Interdisciplinary Projects

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: November 2 – December 7 (6 classes)Anne Eder
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description:

Boundaries between mediums and disciplines have become less distinct and more permeable as image makers increasingly turn to sculpture and installation as vehicles for self-expression, and those making three-dimensional work incorporate imagery. This class is a forum for experimentation with contemporary art methods of photography, mixed media sculpture, and installation. The focus will be on the pragmatic aspects of creating interdisciplinary work such as drafting

proposals, making schedules, prioritizing tasks, selecting materials, and problem solving for site-specific locations, as well as employing a fluid workflow between two and three dimensions. For those who choose to participate there is an exhibition opportunity at the end of the course. This may be a physical exhibition, likely outdoors or an online gallery depending on the coronavirus situation.

With your registration, you will receive access to a Harvard Google Classroom which will feature recordings of each class. In the case you miss a class or would like to review, these recordings will be available for 30 days after the end of the course.

Course Objectives:

  • Gaining familiarity with contemporary artists working across disciplines and the variety of work being produced.
  • Sourcing opportunities.
  • Creating a proposal for a project inclusive of materials, budgets, and time schedules.
  • Utilizing research tactics of a practical nature; this might include investigating types of adhesives, differences between clay types and project-appropriate choices, how to build structures that are well-crafted and substantial, installing speakers or lights, etc.
  • Completion of at least one project. Students may work individually or in collaboration. They may orient their project to exhibit with the group at the end of the course, or simply work toward personal goals. A physical exhibition may take place outdoors, or online depending on the situation with coronavirus.

The class will meet one evening a week for 6 weeks and will use an online Google classroom as our hub between class meetings. During this time, we will take a project from proposal through execution. Interdisciplinary projects require meticulous planning, and this class is designed to help with that. The advantage of doing this in a group is that we can tap into the skill sets of others, gaining knowledge from others in the class who will bring to it their own fields of expertise.

Suggested Materials List:

This will vary depending on the mediums of your choice. While the instructor may assist students in sourcing materials, students will need to procure them on their own.

Optional Material:

Clay

CLAY PURCHASING:

We have available for pick-up:

25 lbs. Amherst Brown Stoneware – Cone 10 $25.00
25 lbs. Amherst White Stoneware – Cone 10 $25.00
25 lbs. Amherst T1 Sculpture Clay – Cone 10 $25.00

25 lbs. Amherst Porcelain – Cone 10 $35.00
25 lbs. Standard Terra Cotta 103 (without grog) – Cone 04 $35.00

10 lbs. Plaster – $10.00
1 Gallon Slip Cast Cone 6 Porcelain Clay - $12.00

If you would like to buy clay from the Harvard Ceramics Studio, please email Ji Eun Kim directly at jikim@fas.harvard.edu.

You may also consider ordering from a local supplier (Sheffield Pottery, Amherst Pottery Supply or Portland Pottery) but you will need to provide documentation of the clay body and firing range.

GLAZING AND FIRING SERVICES:

Registered local students are welcome to drop off, fire and glaze your ceramic work through the Harvard Ceramics program. We charge .03 cents per cubic inch for all firings (bisque and glaze). We offer electric kiln (Cone 06 for bisque, 6 for glaze), high fire reduction and soda vapor firings (Cone 10). Specialty firing temperatures can be arranged. At the end of each session, you will be invoiced for the cost of your firings.

Course Fees: Free for Harvard College Undergraduate Students, $300 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard Employees and Adult Community.

  • Adult Community: General Public; Harvard alumni, fellows, Harvard Extension School students, and faculty/staff who are not TAP-eligible; students from universities other than Harvard
  • Harvard Employees eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): TAP regular (employees worked less than 15 years) and TAP long service (employees who worked 15 or more years at Harvard). We will not be able to accept TAP for Fall 2020.
  • Harvard College Undergraduate Students: Currently enrolled students at Harvard College. This does not include Harvard Extension School Undergraduate Students. You must register with your Harvard email – we can arrange for an alternative email to be used for class after registration is complete.
  • Harvard Graduate Students: Currently enrolled students in a Harvard University Graduate Program. This does not include Harvard Extension School Graduate Students or Harvard University Doctoral Candidates.

Register Here

For questions regarding course content, policies or materials, please contact Director, Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu.

For questions regarding registration, please contact Administrative Coordinator, Ji-Eun Kim at jikim@fas.harvard.edu.


Location: Zoom