TEACHING

STOP-MOTION VIDEOS

REMOTE LEARNING ASSIGNMENT

Project Description: Students produce 60-second stop motion videos with original narratives and audio components.

Tools/Technologies Used:  Students use polymer clay, the Stop Motion app, and various video and audio editing softwares (Adobe Premiere, iMovie, Windows Media Editor) to create their videos.

THE WHITE CUBE

FOUNDATIONS ASSIGNMENT

Project Description:

Students select objects that may not traditionally belong in a gallery setting and virtually place them in a gallery setting. They examine the function of gallery display to elevate art objects and isolate them in viewing space.

 

Tools/Technologies Used:

Students create their own high-quality digital photographs of objects. Using select/mask tools in Photoshop, they combine their objects with clean stock photographs to create a facetious gallery display.

OBJECT TRANSFORMATION

FOUNDATIONS ASSIGNMENT

Project Description:

Students transform the surface of an object, exploring how alterations change the perception of the thing. By giving the surface a new skin, students create works that question or negate the original function of the object.

 

Tools/Technologies Used:

Students select their own found object and the material they will use to treat the surface. They learn attachment techniques using hardware, adhesives, and sewing.

SGRAFFITO TILES

INTRODUCTION TO CERAMICS (REMOTE LEARNING ASSIGNMENT)

Project Description:

Students use the sgraffito technique to create high-contrast designs on tiles. Sgraffito is a decorating technique in which layers of color are applied to a surface and then scratched through to reveal the color underneath.

 

Tools/Technologies Used:

Students are given premade tiles, white underglaze, carving tools, a paintbrush, and instructional videos. They later transport their work to the Ceramics studio where it is clear-glazed and fired to ^04 in an electric kiln.

FOOD SCULPTURE

CERAMICS (IN-PERSON OR REMOTE ASSIGNMENT)

Project Description:

Students sculpt a plate of food, choosing foods with nostalgic, symbolic, or other meaningful associations. Everything is dipped in white glaze and fired in the kiln, fusing the pieces together and unifying their surfaces.

 

Tools/Technologies Used:

Students use clay and sculpting tools to build on top of a bisqued plate. They are given demonstrations on building hollow, scoring & slipping, and surface effects. In-person classes glaze their own work; remote classes transport their work to the Ceramics studio where it is glazed and fired to ^04 in an electric kiln.

DRINKING VESSELS

INTRODUCTION TO CERAMICS (REMOTE LEARNING ASSIGNMENT)

Project Description:

Students create a pair of drinking vessels out of clay. They choose what hand-building method(s) to apply, using instructional videos on pinch, slab, and coil-building for reference.

 

Tools/Technologies Used:

Students use clay, sculpting tools, and instructional videos. They later transport their work to the Ceramics studio where it is glazed and fired.

NATURAL OBJECT

HANDBUILDING ASSIGNMENT

Project Description:

Students collect natural objects and create larger clay versions using coil and slab-building methods. Surfaces are coated with commercial underglaze, fired, stained with copper oxide, and fired again.

 

Tools/Technologies Used:

Students use the extruder, the slab roller, clay, and their choice of sculpting tools. Their work is then fired to ^04 in an electric kiln.

DESIGNING THE 2x4

FOUNDATIONS - WOODSHOP ASSIGNMENT

Project Description:

Students use a single 2’ x 4’ x 8’ piece of pine lumber to create a product that highlights characteristics of the wood, considering functionality and aesthetics. Surface finishes are limited to white paint and/or linseed oil.

 

Tools/Technologies Used:

Students learn to use the chop saw, table saw, and band saw, how to join with wood glue and nails/clamps, and techniques for sanding and finishing.

3D WIRE SKETCH

FOUNDATIONS EXCERCISE

Description:

Students create three-dimensional sketches of objects in their environment using wire as line.

Tools/Technologies Used:

Students use bailing (annealed) wire and pliers with wire cutters.