Advanced Practice: Sculpture

Parsons School of Design: School of Art, Media, and Tech

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Adv Prac: Material as Metaphor
Fall 2024
Taught By: IV Castellanos
Section: A

CRN: 14563

Credits: 3

Contemporary sculptural practice confronts us in our physical space, and asks us to consider our relationship to and with the material world. In this studio course students will take a deep dive into materials and processes as makers of meaning. Using contemporary materialist theories of scholars Karen Barad, Anne Anlin Cheng, and Elizabeth Grosz, students will examine the cultural, political, ecological, and global implications of materials, while considering the intrinsic qualities and scientific properties embedded in the materials they use. The goal is to gain a deep understanding of the language of materials, and how to shape that language to function literally: as a perfect sentence, but also metaphorically: as poetry. The course probes beyond the familiar meaning of wood, plaster, metal, and clay, and asks students how these materials might function figuratively, abstractly, symbolically, and conceptually. What can materials do in the world and how can artists activate them? The class will be introduced to processes in the wood, metal, and wet shops 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 through manipulations. Our emphasis will be on experimentation, not perfection.

Open to: All university graduate and upper-level undergraduate students; some seats reserved for MFA and BFA Fine Arts Students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 5:16am EDT 6/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 9:00am - 2:40pm
Building: Parsons East 25 E13th
Room: 502
Date Range: 8/29/2024 - 12/12/2024