Sanford Mirling

Assistant Professor of Studio Art

 work(802) 443-5631
 Mon, Wed 1:30- 3:00 and by appointment
 Johnson Memorial Building 214



Course List: 

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ART 0157 - Foundation Drawing      

Foundation Drawing: Making Drawings to Explain the World Around Us
In this course we will learn to make drawings and graphic images to reveal the world we inhabit. Skills learned will include how to make perspective, architecture, value, and contour line systems. We will draw from observation of the natural world including, the human figure, exploring structure, expression, and psychology. We will also make and use photographic images. No previous studio experience is required or expected. 6 hrs. lect./lab ART

Spring 2016

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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 2015, Fall 2018

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ART 0168 - Form From The Body      

Form From The Body
This introductory 3-D course will start with a comprehensive overview of the basic techniques involved in modeling from the human figure, through additive (clay) and subtractive (carving) processes. Once understanding of anatomical structure, proportions, mass, balance, volume, weight, and gesture is achieved, we will explore the human figure’s influence on the designs of every object ever made, from architecture and furniture to a light switch or the highway system. Utilizing this knowledge, we will create new forms to intentionally exploit this relationship, blurring the line between figure and object. 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

Fall 2017

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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 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2018

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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.

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Spring 2019

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ART 0700 - Senior Independent Study I      

Advanced Studio I
This course is designed for dedicated students who have taken full advantage of the many different modes of creation offered by the Program in Studio Art. Demonstrated visual literacy is essential before entering this course where you will begin developing an individual voice and practice as a young artist.
Designed to help develop a cohesive body of work with a personal point of view, this course provides the basic tools needed to express artistic intentions visually, verbally, and in writing. Weekly group critiques, class discussions about contemporary art theory/art criticism, and regular one-on-one studio visits with the Studio Art faculty and visiting artists provide a broader context for your artwork. This class culminates with a public exhibition curated and promoted by the class as a whole.
In addition, students are guided in the creation of a professional portfolio, including extensive documentation of the artwork produced and multiple versions of an artist statement, both suitable for submission to artist internships, residencies, or graduate schools.
Graduating seniors enrolled in ART 700 will curate, mount and promote a solo thesis exhibition. They will also create and submit a digital portfolio to be archived by the Program in Studio Art.
Interested students should contact the professor a minimum of one (1) week prior to online registration. Provide a transcript of all completed Studio Art courses, images of work created, and a brief, 1-2 page description of the media you intend to use and the subject matter you wish to further investigate. Students are expected to have completed two Studio Art classes in the medium they wish to explore before applying for ART 700. Approval required. 4 hrs sem./lab.

Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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ART 0701 - Senior Independent Study II      

Advanced Studio II
Approval required. 4 hrs sem./lab

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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ART 0702 - Senior Independent Study III      

Advanced Studio III
Approval required. 4 hrs sem./lab

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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ART 1025 - Experimental Material Lab      

Experimental Material Lab
As an exploration through experimentation, this course aims to expose you 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. No experience is required or expected. This course requires a $100 lab fee that will provide all need materials. ART WTR

Winter 2018

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INTD 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Approval Required

Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018

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Program in Studio Art

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