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ART 18 — Recycle, Repair, Reimagine: Making Sculpture with Found Objects

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 17—May 22
Time: 5:30—7:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 19
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Gabriella Grill
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—7:30 pm (PT)
Apr 17—May 22
6 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 19
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Gabriella Grill
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Lampshades, iPods, cardboard boxes, a dozen roses—the material objects we may encounter in daily life are saturated with cultural and emotional significance. In this course, students will explore the many facets of found objects—color, form, function, metaphor, and personal connections to the stuff that surrounds us.

This course is about working with found materials in unconventional ways and interpreting what these materials are saying—after all, art is a form of language! This course will be project based with supplemental in-class activities to jumpstart creative thinking and play. Some of the sculpture projects will include assemblage (combining/connecting multiple objects), a repair/maintenance project, and a self-portrait. Each project will be preceded by a lecture introducing key concepts, terms, and relevant artists/artworks. Along with sculpture projects and lectures, this course will include short readings/videos, discussions, and personal reflections.

Students will learn techniques including mending textiles (darning and patching), as well as strategies for fastening a variety of found objects together using glue, string, hardware, and the like. More than anything, students will walk away with new perspectives, problem-solving strategies, and an impulse to create sculptures with objects from everyday life.

This course is open to students of all skill levels. Students may need to purchase art supplies for this course, the cost of which will depend on students’ individual projects.


Gabriella Grill is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture. Her work investigates material culture, the construct of disposability, and the cycle of life. Grill received an MFA in art practice from Stanford. Her work can be viewed on Instagram @grabbigirll and at gabriellagrill.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.