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Spring 2016 Studio Art Special Topic Classes

Spring 2016 (4 credits)

AR 264A Clay in Context: Techniques & Concepts (Lauren Sandler) M W 12:20 – 3:20

This class explores a variety of techniques in handbuilding and throwing, as well as mold making, surface investigation, glaze calculation and kiln firing. Projects are designed for both sculptural and functional interpretation. Emphasis is placed on research and development in conjunction with time in the studio. Students will engage in ongoing critical dialogue about historic and contemporary ceramics. Prerequisites: AR 111; Studio Fee: $75

AR 264F Water Based Media (Janet Sorensen)  M W 1:25 – 4:25

An exploration of water-based drawing and painting media with a focus on acrylic paint. Using direct observation, experimentation, and invention, this course builds understanding of formal principles, color interaction and the physical qualities of materials. Assignments support development of a personal vision. Prerequisites: AR 133; Studio Fee: $25

AR 264I CNC Processes and Sculpture  (John Cunningham)  M W 2:30 - 5:30

The goal of the course is for students to become confident at using digital means to define and solve problems in three dimensions. Students develop technical skills related to metal processes and become increasingly more visually sophisticated as they create, observe, evaluate and then share the consequences of their efforts. CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology is used to create metal shapes that are cut out with a CNC plasma cutter, assembled, and then welded together. A basic working knowledge of software like Adobe Acrobat, Corel Draw, Sketchup or other CAD programs is helpful but not a requirement. Advanced students are encouraged to use Autodesk Inventor. Students are expected to have their own laptop.  Studio Fee: $75

AR 351D Fiber Structure and Form (Rena Wood) M W 9:30 – 12:30

Sculptural fiber processes will be introduced through traditional and non-traditional ways of hand-construction. Felting, crochet, knitting, basketry, plaiting, netting, and knotting are some of the techniques that will be covered in the course.  Experimentation with conventional, non-conventional, and mixed-media materials will be encouraged.  Emphasis will be placed on technical skill, personal direction, and concept. Readings in textile history and contemporary art issues, writing, and discussion will complement technical grounding in traditional textile processes. Prerequisite: AR 214; Studio Fee: $75

AR 351H Print and Narrative (Kate Leavitt) M W 9:30 – 12:30

Intensive practice in relief printmaking focusing on the narrative. Students are encouraged to master and adapt techniques in relation to their own imagery. Students explore both historical and contemporary applications of the narrative in fine art printmaking and are encouraged to focus not only on the image itself, but also how it communicates in the context of its structure and presentation. Critiques will concentrate on individual growth of personal visual content and mastery of technique. Prerequisites: AR 133 and AR 228 or permission of instructor; Studio Fee: $75

AR 351J Advanced Digital Media (Sarah Sweeney) T R 1:25 – 4:25

A continued investigation and further development of the practice of making art using digital media. Students may choose to pursue advanced projects in either interactive design or motion graphics. Emphasis will be placed on developing an individual studio practice through studio work, critical and art historical readings and writing. Prerequisites: AR 136 or AR 264J or AR 351J or AR 355 or AR 356 or permission of instructor; Studio Fee $105