This course entails a twofold approach to art and art-making. While we engage the creation of making paper and turning paper into sculpture we will also explore the historical and contemporary role of paper as sculpture. Working with handmade paper, recycled paper, paper pulp from cotton and from newspaper, students will push their creativity to the edge as they explore the relationship between the malleability of paper and the structural needs of a sculpture.
Together, we will explore the following techniques as possible processes to creating sculptures: collage, papermaking, embossing, paper-folding, papier-mâché, paper quilling, paper cutting, paper stamping, and more. While working students will enjoy the insights of other artists past and present that have danced the paper trail to sculpture. Some of the artists explored are Romare Burden, Mark Bradford, Rachel Harrison, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Mira Schendel, Marco Maggi, and others.
At the end of the course you will learn:
• About the lives and creative doings of select professional artists.
• That the power of your thoughts serves as the fuel for your creative self.
• A variety of construction techniques that do not require prior artistic skills or knowledge.
Prerequisites: Students should come with a spirit of curiosity and adventure, and should bring some paper from home - such as a copy of their local newspaper or some junk mail as a personal inclusion in their art making.