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CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Fall 2014 Exhibitions

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Events: Nov 21, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Michael Polk + Amber Esner

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CIA Exhibition: Nov 21, 2014 @ The Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights, OH

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Events: Dec 05, 2014

Student Holiday Craft Sale

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CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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String, Felt, and Thread

Course No. FIB267  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Lorton

This is an introduction to Fiber and Material Studies. Students will follow materials from the raw state to the finished form, learning how to manipulate them at every stage. Material and process are often bound together, so a wide variety of techniques of making form from string, thread and fiber will be covered. Students will learn to make informed material choices based on an understanding of the history and associations of each material. Students will be introduced to contemporary criticism, and questions surrounding craft and the history of art. Required 2nd year FMS Majors. Open Elective. Offered fall.

Surface + Image

Course No. CMC 300  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss

The third course of the Craft core explores the integration of digital technologies, imaging and three-dimensional modeling, new materials and processes, and the connections with ceramics, glass, and jewelry + metals. The fall semester brings a focus to the application and integration of 2D digital imaging on surfaces and forms in clay, enamel, glass, and metal. Projects build on the foundation skill set and encourage the use of digital technology for the development of image, pattern, and texture. Students utilize and develop their skills with imaging software and explore how it translates into various materials and surfaces. Offered fall.

Surgical Illustration + Media

Course No. BMA 352  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Joseph Pangrace | Thomas Nowacki

This studio course is an introduction to the illustration of surgical procedures and its fundamental application within the discipline of biomedical art. It is based on the belief that understanding the concepts of medical and/or veterinary surgery is essential to creating effective illustrations and other media that visually communicates the information. Students will research surgical procedures and techniques, sketch procedures in the operating room, prepare comprehensive sketches outlining visual narrative of surgical procedures, and render final illustrations/media presentations using a variety of digital media. Special access to Case Western University Hospitals will be granted and all students must follow ALL rules during medical observation; and be conscious of patient-related regulations and privacy standards. Offered spring.

Survey of Contemporary Music

Course No. HCS 309  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Christopher Auerbach-Brown

This course will give an overview of avant-garde music written in the twentieth (and twenty-first) centuries, with particular emphasis on the relationships between music and the visual arts. Discussions in class will focus on composers whose work helped define contemporary music while creating aesthetic parallels to the visual arts. Emphasis will be placed on listening to avant-garde and experimental music, and students will be expected to attend several recitals of contemporary music and write about their experiences. Students will also have to complete reading and listening assignments on a regular basis. May be applied as Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Systems Drawing

Course No. DRG 360-460  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Christian Wulffen | Lane Cooper

This course will investigate the means by which various systems of drawing and representation function as methods of communication. How do historical, cultural and social contexts frame an artistÕs ability to send messages through their work? And, like in a game of telephone, in any system of communication it is inevitable that potential problems may occur- misunderstandings, errors, and falsehoods. Can these absorbed into the content of the work? Illusionistic, abstract, allegorical, diagrammatic, mathematical and idiosyncratic systems of drawing and representation will be investigated through this course, through studio practice, readings, critique and in-class discussion. Required of all Junior Drawing Majors.

The Artist & Social Practice

Course No. FIB267F/367F/467F  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Josť Carlos Teixeira

This course explores a realm of artistic endeavor usually apart from the gallery system and the art market, where the artist applies his/her talents to questions directly related to community, social responsibility, and political activism.

While looking critically at recent manifestations in relational and participatory practices - as well as learning about their historical context and interdependence with other fields - students will work within a greater social context, applying their skills to pressing issues (such as ecology, urban decay, poverty, discrimination, violence, and global abuses of the military-industrial complex, to name a few).

The pedagogical approach will be to present projects realized by other artists who have worked in these areas, and to be able to contextualize these practices as the result/reflection of our current economic, political, and cultural situation(s) - both nationally and internationally.

Students will research issues that are of greater concern to them individually, and present them to the whole class. This will be followed by in-depth discussion around problem-solving, efficacy of action, and aesthetic materialization. Projects will then be developed and implemented throughout the semester.

The Artist + Social Practice

Course No. VAT 267-367-467  Credits: 3.0

This course explores a realm of artistic endeavor apart from the Western canon and the gallery art system. As such, students will work within the greater social context, applying their skills to pressing issues such as urban decay and poverty, ecology (brown fields, waste, pollution) violence, and other issues stemming from contradictions between the wants and needs of the individual and the wants and needs of the greater society. Histories of artists working in these arenas will provide a starting point and a model for student work. Each student will research issues that are of personal concern, present their findings to the class. This will be followed by discussions around problem solving and efficacy of action. Projects will then be developed and implemented.

The Artist Book Now: Narrative and Form

Course No. PRI332.1  Credits: 0.0
Faculty Jennifer Craun

This studio course is for students interested in producing sequentially developed imagery via linear book structures. Historical examples and contemporary developments regarding the evolution of the artist book are examined through texts, through the use of our library's artist book collection, in discussion, and during critiques. Due to technological advancements over the last century artists now have a variety of media with which to explore output of book projects. The class will expose students to the nature and potential of different book structures as well as a variety of materials. The course will heighten the student's ability to utilize the interaction of sequenced content -- the act of turning pages-- to express the continuity of an idea flowing through a continuum. Students realize the potential of narrative, sequence, and pacing, together with the importance of combining word and image. Note: Open Elective. Required for Fourth Year Print Majors. 3 credits.

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