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Beginning Glassblowing—1 Week Long, 1st Week

GLASS 601 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jerry Catania
$150 Studio & Lab Fee

This course offers hands-on glassblowing experience to the beginner. Participants learn a variety of techniques for manipulating molten “hot glass” into vessel or sculptural forms. Lectures, videos, demonstrations, and critiques will augment studio instruction.

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Beginning Glassblowing—2 Weeks Long

GLASS 630 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Jerry Catania
$300 Studio & Lab Fee

This course offers hands-on glassblowing experience to the beginner. Participants learn a variety of techniques for manipulating molten “hot glass” into vessel or sculptural forms. Lectures, videos, demonstrations, and critiques will augment studio instruction.

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Book Structures

PAPER 603 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Alex Chitty
$100 Studio & Lab Fee

A book is an intimate object that can be alluring and surprising. A book structure brings together bookbinding techniques, ideas, and form. As we contemplate our ideas we will investigate several bookbinding structures and how to use various tools, adhesives, cloth and create unusual papers. Students will also learn how to paper back cloth and manipulate difficult paper, as well as several binding techniques, including pamphlet, Japanese stab, accordion, and coptic.

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Faking It: Invented Environments for Painting

PAINTING 637 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Richard Hull

In this course, students build their own landscape tableaus in the studio using materials found in the Ox-Bow environs. Students then paint these scenes. The objective of the course is for students to create more dynamic abstract or representational paintings by controlling the subject matter and inspecting how choices are made from a painting’s initial stages. Other subject matter sources include papier-mâché heads (for portraiture), non-representational sculptures and invented environments.

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Independent Study, Graduate/Undergraduate Projects

MFA 6009 003 / UGDIV 4000 1 or 3 credit hours
Instructor: Michael Andrews

1-week sessions throughout the summer for 1 credit hour
2-week sessions throughout the summer for 3 credit hours

Available throughout the summer, (except July 13 – 26), Independent Study is designed for those prepared to pursue their own projects. The beauty of Ox-Bow's natural setting encourages outdoor work. Individual guidance and group critiques are provided by visiting advisors, faculty-in-residence, and visiting artists. Requirements and objectives are determined according to an individual student's needs. Students will be provided a 10' x 10' studio space and a table or easel as needed.

* Independent Study is for credit only and available only to currently enrolled BFA and MFA candidates. Enrollment in independent study for either one or two-week sessions must be approved at the time of registration by Ox-Bow's program staff and are contingent on space availability. There is only one independent study student per week. Please contact the registrar for more information.

*Graduate courses taken for credit are subject to SAIC Graduate tuition rates.

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Papermaking Studio

PAPER 604 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Andrea Peterson
$150 Studio & Lab Fee

Paper as an art medium is exciting and elusive. Paper pulp can be transformed into sculptural works, drawings with pulp and unusual surface textures. It can allude to skin, metal, rock or something quite totally different. Explore all of these possibilities. Stretch your artistic and technical skills to create unusual works of art.

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The Object in Context

CER 631 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Marie Hermann Anders Ruhwald
$150 Studio & Lab Fee

This course will focus on ceramic object making. The word “object” has been specifically chosen, as it is neutral to the divide between the utilitarian tool and the sculptural form. In this class we will view these categories as a continuum to see how these ideas may inform one another. Central to this will be a discussion of how objects relate to each other and the possible sites in which they exists such as home, gallery, or landscape. Each session will have presentations, discussions, technical demonstrations, and critiques integrated into a focused, process-based studio experience.

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Beginning Glassblowing—1 Week Long, 2nd Week

GLASS 601 002 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jerry Catania
$150 Studio & Lab Fee

This course offers hands-on glassblowing experience to the beginner. Participants learn a variety of techniques for manipulating molten “hot glass” into vessel or sculptural forms. Lectures, videos, demonstrations, and critiques will augment studio instruction.

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Independent Study, Graduate/Undergraduate Projects

MFA 6009 003 / UGDIV 4000 1 or 3 credit hours
Instructor: Michael Andrews

1-week sessions throughout the summer for 1 credit hour
2-week sessions throughout the summer for 3 credit hours

Available throughout the summer, (except July 13 – 26), Independent Study is designed for those prepared to pursue their own projects. The beauty of Ox-Bow's natural setting encourages outdoor work. Individual guidance and group critiques are provided by visiting advisors, faculty-in-residence, and visiting artists. Requirements and objectives are determined according to an individual student's needs. Students will be provided a 10' x 10' studio space and a table or easel as needed.

* Independent Study is for credit only and available only to currently enrolled BFA and MFA candidates. Enrollment in independent study for either one or two-week sessions must be approved at the time of registration by Ox-Bow's program staff and are contingent on space availability. There is only one independent study student per week. Please contact the registrar for more information.

*Graduate courses taken for credit are subject to SAIC Graduate tuition rates.

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Design and Conquer

GLASS 637 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Pablo Soto
$150 Studio & Lab Fee

This fast-paced course is designed to expand the advanced student’s individual sculptural vocabulary and to help solve common design problems. Students focus on bubble set-ups, finding center, and drastic transitions in form in an effort to move beyond neoclassical shapes. Students primarily work in clear glass and consider patterning techniques like cane and encalmo. Numerous group and individual technical demonstrations are given in order to broaden the spectrum of possible shapes. Through experimentation, tests, and other exercises, students move beyond old habits and discover new ways of working in the hot shop.

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Etching—1 Week Long, 1st Week

PRINT 601 001 1 Credit credit hours
Instructor: Thomas Lucas Andrew Winship
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

Students will be introduced to various methods used in making intaglio prints. Demonstrated techniques will include etching, drypoint, and engraving, as well as a variety of experimental approaches to plate making and printing. Discussion and critique of work will be included with equal emphasis on technique and concept.

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Etching—2 Weeks Long

PRINT 608 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Thomas Lucas Andrew Winship
$100 Studio & Lab Fee

Students will be introduced to various methods used in making intaglio prints. Demonstrated techniques will include etching, drypoint, and engraving, as well as a variety of experimental approaches to plate making and printing. Discussion and critique of work will be included with equal emphasis on technique and concept.

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Independent Study, Graduate/Undergraduate Projects

MFA 6009 003 / UGDIV 4000 1 or 3 credit hours
Instructor: Michael Andrews

1-week sessions throughout the summer for 1 credit hour
2-week sessions throughout the summer for 3 credit hours

Available throughout the summer, (except July 13 – 26), Independent Study is designed for those prepared to pursue their own projects. The beauty of Ox-Bow's natural setting encourages outdoor work. Individual guidance and group critiques are provided by visiting advisors, faculty-in-residence, and visiting artists. Requirements and objectives are determined according to an individual student's needs. Students will be provided a 10' x 10' studio space and a table or easel as needed.

*Graduate courses taken for credit are subject to SAIC Graduate tuition rates.

* Independent Study is for credit only and available only to currently enrolled BFA and MFA candidates. Enrollment in independent study for either one or two-week sessions must be approved at the time of registration by Ox-Bow's program staff and are contingent on space availability. There is only one independent study student per week. Please contact the registrar for more information.

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Made in the Dark

PHOTO 604 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Aspen Mays
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

This course draws inspiration from summer sunshine in order to dig deeper into photography's most basic juxtaposition of light and dark. All levels of photography are welcome, as we explore a variety of foundational discoveries related to the camera's invention as well as making several devices of our own. These include: making a two week photographic exposure of the sun at the near peak of its yearly arc using home-made cameras; making a camera obscura that can be worn on your head as well as one that you can sit inside; and making stereoscopic images. Several night-time projects are realized using a sound-triggered flash kit among other techniques. The course emphasizes experimentation with materials at hand and is augmented with discussion on how these inventions have changed the way we see the world.

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Multi-Level Painting and Drawing

PAINTNG 605 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Claire Ashley Phil Hanson

This course for beginning to advanced students will include extensive experimentation with materials and techniques through individual painting problems. Students will pursue various interests in figure, landscape, abstract, imaginary, and still-life painting and drawing. Students may choose to work with oil-based media. Demonstrations and critiques are included.

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Independent Study, Graduate/Undergraduate Projects

MFA 6009 003 / UGDIV 4000 1 or 3 credit hours
Instructor: Michael Andrews

1-week sessions throughout the summer for 1 credit hour
2-week sessions throughout the summer for 3 credit hours

Available throughout the summer, Independent Study is designed for those prepared to pursue their own projects. The beauty of Ox-Bow's natural setting encourages outdoor work. Individual guidance and group critiques are provided by visiting advisors, faculty-in-residence, and visiting artists. Requirements and objectives are determined according to an individual student's needs. Students will be provided a 10' x 10' studio space and a table or easel as needed.

*Graduate courses taken for credit are subject to SAIC Graduate tuition rates.

* Independent Study is for credit only and available only to currently enrolled BFA and MFA candidates. Enrollment in independent study for either one or two-week sessions must be approved at the time of registration by Ox-Bow's program staff and are contingent on space availability. There is only one independent study student per week. Please contact the registrar for more information.

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The Zen of Bowls and Cane

GLASS 622 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Kait Rhoads
$150 Studio & Lab Fee

Students will experiment with the process of 14th century Venetian cane-making, using colored glass to create complex and detailed patterns. The class will focus on the making cane and murrine as well as explain the use of various colored glasses and how they react to one another. Students will learn both traditional and non-traditional techniques of incorporating the cane made during class into their blown glass. Basic Glassblowing skills required.

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Animal Behavior

LIBSCI 3523 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Dianne Jedlicka

This course will incorporate field observations in the natural environment surrounding Saugatuck, Michigan into the study of animal behavior. Students will formulate and test hypotheses through the acquisition of data in the field. Topics covered include: classical learning and instinct, reproductive behaviors, and interactions between and within species. 

NOTE: SAIC Students must have already taken English 1001 & 1005 in order to enroll in this course. Note: LIBSCI 3521: Animal Behavior is a separate course and may be taken for credit in addition to this one.

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Free Clay

CER 624 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Michael Bizon Christian Tedeschi
$150 Studio & Lab Fee

In this class we will make sculptures using basic clay manipulating techniques (slabs, coiling, pinching, carving, etc...) as well as a variety of alternative approaches (paper-clay, unfired clay, combustible supports) and proceed to experiment and discover our own alternative approaches. You will be encouraged to consider it in relation to other materials, both through incorporating alternative materials into clay bodies, as well as by challenging (or exploiting) conventional forms, practices, and the perceived boundaries of clay as a material. This class is intended to move beyond traditional technical instruction, and open up the dialogue on how we can use clay to convey and expand new meanings generally expressed with more conventional sculptural tools. This course will be open to beginning as well as advanced ceramic students; it will consist of demonstrations, critiques, slide presentations, and mostly, personal hands-on work. We will look at work from celebrated ceramicists like Cal Funk and Ken Price and artists like Johan Tahon and Salto Alto, to the sculpture of more historic artists like Matisse, Lucio Fontana, Niki de St. Phalle and contemporary makers like Vincent Fecteau, Rachel Harrison, Charles Long, Mark Manders, and Rebecca Warren.

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Image and Word—1 Week Long, 1st Week

PRINT 619 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Bridget Elmer Jessica Peterson
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

Students will examine several woodcut, hand printing, typesetting and letterpress techniques. The class will explore the relationship between text, image, and the contemporary usage of traditional printing processes. Students will also study sample woodcut and letterpress prints to aid and encourage their their own designs, images, and compositions. Studio projects may include the creation and editioning of broadsides, prints and pamphlets.

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Image and Word—2 Weeks Long

PRINT 616 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Bridget Elmer Jessica Peterson
$100 Studio & Lab Fee

Students will examine several woodcut, hand printing, typesetting and letterpress techniques. The class will explore the relationship between text, image, and the contemporary usage of traditional printing processes. Students will also study sample woodcut and letterpress prints to aid and encourage their their own designs, images, and compositions. Studio projects may include the creation and editioning of broadsides, prints and pamphlets.

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Independent Study, Graduate/Undergraduate Projects

MFA 6009 003 / UGDIV 4000 1 or 3 credit hours
Instructor: Michael Andrews

1-week sessions throughout the summer for 1 credit hour
2-week sessions throughout the summer for 3 credit hours

Available throughout the summer, (except July 13 – 26), Independent Study is designed for those prepared to pursue their own projects. The beauty of Ox-Bow's natural setting encourages outdoor work. Individual guidance and group critiques are provided by visiting advisors, faculty-in-residence, and visiting artists. Requirements and objectives are determined according to an individual student's needs. Students will be provided a 10' x 10' studio space and a table or easel as needed.

*Graduate courses taken for credit are subject to SAIC Graduate tuition rates.

* Independent Study is for credit only and available only to currently enrolled BFA and MFA candidates. Enrollment in independent study for either one or two-week sessions
must be approved at the time of registration by Ox-Bow's program staff and are contingent on space availability. There is only one independent study student per week. Please contact the registrar for more information.

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Landscape Narratives: Large Format

DRAWING 609 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jered Sprecher

From the sublime to the technological, contemporary artists are reinventing the landscape genre and examining it's relevance. This multi-level studio course provides students an opportunity to explore individual perceptions of the natural world in light of current landscape narratives. Students focus on drawing methods as the basis of their explorations, but both drawing and painting materials may be used. Readings and discussions on issues pertinent to the landscape as subject, critiques, and slide presentations supplement the course curriculum.

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Multilevel Glassblowing—1 Week Long, 1st Week

GLASS 602 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jerry Catania
$150 Studio & Lab Fee

A hands-on studio workshop for those with some glassblowing experience. Students will learn a variety of techniques for manipulating molten “hot glass” into vessel or sculptural forms. Lectures, demonstrations, videos, and critiques will augment studio instruction.

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Multilevel Glassblowing—2 Weeks Long

GLASS 631 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Jerry Catania
$300 Studio & Lab Fee

A hands-on studio workshop for those with some glassblowing experience. Students will learn a variety of techniques for manipulating molten “hot glass” into vessel or sculptural forms. Lectures, demonstrations, videos, and critiques will augment studio instruction.

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Shooting Landscapes

FVNMA 606 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: James Benning Bruce Jenkins
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

One of the earliest forms of filmmaking focused on exploration of landscapes, cityscapes, and (of course) trains arriving in stations. In this course students will work with filmmaker James Benning as they visit and film several different landscapes in the Ox-Bow area. Emphasis will be placed on careful observation and capturing the unique essence of each place. A parallel track examines the rich history of this form through readings, screenings, and discussions with film scholar Bruce Jenkins. The class will meet with Benning during the days and view classic landscape films with Jenkins in the evenings. Each student is required to complete one landscape film or video work.

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Independent Study, Graduate/Undergraduate Projects

MFA 6009 003 / UGDIV 4000 1 or 3 Credits credit hours
Instructor: Michael Andrews

1-week sessions throughout the summer for 1 credit hour
2-week sessions throughout the summer for 3 credit hours

Available throughout the summer, (except July 13 – 26), Independent Study is designed for those prepared to pursue their own projects. The beauty of Ox-Bow's natural setting encourages outdoor work. Individual guidance and group critiques are provided by visiting advisors, faculty-in-residence, and visiting artists. Requirements and objectives are determined according to an individual student's needs. Students will be provided a 10' x 10' studio space and a table or easel as needed.

*Graduate courses taken for credit are subject to SAIC Graduate tuition rates.

* Independent Study is for credit only and available only to currently enrolled BFA and MFA candidates. Enrollment in independent study for either one or two-week sessions
must be approved at the time of registration by Ox-Bow's program staff and are contingent on space availability. There is only one independent study student per week. Please contact the registrar for more information.

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Multilevel Glassblowing—1 Week Long, 2nd Week

GLASS 602 002 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jerry Catania
$150 Studio & Lab Fee

A hands-on studio workshop for those with some glassblowing experience. Students will learn a variety of techniques for manipulating molten “hot glass” into vessel or sculptural forms. Lectures, demonstrations, videos, and critiques will augment studio instruction.

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Pre-College Program: Landscape Drawing

DRAWING 407 001 1 (for credit only) credit hours
Instructor: Olivia Petrides E.W. Ross

Drawing upon the natural terrain of Ox-Bow, students explore drawing, design, composition and creativity. A wide variety of drawing materials are used. Slide lectures, critiques, and meetings with visiting artists are included each evening.

Note to parents of Pre-College students: All Pre-College students are required to reside on campus during the course. Students are chaperoned and rules and regulations are strictly enforced. An adult chaperone is housed with Pre-College students throughout the week. Students must provide their own transportation to and from Ox-Bow. Pre-College students are not allowed to have vehicles on campus.

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Animation in the Woods

FVNMA 607 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Jim Trainor

Animated movies, by definition, are made frame-by-frame; and by tradition, they are made indoors. In this course, we move out of the studio and into nature, where we will apply animation techniques to the surrounding woods, fields and ponds. Students will create animation from objects collected in nature, experiment with time-lapse cinematography, modify the landscape (gently) to yield new forms of motion. In the first week we will work on group projects, including a life-sized figure puppet animation. The second week is devoted to individual projects, and each student will create 2 minutes of animation for an Ox-Bow screening night.

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Blacksmithing: Sculptural Forms

SCULPT 623 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Mike Rossi
$100 Studio & Lab Fee

This intensive will start with the fundamental techniques of forging, and move quickly into more advanced projects. We will focus on the processes of moving material while hot, and the forge and anvil will be the primary tools of achieving form. As a corollary, the history of forged ironwork (architectural, tools, and sculpture) will serve as a source of inspiration. Each student will also be encouraged to make an inflated sheet metal sculpture.

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Drawing Marathon

PAINTING 603 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jimmy Wright

This five day drawing intensive for beginning and advanced students expands the experience and definition of drawing. Drawing exercises emphasize figure/ground, composition, color and scale while exploiting materials and technique to push the perceptual conventions of the still life, the landscape and the figure. The course includes daily demonstrations and discussions of historical and contemporary masters use of ink, gouache, graphite, acrylic and pastel with visual references from Rembrandt and Freud to Eve Hesse and Amy Sillman.

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Drawn and Printed Narratives

PRINT 631 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jeanine Coupe Ryding
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

Tell a story through relief printmaking and drawing. Explore the carving possibilities of wood, synthetic materials and drawing as they relate to your vision. Participants will learn basics of carving wood and poly sintra (plastic) and printing with these materials as well as the role of drawing on the blocks for carving through drawing on the prints for enhancement and emphasis. Prints can take the shape of basic book structures such as accordion or simple stab bindings or single sheet portfolios. Specific techniques will be taught and historic through contemporary examples studied during this one-week workshop.

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Hot Mess: Wearable Sculpture

FIBER 606 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Michael Andrews Andrew Jordan
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

This course is inspired by the infamous traditions of costumed events and clandestine performances integral to the history of Ox-Bow. With the campus as our backdrop, student will design and fabricate garments for individual and group events. Work by visionaries such Jack Smith, Leigh Bowery, the Cockettes, and Ox-Bow's own Elsa Ulbricht will serve as models for the ridiculous and the provocative. Students will learn ad hoc versions of patternmaking, construction, and interior armatures.

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Video + Glass: Optics of the Lens

GLASS 634 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Kim Harty Charlotte Potter
$250 Studio & Lab Fee

This course introduces the properties of hot glass and investigates this material in conjunction with projections and optics. Students learn basic glass blowing techniques as well as some non-traditional approaches to hot casting, blowing and solid working. Possible projects could include creating lenses, periscopes, kaleidoscopes and other optical devices. Student use these objects to create videos and other kind of projections. Course content surveys the optics of the lens and place glass within the larger context of contemporary art.

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Alternative Printmaking: The Collograph Plate

PRINT 606 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Holly Greenberg
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

Specifically designed for Ox-Bow, this alternative printmaking course is a combination of etching, monotype, and relief. It is the alternative print medium for painters, printmakers, and all two-dimensional visual artists who are looking for a tremendous range of line quality and color, as well as the opportunity to create multiples.

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Life in the Woods: Drawing, Painting and Self Reliance

PAINTING 634 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Howard Fonda

With a philosophical anchors wedged in Kant, and transcendentalist thinkers, like Emerson and Thoreau, we’re on a quest to confront intellectualism with a self reliant spiritualism and intuition. This course examines these ideals through the lens of plein-air painting and “nature”, as well as the role of art and artist in the 21st century. Though fundamentally technical, this course leans heavily toward the conceptual and is for ambitious, hard-working artists. Think Thoreau meets Easy Rider meets Duchamp.

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Independent Study, Graduate/Undergraduate Projects

MFA 6009 003 / UGDIV 4000 1 or 3 credit hours
Instructor: Michael Andrews

1-week sessions throughout the summer for 1 credit hour
2-week sessions throughout the summer for 3 credit hours

Available throughout the summer, (except July 13 – 26), Independent Study is designed for those prepared to pursue their own projects. The beauty of Ox-Bow's natural setting encourages outdoor work. Individual guidance and group critiques are provided by visiting advisors, faculty-in-residence, and visiting artists. Requirements and objectives are determined according to an individual student's needs. Students will be provided a 10' x 10' studio space and a table or easel as needed.

*Graduate courses taken for credit are subject to SAIC Graduate tuition rates.

* Independent Study is for credit only and available only to currently enrolled BFA and MFA candidates. Enrollment in independent study for either one or two-week sessions must be approved at the time of registration by Ox-Bow's program staff and are contingent on space availability. There is only one independent study student per week. Please contact the registrar for more information.

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Lithography—1 Week Long, 1st Week

PRINT 602 001 1 credit hours
Instructor: Mark Pascale
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

Participants will explore the basic techniques of hand lithography. Both stone and metal plate lithography processes will be demonstrated. Critiques of individual projects will be included with an emphasis on technique and concept.

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Lithography—2 Weeks Long

Print 626 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Mark Pascale
$100 Studio & Lab Fee

Participants will explore the basic techniques of hand lithography. Both stone and metal plate lithography processes will be demonstrated. Critiques of individual projects will be included with an emphasis on technique and concept.

The second week of Lithography will focus on basic approaches to color lithos, including tint, and tri-color methods from both stone and aluminum plates. For those with prior experience, the workshop will be open, with plenty of personal attention available.

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Metals Casting for Sculpture

SCULPT 614 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Dan Matheson Norwood Viviano
$200 Studio & Lab Fee

This beginning through advanced level Metals Casting course concentrates on casting bronze and iron into sodium silicate bonded sand molds. Students create patterns and molds, learn the process of melting and pouring the metal, and finishing and patination techniques for their castings. Class time focuses on safety in the foundry, history of the metal casting process, and developing an understanding between the foundry process, pattern generation, and personal expression. Students are encouraged to develop a series of individual research projects while also responding to the natural environment of Ox-Bow’s open-air metal sculpture studio/foundry.

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Party As Form

ART HISTORY 4624 001/SCULPTURE 648 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Ben Fain Shannon Stratton

Party As Form takes the history of celebration as its point of departure for a class that blends cultural theory with current experiments in curating, social practice and performance. Through a combination of readings, discussions and deployment, students will study the history, aesthetics, labor and conventions for parties from the intimate to the public, religious to the secular. Designed as a theory and practice art history class, Party As Form challenges participants to experience Ox Bow, a site for gathering, community, participation and production, through the lens of readings in sociology, cultural and art theory on ideas that critically address the event, celebration or party as the gathering, hosting and cultivating of a group. Topics include: liminality, community, formation of publics, spectacle, utopias, leisure, play and ecstasy. Class consists of a combination of reading and discussion, lectures and presentations alongside projects that anchor discussion through interpretation, conceptualization and the full design and hosting of on-site events. Students taking the course for Art History credit write critical and/or scholarly papers that locate their party, or event within the context of contemporary art and art history. Student taking the course for Sculpture will be required to design, fabricate, and implement objects and scenarios that relate to the directives of the course. 

Party forms may include: weddings, raves, galas, Cinco de Mayo, parades, tea parties, debutante balls, masquerades, bar mitzvahs, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve, Chinese New Year, 4th of July, Bastille Day, Burning Man, sleepovers and more.

NOTE: SAIC students must have already taken Art History 1001 & 1002 in order to enroll in this course. 
Graduate students may take this course as a graduate level Art History course or Sculpture Studio course.

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Re-Inventing Fire

CER 632 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Salvador Jimenez Nathan Tonning
$200 Studio & Lab Fee

This course uses the cooperative act of firing a wood kiln as a starting point for working with ceramics. Technical instruction focuses on basic sculptural construction techniques for ceramics including coil, slab, and throwing on the potters wheel. Discussion examines the trans-cultural and trans-temporal nature of clay as a social medium. By examining the social position of ceramics, students investigate the ubiquity, utility, and universality of the material. Students are introduced to historical and contemporary uses of ceramics as a starting point, but projects emphasize individual goals and projects. Individual as well as cooperative projects comprise this course. While students focus primarily on individual projects, students also cooperate to fire the wood kiln, and construct their own raku kiln based in instruction on the basic technical necessities of making and firing ceramics.

Note: There was a misprint in the printed catalog regarding the lab fee for this course. The correct lab fee is $200.

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Studio Drawing: Experimental Approaches

PAINTING 612 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Tyson Reeder Scott Reeder

This class explores the possibilities of drawing with an expanded vocabulary of tools, supports, and application techniques. Students will be exposed to distinctive and unusual drawing methods from art history and the contemporary moment, while developing a personal practice that leaves room for experimentation and invention in mark-making. Discussed: Yayoi Kusama, Simon Evans, Henry Darger, Chris Ofili. Students will be invited to explore other media as well.

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Why Glass?

GLASS 636 001 3 credit hours
Instructor: Mary Catherine Richardson
$300 Studio & Lab Fee

The aim of this class is to generate sculpture with glass and understand our impetus for doing so. We consider how glass can function as a sculptural medium in the broader context of contemporary art. Various processes are explored including hot sculpting with a torch, blow molds, garage assembly as well as hot and cold surface design techniques. Through daily demonstrations, slide lectures, readings and discussion; students develop projects that explore their personal interests and consider how glass functions as a communication device. Students are encouraged to explore mixed media such as video, performance, found objects, metal or wood. This course is open to students of all levels.

Please Note: There was a misprint in the printed catalog regarding the lab fee for this course. The correct lab fee is $300.

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Independent Study, Graduate/Undergraduate Projects

MFA 6009 003 / UGDIV 4000 1 or 3 credit hours
Instructor: Michael Andrews

1-week sessions throughout the summer for 1 credit hour
2-week sessions throughout the summer for 3 credit hours

Available throughout the summer, (except July 13 – 26), Independent Study is designed for those prepared to pursue their own projects. The beauty of Ox-Bow's natural setting encourages outdoor work. Individual guidance and group critiques are provided by visiting advisors, faculty-in-residence, and visiting artists. Requirements and objectives are determined according to an individual student's needs. Students will be provided a 10' x 10' studio space and a table or easel as needed.

*Graduate courses taken for credit are subject to SAIC Graduate tuition rates.

* Independent Study is for credit only and available only to currently enrolled BFA and MFA candidates. Enrollment in independent study for either one or two-week sessions must be approved at the time of registration by Ox-Bow's program staff and are contingent on space availability. There is only one independent study student per week. Please contact the registrar for more information.

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Lithography with Color—1 Week Long, 2nd Week

PRINT 610 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Mark Pascale
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

The second week of Lithography will focus on basic approaches to color lithos, including tint, and tri-color methods from both stone and aluminum plates. For those with prior experience, the workshop will be open, with plenty of personal attention available.

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Darkroom in the Garden

PHOTO 605 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Jessica Labatte
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

This class uses the power of the Sun and the hidden potential of organic materials in the garden and greater Ox-Bow landscape to explore alternative processes in photography. Students experiment with several antique photographic processes to make unique prints exposed in Sunlight on the Meadow. Techniques include Salt prints, Cyanotypes, and Anthotypes – a process that harvests the photosensitive properties of plants. We will also scour local antique markets and junk stores to find objects to make into primitive cameras that capture light and images on paper negatives which can be used in printing.

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Entangled in Chaos: From Wool to Felt

FIBER 601 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Marianne Fairbanks
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

When wool is aggravated with heat and soap, the lanolin produced by the sheep is stripped away, and the strands become deeply entangled to form felt. As felt, raw wool can be made into a fabric that is unlimited in size, as well as into three-dimensional sculptural forms that are completely seamless. Students will explore the unique characteristics of felt and use them as a springboard to develop conceptual projects. In addition to wet felt-making, students will learn needle felting and how to dye wool. This course will include readings, critiques, demonstrations, a fieldtrip to a local wool farm, and discussion of both the historical and contemporary use of this fiber.

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Screenprinting: Marks, Stencils, and Exposures

PRINT 611 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Lauren Anderson Oli Watt
$50 Studio & Lab Fee

In this course, students will acquire technical proficiency in various hand and photographic stencil printing methods. Individual exploration and development in the medium will be encouraged and supported by individual instruction and group critiques. Emphasis will be placed on unique prints created by layering, stencil repositioning, and combining hand mark-making with photographic and found imagery. Collaboration will be encouraged.

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Sumi-e: East Asian Brush Painting

PAINTING 639 001 1 credit hour
Instructor: Qigu Jiang

This one-week course introduces the basics of the traditional Chinese and Japanese ink and brush stroke painting. Starting from learning tools and materials, the class concentrates on the basic skills and techniques that students could develop during the course. The philosophy of Zen behind the ink painting is introduced as well. In-class demonstrations are followed by painting, focusing on botanical subjects such as bamboo and other flowers. Birds and fish are introduced in late sessions. This course is especially appropriate for students interested in drawing and watercolor.

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