Sculptural Ceramics and the Art of Mexico

Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 quarters

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This will be an interdisciplinary ceramic sculpture and art history program that will explore the dynamic artistic traditions of Mexico from ancient times to the present.  We will take a thematic approach to our historical studies, exploring Mesoamerican art and spirituality, colonial artistic traditions, Day of the Dead belief and rituals, the Virgin of Guadalupe and the on-going contribution of women to the culture, the post-revolutionary mural and printmaking traditions, and Chicano culture.  Moving from theory to practice we will work to deepen our understanding of the ideas we have discussed in seminar through an intense ceramic studio practice.  Fall quarter, we will focus on drawing and sculpting the human figure/skeleton; developing our sense of the human form, working on abstraction, and creating a Day of the Dead sculpture/altar. Winter quarter we will continue to use the handbuilding skills learned in fall to create a Tree of Life sculpture and a ceramic tile mural.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

teaching, visual arts, museum studies

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: 5:30-9p Tue/Thu; 12-4p Sat  

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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

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Required Fees

$40 for art supplies: clay, paint, paper, ceramic and drawing tools

Registration Information

Credits: 12 (Fall); 12 (Winter)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 32


Course Reference Number

So - Sr (12 credits): 10004

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Accepting New Students

Course Reference Number

So - Sr (12 credits): 20005

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