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coLAB (both sections)

coLABlogoHello! For your coLAB workshops this spring we are asking that you do a small homework and bring back some materials. This is for all sections of the course. See below!

Homework: (listen to stories, write a story)
We are going to working on reading, writing and telling stories. What is a good story? How do you tell a good story? Take some time and listen to some great stories told live. One of the best places to start is the MOTH, True Stories Told Live. They can be found here: http://themoth.org/.

Many of you are also fans of This American Life, Story Corps, or Radio Diaries. Or maybe you like to laugh, here’s a nice little collection of comedians telling stories… at LaughSPIN.

I laughed out loud at the one about Taylor Dane…

Bring to the first day of the BEST story that you heard from listening to the above podcasts and the BEST story that you can write and tell that is based on a REAL situation. These can be serious, funny, odd or simply show the nature of people and places. The story you write does not have to be taken from your life, but it should be based on a TRUE story. So if you don’t have a good story to share, then you’ll need to ask others to share one with you! Maybe set up your own MOTH storytelling evening!

Materials:                                                                                                                                               At least 2 yds. of fabric, fur or leather.
Funky used clothes, with interesting patterns, hats, children’s jeans, button-up shirts or coats.
A few pieces of foam, cardboard rolls, or other durable materials to build upon                           Thread, cord, embellishments
Needles, fabric glue, good fabric scissors
OPTIONAL Sewing machine (if you have one and want to bring along. There will be some available.)

SpringseeLAB is designed to expand upon the drawing experience in the fall semester which introduced students to basic observational and alternative drawing languages.

fuseLAB explores ways of considering design, communication and surface through exploration of the world around us whether it be the natural world or the built environment.

makeLAB is designed to further strategies associated with the process of developing objects. This course is intended to develop a student’s knowledge of hand skills and craftsmanship through concept and material investigation, the use of tools and a consideration of three dimensional space.

coLAB provides an integrated art-making experience that builds on the research methods introduced in the fall. The emphasis will be on helping students translate their explorations into appropriate art forms that best communicate their concepts. Projects may be designed to explore the use of context in art-making and may facilitate engagement with physical and thematic communities. Opportunities for collaboration and dialogue about co-production is encouraged in this course.

Please keep in mind that you must pass ALL four LABS to pass Foundations.

While at home be on the look out for BOXES!

For your coLAB course, you will need to bring back one or more containers. Select something that is:

1. Rigid. It should be made of wood, plastic or similar materials. (no cardboard!)

2. Closes. It has an inside and an outside.

3. Can be altered, taken apart or adapted. Avoid something that you want to leave ‘as is’.

4. At least one foot long in one direction, but can be larger!

5. It should be interesting, unusual, or distinctive and something you LIKE.

6. It should NOT be new. This should be purchased at a thrift store or garage sale or found in your parents basement! Please do not purchase a new box at a craft store!

You will need this on the FIRST day of class! You may want to bring a couple so you have choices!

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PS. Check out http://www.greenecoservices.com/top-20-ways-to-reuse-old-suitcases/, a fabulous blog that shows the top 20 ways to reuse old suitcases!