Glass

Courses

  • Fall 2014

    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, 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)

    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 cost of materials: $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 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 cost of materials: $200.00
    Major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration

    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 cost of materials: $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 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, 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 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 Cost of Materials: $200.00
    Must also register for GLASS 4316
    Major requirement, GLASS majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration

    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, 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 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 cost of materials: $300.00
    Must also register for GLASS 4320
    Major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration

    GRAD CRITICAL ISSUES SEMINAR

    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 the dialogue of contemporary art issues into the studio more effectively.
    Graduate major requirement for Glass majors as GLASS 451G; Open to non-majors as GRAD 451G

    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, 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)

    GRADUATE CRITICAL ISSUES SEMINAR

    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.
    Glass major requirement;
    Open to non-majors based on availability

    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 cost of materials: $500.00
    Must also register for GLASS 435G
    Graduate major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration

    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 cost of materials: $500.00
    Must also register for GlASS 437G
    Graduate major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration

    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 cost of materials: $300.00
    Major requirement, GLASS majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration

    Wintersession 2015

    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.

    In Wintersession, permission of department head required
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    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.

    Permission of department head or instructor required

    Estimated cost of materials: $200.00

    Spring 2015

    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.

    In Wintersession, permission of department head required
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    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.
    Course also offered as D+M 7009. Register in the course for which credit is desired
    Elective for senior and above

    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 cost of materials: $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 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 cost of materials: $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 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, 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 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 cost of materials: $200.00
    Must also register for GLASS 4318
    Major requirement, GLASS majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration

    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, 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 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 cost of materials: $500.00
    Major requirement, Glass majors only
    Must also register for GLASS 4322
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration

    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, 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)

    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, 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)

    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 cost of materials: $500.00
    Must also register for GLASS 438G
    Graduate major requirement, GLASS majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration

    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 cost of materials: $500.00
    Must also register for GLASS 436G
    Graduate major requirement, Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass department, course not available via web registration

    HISTORY OF GLASS

    From Egyptian vessels to skyscrapers, glass has been central to every aspect of life. In a chronological sequence, this course explores the progress and purpose of glass making and its artistic, practical, or psychological effects. Several sessions will be devoted to conceptual themes such as glass as a thinking tool (glass and science), as a technology for sight and introspection (windows and mirrors), and as a path to divinity (medieval stained glass; Islamic glass). Powerpoint-based lectures will foster interaction among the participants with weekly readings as a basis for discussion. A website (an e-portfolio on digication) will enhance the communication between students, the instructor, and the teaching assistant while allowing everyone to post ideas, comments, and visuals. Several visits to the RISD Museum are planned to view both the permanent collections and pieces from storage. Students are expected to give an oral presentation on a theme or an object of their choice.
    Major requirement for junior BFA.GLASS students.
    Liberal Arts elective credit for nonmajors on a space available basis.