DAP Jewellery School (or DAP as we like to call it) is a mobile jewellery school travelling to remote regions and metropolises of Australia. Our mission is educate participants in the art of jewellery making from the age of 5 to 95, we encourage you every step of the way! We run a variety of workshops from beginners to advanced which can accommodate both your time, your location and your budget! We also are able to tailor our services for your special event. Our Studio is based in the Goldfields of Victoria, just a stones throw from the centre of Bendigo. We enjoy its vibrant energy, food and wine and lively events calendar!
DAP is committed to educating hobby jewellers, educators and professional metal smiths. We use traditional metal smithing techniques, modern concepts and a variety of materials. We strive to provide a comprehensive curriculum in the art of jewellery creation. For further information on our Bendigo courses please see below.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS We offer continuing education for primary and high school teachers through DAP. If you are a teacher and looking for a way to include art into your curriculum, then contact us about our Professional Development Workshops. These workshops will help you learn how to utilize recycled goods, and incorporate every day objects into your teaching practice and curriculum.
ARTS ORGANISATIONS + LAPIDARY CLUBS - We travel extensively for workshops throughout the country and offer courses private and public. From council sponsored venues, arts organizations, lapidary clubs and craft organisations we can pop up anywhere. A list of the full range of workshops can be sent which includes a variety of combinations of techniques. This allows you to tailor your workshop specific to what your organization would like to learn. Additional Workshops
ALTERNATE MATERIALS - Ever looked at a group of materials such as plastic, fabric, metal and found objects and wondered what to do with it? Look no further!!! We can customize a workshop that works with recycling various materials so you can create your very own unique jewellery that will stand out from the rest. You will learn real techniques of cold joining, soldering, and finishing so your product will last!
KINETICS- Learn the art of movement by creating a piece of jewellery that moves as you wear it. Learn how to join various materials together that allow moveable components.
PRIVATE TUITION - $165 (inc. GST) + Materials - Private Tuition is a one on one session with director of Dap Jewellery School, Dan Cox. Prior to your lesson we will work out what it is you need guidance with, whether it is as simple as a revision of techniques, learning and understanding new processes or project based. We are here to help. Depending on the project you are working on, we will work with you to schedule in your session/s to get the job done!
DAN COX - Founder Dan studied Gold and Silversmithing at Griffith University's Queensland College of Art. Graduating in 2009 with a bachelor of Fine Art and awarded "Most Comprehensive Body of Work", he undertook the graduate jeweller position at the Museum of Brisbane located at Brisbane City Hall. In 2009 he started working for the Brisbane Institute of Art, building their jewellery curriculum from beginners through to advanced classes. At the same time he began work for renowned Brisbane jewellery artist Barbara Heath. In 2010 Dan started work for Flying Arts travelling regional Queensland teaching workshops to both teens and adults alike in various forms of jewellery making.
Dan continued to exhibit his pieces through galleries such as Artisan, Retrospect Galleries and Kiln Galleries in Brisbane, where they offered him residency creating works for exhibition and commissions.
In 2012 he gained a position at the Queensland Government's Cobb + Co Museum located in Toowoomba, facilitating weekend workshops, teen workshops and demonstrations. Dan currently retails his private works in their gallery. In 2013 he co-founded Emmanuel + Cox, based in Stones Corner, Brisbane.This partnership created bolder, more dynamic accessory based jewellery and Dan began teaching hobby jewellers how to create their unique wearable art.
In 2015, Dan opened DAP Jewellery School. Seeing the need for a facility in Brisbane that was inclusive of all types of jewellery, not only traditional silversmithing, but ceramics, felting, resin and more. DAP jewellery school became a studio where makers and friends converged. Seeing a need for the arts in rural Australia, 2018 saw a new chapter for DAP Jewellery School. With the closure of its Brisbane studio and the creation of a mobile school Dan now travels with his partner Branden and their dog Sprocket. They will go the width and breadth of Australia to teach at festivals, schools, clubs and wherever they are needed (kind of like jewellery super-heroes....just without the capes)!
It's 2019 and we now have our new permanent studio now open in central Bendigo, Victoria! Come check it out! We have already had private students joining us from Brisbane and New Zealand! For those of you from 'away' we have stay and play packages. Send us an inquiry if you are interested in courses and exploring more of the Goldfields. We continue to have workshops throughout New South Wales and Queensland this year and events throughout Australia. Watch this space!