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How Do We Make Now? Prompts, Proposals, Provocations

Times of instability can present difficulties for artists and designers; they can also present opportunities for new ways of thinking and making. This short format course challenges students to each develop a creative response to one prompt a day, every day, for a period of two weeks. These prompts are intended to spur small, bold creative moves - ones that might be repeated, developed, or discarded. All will be discussed. The goal is not necessarily to create elaborate, refined projects, but to allow yourself to trial approaches you might not normally consider - and to learn from failures, as well as successes. Weekly presentations will introduce a number of tactics used by artists and designers to find the generative potential in restriction or uncertainty, and to work through creative block. New prompts will be shared for the coming week, and the class will come together for discussion. Exchange and shared learning will also be available outside of weekly Zoom sessions - students are encouraged to share work via the Canvas virtual learning platform at any time. Expect to step away from this class with new work, new ideas, and new approaches to making during challenging times.
Note: This online course will combine live sessions weekly on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Canvas learning management system and Zoom video conferencing platform will be used to access course content and communicate with the instructor and peers.

AIC member and SAIC alumni discounts are not available.

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Class meeting time 10-11:30 a.m. CDT
Class meeting days Sunday
Building and room Online
Course number 1572
Course instructor Frances Emma Lightbound