Turning Objects into Narratives


  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI, 49453

SCULPT 656 001, 1 week, 1 credit hour, Lab Fee $50

For this course students will employ intuition and narrative as modes for creating a body of designed objects using mediums such as wood, plaster, and found objects. Through the study of artists and international designers alike including Chakaia Booker, Stephen Burks, Theaster Gates, and Alison Wade, students will consider how sculptural objects function, and facilitate conversation, and storytelling. Visiting local thrift stores, lumber yards, and sustainable outlets students will scavenge, find, and plunder materials. In class discussion and material gathering will be offset by shop demonstrations and construction methods. Sketches and small-scaled prototypes will lead up to the final presentations of both individual and collective projects.


Hutch, locally sourced ash wood, 60” x 34” x 24”, 2016

Hutch, locally sourced ash wood, 60” x 34” x 24”, 2016

Norman Teague is a Chicago based designer and educator who focuses on design projects and pedagogy that address the complexity of urbanism and the history of communities. Specializing in custom furniture delivering a personal touch for each client that adds unique aesthetic. Teague's past projects have included consumer products, fashion, public sculpture, performances, installations work, and specially designed retail spaces. He works mainly with common, locally-sourced building materials and found objects, working with local fabricators to create objects and spaces that explore simplicity, honesty and cleverness. In 2012, Teague worked with Theaster Gates on 12 Ballads for Huguenot House dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, which enabled material transfer from a south side neighborhood to an abandoned building in Kassel. Additionally, he has served as lead craftsman and co-founder of the Design Apprenticeship Program at the University of Chicago's Arts Incubator and his partnered with Leaders1354, The Silver Room, The Exchange Cafe, Redmoon Theater and The Art Institute of Chicago. Teague holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago, and an MFA in Designed Objects from SAIC.