The Arts & Crafts Movement
Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of CCA's founding, this seminar will examine the movement that directly inspired the School of the California Guild (later College) of Arts and Crafts, established in Berkeley by Frederick Meyer in 1907. The paradoxical ideals of the original British Arts and Crafts movement, dedicated to the production of beautiful, handcrafted design as a means of improving nineteenth-century industrialized society, went through several regional re-interpretations as it spread to the rest of Europe and the United States. A current measure of its importance is the renaissance enjoyed by Arts and Crafts design in today's marketplace. In addition to covering of the Arts and Crafts movement in Europe, this course will emphasize the movement in the United States, highlighting local examples through field trips. It will investigate a broad range of media (e.g., architecture, interior design, textiles, furniture, metalwork, glass, ceramics, and graphic design), thereby encouraging students to research topics in their own areas of artistic production and to consider how Arts and Crafts principles are perceived or practiced in their disciplines at CCA today.