Art Practices: Exploring the Role of the Object


Spring 2015 quarter

Taught by

ceramic art, sculpture, visual studies
ceramics, visual arts


Students entering the program with an interest in painting must have a solid background in representational drawing. 

This studio arts program examines the role of the object in art history and contemporary artistic practice. Students will have the option to work either in painting or in ceramic sculpture and to combine 2- and 3-D approaches in their individual creative projects. Our thematic focus will be on the object, the “still life.”  Our objects reflect and represent us; they embody our tastes, values, hopes, and identities. Through lectures, readings and seminars, we will examine how humans have historically used inanimate objects to present religious, allegorical, personal and political ideas. And through our own creative projects we will explore what role the object plays in contemporary art and the relationship between image and object.  

Students entering the program with an interest in painting must have a solid background in representational drawing. Students will have the opportunity to develop technical skills in the use of acrylics and oils and to learn about the history of painting. Each student in the program will create a series of creative works an individual theme related to the object over the course of the quarter. This program is designed for students who have a strong work ethic and self-discipline and who are willing to work long hours in the studio on campus in company with their fellow students.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

visual arts, arts education, art history, and arts management.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Required Fees

$80 for admission to museums, bulk purchase of canvas, paper, stretcher materials and ceramics supplies.


Date Revision
May 6th, 2014 New opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 50


Course Reference Number

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 30254

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