W40 Fiber Vessels. This interim course will consider Fiber Art and Vessel Making in historical as well as contemporary terms. Each class day will begin with references to Art History, to Indigenous Cultures and Artists as well as current directions in Fiber work. Techniques in vessel making and fiber construction will be presented in a progressive manner. Students must be prepared to work in the studio for both the morning and afternoon sessions of each day. Students will be expected to keep a sketchbook to record ideas and technical information. They will also be required to investigate one area of Fiber Art beyond the technical information given in class. Course fee: $60.00. No Pre-requisites. J. Van Reeuwyk. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W41 Monotype/Monoprint. “Monotype/Monoprint: From Rorschach to Rauschenberg” is an introductory studio course in monotype and monoprint printmaking. The monotype portion of the course reveals the “ transfer-mation ” that occurs when a painting is run through a press and primarily addresses the idea of the “painterly print.” The course requires no prior printmaking or painting experience, however, students should have some experience drawing. Additional issues of “the lesser print media” and the conflation of print, painting and drawing will be investigated in the monoprint portion of the course. Students will create a small body of work that reflects an understanding of monotype/monoprint processes and builds a sense of their creative relationship with the media through personal ideas and concepts. J. Chen . 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W60 Venetian Art and Architecture . This course focuses on the art and architecture of the Venetian Empire from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. The class aims to explore a side of Italian early-modern art and architecture that often is presented as an after-thought. It aims to explore what has come to be know as the Myth of Venice. The first week will be spent in Grand Rapids while the last two weeks will be spent in Italy , with a brief excursion into the Adriatic (to stress the fact that Venice was an empire as opposed to simply a city). In addition to the time spent in Venice , we shall visit Ravenna , Padua , and the countryside to see several of Palladio's villas. Evaluation for this course will include extensive readings, one test, one on-site presentation, journal entries, and overall participation. Prerequisites: Art History 102 or Architectural History 102. Fee: $3,253. C. Hanson . Off campus.
CANCELED W62 Folio, Image, Space, Text, and Time: Mixed – Media Artist Bookmaking. This course will introduce the artistry of hand made bookmaking, concentrating on the book as aesthetic object. Physical and conceptual elements of the artist book unfold through time and space. Aesthetic problem solving therefore involves organizing conceptual, visual, physical, kinetic, and chronological transitions to unify the whole. Students will engage in conceptualizing content, three-dimensional construction incorporating movement, integration of image and text as visual phenomena, and harmonizing these elements in the execution of visually effective artist books. The study of hand made books of the past such as illustrated manuscripts and the works of contemporary book artists will introduce students to both traditional and innovative materials as well as a broad range of binding techniques. Students will investigate both high and low technologies of reproducing imagery for the purpose of distribution and marketing. Bookmaking will occur both individually and collaboratively. The majority of class time will be spent in studio activity generating a minimum of six artist books. Teaching methodology in addition to studio work will include illustrated lectures, demonstrations, guest presenters, readings, critiques and field trips. Evaluation is based on successful completion of visually effective artist books integrating both form and content; completion of related studio projects, class participation, and a journal documenting process, ideation and visualization. Course fee: $125 for materials. Prerequisite: Arts 250 or permission of the instructor. A. Greidanus Probes . 10:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CANCELED W63 Letter Text Grid. Contextual and theoretical understanding of design issues that fuel typographic design across a range of media. In this course LETTER introduces the abstractions of neo-classicism that bred a strange progeny of nineteenth-century commercial typography which the twentieth century avant-garde artists explored as a theoretical system. TEXT considers the massing of letters into larger, continuous fields whose grain, color, density and silhouette are endlessly adjusted. Finally the GRID explores the spatial organizations that underlie every typographic system, from Dadaists and Futurists who attacked the rectilinear constraints of metal type to the systematic thinking of Swiss design conventions. The course demonstrates the elasticity of typographic systems which shapes content, gives language a physical body and enables the social flow of messages. Students will be evaluated on the basis of collaborative participation and design of 10 typographic assignments. Prerequisite: ARTS 305. F. Speyers. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
W80 Serigraphy. This course focuses on different approaches to making screen prints, and includes color, image, and content development. Students also discuss the historical aspects of printmaking and the conceptual implications of the multiple. Production includes monochromatic and multicolor printing, and students all participate in a print exchange in order to develop an understanding of serigraphic techniques. Students are evaluated on a portfolio of prints and related drawings. Course fee: $125 includes tools and screen. Prerequisites: Arts 250, Art 153. A. Wolpa . 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W81 Thinking Architectonically. This course is an investigation of certain fundamentals of architectural design, such as Proportion, Symmetry, or Hierarchy. Concise readings on these fundamentals, round-table discussions, and slide presentations will aid students in developing a vocabulary of analysis with which to understand architecture. Selected works which exemplify these fundamentals will be presented in depth. As a response, students will use this vocabulary with drawings to extrapolate critical information and graphically represent in a 2D image, or collage, the organizational elements present in the architectural work. Students will be evaluated on their 2D collages, one 3D collage, a final design problem, and class participation. Fee: $20. Prerequisites: Art 153, Engr 103. S. Fridsma. 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.