Art 353 Intermediate Ceramics Winter 2021- “The Human Form in Clay”
Consider the term “human object” rather than “figurative sculpture”.
“Human object” refers, not only to the nature/type of ‘object’ itself, but also to the object’s intention: its purpose or ‘objective’ is to embody a sense humanness!
Classes will be demo and discussion based with emphasis on individual work samples and studies, extended assignments, discussions/critiques., and live visiting artist sessions on ZOOM.
Art 353 Intermediate Ceramics will investigate several modes of studio activity:
1. Modelling aspects and phenomena specific to clay, touch, and individual creative content.
2. Explorations of an expanded, experiential approach to miniature tableaux or distilled-scale
Installations, site/object, and studio-focused communities.
3.Explorations of the Ceramics studio concentration within the intriguing “Distance Learning” arena.
Assignments will introduce strategies and techniques that focus on the distinct challenges that smaller scale works present within the ceramic idiom. Works will be made with low-fire talc clay, plasticine modeling clay, and varied mixed-media material(s). For health and safety reasons, clay building methods will be limited to only those “stages of workability” that do not create respirable clay dust.
Detailed information and specifications for establishing a viable off campus or “at home” work station will be thoroughly discussed in week one of the course.
In quarters past, we gathered at the studio to experience ‘hands-on’ learning. Clearly, our present situation requires us to modify our learning environment. We can work, responsibly, at home with clay in wet, stiff, leather-hard, chocolate-hard stages of workability with care to completely avoid dry, respirable material.
Course Materials: 50 lbs. of Low-Fire clay and a set of colored, plasticine modelling clays will be sent to each student enrolled, preferably well in advance of the start of classes.
Although kiln-firing student projects is not mandatory, accommodations may be made for conscientious “drop-off” and “pick-up” of works to be fired; for those within geographic range of UW CMA facilities.
As per COVID-19 civic and UW mandates, classes will be entirely online and live streaming. Students will be expected to attend every live session. Some class segments will be recorded and placed online for further study. Class sessions will vary to include instructor demonstrations, “breakout group” discussions, multi-media presentations, and live visiting artist presentations.