Sanford Mirling

Assistant Professor of Studio Art

 Tue, Wed, Thurs. 11-12 and by appointment
 Johnson Memorial Building 214



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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ART 0158 - Unconventional Drawing      

The Convention of Unconventional Drawing
The first half of this course will be a traditional life drawing class, where observational and drafting skills can be honed. We will capture gestures, contours, and shadows of a life model, presented in both 3-D and 2-D environments. In the second half, we will incorporate our initial drawings with appropriated images, and dive into a rigorous process of collage, tracing, scanning, and basic Photoshop and digital editing, in an attempt to understand how today's technology can help us to better represent our 3-D world in the confines of 2-D space. (This course can serve as a substitute for the ART 0159 prerequisite for upper level studio art courses). This course is not open to students who have taken ART 0159. 6 hrs. lect., lab ART

Fall 2011

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ART 0166 - Drawing Three Dimensionally      

Capturing the Line: Drawing in Three Dimensions
By drawing directly on the page and in space, we will explore our world and the objects with which we surround ourselves. Course work will broaden visual vocabulary through a series of investigations into the fundamental notions of working in physical space. Line drawings of personal and significant objects will evolve into three-dimensional works incorporating a number of materials including wire, cardboard, wheat paste, wood, and steel. For each project we will examine and expand upon a particular principle (scale, representation, abstraction) while investigating historical and contemporary ideas in the visual arts. 6 hrs. lect., lab ART

Spring 2012

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ART 0167 - Intro to Sculpture-Form&Space      

Intro to Sculpture-Form and Space
What defines a sculpture? How do we make a sculpture? How do we talk about sculpture? What purpose does sculpture have? In this foundational, 3-dimensional art class, we will address fundamental sculpture concepts by considering form, function, scale, volume, and ideas behind the tactile world. Students will learn useful techniques such as: basic welding and woodworking; as well as how to use less traditional materials like rubbers, plastics, and foams. Through a series of sculpture-making projects we will learn to control these methods in creating our own art objects. Slide presentations of contemporary and historical artworks will integrate individual instruction and group critiques. No experience is required or expected. 6 hrs. lect., lab ART

Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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ART 0321 - Sculpture II      

Sculpture II: Welcome to the Artist Collective
Working in small groups or as an entire class, we will tackle concepts and techniques that require more than one head and many hands. Performance projects will hone our abilities to conceptualize a piece from start to finish. The creation of wearable sculptures will provide ample opportunity for material exploration, and developing a site-specific space into an all encompassing installation will allow for greater personal connection to the work we create. Techniques employed in this class will include: woodworking, welding, sewing, and plastic inflatable construction. (ART 0157, ART 0158 or ART 0159 or by approval) 6 hrs. lect. lab ART

Spring 2012, Spring 2013

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ART 0371 - Sculpture I      

Sculpture I - Communicating in Three-Dimensions
This course is designed to further an investigation into the techniques and principles of three-dimensional art. Project objectives are designed to provide new problems and techniques to provoke creative solutions and visions. We will experiment with a number of materials and concepts, from wood-bending and welding to performance and installation. Each project's success will rely heavily on the research and commitment students bring to the creative process. Students will be expected to communicate the process and concept behind each artwork visually, orally, and in writing. (ART 0159 and another introductory level studio practice course from the following list: ART 0157, ART 0159, ART 0180, or by approval) 6 hrs. lect.lab ART

Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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ART 0500 - Special Project      

Special Project
Supervised independent work with a special project proposed by a student or a collaboration between a student and a faculty member on a special project. Admission by permission of a faculty member. 3 hrs. lect.

Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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ART 0520 - Advanced Study: Studio      

Advanced Studies in Studio
Supervised independent work in studio. Studio independents are required to attend regular group critiques with the studio art faculty and the other senior studio independents. Recommendation of resident faculty member is required; admission is determined by portfolio review by all Studio Art faculty members. Students are encouraged to submit proposals the week prior to registration, but proposals will be accepted up until 5:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of the term. Contact the department coordinator to arrange for submission of portfolio. 3 hrs. lect.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013

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ART 0700 - Senior Independent Study      

Senior Independent Study
Approval required. 4 hrs sem./lab

Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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ART 0720 - Sr. Independent Study:Studio      

Senior Independent Study in Studio
Three terms of supervised independent work. Culmination of independent work will be an exhibition. All senior studio art independents will meet for regular group critiques with the studio art faculty and other senior studio independents. (Admission by portfolio review and recommendation of resident faculty member is required.) 3 hrs. lect.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013

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ART 1025 - Sculpture-Material Lab      

Sculpture-Material Lab
As an exploration through experimentation, this course aims to expose students to the widest array of sculptural materials possible in a limited amount of time. Each class will begin with an experiment designed to reveal the inherent properties of a new material, while also providing greater understanding of its traditional usage. Using a variety of casting techniques (rigid, flexible, lost, life) and the Smooth-on catalog (an industry standard and the origin of nearly all movie makeup special effects) as our guide, we will unleash our triple beam balances and mix up, urethane rubber, foam rubber, alginate, plaster, latex rubber, hard and soft plastics, and more. Fast-paced individual and collaborative projects will eliminate any sense of preciousness towards final outcomes emphasizing the journey and not the end product. Slide lectures showcasing contemporary artists including Folkert de Jong, John Isaacs, Tim Hawkinson, and David Altmejd will place these materials in context. This course is designed for the art major and non-major alike. Materials will cost approximately $90 per student. This course counts as an elective towards the major or minor in Studio Art. ART WTR

Winter 2013

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Program in Studio Art

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Middlebury, VT 05753