Schedule: 28.10.2019 - 04.12.2019
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Anna van der Lei
Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):
Kirsti Taiviola, MA, glass artist, designer, educator
Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
The aim of the course is to encourage students to refine and articulate a personal approach to the discipline and improve skills in communicating ideas and getting familiar with the co-operative nature of glass making practices. The course provides an environment for action where students are encouraged to explore both material and conceptual manifestations of glass. The main objectives of the course are to: (1) Deepen the understanding of the characteristics of the material and its aesthetic as well as expressive qualities; (2) Support the self-managing of the creative process with documentation, reflection and discussions. At the end of the course the student should be capable of exhibiting the projects/artefact(s) and presenting the concept and process of making to others.
Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
On the course students approach glass as an artist's/designer’s medium and investigate hands-on its material, conceptual and expressive possibilities. Depending on the yearly changing theme, the course highlights process, artistic sensibilities or social and environmental responsibility incorporating design, sculpture, architecture and/or craft. Students refine their ability to think and communicate through a multifaceted medium and seek a personal approach to the material and its aesthetics.
The task is to design and realise conceptual or utilitarian artefact(s) using glass as the core material. The assessment starts from doing background research, sketching and presenting the concept ideas and then proceeding to hands-on studio work and resulting in the making of the actual piece(s) in glass. The concept development, designing and evaluation are processed theoretically in project seminars.
Details on the course content (applies in this implementation):
The theme of the Glass Challenge course is Centerpiece – objects for discussion. The idea is to find ways how to express and manifest different topics through glass to trigger discussion. The course begins with a joint workshop, which aims to choosing the topics to work with. Students will work in pairs to develop their art/design concepts on the chosen topics. The task is to create projects that can be exhibited on dinner tables or pedestals.
The course requires hands-on working in the studios. We'll practice glass cold working and kiln working techniques. A short try-out intro on glass blowing is arranged. We’ll collaborate with professional glass blowers to realize the final projects. We will make a full-day tour to Riihimäki to visit the Finnish Glass Museum and local glass blowing studios.
The outcomes from the course will be first exhibited in Aalto’s own galleries in May as part of a pre-conference tour of The Glass Art Society’s* international conference in Sweden 23. - 25.5.2020. Later on the works (or part of them) will join an international touring exhibition that combines student works from Aalto University and Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee. The exhibition series is aimed to raise awareness of the ongoing process of getting mouth-blown glass production on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. The details and timing of the exhibition series will be confirmed later.
*The Glass Art Society is a non-profit, international organization whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass.
Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
The students can utilise the glass studio and other studios when elaborating their individual tasks and producing the final artefact(s). This work is supported with tutoring sessions, shared discussions, lectures and possible excursions. For passing the course, the student has to participate in lectures and group activity (80%), and present the final artefact(s). After the course, the student has to deliver a learning diary. Evaluation criteria: activity during the course, the creative process, quality of the final artefact(s) and learning diary.
Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Briefing, reviews and lecturing sessions 30h
Individual or small group tutoring 30h
Independent art/craft/design work 160h
Learning diary 20h
Personal reflection 30
Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Will be announced in the beginning of the course.
Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Priority to Contemporary Design students and Product and Spatial Design students who have this course accepted in their personal study plan.
The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)
The order of priority is as follows:
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
- exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
- students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
- students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
- other students.
Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.
This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.
Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Max 15 students. Please notice that the enrolment time ends two weeks before the course starts. The acceptance will be informed to all applicants one week before the start of the module.