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Spring 2018

ART 3530 Thinkering

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 12:00–2:00 pm
Instructor: Franklin Flood

ART 3531 Performative Objects

Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00–8:50 pm
Instructor: Erin Ethridge

ART 3532 Figure in Clay

Students will develop sculptural and observational skills while learning how to sculpt the figure in clay. Students will learn about armature building, materials and tools used for this process. This course will follow a step-by-step approach to figure sculpting and will allow students to develop their skills while studying a specific body part at a time and the entire body. Students will work from direct observation using classical plaster casts of anatomical figures, the human skeleton, and then move to the life model.

Tuesday/Thursday, 8:00–10:50 am
Instructor: Andréa Connell

ART 3533 Sustainable Creative Practice

Friday, 9:30 am–12:00 pm
Instructor: James Toub

ART 4040 Seminar in Art History
Art, Nature and Black Mountain College

This course will examine the arts at Black Mountain College within the larger context of modern Euro-American art. Special attention will be given to exploring an environmental history of Black Mountain College and the arts that were practiced there. This course will be a part of the campus wide Black Mountain College Semester and as such will be actively engaged with many of the BMC exhibition, lecture and creative practice opportunities that will be scheduled at ASU throughout the spring semester.

Monday/Wednesday, 2:00–3:15 pm
Instructor: James Toub

ART 4515 Jr/Sr Honors Seminar
Wrack and Ruin: The Aesthetics of Destruction

Humans love to create things for perpetuity, even though we know that all materials are subject to the forces of entropy. Buildings are abandoned, statues crumble, ships sink, tombs are vandalized, and art decays along with everything else. But the ruins themselves can also capture the human imagination, and many of them survive in their altered state as popular destinations and the subjects of postcards, obligatory snapshots, and watercolor sketches sold to tourists. Nineteenth-century painters such as Turner and Church idealized ruined monuments as romantic vestiges of a glorious past. And contemporary photographers engage in “ruin porn” perhaps as a post-human message of a pending dystopian world. This course will explore ruins from a different vantage point from the usual one of cultural heritage: that is, how representations of ruins characterize how we feel about the times and spaces we inhabit.

Monday/Wednesday, 3:30–4:45 pm
Instructor: Sara Rich