Picture Pattern Paper Model (VA4322.01)

Farhad Mirza

In this course, we will explore the visual and spatial potential of cut paper models. The course will begin with a number of directed drawing and model-making exercises, and end with original work made with paper, knives, and glue. Students will study and do research on paper models by a variety of contemporary artists and architects–Zarina’s paper houses, Siah Armajani’s bridges, James Casebere’s abandoned tabletop constructions, Bodys Isek Kingelez’s dazzling utopian propositions, and many others. Through research and experimentation, we will discuss (the Constructivist notion of) the usefulness of art, interiors and photographic space, and the spatial paper object as a response to the modernist separation of media. While much of the work covered in this course relates to architectural space as rendered by artists, working through an architectural lens is not an expectation.  

Learning Outcomes:
- experience manipulating paper into volumetric form
- an introduction to the use of models and model photographs in contemporary art
- the ability to manipulate and transform a simultaneously humble and precious material with a limited toolkit

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: At least two previous 4000-level courses in Visual Art or Art History.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Visual Arts (VA)