Guided by experienced artists, CA students learn to think and work in three dimensions, on scales both small and large. There are ample opportunities to learn from historical and contemporary artists as well as to be inventive.
From the tactile experience of handling clay or a bolt of cloth to the complexities of design and composition, engaging in 3D studio arts is hands-on problem-solving — a challenge to unite form and function.
Ceramics and Sculpture
The possibilities for stoneware are endless — wheel-thrown or hand-built, finished with surface texture, high-fire glazes, slips, or stains. Ceramics students might progress from individual exploration of forms to conceptual abstract or figurative work. Or they might end up creating a matching set of dinner place settings with a keen eye to aesthetic design. Sculptors also learn to work with hand- and power-tools and a range of materials — paperboard, foamcore, sheet metal, and wood — to create both intimate works and large-scale, site-specific environmental installations.
Fiber Arts and Fashion Design
When a cloth dipped in an indigo dye pot is lifted into the air, it first flames yellow, then green, before slowly turning a deep blue. Once you see it, you’re not likely to forget it. Creating textiles — felting, knitting, weaving — and altering them — with dye and resists, or by sewing or embroidery — reveals the intricate process behind everyday fabrics. Whether focused on fiber arts or on fashion applications, students gain confidence in color theory and composition. Practice with pattern-making techniques and illustration develop skills needed for the fast-paced fashion industry.
A building can do so much more than provide shelter from the elements. Through case studies and visits to architectural landmarks in the Boston area, CA students of architecture analyze the relationships among form, site, and structure. Learning basic software, drafting, and model-making techniques, they complete group and individual assignments that are reviewed by local architects, culminating in a site-specific project on the CA campus.