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Courses

Fall Semester 2015
  • GLASS-437G

    GRAD GLASS III DEGREE PROGRAM WORKSHOP

    Credits: 3.00

    All Glass junior, senior and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, written papers such as visiting artist reviews, and prepared student presentations.
    Graduate major requirement, Glass majors only
    Must also register for GLASS 433G
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration. First- year grads register for GLASS 435G (Fall) and GLASS 436G (Spring). Second-year grads register for GLASS 437G (Fall) and GLASS 438G (Spring)
  • GLASS-4305

    BEGINNING GLASSWORKING

    Credits: 3.00

    This beginning course introduces basic glassblowing and molten glassworking processes. It includes "offhand" glassblowing, "solidworking" and glassblowing with molds. Students apply new technical skills to self-generated projects. Students maintain detailed technical notes and a project sketchbook.
    Estimated Material Cost: $400.00
    Major requirement, GLASS majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
    Available to nonmajors as an elective, Permission of department head required with written statement due in early May
  • GLASS-4321

    GLASS COLDWORKING

    Credits: 3.00

    This beginning course will provide comprehensive technical instruction on basic glass "coldworking" processes including glass polishing, sandblasting, etching, cutting, engraving, gluing, laminating, glass drilling. Students will apply new technical skills to self-generated projects. Students must maintain detailed technical notes and a project sketchbook.
    Estimated Material Cost: $200.00
    Major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
  • GLASS-4300

    GLASS IA STUDIO

    Credits: 6.00

    This beginning glass major studio combines studio practice, critical discourse and contemporary issues through assignments, reports, and scheduled critiques. The course develops awareness of three-dimensional issues concerning material, concept, process and light to establish criteria for artistic striving. Students are required to develop the sketchbook as an essential creative tool.
    Estimated Material Cost: $200.00
    Major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department,course not available via web registration
    Available to nonmajors for 3 credits only by petition and/or permission of department head
  • GLASS-4316

    GLASS IIA DEGREE PROGRAM WORKSHOP

    Credits: 3.00

    All Glass junior, senior, and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, written papers such as visiting artist reviews, and prepared student presentations.
    Major required, Glass majors only
    Must also register for GLASS 4301
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration. Juniors register for GLASS 4316 (Fall) and GLASS 4318 (Spring). Seniors register for GLASS 4320 (Fall) and GLASS 4322 (Spring)
  • GLASS-4301

    GLASS IIA STUDIO

    Credits: 6.00

    Glass IIA is an intermediate studio course in which students continue their ongoing investigation of material processes. Emphasis is on developing personal concepts and imagery and visual research skills through investigations of regularly assigned topics. Students develop a substantial "idea" sketchbook, participate in scheduled class activities, and group critique.
    Estimated Material Cost: $200.00
    Must also register for GLASS 4316
    Major requirement, GLASS majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
  • GLASS-4320

    GLASS III DEGREE PROGRAM WORKSHOP

    Credits: 3.00

    All Glass junior, senior, and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, written papers such as visiting artist reviews, and prepared student presentations.
    Must also register for GLASS 4302
    Major required, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration. Juniors register for GLASS 4316 (Fall) and GLASS 4318 (Spring). Seniors register for GLASS 4320 (Fall) and GLASS 4322 (Spring)
  • GLASS-4302

    GLASS IIIA STUDIO

    Credits: 9.00

    Glass IIIA is an advanced major studio that requires intermediate glassworking skills and familiarity with the material. This course stresses the continuing development of personal imagery, viewpoint, visual "source" research and the refinement of material processes in terms of individual artistic requirements. As preparation leading to the senior thesis project, independent studio work and individual consultation are emphasized. During this semester, each student is expected to seek out at least one professional artist outside the Glass Department and develop an artistic association with this advisor for the duration of the senior year.
    Estimated Material Cost: $300.00
    Must also register for GLASS 4320
    Major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
  • GRAD-451G

    GRAD CRITICAL ISSUES SEMINAR

    Credits: 3.00

    A graduate seminar that provides an intensive study of current critical issues in contemporary art. The class is divided into two segments: a seminar and a studio. Each week the seminar lasts for three hours followed by studio visits with each student. This course helps students carry thedialogue of contemporary art issues into the studio more effectively.
    Fall 2015 themes to be examined are:
    The Seven Dirty Words of the Art World starts by looking at prevailing trends in contemporary art. The class will quickly subvert these ideas by focusing on seven topics that continually puzzle the art world. These include: beauty, sincerity, attention, craft, regionalism, painting, the figure and one bonus word, failure. The class will feature readings, discussion, three short written reading responses, field trips and weekly visits to students' studios to discuss works in progress.
    Graduate major requirement for Glass majors as GLASS 451G; Open to non-majors as GRAD 451G
  • GLASS-435G

    GRAD GLASS I DEGREE PROGRAM WORKSHOP

    Credits: 3.00

    All Glass junior, senior and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, written papers such as visiting artist reviews, and prepared student presentations.
    Graduate major requirement, Glass majors only
    Must also register for GLASS 431G
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration. First-year grads register for GLASS 435G (Fall) and GLASS 436G (Spring). Second-year grads register for GLASS 437G (Fall) and GLASS 438G (Spring)
  • GLASS-451G

    GRADUATE CRITICAL ISSUES SEMINAR

    Credits: 3.00

    This graduate seminar provides an intensive study of current critical issues in sculpture and glass. The class is divided into two segments: a seminar and a studio. Each week the seminar lasts for three hours followed by studio visits with each student. This course helps students carry the dialogue of contemporary art issues into the studio more effectively.
    Fall 2015 themes to be examined are:
    The Seven Dirty Words of the Art World starts by looking at prevailing trends in contemporary art. The class will quickly subvert these ideas by focusing on seven topics that continually puzzle the art world. These include: beauty, sincerity, attention, craft, regionalism, painting, the figure and one bonus word, failure. The class will feature readings, discussion, three short written reading responses, field trips and weekly visits to students' studios to discuss works in progress. Glass major requirement
    Open to non-majors based on availability
  • GLASS-431G

    GRADUATE GLASS I STUDIO

    Credits: 6.00

    This first semester of graduate study emphasizes varied experimentation, extensive visual "source" research, maximum productivity and conceptual growth. Students are expected to develop professional associations with artists outside the glass department in addition to the department's faculty and its scheduled roster of Visiting Artists and critics.
    Estimated Material Cost: $500.00
    Must also register for GLASS 435G
    Graduate major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
  • GLASS-433G

    GRADUATE GLASS III STUDIO

    Credits: 6.00

    The student is expected to begin refining a personal viewpoint that incorporates glass in preparation for the graduate degree project. Studio work continues to include consultation and group critique with department faculty, its visiting artists, critics, and the student's own outside advisors.
    Estimated Material Cost: $500.00
    Must also register for GlASS 437G
    Graduate major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
  • GLASS-4319

    INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED GLASSBLOWING

    Credits: 3.00

    This primarily technical course builds on basic, traditional glassblowing skills - and challenges students to move toward more complex, technical proficiency. Demonstrations and supervised practice will introduce alternative methods, refinement and new techniques. Also, student innovation with traditional process is encouraged. Students improve both individual and team skills, maintain a technical notebook, and develop an "idea" sketchbook.
    Estimated Material Cost: $300.00
    Major requirement, GLASS majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
  • GLASS-2387

    SYNTHESIS OF LIGHT

    Credits: 3.00

    This experimental multi-disciplinary course will redefine light by the information that it embodies. Light and its observation will be explored as a means of understanding the potential of materials and design to manifest experiential qualities of light in the public realm.
    Fine Art and Design students will work individually and in small collaborative research groups exploring light. Groups will develop devices that present an experience of light based on their research. Weekly classes will include presentations, seminar discussions and demonstrations guided by faculty, James Carpenter and visiting critics. The potential for inventing new methods of manipulating light will be encouraged. Course work will include research, material investigations, seminars, lectures and field trips.
    Please email glass@risd.edu if interested
Wintersession 2016
  • GLASS-4323

    GLASS SCULPTURE

    Credits: 3.00

    The first objective of this experimental glass class is to investigate the potential of glass as a sculptural material. This rigorous exploration entails many non-traditional and some traditional techniques with hot and cold glass. Some of the techniques students will learn are: innovative molds for blown and cast glass; assembling glass (cutting, gluing); unusual manipulations of hot glass; combinations of blown and cast or kiln worked glass and some uncommon surface treatments. The greater part of this class will be spent in the studio working with glass directly. However, slide lectures, videos and an artist-centered look into physics and optics will supplement the, generally speaking, more intuitive approach of working with glass. Collaborative and innovative work will be encouraged as will investigations into the innate properties of glass.

    Estimated Material Cost: $200.00
    Permission of department head or instructor required
Spring Semester 2016
  • GLASS-4304

    BEGINNING HOT GLASS

    Credits: 3.00

    This course is a studio survey of glass as a three-dimensional medium. The course explores traditional and non-traditional techniques of glassblowing casting, and coldworking. The greater part of the class is spent in the studio working directly with glass.
    Estimated Material Cost: $150.00
    In Wintersession, permission of department head required
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • GLASS-7009

    EXPERIMENTS IN OPTICS

    Credits: 3.00

    This class serves as an interface between the new technologies of digital and the old technologies of optics. New digital technologies are given alternative possibilities with the addition of specific projection apparatus (in terms of both, projection optics and projection surfaces), plays with reflection (such as the construction of anamorphic cylinders, zoetropes, and other optical devices), and in the fabrication of project specific lenses. Given the hands-on nature of the glass department, the actual making and/or subversion of traditional optics is possible. The class encourages collaborative work between students of varying experience levels and fosters the incorporation and dialogue between students of the two differing areas of expertise.
    Course also offered as D+M 7009. Register in the course for which credit is desired
    Elective for senior and above
  • GLASS-4309

    GLASS CASTING & MOLDMAKING

    Credits: 3.00

    This beginning course introduces the materials and processes necessary for basic glasscasting of solid objects and includes various moldmaking methods. Molten glasscasting, glass fusecasting, pate de verre, optical slump casting; the techniques for making refractory molds, sand molds, metal or graphite molds; and the proper use of annealing ovens are introduced. Students apply new technical skills to self-generated projects. Students maintain detailed technical notes and a project sketchbook.
    Estimated Material Cost: $300.00
    Major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
    Available to nonmajors as an elective, Permission of department head required with written statement due in November
  • GLASS-4310

    GLASS IB STUDIO

    Credits: 3.00

    This course is the second half of an intensive, two-semester introduction to studio practice. Objectives introduced in the preceding semester are refined and furthered through assignments, reports, and scheduled critique. Students are required to develop the sketchbook as an essential creative tool.
    Estimated Material Cost: $300.00
    Major requirement, GLASS majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
    Available to nonmajors for 3 credits only by petition and/or permission of department head
  • GLASS-4318

    GLASS IIB DEGREE PROG. WKSHP

    Credits:

    All Glass junior, senior, and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, written papers such as visiting artist reviews, and prepared student presentations.
    Major requirement, Glass majors only
    Must also register for GLASS 4311
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration. Juniors register for GLASS 4316 (Fall) and GLASS 4318 (Spring). Seniors register for GLASS 4320 (Fall) and GLASS 4322 (Spring)
  • GLASS-4311

    GLASS IIB STUDIO

    Credits:

    Glass IIB is the second half of a two-semester intermediate studio course in which students will continue their ongoing investigation of material processes. Emphasis is on developing personal concepts, imagery, and visual research skills through investigations of regularly assigned topics. Students develop a substantial "idea" sketchbook, participate in scheduled class activities, and group critique.
    Estimated Material Cost: $200.00
    Must also register for GLASS 4318
    Major requirement, GLASS majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
  • GLASS-4322

    GLASS IIIB DEGREE PROGRAM WORKSHOP

    Credits:

    All Glass junior, senior, and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, written papers such as visiting artist reviews, and prepared student presentations.
    Major required, Glass majors only
    Must also register for GLASS 4398
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration. Juniors register for GLASS 4316 (Fall) and GLASS 4318 (Spring). Seniors register for GLASS 4320 (Fall) and GLASS 4322 (Spring)
  • GLASS-4398

    GLASS IIIB DEGREE PROJECT

    Credits: 9.00

    This semester is directed towards defining and organizing an evolved artistic viewpoint that incorporates glass in a visual imagery. At the beginning of this semester, students are required to present a slide "source" presentation to a department assembly that is a compilation of the previous three semesters' visual research. Each student is also expected to further develop his/her artistic association with a designated "outside" advisor(s) and involve this professional artist in critique and consultation. Artistic premise and intention are comprehensively presented in a senior thesis exhibition. A complete portfolio is presented to the department at the completion of this semester.
    Estimated Material Cost: $500.00
    Major requirement, Glass majors only
    Must also register for GLASS 4322
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
  • GLASS-436G

    GRAD GLASS II DEGREE PROGRAM WORKSHOP

    Credits: 3.00

    All Glass junior, senior and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, written papers such as visiting artist reviews, and prepared student presentations.
    Graduate major requirement, Glass majors only
    Must also register for GLASS 432G
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration. First- year grads register for GLASS 435G (Fall) and GLASS 436G (Spring). Second-year grads register for GLASS 437G (Fall) and GLASS 438G (Spring)
  • GLASS-438G

    GRAD GLASS IV DEGREE PROGRAM WORKSHOP

    Credits: 3.00

    All Glass junior, senior and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, written papers such as visiting artist reviews, and prepared student presentations.
    Graduate major requirement, Glass majors only
    Must also register for GLASS 434G
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration. First- year grads register for GLASS 435G (Fall) and GLASS 436G (Spring). Second-year grads register for GLASS 437G (Fall) and GLASS 438G (Spring)
  • GLASS-434G

    GRADUATE DEGREE PROJECT

    Credits: 12.00

    With assistance from department and outside faculty, the graduate student defines and organizes an evolved artistic viewpoint presented in both a comprehensive written thesis and a thesis exhibition. At the beginning of this semester, students are also required to present a slide "source" presentation to a department assembly that is a compilation of the previous three semesters' visual research. A professional portfolio is presented to the department at the completion of the student's graduate study.
    Estimated Material Cost: $500.00
    Must also register for GLASS 438G
    Graduate major requirement, GLASS majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
  • GLASS-432G

    GRADUATE GLASS II STUDIO

    Credits: 9.00

    Graduate Glass II continues with the objectives of the preceding semester. It is expected that students continue artistic experimentation and individual growth at an increasingly professional level.
    Estimated Material Cost: $500.00
    Must also register for GLASS 436G
    Graduate major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration
  • LAEL-LE06

    HISTORY OF GLASS

    Credits: 3.00

    Since its chance discovery millennia ago, glass has developed into an integral and ubiquitous part of daily life. Through lectures, student presentations and field trips to the RISD museum and/or local glass studios, this course is designed to introduce students to the various ways this quixotic material has been made, used, and thought about across time. This survey course employs a chronological format and methodologies of art history, history of science, and material culture to investigate the range of glass objects, formulae, and production methods in use since glass' earliest manufacture through the mid-twentieth century. We will also examine the broader social and cultural contexts in which glass was made and explore the following themes as they relate to the history of glass: mimesis, clarity, innovation, reflection, light, and science.
    Major requirement for junior BFA.GLASS students
    Liberal Arts elective credit for nonmajors on a space available basis.
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Stefanie Pender, 09, Pneumatics, blown glass