ART 471 IS A COURSE WHICH IS REPEATED UP TO THREE TIMES FOR CREDIT. AS A RESULT, THE COURSE ROTATES THROUGH A SERIES OF PROJECTS AND TECHNIQUES each semester SO THAT STUDENTS ARE NOT REPEATING MATERIAL. THE FOLLOWING ARE IMAGES FROM art 471, COVERING A VARIETY OF ASSIGNMENTS as well as work from INDEPENDENT study students.
ALEC HAD AN AMBITIOUS GOAL AND PROPOSED THIS WORK AS HIS INDEPENDENT STUDY PROPOSAl. HE WORKED ON THIS SCULPTURE OVER THE COURSE OF TWO SEMESTERS ALONG WITH HIS IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS. GLASS CASTING HAD NOT BEEN TAUGHT in the 471 course SINCE HE ENTERED THE PROGRAM so HE WORKED WITH ME outside of class TO LEARN THE PROCESSES NEEDED TO CREATE THIS WORK.
for the 471 course in the fall of 2016 i gave the students a series of assignments based around the concept of 'masks'. the students researched and reported on historical masks from various cultures around the world, contemporary artists who are using the CONCEPT of masks or costuming in their work, and finally at the role technology can play in interpreting the concept of masking in our world. they were given a series of assignments that INCORPORATED their research into these areas culminating in a self-directed final project.
this final project by martina maya callen was an excellent example of a student who really grasped the concepts i was trying to teach this semester.
note: students are strongly encouraged to think creatively about how best to fulfill assignments. While this is a glass course, as part of the fine arts CURRICULUM at salisbury university i emphasize that the best way to COMMUNICATE an idea is not to be limited to a single material or way of working. as a result, this video was submitted as her final mask project.
BFA Spring 2017
Chris and Rachel were two of the first students to enter the program as I came to Salisbury university. they both exemplify the cross DISCIPLINARY and concept driven approach that i take to this material, and which is the cornerstone of my teaching PHILOSOPHY.
This assignment was designed to teach students about the use of multiples and how to make and use simple 2 part plaster silica blow molds as part of a larger series of assignments on alternative blowing techniques
for a semester devoted to professional development, students were given a "call for Entry" where they had to design a work of public art for a stairwell in fulton hall at salisbury university.
Students were required to create a series of designs, a final renderings and lastly, a scale model of their proposal. the designs were then judged by the dean of the fulton school in a blind review.
once the winning proposal was chosen the students then to shift from COMPETITORS to collaborators and work together to create and install the project.
it was important to me that students learn how to think CREATIVELY in a real world situation and How to put together a compelling and professional PRESENTATION of THEIR ideas. My ultimate goal however was that students learn how to fail and then, critically, how to get over it.
grades can feel arbitrary to students and upon leaving college they rarely encounter that form of evaluation. with this assignment i was looking for a way to connect students to the real challenges they will face as artists, which includes working really hard on something that gets rejected. Being able to pick themselves up after that kind of experience and to do so in a supportive educational ENVIRONMENT was an IMMENSELY valuable experience for all the students in this class.
Images on Glass
for this series of assignments i collaborated with jessica cross, salisbury UNIVERSITY'S printmaking professor, where we combined my art 471 students with her screen printing class. the student's work culminated in a series of projects that combined multiple screen printed images layered on sheets of glass then fused together.
one of the things I am most proud of as an educator is when students feel the safety and freedom to create work that is deeply personal. I have had students make work about their own struggles with serious drug addictions, body image issues, mental health challenges and abuse.
This work was done early during my time at Salisbury UNIVERSITY. as part of our sand casting project. this student created a work that dealt with sexual abuse that happened to them as a child. at the student's request I am keeping their identity private.
Body Modification Project
Students were required to do a series of projects around the concept of body modification using glass as a wearable material which either ENHANCED or IMPEDED the wearer in some way.
Cole bridges, as a native marylander, decided his body would be greatly improved by having a crab claw.
Hanna Muller took a more PHILOSOPHICAL approach to the assignment. before 'vr headsets' for your phone were available COMMERCIALLY, she created her own wearable headset, but with a catch. The screen on the left would display positive or peaceful images, while the screen on the right would display jarring or disturbing images. The body part she was attempting to modify was her brain.
Hot Sculpting/ blowing
While the program at Salisbury University focuses on the use of glass for artistic expression, i believe it is important that students have a strong technical foundation in a variety of processes.
To that end, part of the 471 CURRICULUM rotation includes advanced blowing and hot-sculpting techniques.