CRAFTS (ART 3833)
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Instructor: Edna Williams
Office: 124D Art Building
Office Phone: 581-2450
Office Hours: By appointment
Crafts, 3 hours credit. A studio course that relates material to form and function, with an emphasis on one of several materials: weaving, beadwork, textiles, etc. May be repeated under a different subtitle. No more than 6 hours may be credited with a major/minor in Art. Laboratory 9 hours per week.
"An attempt to consolidate these premises into a workable definition might resuft in such a statement as: A producer (craftsperson) formulates a concept and, by exercising certain skills, uses the necessary tools to fashion from suitable materials an end product (crafted object) that will be meaningful to the user by fulfilling a need andlor evoking an aesthetic response. To resolve the art versus craft debate, we can feasibl substitute the words artist for y producer and work of art for product in list of basic premises. Quite a similar definition for ail would result: An artist formulates a concept and, by exercising skills, uses the necessary tools to fashion from suitable materials a work of art that will aesthetically communicate the artist's concept to a receiver."
--Virginia Irby Davis
Crafts, A Basic Survgy, Davis.
Other books on specific craft techniques (available at Cameron bookstore)
The Crazy Quilt Handbook, Judith Montano (ISBN #091488105)
Papermaking - The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft, Dard Hunter
Other papermaking books (available through Twin Rocker Inc. - see handout):
The Basket Book, Lynn Siler
Batik, Tie Dyeinci, Stenciling, Silk Screen, Block Printing, Francis J. Kafka
Batik and Tie Dye Techniques, Nancy Belfer
The New Candle Book, Gloria Nicol
AREAS OF STUDY:
1st 8 weeks - Quilt-making, Batik, Candle making
2nd 8 weeks - Stained Glass, Basket making, Papermaking
Within this sixteen week spring semester, I have organized the course into three to four week units for selected areas of focus.
To allow for individual progress and interest, additional time may be spent on selected craft techniques. Outside studio work will be necessary to complete your assignments.
The studio is available all day (8:00.- 5:00) on T TH. On MWF, it is open from 8:00 - 10:00 and 3:00 to 5:00 . During the 1st eight weeks the room can be opened from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evening.
CLEAN UP YOUR WORK AREA & SINK!! Tables must be left bare.
A material list will be provided for each craft unit. You are responsible for buying most of the necessary tools and materials needed for each unit. I will make group orders directly to the supplier to access volume and university discounts.
Cameron Art Dept. will provide some of the larger and more expensive equipment such as vats, and paper pulp (paper making), a few candle molds, glass grinders and cutting surfaces (stained glass). Stained Glass materials will be purchased separately from other supplies.
I will assemble individual beginner kits by ordering from Glass Crafters Catalog. Included are: soldering iron, solder, flux & brush, copper foil, copper foil shears, glass cutter, grozing pliers, running pliers. The cost of the full kit is approximately $125.00. Glass selections are separate from this and you can expect to spend about $20.00 minimum on the glass for two small projects.
NOTE: For those who cannot -afford to purchase an individual beginner set. The art department has two beginner sets which you can share collectively. You will still need to purchase the glass for your projects. ($20.00 minimum)
You will need a three-ring binder notebook (for handouts) with sketching paper for your concepts / or use a sketchbook. A carry - all would be handy for tools, etc.
SOURCES FOR CRAFTS SUPPLIES:
Jo Ann's Fabrics - Cache Road Square
The String Store
901 Janesville Avenue
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin 53538-0901 ph.
(414) 563-2446 or 1(800) 558-9595
Walnut Hill Enterprises, Inc.
|STAINED GLASS||Glass Crafters
398 Interstate Ct.
Sarasota, Florida 34240 ph.
1(800) 422-4552 - orders ph.
1(800) 379-8827 - customer service
|BASKETMAKING||Plymouth Reed & Cane
1200 W. Ann Arbor Rd.
Plymouth, Michigan 48170 ph.
|PAPERMAKING||Twinrocker Papermaking Supply
P. 0. Box 413
Brookston, Indiana 47923 ph.
1(800) 757-TWIN (8946) or (317) 563-3119