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Ceramics: Surface & Form

Course No. CER455.1  Credits: 3.0

Students will work on assigned and self-proposed projects which explore the ceramic surface in relationship to two and three-dimensional form. Concepts and critical theory will be addressed. Lectures will discuss historical and contemporary art and design history. Previous clay working experience required. 3 credits.

Ceramics: Surface + Form

Course No. CER 255-55-455  Credits: 3.0

Students will work on assigned and self-proposed projects which explore the ceramic surface in relationship to two and three-dimensional form. Concepts and critical theory will be addressed. Lectures will discuss historical and contemporary art and design history. Previous clay working experience required.

Ceramics: Table for Two: Evolving Rituals of Food

Course No. CER 252-352-452  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Brouillard

We will focus on the human experience of eating, and the rituals and modes of communication involving community, food and drink. The potter's wheel will be our primary means of fabrication for the creation of objects, parts and multiples. Glaze formulation, surface techniques and firing of kilns will be incorporated in this class. Required of all Ceramic Majors. Open to all.

Ceramics: The Narrative Vessel

Course No. CER 246-346-446  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Seth Nagelberg

The focus of this class will be the ceramic object as a vehicle for two and three-dimensional expression. We will introduce the potter's wheel, handbuilding/forming techniques along with glazing and surface treatments. Kiln firing will be introduced, including gas and electric kilns. We will discuss artworks made from clay in the past, present and future. This class is open to all: take as preparation for other course work in the Ceramics Department.

Ceramics: The Potter's Wheel/Utility + Production

Course No. CER 240-340-440  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Brouillard

Wheel based vessels and sculptural forms will be explored in this class. The potter's wheel is an important tool for artists and designers who want to create compositional forms using multiple parts. Glaze making, glazing and kiln firing will be incorporated into this course. Lectures on historical and contemporary ceramic works will be included to further help student create a personal direction. Some wheel work suggested. Required of all Ceramic Majors. Open to all.

Ceramics: Vessel Utility

Course No. CER 253-353-453  Credits: 3.0

This course will investigate the historical and contemporary forms of the ceramic vessel/pot. The dual nature of works that function, as receptacles for meaning and narrative as well as domestic work for the table or presentation will be researched. Construction techniques to be covered will include hand building and the potter's wheel along with a variety of surface treatments and firing methods. Open to all.

Changing Views: Perspectives on African Art

Course No. ACD 385X  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Katherine Flach

Through lectures, readings, and discussions, this seminar will explore important developments in the history of the reception, study, and photography of African art, from the 15th century to present day. An analysis of a number of key publications by pioneering scholars in the field will illustrate the multiple approaches that have been developed to gain insight into Africa’s artistic heritage. Special attention will be devoted to the dialogue between anthropological and art-historical perspectives on the arts of Africa. This seminar will also address the politics and ethics of the acquisition and representation of African art, as well as the methodological challenges connected to their formal and stylistic diversity, and issues of artistic production and patronage.

Character Design + Development

Course No. ILL 265  Credits: 3.0
Faculty James Groman

This course will concentrate on the character creation process, focusing on all aspects of character concept and development. Students will learn to understand character types, body language and production techniques. In the fast growing gaming and animation industry, the ability to create characters is essential. Graphic novels/ comics, children’s books and advertising also rely heavily on an illustrators ability to create characters that meet client demands/ needs and make them part of a cohesive world. Offered spring.

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