3D DESIGN - FORM AND SPACE - WINTER 2022 ONLINE IMAGINARY BEINGS
Students are asked to produce a wearable sculpture that embodies the qualities of either Protection (armor, defense, comfort), Transformation (empowerment, sculpting the body), or Extension (new abilities, new senses).
This exercise version of this prompt got students to work quickly with materials and build community with one another. Students are asked to produce a wearable sculpture that embodies the qualities of either Protection (armor, defense, comfort), Transformation (empowerment, sculpting the body), or Extension (new abilities, new senses). They were only allowed to use materials that were easily accessible (recycled, spare materials, or materials brought in to share) and had a week to create their wearble sculpture.
BEGINNING SCULPTURE - FALL 2017 ACCUMULATION AND COLLECTION
Students explored and developed techniques to manipulate wood through cutting and joining wood. They employed the learned techniques to create a sculpture that combined made objects to investigate how the accumulation transforms the meaning of a singular object.
THE COLD READ - 2018 - 2022 ONLINE CRITIQUE
Initiated in 2018 as an email-based critique group that focused on writing letters to the presenting artist.
This course runs for an academic school year. Every other week one artist presents 3 images, and the participants in the course have a week to write letters in response, giving thoughtful feedback about the work to the artist. The Cold Read has expanded through its iterations to include a roster of 15 artists, writers, poets, and musicians throughout the US.
BEGINNING SCULPTURE - FALL 2017 SITE DEPENDENCY
Students developed techniques for creating sculptures using plaster via carving, modeling, and casting. They incorporated the learned techniques to develop a work that considered the site an integral component of the work.
BEGINNING SCULPTURE - FALL 2017 OBJECTS AND SCALE
Students were instructed to transform and scale the object into a work that explores the object’s origins and personal memory. This project encouraged students to incorporate their own experiences and research of the object into what they produced and empowered students to draw from their own backgrounds and knowledge sets throughout the course.
MUSEUM STUDIES + SCULPTURE - 2016-2017 INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE: SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW
I developed an interdisciplinary curriculum that implemented project-based lesson plans between the Museum Studies and Sculpture courses at San Diego Mesa College. The assignments focused on performing the roles of curator, viewer, and artist to develop a critical dialogue around an artwork’s accessibility after its acquisition. The courses exposed students to the various roles that support the life of artwork within a museum and developed foundational techniques in curation, graphic design, and sculpture. This collaborative effort culminated in multiple public presentations of the students’ work at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
For the FALL 2016 course students curated an exhibition of replicated works chosen from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s collection and transformed them into works that could be experienced through tactile ways.
For the SPRING 2017 course
students were prompted to create a counterpart sculpture in dialogue with one work selected from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s collection. These works were created to understand that they would be packaged and stored for the Something We Don’t Know project and were asked to consider the fate of a museum-acquired artwork.