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Online: Material Manipulation

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 Gezken, 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.


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.


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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 1043
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