Studio Projects: Tradition and Innovation
Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters
This is an entry-level program emphasizing studio practice in 2D and 3D (wood carving and woodcut printmaking), art histories, visual literacy, and artistic research. The thematic thread will address a range of visual languages, design strategies, and traditions employed by various communities, including Northwest Coast Native design history and traditions, and early European prints used for religious practice and political dissent. These approaches to images and objects are quite different from conventional, western ideas about “Art” that is primarily aesthetically pleasing or focused on self-expression. The program is designed to support both students who are visual art emphasizers, as well as those who are curious about the skills and knowledge necessary for sustained creative work. No prior art experience necessary -- enthusiasm, good organization, and a strong work ethic are required. Students should be prepared to dedicate at least 40 hours per week to studio projects, and rigorous reading and writing on topics related to the concepts of craft and art, the functions, legacies, and histories surrounding objects and images. Students working in 3D will be provided with access to traditional Northwest coast Native carving tools.
The fall and winter quarters will provide students with basic studio and tool use techniques in woodworking and printmaking, as well as design and drawing workshops. Students will work in either 2D or 3D the fall quarter, switching to the other medium in winter. The spring quarter will provide students with the opportunity to apply their learning to more advanced projects, utilizing knowledge and skills gained over the fall and winter. A central focus of the spring will be exploring what happens when ideas, forms and images created in one medium are translated into another, becoming something entirely new.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day
May be offered again in
|March 14th, 2014||New opportunity added.|