Visiting Assistant Professor of Art/Sculpture Design
Nathaniel Cohen, visiting assistant professor of art, sculpture, and design, received a B.A. degree from Connecticut College, with majors in fine arts and art history. He earned a M.F.A. degree in sculpture, with extensive work in printmaking, from the University of Pennsylvania.
He has taught studio art and art history at a number of colleges in New England. He exhibits nationally and has two-dimensional and three-dimensional work in many private and public collections.
He also has a woodcarving business that specializes in custom architectural carving and restoration work.
Students will explore the possibilities of collage. They will work with mixed-media assemblage in its own right and examine its application to different areas of visual art. Collage will be defined broadly to allow for exploration across genres, media, and formats. The class will look at the importance of collage from the beginning of modern art to its current use by contemporary artists. Group critiques will provide a critical forum to share impressions about each other's work. In addition to studio work, there will be presentations and relevant readings. Students are responsible for acquiring most of their materials for class.
In this class, students will have the opportunity to explore three-dimensional ideas in depth by developing one or two sculptures through a series of iterations over the course of the semester. This will allow students to focus on material and technical concerns, learn about the process of imagining and making, and engage in and respond to constructive criticism while they take ideas as far as they can. To engage this process fully, students will also share working drawings, maquettes, and illustrated proposals with each other and research influences and methods. Prerequisite: Sculpture Foundation.
In this course fundamental sculptural ideas will be introduced in relation to the development of fabrication skills in a range of media including clay, wood, plaster, steel, and concrete. Student generated imagery in sculpture will foster discussions around representation, abstraction, the body, technology, public art, and installation art. Readings, image lectures, visiting artists and group critiques will further establish a creative and critical environment for the development of independent work in three dimensions.
This course will integrate advanced level drawing assignments with two student defined half semester long independent projects. Readings, slide talks, field trips to nearby drawing sites, and independent research will provide a context for the development of a personal and cohesive body of work. Drawing as a visual practice will be defined broadly to allow for the exploration of forms and imagery across multiple genres, media and dimensions. Group critiques will provide a critical environment and offer a forum for the discussion of contemporary issues in drawing. Prerequisite: At least two drawing courses at the college level. Additional coursework in art history and other visual art media is highly recommended.
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Amherst, MA 01002