This class will investigate natural structures as a way to create form and surface. We will study organisms from the animal and plant kingdoms, investigating how they build structures such as hives, nests, tunnels, reefs, shells, growth structures of trees, plants, seed pods, and other natural growth patterns. This research will lead to students proposing a concept and method for the production of a series of objects, including functional tableware, architectural forms and systems, and sculpture.
Students will be asked to research an artist who has used nature as a strong influence in their work and give a presentation on the artist during the term. Students will be expected to include drawing as part of the class. The purchase of drawing and drafting paper will be required.