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Winter Academic Term 2004 Course Guide

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Courses in RC Fine Arts


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Winter Academic Term, 2004 (January 6 - April 30)



RCARTS 285. Photography.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael B Hannum (mbh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (CE). May not be repeated for credit. Materials fee ($100).

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Materials fee ($100).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An introduction to the medium of photography from the perspective of the artist. It includes an overview of photography's role in the arts, the development of an understanding of visual literacy and self-expression as they relate to the photographic medium, and the development of basic technical skills in black and white and color photography. A visual emphasis is maintained in both presentation and course work, and the students work with the medium towards a goal of personal expression.

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RCARTS 286. Sculpture.

Section 001 — Pop-Up Sculpture.

Instructor(s): Matthew D Price

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (CE). May not be repeated for credit. Materials fee ($35).

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Materials fee ($35).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course will begin with a study of children's "pop-up" books. We will investigate the mechanics of these small sculptures, and will delve into the power and purpose of their repeatable transformation. We will extrapolate these lessons to begin a body of studio work. Through slide lectures, readings, and discussions, I will introduce the students to methods of sculptural transformation, using examples from art history and industrial design history. Students will conduct their own research to uncover both celebrated and pedestrian examples of this process. Once the students are grounded in the concept, I will lead them in the conception and design of their own studio projects. Demonstrations will include sketching, drawing, drafting, scaling, designing templates, machine-cutting, fabrication and assembly. Our "bread-and-butter" materials will be card-stock paper and chipboard, though students will be encouraged to experiment with materials and processes throughout. Design instruction will focus on so-called "cold-connections" such as slot and tab, rabbeting, riveting, pinning, "living" hinges and standard joint-construction. Students will be encouraged to work with the materials before establishing the expressive thrust of their work. To this end, I hope to allow their own interests and subject matter to evolve freely, and in response to the materials and techniques. I aim to make this course a workshop for what I call "blue-sky thinking". That is, an embrace of idea over possibility with an understanding that design and sculpture is usually only limited by the scope of the ambition that engendered it. Therefore, I will emphasize the importance of thorough, dynamic, unusual, and rule-breaking preparation. Critiques will enable students to show and discuss their work. We will place a premium on innovation, and embrace failure as integral to the creative process. This course is really an introduction to form. It is designed to give students a manageable entrée to sculpture, while encouraging them to pay close attention to the material at hand in order to quickly gain fluency with it. By focusing on the transformation of material, students will gain a valuable understanding of the process and potential of sculpture as an expressive medium.

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RCARTS 287. Printmaking.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joel L Cressman (larrycre@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (CE). May not be repeated for credit. Materials fee ($50).

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Materials fee ($50).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Through practical studio experience, lectures, demonstrations, and collaborative activities the student will be introduced to the art and history of printmaking. The course will focus on creating original prints, exploring images, visual ideas, and the possibilities of self-expression. Emphasis will be placed on linoleum cut, woodblock, and screen printing techniques. Field trips to area museums and gallery exhibitions will be part of the class experience. Approximately eight projects will be assigned. A sketchbook/notebook is required.
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RCARTS 288. Introduction to Drawing.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joel L Cressman (larrycre@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (CE). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($40) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($40) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Drawing is the most basic of art skills and is at the core of the creative process. It promotes a deep respect for looking and thinking. Whether you are studying to be a visual artist, exploring an interest in art history, or simply appreciate art, drawing can be an enriching experience giving one insight into the creative process and what artists do and have done over time. It is a common denominator for us all — at some point in our lives it came naturally. Introduction to Drawing aims to rediscover that natural impulse. We will explore traditional and contemporary approaches with an emphasis on eye/hand coordination and creative expression. Basic techniques and methods will be covered through work with still life, the figure, and the imagination. The goal is to foster confidence and skill in understanding what we see and how to creatively transfer that understanding to the two-dimensional drawing surface.
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RCARTS 289. Ceramics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Susan E Crowell (nasus@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (CE). May not be repeated for credit. Materials fee ($85).

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Materials fee ($85).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course presents basic problems in forming clay; throwing and handbuilding techniques; testing, preparing, and applying glazes; stacking and firing kilns; and operating a ceramics studio. Students are required to learn the complete ceramic process, and the assumption of studio responsibilities and regular class attendance are mandatory. The theory, practice, and history of ceramics are integral parts of this study and are used to encourage individual sensitivity to the material.

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RCARTS 385. Interdisciplinary Photographic Applications.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael B Hannum

Prerequisites & Distribution: RCARTS 285. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Materials fee ($100).

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Materials fee ($100).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Photography 385 is an advanced photography course which addresses the need for individual, interdisciplinary projects using photographic materials and facilities. A series of advanced photographic assignments are presented which develop skills in using large format cameras and negatives, color print materials, studio lights, and holography. They can be modified to support independent study in which individuals develop their own set of interdisciplinary objects. The course is intended to meet both the need for second term skill development in photography and the need to correlate those skills with a student's other academic interests.

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RCARTS 389. Ceramics Theory and Criticism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Susan E Crowell (nasus@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: RC Arts 289. (4). (CE). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($85) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($85) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is an upper-level ceramics course which addresses advanced problems in ceramics production and studio practice. While students in lower-level ceramics courses learn basic technical skills and aesthetic concepts, upper-level students work at more sophisticated levels of form and content. The course approaches this development through more advanced formal concerns, technical projects, glaze testing, studio management, and critique. Readings from journals — American Ceramics, Ceramic, Art and Perception, and others — will enhance our discussions and our understanding of the role of ceramics in twenty-first century art.

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