PGFA

5310

Advanced Practice

Parsons School of Design: Fine Arts

Non-Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Adv Prac: Material as Metaphor

Fall 2021

Taught By: H. Lan Thao Lam

Section: A

CRN: 11929

Credits: 3

This course explores the meaning of material for artists. Its goal is to gain a deep understanding of the language of materials, and hence how to fashion that language to function not merely literally, but also metaphorically; that is, figuratively, abstractly, symbolically, and conceptually. The course probes beyond the familiar meaning of wood, plaster, metal, and clay, and asks what such materials can do in the world and how artists can activate them. In the hands of artists, the term “material” denotes not simply inert matter, but substances that are always subject to change, whether through handling, environmental interaction, or the dynamic life of their chemical reactions. Materials are the vehicle for ideas, emotions, and concepts. They point to processes of production and are the basis for continuous transformation. The class will introduce processes in the wood, metal, and wet shop not only as the means for fabrication, but also as opportunities for hands-on exploration and in particular how each artist can learn to cultivate a distinctive approach to materials. Students will gain an appreciation for materials in their particularity, whether organic or synthetic, and will learn how to exploit their specific charge to express ideas such as connectivity, labor, tension, memory or pain.

Open to: All University graduate students. Some seats have been reserved for MFA in Fine Arts students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Fine Arts (PGFA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:37pm 6/16/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 9:00am - 2:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 9/2/2021 - 12/16/2021

Advanced Practice: Painting

Summer 2021

Taught By: Shoshana Dentz

Section: A

CRN: 2646

Credits: 3

Unexpected things often happen when you keep looking at things for a long time, all the more so now that such looking is increasingly rare. “Seeing,” as Paul Valery wrote, “is forgetting the name of the thing one sees.” This studio class explores the technical and philosophical problems involved in transcribing this long, hard looking onto a two-dimensional plane. Students will determine their own subjects and set-ups for challenging, direct and up-close observation from “life.” These intense meditations on a portion of the phenomenal world will become trajectories for individual projects in painting or drawing. Our conversations will consider the value of a practice based on a sustained and serial visual encounter with subjects from “life.” To paint the same vessels over and over, as did Giorgio Morandi, or to articulate every infinite detail of a tumbleweed, as does Ellen Atlfest, is simply (or not simply) to make paintings about painting. It is not a grand subject-matter, rather the ardent attention to life that glorifies these works.

Open to: All university graduate degree students. Some seats have been reserved for MFA Fine Arts students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Fine Arts (PGFA)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: June 11, 2021 (Friday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 23, 2021 (Friday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:40pm 6/16/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 2:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 6/11/2021 - 7/30/2021