Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Pakradooni has taught courses in studio art and art history at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, Tyler School of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Fine Arts Work Center, and the University of South Carolina. Her work in drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and music has been shown and performed in various exhibitions internationally as well as supported through fellowships and residencies including The Wassaic Project, Women's Studio Workshop, AS220, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
The contemporary art world puts great emphasis on product and branding when discussing the work of an artist. We will engage with the concept of work in relationship to the idea of process, examining the way in which ideas are developed as much as the methods in which they are produced. This course aims to create artwork in the context of process, in which assignments and in-class exercises are engaged with material exploration in relationship to forming and presenting studio art projects. This course is a good fit for advanced students with a developing sense of what art they want to make, seeking the space to learn new ways of approaching producing, discussing, and curating their work. Students will make work in drawing, sculpture, art multiples, design, writing, and installation. The course materials will be supported by peer feedback, visiting critics, writing, museum visits, and creating studio art projects. Prerequisite: two studio art courses
Create artwork in multiples using the graphic language of printmaking. Students will learn techniques such as woodcut, monotype, drypoint, and more experimental methods. Learn to pull prints on the small etching press as well as transfer techniques that do not require special equipment. Develop an understanding of the history of these processes as a way to disseminate ideas and images. In addition to studio projects, students will have an exchange of prints, view works in the collection of a museum, and have a visiting artist critic. The course will culminate in a self-directed project. Prerequisite: At least one course in drawing or painting
An introductory drawing course focusing on in-class exercises and assignments that build on technical skill and conceptual development. Use traditional media such as graphite and charcoal to learn observational drawing techniques from the figure and still-life. Assignments will guide the development of imagery through sketchbooking, research, observing artworks, and writing. During the latter part of the course, students will explore non-traditional media, performance, and conceptual practices. The course will culminate in a self-directed project.
Working in drawing, printmaking, digital media, bookmaking, sculpture, and design we will engage in the concept of the multiple in art production and theory. We will look at the multiples relationship to print media, design, politics and propaganda, DIY culture, and other subjects in relationship to the dispersion of ideas through images and objects. Throughout the course we will learn new studio skills in specific materials and methods that will culminate in a final self-directed project. Pre-Requisites: Two previous art courses - Instructor permission.
Drawing is a foundation of artmaking. The medium functions as a preliminary practice to flush out and illustrate ideas in painting or sculpture, but can also stand-alone. We will practice drawing as both, building on skills in traditional materials and making work that intersects with other artmaking processes including performance, sculpture and conceptual practices. This course will introduce traditional techniques in drawing while presenting opportunities to experiment and explore the expansive language of drawing.
This course will build upon students understanding and practice with the formal and material components of sculpture through exercises and assignments that consider object and space. Using various mediums and methods, students will consider the position of sculpture in the 21st century and our relationship to the physical world. Assignments will be in response to readings and presentations of contemporary and historical work. The course is designed to create a new context for your work and build on material language, dismantling and rebuilding what we think of as the object and its presentation in space. This course will have assignments that provide a way to further develop your artistic voice, without sacrificing a sense of experimentation.