Kinetic: sculpture that moves – S0908-18

Date: Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

Skill Level(s): I to II i

Instructor(s): Jon Kessler

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $225
Registration Fee: $45


Infuse movement into your sculpture in a fun and dynamic workshop. This course introduces kinetics and easy-to-employ mechanisms into small-scale sculpture. Multimedia lectures on the history of art and technology in combination with technical demonstrations and work sessions guide coursework. You can either customize a found object that you bring or build something from scratch using kinetic and mechanical techniques to achieve motion in your work. Either way, you’ll leave this course with a greater understanding of art that comes alive.

Media & Techniques:

We learn how to use small DC gear motors in conjunction with hand made mechanisms to achieve motion within our work. We explore woodworking, metalworking, elementary electronics, motors and mechanics.


Days are organized around morning and afternoon lectures, technical demonstrations and hands-on time to work.


Jon Kessler was included in the 1985 and 2017 Whitney Biennials and his works are in many permanent collections including MoMA, the Walker Art Center and MoCA. He has taught at Columbia University in New York since 1994.

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