Blaine Lewis and New Approach School for Jewelers recently opened its doors at a brand new location in Franklin TN, and we’re excited to tell you about this unique place!
The new classroom boasts some impressive advancements in state-of-the-art audio/visual communication and workflow. Live instruction is captured on high-definition cameras and is viewed on three large flat-screen monitors. This allows Lewis and a select group of visiting masters to communicate the most intricate of techniques with ease. Class size is limited to 16, which allows plenty of personal attention for each student. Because the HD cameras use high-magnification, students are able to see their instructor’s work in precise detail. This visually-intensive teaching method enhances the instructors’ ability to communicate the most intricate details before the student proceeds with the hands-on experience. The instructor follows the live demo with personal attention and one-on-one instruction at each fully-equipped bench.
Seventeen years ago, Lewis pioneered the technique of using high-magnification video cameras to enhance the effectiveness of his traveling workshops, which in those days taught advanced stone setting to the professional jeweler. In 1997, Lewis opened New Approach School for Jewelers (originally located in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia), which offers all levels of stone setting, soldering and jewelry repair. He also hosts visiting masters, such as Kate Wolf, to teach wax carving, and Jason Marchiafava to teach ornamental hand engraving.
Blaine has also applied his visionary teaching techniques – using high-magnification and clearly-illustrated animation – to his best-selling DVD’s on stone-setting.
In 2010, Blaine’s reputation for innovation and exceptional teaching led Tiffany and Co. to invite him to train a new generation of stone setters for their manufacturing facility in Lexington, KY. Lewis spent six months in Lexington, training over 60 new Tiffany employees.
And in 2011, in response to student requests, Lewis made the decision to move the school to a more central and accessible location just south of Nashville, in Franklin, TN.
Considering a visit to Franklin and New Approach School?
If so, you should know that Blaine welcomes visitors and even invites them to watch during classes so they can see for themselves what sets this classroom apart. You should also know that Franklin is a vibrant place with abundant lodging options that is easily accessed from Nashville.
If you do decide to explore New Approach School, you’ll be rewarded by Blaine Lewis’ passion for teaching and a truly unique learning experience!