Academics . Courses
Drawing: Style Context
Students explore diverse disciplines in, and develop a wide range of, visual linguistics and technical skills. Traditional and unconventional mediums and materials are explored and verified through application. An infinite range of resource information is utilized from direct observation, photo documentation, and introspective insights. Projects are student driven with an emphasis on working with the student to develop their ideas through research, exploration, and experimentation with different drawing media. Using critique as a format for class interaction, work will be presented for both formal and interpretive analysis during several stages in its production. Museum and gallery excursions and visiting artists are regularly scheduled to expose students to historical and contemporary artwork and practice.
Drawn to Care: Portraiture + Medicine
Course No. EP 200X.01-201X.01 EP300X.01-3 Credits: 3.0
How can portraiture affect both patient wellbeing and the artist’s relationship to “other”? Supervised by a faculty member, this year-long, field-based practicum (1.5 cr. per semester) provides interested, qualified students from all majors an opportunity to engage as artists “in residence” at the Cleveland Clinic. Students spend 2–4 hours per week on-site, drawing and/or painting portraits of patients, in material and/or digital media. Scheduling is customized to each student’s overall class schedule. Equipment is provided on-site. Students also meet periodically in seminar on campus, and maintain a reflection blog/portfolio. The end of the project year includes a culminating exhibit of all work produced in the course, and gifting of the original work or framed prints back to the patients. Students responsible for their own transportation. Open studio elective. Prerequisite: conversation with instructor and portrait portfolio. 1.5 credits/semester. Fall and Spring enrollment required for 3 credits.
Educational Media Installation
Course No. BMA 306B-406B Credits: 3.0
This Educational Media Installation class serves as an introduction to and the exploration of media installation and exhibition design techniques; including how physical media, and virtual interactive and linear media can be applied to educational and informational settings including Museums, Cultural Institutions and Public Education access points. Lectures will cover concepts and presentations of the history of educational display, museum arts, and how traditional media intersects with contemporary digital media, to inform and educate specific audiences at public institutions of culture/knowledge. Course work will be hands-on practice of techniques and concepts presented in lecture, discussion of readings, and critique of student projects. This class will involve both ideation and proposal development, as well as producing 1-2 educational media installations in collaboration with the curators and staff at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The course will also incorporate field trips and guest lecturers to supplement the knowledge and practiced gained from studio practice. Projects will involve working with diverse materials, media, and electronic media.
Enamel in the Public Realm
Course No. MET 250-350-450 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss
The use of enamel for public, community based, collaborative, or interactive art is the focus of this course. Demonstrations will support beginning to advanced level students and will vary based on needs to complete individual projects. The emphasis for beginning students will be on the use of enamel on the two-dimensional surface. Students with metal forming experience may explore three-dimensional forms in combination with enamel.
Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief
Course No. MET 245 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss
Fused glass (enamel) to metal is the focus of this course. Drawing and painting skills will transcend graphite, paper, oil and canvas to molten glass on metal. Transparent, opaque, liquid and dry enamels will be introduced. Experimental to traditional processes in the medium will be covered. Photographic and digitally produced images are options for resists for the acid etching process. The linear aspects of cloisonné will be considered through the fusion of formed silver and copper wires into the enamel surface.
Engaged Practice: Internship
Course No. EP 399-499 Credits: 0.0
Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for student internships developed through the Career Center office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair.
Environment, Art + Engaged Practice
Course No. EP 210X-310X-410X Credits: 3.0
This field-based art and design course expands the boundaries of the studio class experience into the natural environment, through intensive investigative studies of ecological issues within the Cleveland Metroparks. The course provides classroom space on-site at one of the Metroparks reservations, where the class meets weekly, and with the bulk of experiences, exploration, and inquiry taking place outdoors in the field. Faculty teach the class, with co- and visiting faculty including Metroparks staff and other content experts.
Students generally complete three significant investigations/projects over the course of the semester: the Metroparks often provides students with the first “problem,” CIA faculty the second, and students propose a third investigation, as time permits. The student may or may not choose to seek connections among all three investigations/projects. Students may choose to work in the media of their major, but are also free to explore other disciplines.
Research (field-based and other), ideation, creating visual plans and prototypes, contributing to a course blog, and working closely with Metroparks staff, each other, and the CIA instructor are all significant required activities in the course. A weekly journal or documentation log involving drawing and/or other forms of image construction is also required. Successful completion of the course includes a minimum of 4 hours per week of studio production time, in addition to the weekly class contact hours. Interaction with the public is anticipated.
Students are responsible for their own transportation. Students should also be able and prepared to be outdoors in the Fall semester, including moderate hiking, for a significant portion of each class day. Students with physical limitations should consult with the instructor prior to registration, to plan possible accommodations.
Ergonomics + Design
Course No. IND 280 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Carla Jean Blackman
This course focuses the process of designing for human use. Anthropometrics, task analysis, user experience, research and safety are explored. Course content is aligned with projects in Industrial Design 1.2. Each class will include lectures and exercises, and will be supplemented with assigned readings and regular performance opportunities. Offered sophomore spring.
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