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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Fine Arts
Course Number: PGFA 5300
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
These electives will enable students not only to comprehend the complexity of their respective media but also to develop appropriate forms to actualize their ideas in the form of work in an exhibition or installation. Studio options for fall 2015 include the following:

3D/Sculpture: This course will focus on the concepts and practice of making work in 3-D. Unlike a techniques-driven workshop, we will deal with the interdependent relationship between conceptual thinking and the making of sculpture. Ideas will be explored through discussions, concurrent with hands-on practical implementation. Emphasis will be placed on the individual exploration of concepts through experimentation with materials, and different modes of expression. Conversations will focus on the degree to which each work successfully conveys those ideas intended by the student. Class will be conducted both as a group and in one-on-one sessions between each student and the instructor.

Drawing This will be be a studio practice based class with some drawing related field trips and visitors. Emphasis will be on material engagement, and experimentation. We will explore the possibilities of the expansive field of contemporary drawing for representation and process, indexicality and abstraction, engagement with perception and the body, the diagrammatic and the spatial. The course will allow students to reinvestigate perceptual drawing and representation, as well as to use drawing as a space of ideation for large sculptural, time-based, or performative projects, and drawing as an expansive medium in itself. It will allow for immediacy of creative experience and tangibility of thought.

Dissecting the Art Practice This course is practice lead class on a comprehensive investigation of the various processes that structure a body of work, from its generative forces to the fundamental challenges surrounding its making. The objective of providing an example for dissection in a pedagogical environment is that by laying bare the elements of its composition one may gain a better understanding of how the entire ensemble operates. The course is comprised of a series of performative lectures followed by informal seminar discussions. While references for each lecture are provided in advance, ideas are summarized in class to pave the way for discussion. Participants are invited to actively interject throughout the sessions to bring up problems related to their own practice.

All Together Now. Witnessing Another World. This is a practice led course that will provide opportunities to explore how artists address current events, historical moments, and collective memories. The open platform working methods of the anonymous collective Abounaddara (2015 Vera List Center for Art and Politics Prize Winner) will serve as a model for how to explore the urgent issues that affect and disrupt our lives in the present, past and future. These and other artists show how events can be a potent source for work. The objective of this class is to examine works that can productively inform your current studio practice. Participants are invited to present work in progress for discussion/critique to gain a better understanding of how thoughts and experiences can take form and be communicative.

Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in Fine Arts Majors; others by permission of the MFA Fine Arts program.


Open to Graduate students.