Fall 2017

  1. Alchemy Research Studio

    This is a semester long research study group focused on Alchemy and Glass. As a discipline and a material, Glass is inherently connected to Alchemy. Their combined histories have shaped our understanding of the relationship between material and meaning, the role of process in art and science and, ultimately, the ways in which making shapes knowledge. One of the goals of this research group is to explore the conceptual and material potential of Alchemy through Glass. Our research will combine the examination of practical, theoretical and historical texts along with "hands-on" experiments in Glass Department Shops. The group will meet weekly for discussions, research presentations, lectures and working/lab sessions. As the semester progresses the direction of our research will be determined by the materials brought forth by the group.

    Open to graduate students only.

    Permission of Instructor required.

    Also offered as GRAD-7016 and IDISC-7016; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  2. Beginning Glassworking

    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 Materials Cost: $400.00

    Major requirement; Glass majors only

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors as an elective; Permission of Department Head required with written statement due in early May.

  3. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of indepedndent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

  4. Glass Coldworking

    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 Materials Cost: $200.00

    Major requirement; Glass majors only

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

  5. Glass IIIa Degree Program Workshop

    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, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.

    Major requirement; 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).

  6. Glass IIIa Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $300.00

    Major requirement; Glass majors only

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

  7. Glass IIa Degree Program Workshop

    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, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.

    Major requirement; 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).

  8. Glass IIa Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $200.00

    Major requirement; Glass majors only

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

  9. Glass Ia Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $200.00

    Major requirement; Glass majors only

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors for 3 credits only by petition and/or permission of Department Head.

  10. Grad Critical Issues Seminar

    This graduate seminar provides an intensive study of current critical issues in contemporary art. Each Fall a visiting curator or critic is invited to lead the course. While the themes covered each semester will vary with the visiting instructor, the structure of the course will remain the same. 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 2017 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; Glass majors only

    Also offered as GLASS-451G; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  11. Grad Glass I Degree Program Workshop

    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, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.

    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.

    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.

  12. Grad Glass III Degree Program Workshop

    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, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.

    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.

    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).

  13. Graduate Critical Issues Seminar

    This graduate seminar provides an intensive study of current critical issues in contemporary art. Each Fall a visiting curator or critic is invited to lead the course. While the themes covered each semester will vary with the visiting instructor, the structure of the course will remain the same. 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 2017 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; Glass majors only

    Open to non-majors as GRAD-451G; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  14. Graduate Glass I Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $500.00

    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

  15. Graduate Glass III Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $500.00

    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

  16. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  17. ISP Non-major Elective

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  18. Interdisciplinary Hot Casting

    This hands-on experimental course will give students the opportunity to investigate a wide range of hot casting methods. The class will focus on exploring and innovating with a variety of mold materials: sand, CO2, refractory, wood, metal, organic and found molds. Hot glass ladle casting will be our primary working technique. Demonstrations will not linger on the technical but rather, will function as a catalyst for students to engage in an aesthetic and/or conceptual dialogue with technique and material. Both the studio process and the information presented in this class will encourage collaborative as well as individual work. This class will permit a deep investigation into the process of casting and into the innate properties of glass.

    Open to sophomore and above

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  19. Intermediate & Advanced Glassblowing

    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 Materials Cost: $300.00

    Major requirement; Glass majors only

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

  20. Professional Internship

    The professional Internship provides valuable exposure to a professional setting, enabling students to better establish a career path and define practical aspirations. Internship proposals are carefully vetted to determine legitimacy and must meet the contact hour requirements listed in the RISD Course Announcement.

Wintersession 2018

  1. Beginning Hot Glass

    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 Materials Cost: $150.00

    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  2. Glass Sculpture

    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 Materials Cost: $200.00

    Permission of Department Head or Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  3. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  4. Professional Internship

    The professional Internship provides valuable exposure to a professional setting, enabling students to better establish a career path and define practical aspirations. Internship proposals are carefully vetted to determine legitimacy and must meet the contact hour requirements listed in the RISD Course Announcement.

  5. Sculptural Techniquest For Fused And Cast Glass

    This course will introduce you to unconventional ways of utilizing the kiln for creating texture, form, and sculptural works. The class will bring together various glasses for kiln forming of varying styles in tandem with mold materials to achieve a multitude of effects - covering a wide range of fusing and casting styles. Through lectures as well as demonstrations students will be guided through a series of exercises and projects to playfully expand what can be achieved in a kiln.

    In addition to covering a wide range of fusing and casting strategies the class will cover various cold working techniques as well as surface treatments, mounting/hanging techniques, and explore the potential of laminating fused glass. All levels welcome.

  6. Whereables: Jewelry, Memory And Place

    This interdisciplinary course will introduce methods to create personal objects that make site and memory portable. Examining what constitutes place and site-specific memory, we will work to transmute these thoughts into material at jewelry-scale. Objects produced will serve to exemplify a person's relationship to a physical or emotional space, such as a conduit to a fondly remembered place or a talisman that shields from negative associations. Introducing students to the design challenges inherent to both site-based thinking and wearable sculpture, the overarching goal is to bridge the scales of place and person in a way that is intimate and meaningful to the wearer.

    Encouraging students to experiment, iterate, and build upon their current making skills, this course will also introduce basic methods from traditional jewelry craft, digital fabrication, and electronic wearables. This may include 3D modeling, 3D printing, laser cutting, wire-working, pinback techniques, linkage systems, electronics and circuit board manufacture, programming for microcontrollers (msp430), and other techniques as student need and interest dictates. Students will have the opportunity to utilize the tools and machines at Co-Works for outputting their designs, especially as they relate to rapid prototyping.

Spring 2018

  1. EHP Sprg:studio Concentration

    In this intensive independent studio students continue and complete the work began in "EHP Studio Elective", culminating in the final exhibition and review. It corresponds to the remaining eight weeks of the program, after students have finished with their Art History and Italian classes.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  2. EHP Studio Elective

    Independent studio is at the core of the EHP experience. Upon arrival, students are assigned studio space at the Palazzetto Cenci, home of RISD's program in Rome. With guidance from the chief critic, each student develops a personal body of work sparked by his/her interactions with places, people and circumstances in Rome and other locations that are part of the EHP tours (such as the Northern, Southern or Eastern tours, as well as other shorter trips.) The work takes as a point of departure knowledge and techniques specific to individual home departments, but allows, and even encourages, explorations beyond disciplinary boundaries, including collaborations and cross-fertilization within a group of students from different departments working together.

    Beyond consistent and thorough engagement with studio work, requirements include participation in open studios and exhibitions, presentations in reviews, and attendance to all group activities and events, such as lectures at the Cenci and other institutions. From time to time, the chief critic may issue short assignments to introduce or focus on a particular subject. As part of the studio elective, students may be encouraged to keep sketchbooks and/or diaries, participate in optional activities--such as figure drawing sessions--and search for brief internships, apprenticeships, or other forms of interactions with local artists, designers, curators and critics.

    EHP Studio Elective corresponds to the first twelve weeks of the program, while students are also taking Art History and Italian classes. This course establishes the direction for the work in the "Studio Concentration" course that follows.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  3. Experiments In Optics

    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.

    Elective; Open to senior and above.

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

    Course also offered as DM-7009. Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  4. Glass Casting & Moldmaking

    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 Materials Cost: $300.00

    Major requirement; Glass majors only

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors as an elective; Permission of Department Head required with written statement due in November.

  5. Glass IIIb Degree Program Workshop

    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, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.

    Major requirement; Glass majors only

    Open to non-majors with permission of Department Head.

    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).

  6. Glass IIIb Degree Project

    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 Materials Cost: $500.00

    Major requirement; Glass majors only

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

  7. Glass IIb Degree Prog. Wkshp

    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, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.

    Major requirement; 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).

  8. Glass IIb Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $200.00

    Major requirement; Glass majors only

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

  9. Glass Ib Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $300.00

    Major requirementl Glass majors only

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors for 3 credits only by petition and/or permission of Department Head.

  10. Grad Glass II Degree Program Workshop

    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, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.

    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.

    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).

  11. Grad Glass Iv Degree Program Workshop

    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, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.

    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.

    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).

  12. Graduate Degree Project

    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 Materials Cost: $500.00

    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

  13. Graduate Glass II Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $500.00

    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.

    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.

  14. History Of Glass

    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; junior BFA.GLASS students

    Liberal Arts elective credit for non-majors pending seat availability.

  15. Optics Research Studio

    This research group will be organized around the theoretical and technological aspects of Optics with an emphasis on its relationship to Glass. We will explore the implications of Optics in realms such as; projection, magnification, perception, imaging, as well as, its role in media. Both historical and contemporary content and approaches will be encouraged. The group will meet weekly for discussion, lectures, "hands-on" experiments and material investigations. While lectures and demonstrations will be conducted by faculty and special visitors, the direction of our research from week to week will be driven by the research that the group brings forth.

    Open to graduate students only.

    Also offered as GRAD-7015 and IDISC-7015; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

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