – Aug 8
THUR July 12 – Aug 9
FRI July 13 – Aug 10
(Break: Aug 13 – Aug 17)
Session 5 (8 weeks)
MON Aug 20 – Oct 8
TUE Aug 21 – Oct 9
WED Aug 22 – Oct 10
THUR Aug 23 – Oct 11
FRI Aug 24 – Oct 12
(Break: Oct 15 – Oct 19)
Session 6 (8 weeks)
MON Oct 22 – Dec 10
TUE Oct 23 – Dec 11
WED Oct 24 – Dec 12
THUR Oct 25 – Dec 13
FRI Oct 26 – Dec 14
(Break: Dec 17 – Jan 1)

Student Testimonials

Whaley Studios has helped many students with their jewelry careers over the years, but the focus is less about training students to become professional jewelers and more about giving people the opportunity to bring creativity and personal expression into their lives. It’s about nurturing and guiding the creative impulse – in a relaxed class format that people can manage even with busy schedules, and it takes place with a fun community of others all engaged in the creative process. Students gain confidence in learning new skills and taking a process from conception to completion in a way they find delightful, not just with the end result but with the experiences gained along the way.
T. Bennett

Jay is the man. Seriously. A master goldsmith with the heart of a teacher. His classes are the highlight of my week. The fellow artists are really cool to hang with also. So fun to be around people who love art.
Ahava Y.