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Online: Material Manipulation: Introduction to Fibers (Ages 15-18)

This course explores traditional and non-traditional methods of altering, enriching, and manipulating existing materials and objects; using techniques such as soft-sculpture building, stitching, cutting, dyeing, wrapping, printing, stenciling, paper manipulation, and layering in combination with adhesives, and collage. Projects may range from fabric sculptures to embellished clothing to altered objects to layered reliefs and beyond. Emphasis is placed on surface treatment and experimentation while also considering conceptual concerns to create portfolio-quality works. Looking to artists such as Nick Cave, Tara Donovan, Anna Betbeze, Isa Genzken, Carlos 'Dzine' Rolan, and Samantha Bittman, students learn to make artwork through appropriation and object/paper manipulation as well as an introduction to soft sculpture techniques. Virtual trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, artist presentations, and group critiques supplement the studio experience. *NOTE* Students do not need prior experience for this course, but basic hand sewing skills are helpful.

Interested in learning more about this course? Check out a feature article in the SAIC Magazine that describes class activities and shows student work samples

1.0 College Credit
Full Tuition Cost: $1,740
This cost does not reflect any potential Merit Scholarship or need-based financial aid the student may be awarded.



There are two registration options for this course. Call us at 312.629.6170 or email if you have any questions! We’re happy to help.

Option 1: Apply for aid/scholarships and pay a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit.
Select this option if you would like to apply for merit scholarship and/or need-based financial aid. You will be prompted to answer follow up questions on the next few screens, and pay the $100 non-refundable tuition deposit at checkout. Once you have been notified of your potential award amounts, you will be required to pay your remaining balance online by our payment deadline.

Option 2: Pay in full now.
Select this option if you do not wish to apply for aid or scholarships and are ready to pay in full now for tuition. You will be prompted to answer follow up questions on the next few screens, and pay the full cost of tuition at checkout. The full cost of the program tuition includes a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit.


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Class meeting time 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Class meeting days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Building and room Online
Course number 1026
Course instructor Cathy Hsiao