ART 18 — Recycle, Repair, Reimagine: Making Sculpture with Found Objects
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 22—Mar 18
Time: 5:30—7:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 24
Instructor(s): Gabriella Grill
Class Recording Available: Yes
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. 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 and artworks. Along with sculpture projects and lectures, this course will include short readings and videos, discussions, and personal reflections. Students will learn techniques such as 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 must purchase their own art supplies for this course, the cost of which will depend on students’ individual needs.
Gabriella Grill is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. Grill utilizes the symbology of material consumer culture to highlight commercial systems and the ways in which humans relate to objects. She utilizes cardboard boxes, moving pallets, shipping containers, and similar materials as source imagery for her sculptures and drawings. Grill's practice involves intense labor, allowing her to study and understand the intricacies of her materials. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in art practice from Stanford. Grill has exhibited her work across the United States, and she recently attended an artist residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Her work can be viewed on Instagram @gabriellagrill_ and at gabriellagrill.com.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.