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Engaged Practice courses

Under the umbrella of Cores + Connections, “Engaged Practices” (EP) is a course registration hub where students can more easily access school-wide engaged practice courses, as well as department-specific engaged practice courses which are cross-listed from the majors. EP courses are primarily field-based or located off-campus, focus on real-world projects and engagement with external partners, and are accessible to students from any major (sometimes with prerequisites). If taken outside of a student's major program, EP credits may be applied toward open studio elective requirements. Some of the current Engaged Practice offerings include:

Drawn to Care: Portraiture + Medicine

EP 200X 01–300X 01–400X 01

How can portraiture affect both patient well-being as well as the artist’s connection 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 2-3 hours per week in a medical treatment unit, drawing and/or painting portraits of patients. Student schedules are customized, based on availability. Students meet periodically in seminar on campus. The end of the project year includes a culminating exhibit of all work produced in the course, and gifting of framed prints back to the patients. Students must provide their own transportation. Open studio elective. 1.5 credits/semester. (Fall and Spring enrollment required for 3 credits.) Prerequisite: Email instructor after enrolling, to discuss the course and present a portrait portfolio; all registered students must complete the Cleveland Clinic on-boarding process. Instructor: Barbara Chira, bchira@cia.edu.

Environment, Art + Engaged Practice

EP 210X–310X–410X

How do artists and designers expand the boundaries of their studio practices to the outdoors and environmental issues? In this course, which involves intensive ecological field studies at the Cleveland Metroparks, students may choose to work in the discipline of their major or explore other disciplines. All class time occurs at South Chagrin Reservation, including an indoor seminar space at Lookabout Lodge. Work collaboratively with fellow students, the instructor, and Metroparks natural resources experts, and interact with the public, toward the realization of visual or design work that engages the public around or provides solutions to specific environmental concerns. Students must provide their own transportation. Open studio elective. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Email instructor after enrolling; students should be prepared to be outdoors in the Fall semester, including moderate hiking, for a significant portion of each class day. (Students with physical limitations should contact the instructor prior to enrollment, to discuss accommodations.) Instructor: Kevin Kautenburger, kkautenburger@cia.edu.

Hybridity: Interaction Between Arts + Engineering

EP 333X

Can you imagine a creative practice that¹s a cross between art and engineering?  Offered each May as part of the Spring semester courseload, this three-week, Monday through Friday, seminar/studio hybrid course addresses the concepts, practices and technologies of contemporary hybrid activity as interactions between art and engineering, and takes place both in the Cleveland Institute of Art studios and at the think[box] (innovation and maker space in the School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University). Students from both CIA and CWRU School of Engineering collaborate in the course to discuss, reveal, and explore new technologies and materials, and new ways of thinking and working. Open studio elective. 3 credits.  Co-faculty: Matthew Hollern, CIA, mhollern@cia.edu, and Malcolm Cooke, CWRU School of Engineering.

projectFIND: displaced + locate

EP 200X 02–300X 02–400X 02

As artists and designers, how do we engage complex social issues? Under the direction of a faculty member, this year-long, field-based practicum (1.5 cr. per semester) engages student artists and designers with community partners exploring and addressing the issues of displaced people, while responding creatively and critically through the lens of placemaking. Students spend 2-3 hours per week in the field, working to understand the experience and context of displaced people and the organizations that serve them. Students will produce work of various types, scales and at various locations, shaped by their own interests and skills, as well as by community partners' input and collaboration. Student schedules are customized, based on availability. Students also meet periodically in seminar on campus. Students must provide their own transportation. Open studio elective. 1.5 credits per semester. (Fall and Spring enrollment required for 3 credits.) Prerequisite: E-mail instructor after enrolling. Instructor: Sai Sinbondit, csinbondit@cia.edu.

Putting Artists in the Classroom

GEN/EP 400

As an artist, would you like to have the opportunity to give back to the community by providing art education to an urban school that does not have an existing art program? In this course, students have the opportunity to receive a general introduction to the world of art education. Students work with a cooperating classroom teacher at an urban school, in order to have first-hand teaching experience through the creation of the studio arts. Through this process, students are provided with the principles and practices of art education for grades K-8. Students are also be provided with curriculum construction and lesson planning to be used during their teaching of art education. Student teaching schedules are customized, based on availability. Students also meet in seminar on campus. Open studio elective. 3 credits. Instructor: Kristin Thompson-Smith, kthompson@cia.edu.

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