Sean Erwin Ceramic Workshop

September 18, 2018

8:30am-3:30pm. Location: Sampson building room B01.

FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

Virtue by the 1/2 gallon oil on white earthenware. Sean Erwin

In this fast-paced, one-day workshop, Sean Erwin will cover the diverse technical and aesthetic approaches, which he uses to create his unique works in clay. Throughout the workshop, Erwin will discuss various aesthetic and conceptual considerations, including: composition, form, design, imagery, scale, metaphor, humor and narrative.  The workshop will consist of a series of demonstrations that will include: handbuilding, plaster mold-making, slip-casting, press-molding, surface treatment, detailing, post-firing fabrication and more.  Participants will gain detailed insight to the specific processes Erwin uses as well as how to overlap and combine these various sculptural techniques.   As an artist that employs a variety of materials and methods, the workshop is designed to encourage participants to think about the vast and alternative approaches to clay.  Participants will leave with an understanding of how to create, assemble, and design ceramic works using a variety of skills, techniques, and concepts.

Alumni Focus: Sean Erwin

September 19, 2018

Lecture open to public 7-8pm. Location: 25L DuPont Ball Library

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VALUES DAY workshop with Anni Holms  

September 25, 2018  from 2-3:15pm. FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

“Jana – Germany (from Immigration Project)”, Archival Inkjet Print, 2003, 57″ X 43″ Anni Holm

This is a workshop conducted by artist, Anni Holm. By setting up a temporary art studio space at the Hand Art Center, Anni will work with students, staff and members of the general public to explore what it means to speak more than one language. Participants will take part in a basic survey, that collects information about which languages they speak, which languages they would like their own kids to speak and which colors they associate with these languages. Following, survey participants will be invited to create a unique rug using their individualized language color schemes. Once complete, the rugs will be displayed in the Carlton Union Building for the remainder of the exhibition. Participants will be able to claim their rug to keep upon conclusion of the exhibit.

This project provides participants the opportunity to reflect about the different languages spoken in their household/community. The survey will provide a platform to initiate a discussion of language and cultural similarities and differences. During the rug making workshops, there will be rich opportunity to continue these conversations about language, culture and art and further learn about how they affect a community. 



Faculty Focus: Grace Ramsey Lecture

November 7th, 2018

Lecture open to public, 7-8pm. Location 25L DuPont Ball Library

Lovely, Dark and Deep oil on canvas 36″ x 36″ 2017