Close Encounters (SCU2127.01)

Jon Isherwood

Can Artists contribute in some significant way to effect change at a social or political level? We will look at a range of artists from the 18 th to 21st Centuries who have attempted to make significant contributions to depict human atrocities. We will examine how the issues, methods of working, narratives, media, and approaches have been effective. This includes but is not limited to Goya’s painting ‘The 3rd of May’, Marinetti and the Futurist movement, Picasso’s “Guernica,” Robert Rauschenberg, Maya Lin, Barbara Kruger and Ai Weiwei.

Through a series two week projects, we will make sculptural responses based on varying artist’s visual interventions. The emphasis will be on experimentation through traditional materials such as wood, steel, plaster, clay and non-traditional methods and materials including functional objects, temporal work in the environment, installation and performance. Drawing practices will also be an intrinsic part of this focused exploration. Researching the varying artists’ histories will be essential.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
1. Learn to use the equipment for fabrication and methods of construction involving wood, metal, plaster, and clay.
2. Gain fluency in the fundamental aesthetics of three dimensional form
3. Learn about the history of sculptural practices up to the contemporary moment, in its diversity of cultural perspectives and identities.
4. Become familiar with the process of transferring drawing and narrative prompts into three dimensional form.


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
Th 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Sculpture , Fully In-Person
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