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Summer Studio Art Program offers rich variety of courses

April 28, 2013

Summer Studio Art Program offers rich variety of courses

April 28, 2013

Saratoga Race Course
The 150th anniversary of Saratoga Race
Course is the backdrop for a site-specific
summer art course this year.

The unique influence of the Saratoga community and the expertise of the art faculty have influenced several course offerings in Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program (SSAP) this year.

SSAP offers credit and non-credit courses during two five-week sessions: May 28-June 28 and July 1-Aug. 2. All courses offer an opportunity for intensive study during the summer, when the action on campus and in the community creates a special level of excitement and high energy.

Two courses on casting, taught by sculptor John Galt, will provide experience in foundry practices to interested students. Both courses are scheduled during SSAP Session II (July 1 to Aug. 2).

Bronze Casting will give students an introduction to basic foundry practices, including rubber molding, wax-work, gating and shelling. Other technologies presented are TIG welding, chasing and patina. No casting experience is necessary but students must have significant experience in sculpture beyond the foundation level.

The Iron Vessel is a fine-art foundry experience in which students will design, mold, and cast iron vessels using the traditional Japanese Sogata technique.

During the first session, May 28 to June 28, SSAP will get a jump on the sesquicentennial of the Saratoga Race Course with “On Course: Multimedia at the Track.” Instructors Galt and Anne Francey will lead a site-specific class at the Saratoga Race Course. Students will participate in a multi-media, observation-based studio art course, with emphasis on watercolor and various drawing and sculpture materials.

These are just three of the many courses offered in Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program, known for exceptional studio art courses, workshops, lectures, and special events, all of which combine in an atmosphere of creative energy and artistic production. The program offers foundation, intermediate, and advanced courses for studio art majors, a Pre-College Studio Art Program for talented high school students, and an Art Fellows Program for high school art teachers.

Registration is open for classes in both sessions. Please click here for more information.








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