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ART 233 A: Introduction to 3D4M: Glass

Meeting Time: 
MW 11:30am - 2:20pm
ART 124
Michael Swaine
Michael Swaine

Syllabus Description:

Intro to  Glass: ART 233 A: Winter 2024

Professor: Michael Swaine
Office Hours: By appointment only
e-mail: swaine@uw.edu


Sean O'Neill


Tzyy Yi "Amy" Young


open studio monitor HOURS 

monday - 5:30 - 8:00 pm 

thursday 10 am - 2 pm 






...losing our marbles,

through the looking glass...


matter(s) of concern turn ... into matter(s) of action

This glass class will push how far a often translucent material (almost invisible) can stretch into space and time. We will look at glass, from its origins of  sand,  to  volcanic glass to glass used in your cell phones , all with the lens of action and interaction. How can objects that we make become a tool for conversation? Can Glass debate with  chat GP3?

"the aim of art is to uncover the questions that have been occluded by the answers" - James Baldwin

"The public realm, as the common world, gathers us to gather and yet prevents our falling over each other, so to speak. What makes mass society so difficult to bear is not the number of people involved, or at least primarily, but the fact that the world between them has lost its power to gather them together, to relate and separate them. The weirdness of this situation resembles a spiritualistic seance where a number of people gather around a table might suddenly, through some magic trick, see the table vanish from the midst, so that two persons sitting opposite from midst, so that two persons sitting opposite each other were no longer separated but also would be entirely unrelated to each other by anything tangible."  (p.48-The Human Condition-Hannah Arendt)


Please watch these videos during the first few weeks -enjoy 




more to see:






The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom with all its limitations remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labour for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom. (bell hooks 1994: 207)

If you as a  students have any  problem with this class or another class and don't feel comfortable discussing this with advising or myself  there is a site with resources : 

http://art.washington.edu/advising/policies/general/ (Links to an external site.)


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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: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
October 19, 2023 - 10:24pm