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ART 233 B: Introduction To 3D4M: Glass

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 2:20pm
CMA 116
Elizabeth Fortunato

Syllabus Description:

Art 233- Introduction to 3D4M Glass

Spring 2016

T/TR 11:30-2:20

CMA (Ceramic and Metal Arts Building)


Instructor: Elizabeth Fortunato

Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30-4:30

Or by appointment


Course Description:

This class is designed as an introduction to warm and cold glass processes. We will work in the cold shop to cut, grind, polish and engrave glass. We will learn how to cut, assemble and fire glass to various temperatures ranges. Additionally we will learn the fundamentals of glass casting, including plaster/silica molds, lost wax practices and alginate mold making. Through lectures, demonstrations and in/out of class work, we will discover new ways of making glass in a contemporary sculpture discipline. Students will look at glass from the contemporary to historical in order to learn methods of making and expand our conceptual ideas. We will learn basic skills through a series of exercises and will demonstrate our new skills through creative projects. Each project will be critiqued in class with our peers. While instruction and skill building is at the core of this class, students are encouraged to bring in outside sources and their own experiences for a new creative edge to glass working.



Students will learn and develop glass working skills. Students should also be open to experimentation and failure. Our main theme of this class is Transformation. We will learn traditional glass techniques. You are expected to bring your own experience and personality into each project. Success in this class is based on participation, effort and experimentation as well as the completion of projects.


Class Requirements:

-Students must be present and engaged in class. Class absences will limit the amount of instruction you receive. As we are learning new techniques, in class instruction is crucial. If you cannot attend class, please email the instructor ASAP. You will be required to make up missed instruction on your own time. No make up demonstrations will be provided. Absence will forfeit participation points for the day. A distracted, disengaged or late student will forfeit participation points for the day. Participation is roughly 25% of your grade. See attached school of art policy.


-Students are expected spend 10 hours of outside of class work a week minimum. While this time is not documented, it will be clear who is present. Out of class work will be evident in the quality of work and the demonstration of understanding.


-Each student is expected to show up on time. The CMA is in a far corner of campus, but is a 15-minute walk from the center of main campus. A student who is more than 15 minutes late for class will forfeit participation points for the day. Instruction will start promptly at the beginning of class. Any missed instruction is up to the student to make up.


-We will critique each of our three major projects as a class. Students must demonstrate an understanding of material and present a finished project on the due date.

-Students must be comfortable defending their work in critique and add productive evaluation to the critique of their peers. We will be talking in class as a group about each project. Each student is expected to speak openly about peers work. Lack of participation in critiques will result in a reduced grade.

-Students must turn in a self-evaluation at each critique. In exchange, I will grade according to the same rubric.

-Students are encouraged to not only complete the assignments, but to bring personality and creativity to each work.

-Late projects will result in a 10% (one letter grade) deduction per day.


-Students are required to keep a notebook/sketchbook. Paper notebooks of sketches and in class notes are a class requirement. Technology can be a tool, but paper notes are strongly encouraged.



We will be working with dangerous materials and tools. Students are expected to follow all safety instructions as demonstrated at the beginning of each assignment. Students will ask the instructor or studio technicians if unsure of any safety procedures or material use.


Clean up:

The last 15 minutes of each class is designated to clean up. There will be mandatory clean up dates. We will abide by the leave it cleaner than you found it standard. Students must clean up after themselves. Improper clean up procedures result in risking the health of everyone who uses the studio. This is a shared studio with 233, other 200 and 300 level classes as well as seniors, graduate students and faculty.



Students will be assigned a storage cubbie. Students are expected to keep their storage clean and free of hazardous material. Projects or evidence of work will not be left out in the classroom unless cleared by instructor and studio technicians.



The final day of class is a mandatory class clean up.

The final critique is mandatory. Refer to the UW finals schedule for date/time.

We will critique the final project on this date.



Class Participation, Engagement, and Learning Policies  

Classes offered in art, art history and design require students to be engaged as active and verbal learners in order to successfully complete the course. In addition to completing assignments and exams our expectation is that you will consistently participate in the classroom and studio during class time. It is this consistent participation and contribution to discussions, critique, gallery exhibition activities, team projects, and presentations of your research with faculty and peers that guarantees your learning, contributes to your academic accomplishments, and supports your professional goals after graduation. 


Failure to comply with any of the following will undermine your learning and negatively affect your grade.

  1. Absences from class
  • Absences from class prevent participation and UW guidelines suggest that participation may account for at least 15% of your grade. Check your syllabus, in some cases participation may account for as much as 30% of your grade.
  • If you miss class due to illness or emergency, notify your instructor immediately, provide documentation, and set-up a timeline to complete missed assignments and exams.
  1. Safety
  • It is your responsibility to abide by any safety policies outlined in class.
  • Taking responsibility for cleaning up is required of all students enrolled in art and design studios. It promotes safety, builds community and demonstrates a sense of responsibility to your learning.
  • Spray booths are provided for use of aerosols and their use is mandatory.
  1. Academic standards
  • Plagiarism is using the creations, ideas, words, inventions, or images of someone else in your own work without formally acknowledging them. This applies to written papers and research as well as to art, design and architectural images. All plagiarized assignments or tests will receive a grade of 0.
  • Copyright   Student work plus photos and videos of students may be used by the SoAAHD to illustrate our programs. We assume that by participating in SoAAHD classes and activities you have no objection. If you do have concerns please talk with the Academic Advisers in 104 Art.
  1. Assignments, examinations and critiques
  • It is your responsibility to complete all assignments, take all exams, and participate in all class critiques and discussions as scheduled by your instructor.
  • Students are required to take final exams as scheduled by the University of Washington.
  • Exceptions to the above may be granted in cases of documented emergencies but must be approved by the instructor.
  1. Grading
  • Grades in Art, Art History and Design courses are based on:

    • participation and engagement in the classrooms and studios
    • meeting deadlines for the completion of all assignments, exams and critiques
    • the quality of the work you submit during the quarter
  • Incomplete grades are only an option if:
    • you have been in attendance and done satisfactory work through the eighth week of the quarter.
    • you have furnished satisfactory proof to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond your control
  • Grade Appeal Procedure if you think the grade you received is incorrect:
  • Contact the instructor to discuss your concern.
  • If not resolved, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising, 104 Art, 543-0646.
  1. Building use and policy

    • Anyone in the building after hours is responsible for the safety and security of the building. Anyone who allows someone into the building or a workspace, or who props open a door for any reason risks losing after hours access to the building.
    • Students who are not enrolled in classes for the quarter may not use the facilities.
    • The campus police frequently monitor the building to insure your safety and security.
  • Exhibitions in the buildings

o   Instructors and students must get approval from the Administrator of the School of Art + Art History + Design to install work outside the classroom. (Use of hallway bulletin boards and glass cases do not require approval.)

  • Submit a written description of the proposal two weeks prior to installation to the SoA Administrator, 102 Art. Forms are available in 104 Art.
  • The approval process considers issues of location, health and safety, fire code, environmental factors and potential building damage prior to approval.
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision within a week of the application
  1. Equal Opportunity
  • The School of Art reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran in accordance with UW policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.
  1. Violence Awareness and Prevention
  1. Disability Accommodation
  • To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Student Disability Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 (V/TTY) or
  • If you have a letter from Student Disability Services requesting academic accommodations, please present this to your instructor on the first day of class.




















Catalog Description: 
This introductory studio course investigates the material glass and its applications in the fine arts. Examines historical, technical, and contemporary practices. Prepares students for further exploration with the material at the intermediate and advanced levels.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:10pm