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Material Manipulation: Introduction to Fibers (Ages 15-18) S3

This course explores traditional and non-traditional methods of altering, enriching, and manipulating existing fiber-based materials and objects using techniques such as soft-sculpture building, stitching, cutting, dyeing, wrapping, printing, stenciling, paper manipulation, and layering in combination with waxes, 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. Trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, thrift stores, and local galleries/studios, artist presentations, and group critiques supplement the studio experience. Artwork and/or performances that are temporary in nature or that cannot be easily transported will be properly documented through photography and/or video. *NOTE* Students do not need prior experience for this course, but basic hand sewing skills are helpful. Students are encouraged to bring their own digital camera, tablet, and/or laptop for homework/research and after-studio hours projects.

2.0 College Credits
Full Tuition Cost: $3,570
This cost does not reflect any potential Merit Scholarship or need-based financial aid the student may be awarded. Housing is an additional cost of $1,015.

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.

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

Option 2: 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.

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Apply for merit scholarship/need-based financial aid and pay a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit.
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Class meeting time 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM * 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Class meeting days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Building and room SP 1005
Course number 1028
Course instructor Stacia Yeapanis