Art & Design Summer School (for credit)

Summer 2020 features all online courses

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Alfred University's New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) School of Art and Design


ART 200 – Topics: Constructing Culture
Hiram Cray
May 18 – August 7, 2020

This course examines the relationship between Art practice and culture through discussion, research and presentation. Students will be led through a contemporary approach on sourcing and vetting information/materials in order to develop a presentation. Students will review various contemporary ideas that revolve around science, media, technology, art, the social sciences, and respond to them on a weekly basis. These responses become the catalyst to build the topic of their presentation.

ART 293 – The Business of Art: Professional Practices
Caitlin Brown
May 18 – August 7, 2020

This is a lecture-based study that explores the practical applications of the business of art including presentation, documentation and career planning specific to studio art. This course covers professional practices in the fine art world as appropriate to emerging artists by providing a foundation of practical information to assist undergraduate and graduate studio majors in building a successful career.

ART 294 – Art Force 5: Social Justice Research, Design, Outreach
Dan Napolitano
May 18 – August 7, 2020
This course will research and design community-based art, with each semester focusing on a different historical theme. Past themes have included suffragist movement, the Harlem Hellfighters, Harlem Renaissance. Students research assigned individuals and design one community outreach project to serve an identified community.

ART 391-01 -Topics: Introduction to Glazes
Matt Katz
June 29 – August 7, 2020

This course is an intensive, lecture-based online study into the science behind ceramic glazes. We explore the root nature of ceramic glazes from the perspective of the studio artist.

ART 391-02 -Topics: Introduction to Clays
Matt Katz
July 1 – August 9, 2020

This course is an intensive, lecture-based, online study into the science behind the properties of raw clays and their integration into formulation and fabrication processes. We explore the basic composition of clay types and their applications from the perspective of the maker.

ART 391-03 – Topics: Photographic Amusements
Whitney Hubbs
May 18 – June 5, 2020

This course will explore trick photography techniques and practices through lectures and photographic exercises. Using digital tools (digital cameras and software) we will simulate analog techniques. Some (but not all) amusements will be: mirror tricks, statuette portraits, spirit photography, silhouettes, multiple exposures, composite photography, shadow portraits, scale shifts, moonlight in daylight. The majority of each exercise will be in two parts, so that students can practice and understand how to build on their image(s) to make better images. In the end, we will make pictures that are interesting, weird, and maybe even a bit funny.

ART 399- Topics: Glaze Effect & Color
Matt Katz
July 1 – August 9, 2020

This course examines the nature and properties of materials that create special effects and color in glazes, with an intensive approach to the study and analysis of glazes. When taught as on online hybrid in a Fall or Spring semester, the course combines online instruction with a required on-campus laboratory component (ART 399L). There is no on-campus lab component when taught as an online course in Allen Term or Summer Term. May be repeated one time for credit (a total of 8 credit hours).

ARTH 126 – Buddhist Arts of Asia
Meghen Jones
June 29 – August 7, 2020

This course is an exploration of Buddhist iconography and ritual revealed in art and monuments from South, Southeast, and East Asia. The focus is on the generation of meaning through sculpture, painting, and architecture.

ARTH 300/500 – Materiality in Experimental Film and Video Art
James Hansen
May 18 – June 26, 2020

This course traces the material nature of experimental film and video art from the 1960s to the present. Students will learn to analyze moving image art and confront each medium’s social, political, and ethical stakes through an embrace of materialism.

ARTH 351/551 – In, Of, and Around Contemporary Craft
Mary McInnes
May 18 – June 26, 2020

This course will investigate the nature and place of craft in modern and contemporary culture. We will traverse a century of craft-based practices in the West—from the artisan guilds of the Arts and Crafts Movement to the virtual guilds of today—focusing on recent strategies and practices.  We will we venture into post-war African, Asian and American Indian productions. This course is a mix of lectures, field trips, discussions, presentations, and studio visits.

ARTH 352/552 Contemporary Projects in Art
Mary McInnes
June 29 – August 7, 2020

This course will investigate critical issues in the contemporary art world in a global, cultural context. We will root these recent projects in the shifting terrain of the 1960s and 70s when postmodernism and postcolonialism emerged. This course is a mix of lectures, field trips, discussions, presentations, and studio visits.