Advanced Glass Concepts: Hot Sculpting
Course No. GLS 242-342-442 Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro/Intermediate Hot Glassblowing & Forming Processes
This class will emphasize freehand hot glass sculpting. We will discuss the similarities and inherent differences between traditional glassblowing techniques relative to those used for hot glass sculpting. Approaches for making finished sculptures, from sketches and designs, will be at the cores of this class. Areas of focus will include idea development, processes for breaking down and deconstructing complex forms, craftmanship, and material understanding. Assignments will be given to teach techniques and processes, but will also focus on developing your personal vision and narrative. Course may be repeated. Course fee required.
Advanced Glass Concepts: Casting
Course No. GLS 240-340-440 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Lisa Demagall
This course aims at advancing students' knowledge and techniques in creative and intellectual ways as well as fostering new conceptual schemes. Students will be introduced to such methods as sand casting, Pate-de-verre, cold working and kiln casting in the course of pursuing their sculptural goals. In the meantime, students will also practice applying problem-solving skills to making art. By the end of this course, students will have a thorough knowledge and understanding of general kiln forming and acquire more advanced casting techniques. Ultimately, with this technical basis, the course will inspire students to shape and realize an individual visual voice. Hot glass will be possibly conducted as complement. Open to all students with one semester of glass. Course fee required. Pre-requisite: One semester of Glass.
Advanced Hot Glass: Concept, Theory + Practice
Course No. GLS 343A-443A Credits: 3.0
Assignments given at all levels; independent projects at 400. Includes research and development of concepts using glass as a media for expression. Practice in advanced hot glass working further building on fundamentals of blowing off-hand to more advanced techniques surface decoration of vessels and use of hot glass for sculptural ideas. Advanced methods for forming may include hot casting, mold blowing, using multiples; cold joining using special adhesives; and cold glass, cutting grinding and finishing techniques. Emphasis on hot glass. Safety and general studio operation. For Glass majors and advanced electives. Course fee required. May be repeated. Prerequisites: One semester of hot glass.
Core 1: Creative Process + Material Studies
Course No. CDE 200 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz
Students focus on the creative process and material studies across the craft majors. From inspiration to the production of multiples, each student explores design and making through their respective mediums as well as other materials. Sophomores in the Craft + Design environment address common themes while working in their respective major: Ceramics, Glass, and Jewelry + Metals. The course affords the integration of skills and knowledge from Foundation including drawing, design, color, digital synthesis, and collaboration, with the practices related to the full scope of the Craft + Design major programs. Offered fall.
Core 2: Language of Materials
Course No. CDE 201 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss
The second course in the core explores commonalities and differences in the “language of materials.” Emphasis is placed on visual and conceptual aspects of materials, and material process. This makes for interesting investigations and explorations within and across mediums. Historically materials and processes are connected with the evolution of function, and meaning. The class will explore inherent physical properties that may bring content and depth to ideas borne of the medium itself. Students continue the process of research and ideation using these common themes, and explore through experimentation. Each student’s individual voice begins to emerge. Fundamental techniques will be explored and practiced, stressing the practice of the maker. Idea-books/sketchbooks will continue to be worked on as an important part of the creative process. Offered spring.
Core 3: Digital Surface + Image
Course No. CDE 300 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss
The third year of the Craft + Design core explores the integration of digital technologies, imaging three-dimensional modeling, new materials and processes, and the connections with ceramics, glass, and jewelry and metals. The fall semester brings a focus to the application and integration of 2D digital imaging on surfaces and forms in clay, enamel, glass, and metal. Projects build on the foundation skillset and encourage the use of digital technology for the development of image, pattern, and texture. Students utilize and develop their skills with imaging software and explore how it translates into the various materials and surfaces. Offered fall. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement.
Core 4: Digital Modeling + Making
Course No. CDE 301 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern
Craft + Design Core 4 explores the integration of computer-aided design (CAD) across the craft disciplines. Building on the Core 3 course, this course addresses a range of new materials and technologies toward innovative applications across the range of Craft; new skills and knowledge from 3D modeling to computer-aided manufacturing; and rapid prototyping. Projects integrate design and output experiences toward exploration of new materials, patterns, molds, templates, models, and objects. The seminar/studio course includes weekly seminar discussions, presentations, and reviews as well as dedicated work in the studios, labs, and major spaces. Laptops are recommended but not required. Offered spring.
Core 5: BFA Research + Thesis
Core 5 is a hybrid seminar/studio course for seniors with a focus on investigation, growth and verbal intelligibility. Each student develops their own criteria for a thesis and portfolio of work through research, exploration, and experimentation in various materials and media. The seminar includes discussions, presentations, readings, and writing assignments, which vary to recognize the direction of the group and formal issues and conceptual challenges. The subject, research, and writing for the thesis are developed during the first semester with the final thesis due before the BFA exhibition and critique. The course includes field trips to museums, galleries, and artist studio visits to expose students to historical and contemporary artwork and practice. The mid-year review at the end of the fall semester is an environment-wide presentation and progress review, which also prepares students for the oral defense of the BFA exhibition in the spring. Required of all graduating Craft + Design majors. Offered fall. Open to electives.
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