Art and Design KS3 / GCSE: The craft of copper working

Paul Martin travels to Newlyn in Cornwall to meet Michael Johnson who is on a mission to breathe new life into the local tradition of decorative copper-working.

Michael helps Paul build a model clinker-built boat, introducing some important metalwork tools and techniques, including hand beating, planishing and polishing.

This clip is from the series Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to demonstrate the processes used to make a one-off product from copper sheet.

The class could create a production plan for a model boat, identifying the tools used and the features created by each process.

Copper is a soft and malleable metal suitable for using in any three dimensional project work.

The skills and techniques demonstrated could be applied to a range of soft metals, such as tin, aluminium and brass.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching art and design at KS3 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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