2017 Summer Continuing Education Catalog

The following studio art courses and workshops are available this summer through SMFA’s Studio Art Summer Session at Tufts.

All classes will be held at our 230 Fenway campus.

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SMFA Summer Studio Art Courses

 
SMFA Summer Intensives and Workshops


SMFA Studio Art courses can be taken for credit or audited.
Intensives and workshops are fewer hours and not for credit classes.

Indulge the creative urge and sign up for a studio art course this summer!
 


 

SMFA Studio Art - Summer 2017 Catalog

Ceramics

Ceramics: Handbuilding and Construction
Joseph Moccia
Mon/Wed 6:00pm-10:15pm
July 5-August 9
CER 0018 C1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Clay, a tactile material with an amazing range of possibilities, can be used to create functional, decorative and sculptural ceramics. In this course, you will explore a variety of construction techniques including wheel-throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing methods such as raku and gas firing. Demonstrations and slide presentations will provide technical instruction and creative inspiration. All techniques are open to personal interpretation. This course is intended for beginners.
This course has a materials fee of $120.

Wheel Throwing Workshop: Intensive
Ji Eun Kim
Mon/Tue/Wed 9:00am-4:00pm
July 10-July 19
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $800

Prepare to get your hands dirty in this fun, intensive workshop. We will start by learning the basics of creating a simple vessel and move on to more refined techniques that push the limitations of this versatile media. Through demonstrations and hands-on learning, we will cover the use of low and high fired clay and surface decorations. You will be provided with an opportunity to explore a variety of wheel-throwing techniques and glazing methods. This course is designed for beginner to intermediate throwers.
This course has a materials fee of $120.


Drawing

Expressive Figure Drawing
Mara Metcalf
Mon/Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
June 12-June 28
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Would you like to take a new approach to your figure drawings? Are you curious about combining wet and dry media? Have you wanted to experiment with figure sources and to explore the human form? Are you hoping to create images that communicate your point of view as well reflecting the spirit of your subject?
In this drawing course you will be encouraged to observe the human form in ways that go beyond perception. How you play with these is up to you. In class you’ll be introduced to specific drawing methods and a variety of materials on paper while exploring the human form as your subject. Exploration of traditional observation skills such as proportion, scale, line and shading, will merge with invention and distortion. The course will allow you to focus on ways of working with pen and ink, watercolor or acrylic as you envision the body. As an important expressive tool, using color will be covered. A life model is available for in class reference and you will experiment with photo and collage sources as well.
We’ll study the figurative work of contemporary artists to learn about new ways of expressing your ideas and developing personal images of the human form. As you attempt to translate what you see, feel and think into meaningful marks, you will be encouraged to develop your own visual language and creative process.

This course is suitable for beginning students who want to learn to express figures using different media as well as more experienced students who are learning to use figures as a way to find and make meaning.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.
This course has a materials fee of $50.


In the Mix: Combining Drawing and Painting
Patrick Carter
Tue/Thu 6:00pm-10:15pm
May 25-June 29
DRW 0090S1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Explore the various possibilities that arise when you combine drawing and painting. You will work from a foundation of traditional drawing and painting methods and introduce several new approaches to help expand your options and range. You may choose to work exclusively with one medium or experiment with a variety of materials. While one medium may be suitable most of the time, in some instances it may be appropriate to introduce other media in order to create new possibilities (such as paint or color within the drawing, drawing in the painting, gouache within the ink wash or collage in the painting). The objective of the course is to create a supportive atmosphere in which you will acquire a sound foundation for drawing and painting and discover a natural and personal direction. We will use the nude model as our point of departure and explore other personal subjects for individuals.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.
This course has a materials fee of $50.

Mixed Media Exploration: Drawing from Nature
Ethan Haynes
Mon/Wed 6:00pm-10:30pm
May 24-June 28
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

This course takes an adventurous, hands-on approach to mixed media drawing while exploring the ways in which our ancient ancestors viewed animals, nature, spirit, and consciousness itself. We will investigate the outlooks and artistic conceptions of varied ancient and pre-industrial peoples, while attempting to transcend our contemporary milieu and create from a more primal and honest place. Myth, metaphor, symbolism and ritual will all come into play, as we react to various conceptual ideas, learn from the breakthroughs of those around us, and transform the studio space into an environment of pure freedom and creativity. Students will be encouraged to experiment with various types of tools, media and surfaces, including common materials such as inks, charcoal, pastels, as well as uncommon items such as quills, reeds, natural pigments, burned wood, and more. There will be demonstrations of materials and techniques, as well as group discussion and one-on-one assistance. Weather permitting, we will occasionally utilize the outdoors as a source of inspiration, materials, motivating objects, and as a temporary drawing environment. Students at all levels of skill and experience are welcome.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.

Drawing Workshop: Beyond Observation
Kevin Dacey
Sat/Sun 9:00am-6:00pm
July 22-July 23
DRW 0004 N1
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $400

The class begins with drawing from observation, looking to establish your interests and ideas. With forays into the city, local parks, and architectural sites, you will begin to develop a visual language of texture and pattern that will inform the works you will create in the studio. We conclude the weekend with studio time unpacking and utilizing your ideas. We will explore shifts in size and format as well as technique. The goal is a new perspective on your own work and appreciation for exploration through the practice of drawing.

In the Mix: Combining Drawing and Painting Intensive
Patrick Carter
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
June 12-June 16
DRW 0090 N1
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $800

Explore the various possibilities that arise when you combine drawing and painting. You will work from a foundation of traditional drawing and painting methods and introduce several new approaches to help expand your options and range. You may choose to work exclusively with one medium or experiment with a variety of materials. While one medium may be suitable most of the time, in some instances it may be appropriate to introduce other media in order to create new possibilities (such as paint or color within the drawing, drawing in the painting, gouache within the ink wash or collage in the painting). The objective of the workshop is to create a supportive atmosphere in which you will acquire a sound foundation for drawing and painting and discover a natural and personal direction. We will use the nude model as our point of departure and explore other personal subjects for individuals.
This course has a materials fee of $50.

Introduction to Drawing: Intensive
Ria Brodell
Sat 9:00am-4:00pm
June 3-June 17
DRW 0015 N1
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $400

This course is designed to improve your powers of perception, expose you to a wide range of techniques and methods of drawing and to help you find your personal voice in the medium. We will investigate a variety of problems and possibilities in drawing through the exploration of a wide range of processes, materials and techniques. Issues of mark-making, process, control, and accident will be emphasized. We will experiment with the expressive potential of line, tone and mood to explore a variety of graphic techniques. A goal of this intensive will be for you to develop foundational skills as well as personal styles in drawing. We also will investigate line, shape, shading, value, scale, structure, space, composition and perspective while working from still lives, interiors, landscapes and objects from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
This course has a materials fee of $50.


Graphic Arts

Children's Book Illustration: Beginning to Intermediate
Ilse Plume
Mon/Wed 6:00-10:30pm
May 24-June 28
GRA 0004 C1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Jump into the wonderful world of picture books this summer! As a kid you probably spent happy times with Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, Dr. De Soto, and Where the Wild Things Are. Now it's time for YOU to take the plunge, and become author and illustrator! This course offers students the opportunity to create a book "dummy" or mock-up, with text and illustrations. (The text can be either from your own original stories, or from public domain sources.) Assignments will start with creating beginning sketches and text for the book dummy, to small vignettes, and later to full-page and double-spread illustrations. We'll examine the types of children's books in the marketplace, and become familiar with current demands of editors and publishers. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those developing their current skills. www.ilseplume.com
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.

The Art of Collage
Ilse Plume
Sat 9:00am-1:00pm
June 3-June 24
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $400

Picasso, Braque and Matisse launched the art of collage into the mainstream of Art in Paris. But even before that, the earliest collage samples were created by twelfth-century Japanese calligraphers who glued paper and fabric and created textured surfaces as a background for their poems.

Using materials such as photos, magazines, newspapers, wallpaper, fabric, paint, etc. students will create new images.

Topics will include the history of collage, and exploration of collage (the pasting or gluing of paper onto a surface), découpage (cut paper collage), décollage (subtracting materials), mixed media collage (using paint or a combination of media with collage), photomontage (a collage using cut and ripped photos) as well as assemblage (a combination of three dimensional objects glued to a surface)...and other fun and exciting techniques.

This art form is like a kaleidoscope of images, where every turn offers new and surprising results. You can be creative, free, intuitive, original, and spontaneous. The possibility of change exists at every turn. No other medium gives such a wide variety of exciting possibilities. All levels are welcome!


Graphic Design

Beginning Graphic Design
Sofie Hodara
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 1:00pm-6:45pm
June 12-June 22
GRA 0002 C1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

This intensive course explores the potential of graphic design. We will focus on the creation of a concept to amplify content while also developing sensitivity to the relationships between typography and image, symbolism, language and text. Throughout the course, emphasis will shift from idea generation and design theory to technical skills. Lectures on creativity, design and color theory, graphic design and letterform history and typography are a regular part of the course. The course will focus on the harmonization of all elements of design with a conscious understanding of the intention with which elements are chosen, organized and created. The course accommodates beginners and more advanced students who are building a portfolio.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.

Design Generation with Photoshop and Illustrator
Alexa Thayer
Mon/Tue/Wed 9:00am-12:45pm
June 5-June 28
GRA 0017 C1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

This course begins with basic Adobe Photoshop techniques such as selecting objects, copying and pasting, color correction, photo retouching, montage and collage. Students will then incorporate more advanced features using layers, masks, paths, colorizing and duo tones. The basics of scanning reflective art, negatives, slides and video capture will help you gain an understanding of resolution and output options. The second half of the course will focus on Adobe Illustrator as a high-level graphics application used by designers. You will learn basic Illustrator skills such as drawing, type, layers, masks, painting and gradients and then you will apply these basic techniques to design issues related to logo and type design with the integration of Illustrator and Photoshop.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.

Graphic Design Fundamentals
Kevin Dacey
Mon/Wed 6:00pm-10:15pm
July 5-August 9
GRA 0012 C1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

This class will provide a foundational approach to the study and practice of 2D Design. Over the duration of the semester you can expect to learn ways of articulating your ideas in a variety of formats. Your ideas will be backed up by iterations that will help you define and identify areas of strength and potential. You will gain the ability to describe and discuss the finer points of the work you create and evaluate. At the conclusion of the semester, you will be able realize your ideas in forms that demonstrate an understanding of design terms and practices. Using an expansive approach to simple materials, you will gain a solid foundation in the Fundamentals of Art and Design.

Intermediate Graphic Design
Joanne Breiner
Mon/Wed/Fri 6:00pm-9:00pm
May 24-June 30
GRA 0063 C1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

This course is for anyone who has taken Beginning Graphic Design or a similar course, or has previous design experience.

The goal of the course is to continue to develop the student’s digital graphic design skills by completing real world assignments, which may include a logo and collateral program, standards manual, magazine layout, book cover design, product graphic design, etc. Students will gain experience presenting their work, participating in critiques and learning how to articulate and defend their ideas and decisions.
The class will also cover some of the history of design such as the Bauhaus and highlight biographies of important designers who have had a lasting impact on the profession of design. We will view films, presentations and talks to enrich the learning experience.

This class seeks to help design students further refine their style and problem solving abilities by completing typical design problems while preparing for a career as a design professional.
At the end of class, students will have 3-4 projects suitable to include in their design portfolio.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.

Introduction to Typography
Charles Gibbons
Tue/Thu 1:00pm-5:15pm
May 25-June 29
GRA 0003 C1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Typography is a field of graphic design used to give shape to the written word. This introductory course explores strategies for organizing letters, words, paragraphs, pages, and beyond to visually communicate an idea and aims to develop your creative processes in new and powerful ways. Course topics include the anatomy of letterforms, type history and classification systems, type selection and pairing, legibility and readability, and the expressive qualities of type. The course features discussions and critiques, lectures, and demonstrations, as well as hands-on problem-solving exercises and assignments. While this isn’t a software-based course, Macintosh computers and Adobe InDesign are used frequently. The course is open to beginning and intermediate graphic designers or individuals developing their professional skills in visual communications.

This course is not eligible for high school students to take.

Visualizing Information
Charles Gibbons
Tue/Thu 6:00pm-10:15pm
May 25-June 29
GRA 0064 C1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Our lives are full of facts we need to sift through in order to make sense of the world. Which T line gets me to South Station? Where do my taxes really go? Will it rain on my cookout? How do I set up my smart phone? Sometimes a simple explanation suffices, but frequently we need to draw connections between seemingly unrelated items, events, people, processes, conditions, etc. This course is devoted to exploring some of the ways a picture really can be worth a thousand words. The course breaks into two major sections. The first explores the principles that shape good information design; the second focuses on putting those principles to work. Throughout, we’ll emphasize three hallmarks of excellence in information graphics: clarity, precision, and efficiency. Expressing this trio through our creativity will allow us to create designs that share, and deepen our understanding of the world around us.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.

A Brief History of Design in Culture
Kevin Dacey
Sat/Sun 9:00am-6:00pm
July 8-July 9
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $400

What are the historical precedents, motivations, and technical developments that influence your own designs? As a designer, your understanding of this history is an important foundation in manipulating the impact and complexity of the directions you take with your own work.

Humanity has always searched for methods to express meaning outside of the spoken language, and that exploration has guided us toward a practice of manipulating form and space to appeal and inspire. Design, History and Culture will investigate the progression of concepts behind the artistic and cultural shifts that have propelled us towards a contemporary language of design.

The class will examine the global undercurrent of design history, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Chinese woodblock prints, American broadsides, and European influences such as the Bauhaus. The course will use the historically significant art of the poster as a guide—one of the few practices through which we can trace the dynamic and shifting progression of typography, printmaking, and photography as they are manipulated by formal concepts of design.

This class will give you the strong historical point of view that is needed to analyze, understand, and utilize the components of effective graphic design.

Adobe Illustrator in a Day
Kevin Dacey
Sat 9:00am-6:00pm
June 3-June 3
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $200

A comprehensive run through the potential of Adobe Illustrator. The class will take you through many of the tools and effects, and brief demonstrations will allow you to visualize new directions for your own projects. The class will bring in contextualizing topics such as color theory and the history of design imagery. This class will be primarily lecture based, with short sections for hands-on experimenting. The goal is to create an interest in the software and its potential to enhance your own working process and ideas.

Design a Book with Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator
Alexa Thayer
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
May 24-June 1
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $800

The class’s objective is to be able to utilize three Adobe applications: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to create and design a book that will be printed at the end of class. We will learn the basic tools in each program to achieve this goal. In Photoshop we will look at layers, color correction, layers, masks, paths, colorizing and duo-tones, learn the basics of scanning reflective art, negatives, and slides and gain a good understanding of resolution. In Illustrator, a vector program, we will learn basic skills such as drawing, type, layers, masks, painting and gradients. We will then take images we have worked with in Photoshop and Illustrator and lay them out in InDesign and carefully consider the book’s layout.

Design Fundamentals Workshop
Kevin Dacey
Sat/Sun 9:00am-6:00pm
July 15-July 16
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $400

This workshop will provide a foundational approach to the study and practice of 2D Design. Over the duration of the semester you can expect to learn ways of articulating your ideas in a variety of formats. Your ideas will be backed up by iterations that will help define and identify areas of strength and potential. You will gain the ability to describe and discuss the finer points of the work you create and evaluate. At the conclusion of the semester, you will be able realize your ideas in forms that demonstrate an understanding of design terms and practices. Using an expansive approach to simple materials, you will gain a solid foundation in the Fundamentals of Art and Design.

Designing for Web and Print: Partnership with Student Journalists at Blackstone Community Center on Mass Incarceration
Sofie Hodara
Sat/Sun 9:00am-4:00pm
June 17-June 25
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $600

In this immersive course and rare opportunity, students will work closely with youth enrolled in the Digital Journalism curriculum at the Blackstone Community Center (Boston, MA) to create a publication
highlighting issues of mass incarceration, criminalization and violence. The Digital Journalism curriculum
was developed by Rashin Fahandej as a facet of In-Sight, her Boston Air Residency project in affiliation
with the Mayor’s Office of Art and Culture, Boston Center for Youth and Family, MIT Open Doc Lab,
Emmanuel College, and Villa Victoria Center for the Art. The Publication Design class will highlight the goals of In-Sight: to create social and policy changes through mobilizing community members and amplifying platforms for marginalized voices.

The course will meet at both Blackstone Community Center and the Mac Lab at SMFA. All students will
participate equally in the creation of a hard-copy and digital publication, from defining the target audience and itemizing project goals, to designing and producing the publication using Adobe Creative Cloud. All students will complete the course with a printed and digital deliverable, as well as documentation of their process. Lectures and reading will investigate the communicative power of word and image, the history of publishing, the relationship between designing for printed and analog publications, and strategies for working with clients.


Media Arts

Animation and Motion Graphics: Intensive
Stephen St. Francis Decky
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
July 10-July 14
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $800

Animation + Motion Graphics is an intensive workshop that delves into and integrates traditional and digital animation. Along with hand-drawn and stop-motion tutorials using DragonFrame Animation software, we will study basic and advanced methods of animation in applications including After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Unity, among others. Camera operation and composition will also be covered, as well as lighting, compositing, and advanced editing techniques.

Along with lessons and in-class assignments (culminating in a Final Project), we will be screening work by an array of Animators, Video Artists, and Filmmakers, including Allison Schulnik, Run Wrake, Floyd Norman, and Rachel Maclean.

Experience is not essential and all students are invited to take the course.
 

Creating Video as Art
Stephen St. Francis Decky
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
July 17-July 21
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $800

This course is designed as an intensive workshop for creating, editing, and rendering Video as an art form. From working with a variety of cameras and applications to complex methods of green-screen compositing and motion graphics, students will be exposed to a variety of editing and effects programs, and will learn to use them both individually and collectively as creative digital tools.
Along with lessons and in-class assignments (culminating in a Final Project), we will be screening work by an array of Video Artists, Filmmakers and Animators, including Katje Loher, Kalup Linzy, Ryan Trecartin, and Rachel Maclean.

Experience is not essential and all students are invited to take the course.


Metals

Lost Wax Casting
Tanya Crane
Mon/Wed 9:00am-4:00pm
July 17-August 9
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Are you interested in making multiples, using large torches, and metal? Well, this course is for you! Lost wax casting is an ancient form of creating a small sculptural object in wax, making a mold of it and then melting that away and shooting molten metal into the void. It’s exciting, it’s dramatic, and it’s a way to make a large number of jewelry components or small sculptures very quickly. These small components can then be linked together to create beautiful wearable pieces of art. In this course you will learn to carve wax, make molds, and cast metal.

This course is not eligible for high school students to take.
This course has a materials fee of $50.

Small Scale Forging
April Franklin
Mon/Wed 6:00pm-10:15pm
July 5-August 9
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Forging is the process of shaping metal using heat and hammering the metal usually on an anvil, but sometimes into specialized iron forms called swages or stakes until it takes the intended shape. This class will use a series of object-based projects to give students the vocabulary of forging and the ability to directly manipulate metal with fire and hammer. Students will gain an historical understanding of metals used for forging through four hands-on projects. We will begin honing skills by forging copper bracelets, then on to forging bronze fibulas, before moving into making some fundamental steel tools. The course will conclude with forging silver spoons.
This course has a materials fee of $120.

Introduction to Enameling
Tanya Crane
Sat/Sun 9:00am-5:30pm
July 8-July 16
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $800

Enameling is a process of permanently fusing powdered glass onto metal by kiln firing or torch firing. Enameling provides the possibility of introducing matte or brilliant color and painting techniques into metal works. This course offers an opportunity for students to discover the possibilities of adding color to their work, or to simply expand their metals and jewelry skills into new realms. In this introductory workshop, you will learn contemporary ways to apply and utilize enamel for small sculptural and jewelry applications. Basic knowledge of metal working is helpful, but not required.
This course has a materials fee of $50.

Sculpting Small Metal Relieves: Chasing and Repousse
Linda Priest
Fri/Sat/Sun 9:00am-4:00pm
July 28-July 30
MTL 0052 N1
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $400

Sculpting metal itself is a wonderful way to create relieves. A technique called chasing and repousse where you work both sides of the metal will allow you to sculpt small-scale pieces that can be worn. The course is an exploration of what can be made by simple embossing, pushing and stretching non-ferrous metals. Interesting textures, abstract forms, geometric shapes and realistic imagery can be developed - even things with very fine detail can be achieved.

This is a direct process with only a hammer, finely shaped chasing tools and pitch bowl used to form exciting wearable works of art. The feeling of the metal changes when it is worked - not only does it have more visual interest, but it carries a part of its sculptor in it.
This course has a materials fee of $120.


Photography

Contemporary Photography: 1960 to the Present
Vincent Martin
Mon/Wed 1:00pm-5:15pm
July 5-August 9
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

This course will teach students how to use photography as a creative tool to engage complex ideas and subject matter. Students will learn how to develop their ideas into long term photographic projects through understanding historical models of image making. Topics discussed in this course will include: image and text relationships, image content, image context, sequencing and editing images. Class time will be divided between lectures, demonstrations, and discussions.

Focus: This class is for students who have some basic knowledge about photography and are interested in developing their critical skills as well as their technical skills. This class will focus on trends in photography from 1960 to the present; students will be asked to make images in response to the artists and ideas presented in class. Class will culminate with each student presenting one long term project which will be completed over several weeks.

Digital Photography: Beyond the Basics
Dan O'Connor
Mon/Wed 9:00am-1:30pm
May 24-June 28
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

This course will address basic and advanced photographic techniques using a digital SLR camera. We will orchestrate choreographed photo sessions in the studio and demonstrate location lighting for projects in the field. We will use digital post-production to control and further develop the image content. We will also learn techniques that manipulate photographs, sometimes challenging our very notions of what a photograph is and can be.

Introduction to Analog Photography
Vincent Martin
Mon/Wed 6:00pm-10:15pm
July 5-August 9
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

This is a hands-on course that will introduce students to analog photography. Students will learn how to make pinhole cameras, use 35mm SLR film cameras, process film, and create black and white prints in the darkroom. This course will emphasize techniques that will allow students to use analog cameras and printing methods as a creative tool. Class time will be divided into demonstrations and supervised darkroom sessions.

Focus: This class does not require that a student has any experience with photography or using a traditional darkroom. During this course students will develop their understanding of how a camera works and how to use the darkroom. There will be weekly demonstrations and assignments to teach students the necessary techniques to produce quality negatives and prints. Students will be expected to make one long term project which will be presented to class on the final day.

Introduction to Digital Photography
Vincent Martin
Tue/Thu 6:00pm-10:15pm
July 6-August 10
PHT 0030 C1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

One challenge in digital photography today is to manage the rapidly developing technology and still remain creative in your art and image making. Through discussion, demonstration and hands-on practice, you will learn to operate digital cameras and to use them as precise tools for image capture. Discussions will include the camera, equipment options available to digital photographers, and how to establish a digital workflow. As you develop technical and aesthetic skills, you will explore shooting techniques, composition and framing plus the basics of light control. Other topics may include image management, using camera RAW, adjustment and editing in Photoshop and printing digital images. Whether your interest is in fine art or simply in making the move from film to digital photography, this course will provide a solid foundation.

Course Goals, Objective, and Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this course, students will have a broad technical understanding of how to make an excellent photograph with a digital SLR camera. Students will have the necessary skills to continue to work independently and/or proceed to advanced level photography classes if they choose to do so.


Painting

Acrylic Painting/Introduction to Painting Continued
Ria Brodell
Mon/Wed 6:00pm-10:30pm
May 24-June 28
PAI 0016S1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Painting. Students work more independently and explore advanced painting techniques and issues. We investigate work by contemporary artists and explore what it means to be a painter in the 21st century, influenced by global art history, as well as photography and digital media. Personal commitment, vision, and curiosity are the driving forces behind the work produced in the class. Emphasis is on developing one's own tastes and sensibilities as an artist. Individual and group critiques are conducted throughout the semester. A variety of levels are welcome. All are challenged with attaining a higher degree of proficiency and moving closer to their artistic goals.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.
This course has a materials fee of $50.

Color Theory: A Weekend Painting Workshop
Gerri Rachins
Sat/Sun 9:00am-6:00pm
June 3-June 4
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $400

This color painting weekend workshop is open to any student who has previously taken a color theory course. Students will expand upon their prior knowledge of the fundamental properties of color, pigment mixing and the dynamics of color interaction by putting theory into practice. A very bold and colorful studio installation set up will be used as observational source material for students to create numerous studies and one long painting each day. Concentration will be on using color as a structure to create a representational and/or an abstract two-dimensional illusion of a three-dimensional space. Acrylic and/or oil paints may be used during each session. Group and individual critiques will be included. A brief summary of color theory fundamentals will be offered on the first day of the workshop.
This course has a materials fee of $50.

Painting Through a Chinese Lens
Sue Yang
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 6:00pm-10:00pm
June 5-June 15
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $800

Western artists such as Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and Ross Bleckner, have employed elements of Chinese calligraphy in their work. Traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting have many applications in contemporary art practices. These disciplines connect varied art forms by building unique skills and by helping to develop focus, balance, composition and mark-making vocabularies. Through demonstrations and individual instruction, new students will learn several Chinese calligraphy words and study specific Chinese painting themes, i.e. “4 Gentlemen” including bamboo, orchid, plum blossom and chrysanthemum. You will create contemporary artwork with these techniques. For returning and/or advanced students with prior experience in Chinese painting, you will learn Chinese landscape and have the opportunity to refine the skills of the “4 Gentlemen.” As with new students, you will create contemporary artwork with these techniques. Throughout this course, all students will apply traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy to your own contemporary art practices.

Quick and Loose: An Oil Painting a Day
Laura Fischman
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 9:00am-1:00pm
June 5-June 9
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $600

Do your oil paintings often feel stiff and overworked? Have they lost their sense of energy and gesture? In this workshop, we will work from a different still life setup each day, focusing on capturing the color and shape of objects while still maintaining fresh and descriptive brushstrokes. Attention will be given to accurate color mixing, various paint application techniques, and to developing a clear sense of light. This class will help you develop daily painting habits that can easily be continued outside of the workshop. Best suited to students who have some prior oil painting experience, but all levels are welcome.


Print & Paper

Introduction to Intaglio and Etching
Dustin Markel
Tue/Thu 9:00am-3:00pm
July 11-August 8
PRT 0070S1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Intaglio printing means printing ink from the incised marks in a plate or matrix. Etching means that acid is used to corrode these marks into the plate. This is a course for beginning students seeking thorough exposure to intaglio printmaking, both etched and not, and for intermediate/advanced students who wish to explore the medium in greater depth. In addition to etching basics (hard ground, soft ground, and aquatint), we will give special attention to a broad array of intaglio applications: found objects, collagraph approaches, alternative plates (non-etched), collage, and monoprint techniques.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.
This course has a materials fee of $120.

Introduction to Woodcut/Monoprint
Emily Reinauer
Mon/Wed 9:00am-3:00pm
July 10-August 7
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

This class is for students who are interested in exploring the expressive potential of the woodcut/relief print. The simplicity of woodcut facilitates direct, intuitive involvement, and allows for great flexibility in scale and individual approach; this may range from developing stark, powerful images in black-and-white to building rich, textural, and painterly images in color. The emphasis of this class will be on the development of individual vision and approach to the medium. We will cover basic technical information on various woods for printmaking, linoleum and plastic blocks, inks, tools and tool maintenance, paper, printing both with and without a press, color, and options for multiā€block and reduction prints. Additional techniques will be introduced according to the ongoing needs and direction of the class related to monoprinting, and experimentation with color.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.
This course has a materials fee of $120.

Introduction to Hand Papermaking
Andrew Shirley
Sat/Sun 9:00am-6:00pm
July 8-July 9
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $400

This course is designed for students who have never worked with handmade paper, as well as those students who would like to increase their knowledge about hand papermaking. The basics of both Eastern and Western sheetforming will be taught. Students will make both thin, Japanese-style papers as well as thick, Western-style sheets. Various processes will be covered, from cooking and beating plant material to beating pulp ‘half stuff’ and recycling paper scraps. Students will also explore pigmenting fiber and learn about ways to make their own papermaking equipment, access suppliers and set up their own basic papermaking studios.
This course has a materials fee of $120.

Screenprinting A to Z: Intensive
Rina Ito and Jeremy Endo
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
June 5-June 9
PRT 0038S1
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $1,000

Students will acquaint themselves with a wide range of screenprinting approaches using hand-drawn, photographic, and digital stencil techniques. We will emphasize the use of the computer as a means to filter and manipulate images in order to create color separations for screenprinting. Through the discussion of the history of print media, production and popular culture, we will conceptually explore a variety of approaches and formats for translating our ideas through screenprinting—while thinking about the role of "multiples". Experimentation and an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking are encouraged.
This course has a materials fee of $120.


Sculpture

Creations in Metal: Build your own Cabinet of Curiosity
Jennaca Davies
Tue/Thu 9:00am-4:00pm
July 6-August 1
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Cabinets of curiosity first appeared in the homes of wealthy and often royal individuals in Renaissance Europe and were collections of unusual or intriguing objects. Also known as wunderkammer, German for wonder chamber, these curiosities were carefully organized arrangements of objects chosen to be grouped together in a special cabinet or space. Often these compositions were a combination of natural materials, rare specimens, scientific objects, or something considered strange or grotesque. This course will begin with design research, lectures, and metalsmithing fabrication techniques that will allow students of all levels to make their own curious objects. A visit to the Arnold Arboretum, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and located in nearby Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, will serve as our starting point for ideas and investigation. Students will be asked to create their own handmade group of objects of desire and intrigue working within their own individually curated theme. Consideration of materials, design composition, and how to display your collection for presentation will be encouraged. What would you make to put in your own cabinet of curiosity?
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.
This course has a materials fee of $50.

Digital Techniques: Laser-Cut Jewelry
Jennaca Davies
Tue/Thu 9:00am-4:00pm
May 30-June 22
2 credits (0.5 Tufts credits)
Tuition: Tufts Summer Session rates apply.

Throughout history, ornament has served to convey meaning as well as offer decoration to objects. Using ornamentation as a starting point, this class explores laser cutting and 3D printing techniques to create sculptural objects and jewelry with contemporary decorative elements. Assignments will be given that help students learn to create 2D and 3D drawings using Rhino, a powerful computer graphics and 3D modeling program. Design ideas will then be laser cut from a variety of materials or 3D printed in plastic or a resin that can be cast in metal at a local casting company. Students will be encouraged to identify sources of inspiration and historical reference for their work, explore materials, and ways of translating from models to finished pieces. Computer technology will allow for new experiments in ornament and help to create detail that would be difficult, if not impossible, to create entirely by hand. This course is open to students of all levels and disciplines.
This course is not eligible for high school students to take.
This course has a materials fee of $50.

Wood Construction for Artists
April Franklin
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
June 26-June 30
This course is a non-credit workshop.
Tuition: $800

This course provides you with the knowledge and confidence to add new materials to your current portfolio. We will start with the basic process of making your own stretcher bars both by cutting down 2” x 4” and by using lap joints in dimensional hardwood. We will explore fasteners for different types of materials and hanging devices for installation needs. We will cover wall construction, both wood and steel stud, and how to work with drywall. Progressing on we will construct a small shelving unit to complete the class. An understanding of the tools available and how to use them can add a new dimension to your work. Students will emerge with a solid understanding of all the tools in the woodshop. This class will fulfill the safety class requirement to use the woodshop.
This course has a materials fee of $120.