PROTOTYPING, DOWN-SELECTION + ITERATION
6 sessions >> Saturdays, September 16 – October 28
no session October 7
10 am–1 pm, Studio 105, $275
No prerequisite. All sculptural media and subject matter are welcome.
Many artists credit their most successful pieces to iteration, a process that can span months or years. This course adopts methods of technology development, prototyping, down-selection, and iteration, to expedite the creation of meaningful student sculpture projects. We’ll start by developing a large number of preliminary sculptures, or prototypes. We’ll document, evaluate, and down-select, and in doing so choose specific directions for further exploration. Finally, we’ll select and make iterations with a single piece, confident in the knowledge that related ideas and directions have been explored and discarded. The class will culminate in an exhibition of final sculptures, along with documentation of the earlier work they grew out of. In addition to work and documentation, students will come away with a clear, repeatable process for idea generation and refinement that can be applied throughout their art careers.
Eric Martin is a visual artist who studied engineering and environmental policy at MIT, and sculpture at the California College of the Arts. He is a recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Joshua Tree National Park. At CCA, Eric curated an experimental film program for the joint CCA-Stanford conference Rising Tide: Art and Ecological Ethics. His work has been exhibited at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Little Paper Planes (in Oakland, CA), and Factory Outlet (in Mokelumne Hill, CA). In October, he’ll be exhibiting a series of drawings based on the 2016 California wildfire season at Gallery 2301 in Oakland, CA.
Image courtesy of the artist
PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined up to 24 hours in advance of the class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change.
What is the refund policy?You can view the SFAI Public Education refund policy on the SFAI website here.
Refund requests must be made in writing to [email protected]
For courses that meet for ten sessions or more , a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given if written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the third class. No refund is given after the class has met three times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
For courses that meet for six sessions or fewer, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the second class. No refund is given after the class has met two times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?All classes meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.I have a question that isn't on this list. Who can I contact?SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: [email protected]