Sculpture & Other Media supports traditional, experimental, and interdisciplinary approaches to three-dimensional studio art practices. Students use critical thinking exercises in a variety of applications and practices include woodworking, casting in concrete or plaster, welding and fabrication of metals, glass blowing or lampwork, found object assemblage, as well as new media applications of sound and video.
Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.
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Learn the basic skills required for welding metal-to-metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. Students will learn to use MIG welders and plasma cutters. Scrap metal will be provided for practice, or you can supply your own metal for specific projects. See Website for a list of materials.
Learn the basics of table making by building an end table for your home. You will have the opportunity to laminate a hardwood top, cut tapered legs, and join table aprons to legs using simple joinery methods. The class will give you hands-on experience with both power and hand tools, including the table saw, band saw, jointer, thickness planer, drill press, router, hand planes, card scrapers, and chisels. Includes some materials; see SSA website for a list of items needed and please bring a bag lunch.
This introductory class covers how to create mosaic art. Create beautiful, decorative wall relief or sculptural pieces using found objects, glass, marbles, stones, mirrors, dishes, and tiles. Students receive instruction in the use of mosaic tools, various supplies, and techniques from tile-cutting to tile-setting. The instructor will cover how armatures for mosaics can be created, as well as art of mosaic and its role in history. No previous experience is necessary. Includes some materials; please see website for a list of suggested materials.
Learn the tools and processes for working with flat glass to create a stained-glass panel. Cutting glass, soldering, and fabrication using the copper foil technique will be covered. Includes use of most tools. Some glass will be available, but students are encouraged to bring colored glass of their choice, as well as foil and eye protection; see website for a list of materials. The instructor will contact students prior to the class.
Student-artists of all media are welcome since this class is about the creative process of art making, not the medium with which you choose to create. Perception and creativity are the cornerstones of an artistic style. It is the interpretation and visualization of the subject that moves artwork from ordinary to extraordinary. Focus on refining your artistic vision to create unique artwork that communicates to others with emotional resonance. Aspects of visual design will be examined, as will how the creative experience works for each student-artist individually. Through assignments, exercises, and concrete constructive critiques, you will sharpen your personal artistic vision.
Two-dimensional design is an essential foundation for all studio art courses. This basic design course introduces the elements and principles of two-dimensional art and explores how they are applied in creative works. Emphasis is on developing strong design concepts, compositions, and color while experimenting with a variety of materials. No drawing or painting experience is required. Bring an 11 by 14-inch drawing pad, a selection of pencils, and an eraser. Additional materials will be discussed at the first class.