Wkshp:Structural Alternatives

Sculpture workshops are critique-based studio courses that investigate interdisciplinary topics proposed by faculty based on their fieldwork, experience, and expertise. Emphasis is on developing each student's individualized research and expanding their studio practice to consider broader concerns, methods, and contexts.

This interdisciplinary class will foster a can-do philosophy involving skill and problem solving that is vital to our role as artists in the 21st century. We will investigate the structures that hold artworks, buildings, and social organizationstogether. It is a hands-on course on how to build structuresranging from purely evocative configurations to habitable spaces. We will focus on the role of utilitarian and non-utilitarian works and look at the relevance of art making in a time of environmental, economic, and social peril. Meeting for 6 hours in one day per week will allow us to develop a working practice that more accurately reflects the way projects are accomplished in the world. Through demonstrations and assignments we will work with a variety of materials including traditional building supplies, the opportunism of foundscavenged materials, as well as cultural information. Modelmaking will be utilized to develop ideas and at least one project will be full scale and enterable. We will become a research team studying building techniques, societal structures and the impact of human activities on the planet through readings, films, fieldtrips, and visiting artists. We willlook at intentional communities, food production, and alternative energy viability. The physical, psychological, and conceptual impact of alternative structures is the subject of this class.