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SCULP-100

This class is a hands-on studio class utilizing both traditional and unexpected materials to create works that are metaphors for experiencing today's world. We will focus on a more inclusive definition of sculpture as a broad discipline, crossing over a wide range of mediums and dealing with a variety of issues - the personal, spiritual, humorous, poetic, formal, social, and political. We will explore materials and objects, structures, installations (environments), and immateriality (performance, video, light) with a more conceptual framework to encourage quick thinking and ""flexibility"" as artists. Visiting artist lectures, museum field trips, basic casting/mold-making, woodshop, and metalshop demonstration will be included. Periodical readings will be assigned, with discussions to follow. Documentation will also be viewed as part of the work. As an EcoTap based class, this Sculpture 1 class will explore a sculptural practice rooted in a conscious engagement with our environment at large. As material artists, we will look at our carbon footprint, inventive solutions, recycled and found materials, toxic materials and processes, and the chemical composition of materials and their impact to our fragile ecosystem. While looking at artists and the history of this practice in the arts, we will investigate new ways to navigate through this material world that work within our own personal and social frameworks. This class will still have a hands-on studio component, utilizing both traditional and unexpected materials to create works that are metaphors for experiencing today's world. We will focus on a more inclusive definition of sculpture as a broad discipline, crossing over a wide range of mediums and dealing with a variety of issues - the environmental, personal, spiritual, humorous, poetic, formal, social, and political. We will explore material options, and objects, structures, installations (environments), and immateriality (performance, video, light) with a more conceptual framework to encourage quick thinking and "flexibility" as artists.