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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Sculpture 

Sculpture

When one material is not enough for your ideas, consider sculpture. 

Overview

Create sculptural objects while exploring multiple materials in a contemporary visual arts environment. Push the boundaries of your work in every direction and learn how to produce meaning through the transformation of material.

In Sculpture you will focus on the ever-growing and shifting relationship of objects; the way that an object can communicate visually with another, the space they exist in and how they relate to us. Learn how to develop your ideas into 3-dimensional form with hands-on exploration of scale, material, technique, and display. 

You will learn a set of construction skills working with both soft and rigid materials, including felt-making, plastic, paper and cloth through the processes of pattern making, bending, joining and linking. Takeaways from the class include the ability to control the scale of the work, its location, lighting and how light/shadow contribute to the final piece. You will leave this course with complex sculptural work for your portfolio and the ability to read the objects that surround you in a thoughtful and conceptual way.

Projects

The first week of this course will introduce students to the many types of sculpture, specifically soft sculpture. Students will learn various fabrication methods such as pattern-making, armature construction, felt-making, and joining techniques. Students will work with felt for their final project, creating a unique pattern and thinking critically about installation and environment. The second week will allow time for construction, planning and group discussion of final proposals.

Projects and topics that will be explored include contemporary sculpture, producing meaning through transformation of material, the relationship of object to environment, creating a mind map, mold and pattern making, armature construction, wet felting process, dyeing fabric, and professional installation and set up.

Application

We are accepting online applications through May 1, 2019. View the checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your application. Questions? Email us at precollege@cia.edu or call 216.421.7460.

Our 2019 application is currently closed.

Scholarships

The Department of Continuing Education will award a $1,000 scholarship to one student applying for the Sculpture course. This scholarship will be awarded based on portfolio scope and strength. Interested students should select that they wish to be considered for financial aid in their application to be eligible, and should note the 2019 CIA Craft Scholarship in their personal statement.

Instructor

Zak Smoker received his BFA in Sculpture + Expanded Media from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011and his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Zak currently works as a technical specialist in the fabrication studios at the Cleveland Institute of Art and is a practicing artist in the greater Cleveland area.