Goldsmith Instructor

At the Sacred Art School, Francesco Paganini teaches techniques goldsmith during the sacred gold specialization in art history course in crafts and religious art and he is in charge of internships and relationships with artisan businesses. He is authorized teacher of Rhinoceros 3D CAD software (© Mc Neel), always at the Sacred Art School – Florence. He taught for many years goldsmith techniques and other disciplines related jewelery at the Centro ELIS in Rome. He has worked as a silversmith and engraver manufacturer with Milan and Rome Companies (Mazzetti, Gioia, Vitali). He has realized in own and realizes now for the Sacred Art School – Florence sacred gold for various clients. For this reason, in 2018 he created the individual company Paganini Arredi sacri, of which he is the owner. Son of a famous painter from Milan who has worked for many years in sacred goldsmith producing masterpieces in focus and cantilevered enamel, she has assimilated the art and technique that make up a rich background of his works. Degree in art history, as well as teaching dedicated to the promotion of artistic culture at some cultural associations and the publication of contributions to the goldsmith’s history.

Goldsmith Workshop

The first year program of the goldsmith’s workshop aims at developing the main metalworking techniques. It is divided into three quarterly modules that can be attended separately with an established educational program, but can also allow, as far as possible, for personalized paths.

In the first module we work on manual dexterity, precision in the use of working tools (files, fretwork, chisels, hammers, pliers, measuring instruments, etc..) and construction methods (correct use of welds, flat developments drawing of three-dimensional shapes, assembly procedures, finishing techniques).

The second module is entirely dedicated to the chiselling technique, which is the oldest and most noble decorative art of metal.

The third module, which is the only one that requires already a good technical basis to be approached, further refines construction techniques that have been acquired in the first quarter: there are fewer exercises, but of greater complexity which require also the execution of a customized project by the student. On one occasion, we focus on the technique of fire enameling, while stone setting is taught through all the three modules.

Design and Rhinoceros 3D 1Level Course

Design is always the first stage of production. In the first year of the course we focus on its technical aspects, examining the main methods of project graphic representation. In addition to technical drawing, we also deal with the theme of style ornament, which is fundamental for every field of artistic craftsmanship.

Students will be taught the first level course in CAD drawing, now widely used and in demand in the marketplace. It is a necessary complement and in-depth study of technical drawing made with traditional techniques, and it is as important for the design phase of a product as for its actual production. At the end of the course, after passing the final examination, an official certificate of profit is issued.


• drawing of geometric shapes;
• the representation of solids in orthogonal projection;
• axonometries;
• freehand ornate drawing;
• first level course of Rhinoceros3D software (three-dimensional CAD modeling)

Materials technology

The technology of materials and goldsmith techniques are extremely important for a deep and scientific knowledge of this .


• tools and measuring instruments;
• physical properties of materials;
• chemical properties of materials;
• metals and alloys used in jewellery;

History of Goldsmithing

The program for the first year covers antiquity and the Middle Ages. The lessons deal with the subject in general, and not only with goldsmithing aimed at the production of Sacred artworks: it is important to have a broad knowledge of what this form of art, practiced without exception by the cultures of every place and time, has produced throughout history.


• Introduction;
• Prehistoric jewelry – ancient Egypt;
• Greek, Etruscan and Roman jewellery;
• The production excites and the animalistic style of the early Middle Ages;
• Sacred jewellery in the Benedictine monasteries;
• The refined gothic goldsmithing production.