Strategies in Wood & Steel: every force evolves a form – S1212

December 11, 2014

Posted In: Sculpture

Don Miller with Guest Artist Donald Cope

DATES: August 17 – 28, 2015


CONCEPT: In this workshop we look at synergy as inspiration for contemporary making. Wood and iron bonded eons ago and were the bases of a pre-industrial building culture that was mutually supportive: a synergy. Each material remains as metaphorical anchors of culture. The essential characters of wood and metal are investigated in the studio. A range of processes from simple hand-work to digital design are explored. An ability in one area supports and opens possibilities in the creative use of new materials. Students can expect a range of specific form-making strategies, lively discussions and innovative approaches that tread the margin of art/craft.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students use solid wood, plywood, veneer, mild steel sheets, bars, tubes, drawing materials and computer assisted lay-out, a variety of compound building strategies for both steel and wood, traditional joinery, steel fabrication and safe machinery practices.

ACTIVITIES: We design, using traditional drawing methods and computer assisted layouts to create vessels, forms or functional objects and learn with hands-on demonstrations of techniques, presentations, lectures, informal discussions and studio work.

FACULTY: Furniture maker Don Miller holds an M.F.A. in 3-D design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently the Director of the Crafts/Wood program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Designer and craftsman Donald Cope founded Athens, Georgia-based STÅLRØR in 1992. A graphic designer and industrial artist by training, Donald turned to furniture design and sculptural metalwork to transcend limitations of print design. 

Tuition: $1075 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1475
Studio Fee: $155

Workshop Registration begins January 2, 2015 

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