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Ceramics, Fiber, and Sculpture Courses - Summer

Ceramics, Fiber, and Sculpture Courses - Summer

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CE 309 Anagama Kiln Firing 3 credits Sarah Barnes $1790

Section A Meets 5/20/2015 to 6/19/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This course is a unique opportunity for students to fire in an Anagama - a traditional, Japanese style, wood burning kiln. In the first half of the class, held in MICAs ceramics studio, students create the unfinished forms that are best fired in the Anagama kiln atmosphere. In class work is supplemented by slide lectures and demonstrations. Unfired pieces are packed and readied for transport to the kiln. In the second half of the class, students reside in scenic Pennsylvania to begin the five day firing cycle. Hands on work allows students to participate in each stage of the firing process, including cutting and stacking six cords of wood. Pieces cool for one week. Students then return to the kiln to unload and and critique the finished work. Prerequisites: Ceramics experience is required. Note: Materials, kiln fees, wood, transportation to the kiln in Pennsylvania, cabin rental (located a short distance from the kiln in Lake Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown, PA) and food during the week of the firing are included in the price of the class. The final class is a requirement. This date, in which students return to Pennsylvania, will be determined in class. No class on May 25.
FB 316 Growing and Using Natural Fibers and Dyes 3 credits Louise Wheatley $1590

Section A Meets 5/19/2015 to 6/10/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This course explores the growing, harvesting, processing and uses of natural dyes and fibers. Students will learn the basics of planting cotton, flax and indigo from seed, and forage for dog's bane and local dye plants. A variety of raw fibers will be twined into cordage, used for dyeing and spun into thread, then used to weave small four selvedge tapestries. The class will meet off-campus at the instructor's garden and studio in Joppa. Prerequisite: FB 200 or instructor's permission.
IS 285 Metal Fab/Foundry Proc. 3 credits Peter Karis $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/30/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.
Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/30/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

The emphasis of this course is to introduce students to various metal working processes and materials. In this course students will develop technical metal working skills exploring steel fabrication, welding, and foundry procedures including casting aluminum and bronze. Students will begin working with microcrystalline wax and learn the lost wax ceramic shell investment casting process. It is expected that through mastery and the application of these processes as a means to an end, students will combine formal and conceptual subject matter to articulate their own artistic direction. Advanced Metal Fabrication and Foundry Procedures is an expansion upon the knowledge and techniques learned in Metal Fabrication and Foundry Procedures I. Students become an integral part of the studio and are expected to work toward developing a more cohesive body of work through more specific investigation and research. Prerequisite: IS 200 (Introduction to Sculpture)