3D: Form Vs. Function

Instructor: Christopher Loomis
OAK / CORES–108/ 23 sessions
Prerequisite: none
July 7-August 13, Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

This course investigates the possibilities of simultaneously achieving utility and stunning form. By researching the human form and everyday living environments, students make objects that are both functional and aesthetic. The course emphasizes scale, measurement, and structural integrity. Students make plans and prototypes while using a variety of materials including wood, cardboard, and fiber, in addition to demonstrating an ability to use hand and power tools.

All 3D courses introduce fundamental concepts of three-dimensional art, design, and architecture. Using a variety of materials, processes, and tools, students investigate form and function including mass, weight, movement, balance, and structure. Students learn various construction methods and how to make effective material choices. Emphasis is on connecting intention with craft. Each 3D course helps students create a safe studio practice and build professional time management skills. Research and iterative studies are designed to add depth to thinking and working processes. Students consider issues such as sustainable materials, reuse, diverse cultural contributions and how objects function in the world.

This course satisfies the 3D CORE Studio requirement or a Studio Elective.